Minnaar Crashes!

Local cycling star, Greg Minnaar, experienced a high speed crash at the UCI Downhill World Cup in Mt. Ste. Anne, Quebec. Yet despite this, he managed to get back on the saddle and finish in 22nd place. This misfortune has unfortunately cost Minnaar in the overall standings as he slipped from 1st to 3rd.

In the same event, Steve Peat claimed his 50th career podium when he finished in 2nd place. Clap, clap Stevey!

 

MEN’S RESULTS:

1: Samuel Hill (AUS) 4:38.44

2: Steve Peat (GBR) 4:41.48

3 Aaron Holmes (USA) 4:42.91

 

MEN’S OVERALL STANDINGS:

1 Samuel Hill 1039

2 Steve Peat 1035

3 Greg Minnaar 973

4 Gee Atherton 931

5 Mick Hannah 821

 

Ricky in Spandex

Minnaar is the man again

I’m going to come out and just say it – I’m a Greg Minnaar groupie! This man is incredible on two wheels. The sheer talent and resiliency he possesses is beyond belief.

At the fifth round of the Nissan UCI World Cup Downhill, held in Maribor, Slovenia, Minnaar injured his ankle during the qualifiers, yet still managed to claim 3rd place.

At 100%, I pray for a podium finish – imagine if I had an injured ankle?!

What made this victory even sweeter was that Minnaar claimed the leader jersey from teammate Steve Peat, therefore putting him on 914 points in the overall standings.

I’ve said it before; I think Minnaar is really superhuman. This guy just defies the odds countless times and performs with a vigour which should inspire young cyclists. If you’re looking for pointers on becoming a better MTBer, just watch the master, Minnaar, at work.

Credit must also be given to Fabien Barel and Sam Hill, who finished first and second respectively. Well done, gentlemen!

Ricky in Spandex

Nissan UCI MTB World Cup Round 3

Santa Cruz Syndicate’s Steve Peat (teammate of local hero Greg Minnaar) has finally beaten French rider Nicolas Vouilloz’s record with his 17th career victory!

At the downhill event in the Nissan UCI Mountain Bike World Cup third round, in Vallnord, Andorra – MTB history was made when Peat took victory only two-hundredths of a second ahead of current world champion, Animal-Commencal’s Gee Atherton.

In the women’s event, Maxxis-Rocky Mountain’s Sabrina Jonnier took her second consecutive downhill World Cup win, and overtook Tracy Moseley (Trek World Racing) for the overall lead in the women’s series.

Not taking anything away from the other winners, but I think this weekend definitely belonged to Steve Peat, who broke a remarkable record. Congratulations from everyone here at MTB Shorts!

For full results of the Nissan UCI MTB World Cup, please visit www.uci.ch

Ricky in Spandex

Nissan UCI MTB World Cup Round 2

Santa Cruz Syndicate’s Steve Peat pulled out all the stops to record his 16th career victory in the Nissan UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, presented by Shimano, at the second round in La Bresse, France. By doing so, Peat has matched the all time record set by French rider Nicolas Vouilloz and taken the lead in the World Cup standings.

Peat managed to take first place by 1.27 seconds from his closest competitor Sam Hill. Finishing up top three was GT Bicycles’ Mick Hannah. Our local boy, Greg Minnaar, was unfortunately found further down the field, yet he still managed to hold onto third place in the World Cup standings board.

In the ladies section, Maxxis – Rocky Mountain’s Sabrina Jonnier beat World Cup leader Tracy Moseley (Trek World Racing) by over 5 seconds to give the crowd a French win.

Wow, yesterday’s round sounded like a real explosive affair. I, myself, experienced a great result with my cycling club yesterday. I beat Fred by over 6 seconds, finished in first place, claimed my prize of a chutney boerewors roll, and didn’t injure myself for the first time this year – SCORE!

For full results of the Nissan UCI MTB World Cup, please visit www.uci.ch

Bandaged Jack

 

And the winners are…

Man, oh man! What a weekend of cycling! This last weekend was the greatest weekend of my life. Screw wedding photos or birth of kids, this weekend’s pics are going straight into my wallet!

The Nissan UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, presented by Shimano, sponsored by DCM Chrome in Pietermaritzburg, was beyond amazing. It provided the blood, sweat and gears which will be immortalised in the history of MTB.

beautiful2In the downhill men’s category, local Maritzburg boy, Greg Minnaar, kicked some major butt again to claim first place ahead of Michael Hannah and Steve Peat. In the downhill women’s category, Tracy Moseley celebrated her 30th birthday with a first place finish ahead of Emmeline Ragot and Sabrina Jonnier.

In the men’s cross-country event, Spaniard Jose Hermida took the honours ahead of Julien Absalon and South Africa’s own Burry Stander. In the ladies’ cross-country event, Elisabeth Osl finished top ahead of Irina Kalentieva and Lene Byberg.

For full detailed results of the MTB World Cup, please visit www.uci.ch.

If you were at the event, please share some stories with us. Tell us what you thought of it and if you’ll go attend another event in the future.

Ricky in Spandex

Gee Atherton

Wow! The UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, presented by Shimano, from 10-12 April, is just getting better and better. It has now been confirmed that men’s downhill champion and current world #1, Gee Atherton will also be competing at this prestigious event.

The 24 year old Briton, Gee *his real name is George, but I’d also hide my real name if I was called that* is going to be competing for honours in rival, Greg Minnaar’s own backyard, Pietermaritzburg. And just to make sure he has an advantage, he will be bringing along his siblings, Rachel and Dan – who also happen to race for the Animal Commencal team – as his support.  

It’s like Greg Minnaar is going to be up against the Mario Bros…and now a sister too, I guess haha.

Guys and gals, seriously if you haven’t purchased tickets for the MTB World Cup, what are you waiting for? Wonka bars with golden tickets? Head on over to www.mtbworldcupsa.co.za now to purchase tickets and find out general info about the event.

Marky Mark

Burry x7!

Yolande Speedy wasn’t the only winner this past weekend, Burry Stander of Team Mr Price Specialized powered his way to a seventh-successive national title at the Pro-Elite Men’s race at the MTN South African Cross-country mountain bike championships in George on Saturday.

mtn-logoStander finished the race more than 7 minutes ahead of his closest competitor Marc Bassingthwaighte of Team Garmin Adidas and completely dominated all proceedings. It’s amazing to note that he is also the current Under-23 World Cup Champion and also managed to retain his national Under-23 title after his victory.

I have been arguing with Jack that the bike Stander uses, the dual suspension Specialized S-Works, is the way of the future. And Stander pretty much confirmed my sentiments in an interview by saying he has the edge of his competitors because he is used to riding dual suspension bikes (so nah, nah, nah, nah, blah Jack!).

I think Greg Minnaar better start looking over his shoulder very soon, because Stander has been putting in performance after performance and is just getting better and better after every race. Keep your eyes on this guy! He may just not have enough room in his trophy cabinet by the end of this year.

Ricky in Spandex