Catching up with Greg Minnaar

                                                       Photo Courtesy of Kathy Sessler

Several weeks ago, Greg Minnaar shredded his way into mountain bike history winning his third World Championship on his home turf in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.

Since his victory, Minnaar has undergone surgery and is in the process of rehabilitating his knee in preparation for the 2014 season.

The Link recently caught up with him to talk about his life since the World Championship and what to expect for 2014.

Here is what he had to say.

TL – You just got home, how are you doing? Are you up and about?

GM - So far, so good. I’m not really out and about yet.

TL – It must feel good to finally have that behind you. You didn’t race in the finals at Leogang because of your injury, how do you feel about how your season ended? Would you have won had you raced?

GM - I could never say I could have won if I had raced the finals; anything can happen in Downhill. I would have loved to compete, but unfortunately I couldn’t. I’m pretty happy with my season, World Champion and 3rd in the World Cup, I would have liked to do better in the World Cup, but this year was all about World Championships at home.

TL – What track are you looking forward to the most next season?

GM - I would say Sea Otter, but I don’t think we going to be able to make it this year, so I’m going to have to go with Cairns, Australia.

TL – You have sponsors like  Shimano  and Five Ten that support you year-round. What was it about those brands that made you want to work with them? What are your favorite products from them?

GM – I chose them because I gravitate toward brands that lead through innovation and quality. The 510 Minnaar has to be a favorite; I put a lot of effort into my shoe. I really like the Saint brake from Shimano, brakes are extremely important in DH. 

TL – We know you are an accomplished world-renowned rider now, but what was your childhood dream?

GM - To race motocross professionally was what I dreamt the most, but to be honest it was any sport I was playing I wanted to be the best at or at least play with the best.

TL – What do you do when you aren’t riding?

 GM - In my spare time I head out to the beach to surf. I don’t get to ride that much motocross these days, but I still love it when I have the time.

TL – Do you have a pre-ride ritual?

GM - Rest, visualize, eat, warm up, race. Honestly I don’t really have a ritual before riding; I’m normally rushing because I’m late.

TL – If you weren’t a DH racer what would you be doing?

GM - The only thing that interested me growing up was to become an architect, but that was short lived.

TL – The pool of top riders is constantly changing, who would have thought Steve Smith would pull out an overall win over Gee at the DH World Cup? How are you going to respond next season?

GM - Its tough protecting a lead, Gee was in a hard position against a guy with nothing to loose. I’m looking forward to recovering from this knee injury and then its back to business as normal.

 

 

 

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