5 June 2014
South African downhill mountain bike racing icon and current world champion Greg Minnaar will reach a milestone when he races in his 100th UCI World Cup at Fort William in Scotland this weekend.
Minnaar has proved himself to be one of the greats of downhill racing, with an illustrious career laden with outstanding achievements.
His accolades from his 14-year career include three World Championship titles, 16 Downhill World Cup victories and 61 Downhill World Cup podiums from 99 starts.
He has nine Downhill World Championship medals in total, made up of three gold, three silver and three bronze medals.
Fort William has felt like a home away from home for Minnaar through the years. Since he began his professional career in the United Kingdom, it is somewhat fitting that his 100th World Cup event is taking place at the Fort.
“The only venue that could be more special racing my 100th World Cup would be Pietermaritzburg. So yes, I’m excited for it,” Minnaar, who hails from the KwaZulu- Natal capital, said in a statement.
When asked about the most memorable World Cup race of his career, Minnaar answered: “That’s a hard one to answer, but I would have to go with my first World Cup win at home in Pietermaritzburg in 2009. There is no better feeling than winning at home. “
Not only have downhill courses become more technical and creative over the years, but so too has the equipment. “Technology has progressed a lot,” Minnaar said.
‘Pushing the boundaries of technology’
“It’s gotten more professional over the years and we have been pushing the boundaries of technology.
“It’s kinda cool to see the directions technology was going, then making a drastic turn, and going a completely different direction.”
Cycling South Africa has paid tribute to Minnaar on reaching the 100-World Cup milestone and wished him all the best for his challenge at Fort William, a venue where he has previously recorded victory.