Team Clif Bar sponsored Santa Cruz Syndicate was firing on all cylinders this weekend as Steve Peat, Greg Minnaar and Josh Bryceland all finished in the top ten and took top team honors at the UCI World Cup season opener in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. With his hometown oneLife crew and family watching, Minnaar dug deep and pedaled his brains out to attempt a repeat of his win in PMB two years ago, but Aaron Gwin just edged him out for the win by a quarter of a second. After warming the hotseat for 25 riders, Peat had a big grin on his face when his time of 4:15.44 held up for 5th place, finally back on the podium and making this his 51st downhill world cup podium. Minnaar's 2nd place was his 49 downhill world cup podium, making 100 total appearances for these two! Bryceland showed that his winter training has gone well with a 10th place finish on this physically demanding course and raced clipped in for the first time.
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