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Team Clif Bar Blog
Sep 3, 2012

The Santa Cruz Syndicate and Team CLIF Bar are proud to announce Greg Minnaar as the new 2012 Downhill World Champion.

Greg’s victory in Leogang, Austria, not only marks his
second World Championship title and 8th World
Championship medal, but also writes history as the first
Downhill Gold EVER to be won on a carbon bike... the Santa
Cruz V10.

“This was a team effort” said an elated Minnaar
afterwards. “From Marshy (mechanic) to Roskopp (team
owner) and everyone in between.... THANK YOU! I’m
honored you have supported me on climbing to the top of
the podium and receiving Gold on behalf of you all. I'll put
that jersey on with pride next week in Norway, and in 2013
I will do my best to reverse the curse of the World
Champion’s Jersey!”

Sunny skies greeted the riders on race day, but there’d
been dark clouds for the Syndicate just hours before the
finals. Steve Peat collided with teammate Josh Bryceland
as they both tried to avoid a rider who’d stopped on track
during the last practice session. Team mechanics Ricky and
Doug scrambled to repair the damage, and had the bikes
ready to race again just in time for the finals.

But more stormy times lay ahead for the two Brits.
Fresh off the back of his British National win, Steve
came into his record-breaking 20th World Championships
on strong form. Almost 2 seconds up during his run, and
quickest through the speed trap all day, the former 2009
World Champion was proving once again that he just won’t
back down. But disaster struck further down the course
and Steve took a tumble into the barriers, taking him out of

Next up, Josh looked to also be on a charge, boosting
the second table top in typical Rat Boy style… but a slippery
section in the woods saw him slide out, and straight down
the leaderboard.

So then it was up to Greg. Consistently half a second
up at the 1st and 2nd splits, the South African didn’t
disappoint, crossing the line in Gold Medal position and
sending the crowd mental! When main rival Aaron Gwinn
suffered mechanical issues, Greg was the first to offer his
commiserations before graciously accepting the World

“The podium was a tearjerker!” exclaimed Team
Manager Kathy Sessler “Greg was beaming, and tears
welled up in his eyes. He proudly accepted his medal and
while the South African national anthem played tears
rolled down my face.”

Greg Minnaar races in his new rainbow stripes at the
last round of the World Cup in Norway on the 16th
September. The following week he attends Interbike in
Las Vegas, to present his history-making Santa Cruz V10
carbon to the public.

Watch the full story HERE.

Posted by: 
B Cole
Mountain Biking
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