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