Santa Cruz Syndicate 2017 - Minnaar Wins at Fort William

Junio 04 — 2017 | Fort William, Scotland

Lucky number seven. As World Cup weekend got rolling in Northern Scotland, the Syndicate carried palpable momentum. Despite the appearance of a raft of 29er DH bikes in the month since Lourdes, Greg was third in timed training (check out his helmet cam footage from Friday here), and took the top qualifying spot with Loris two seconds back in second place, proving that wheel size alone won't change the game.

“It’s really happening on the Syndicate. Unfortunate for Luca crashing, and so did Loris. I saw Loris go down up top. They held the fort in Lourdes, so it’s my turn to hold it now."

In an almost-repeat of the Lourdes final, the rain started with just a handful of riders left at the start house, but fortunately the weather didn't impact the track itself. The riders' vision, however, was certainly affected, prompting everyone to start thinking about where they could grab a tear-off. Minnaar made it look easy, though (aside from a brief second where odd body position and odd camera angle caused a collective gasp!), taking his seventh win at the venue (that's nearly half of all World Cups at Ft. William), and the 20th World Cup win of his career. 

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King's reception from the One Life crew.

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Legends.

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“This was the toughest one for sure. I worked for this one.”

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Luca Shaw. So pitted. 

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Loris qualified second, so his run was just before Greg's—he had the pace, but an off in the woods put him out of contention this week. 

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Next stop: Leogang.

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