After having won his 3rd Downhill World Championship title in Pietermaritzburg last month Greg Minnaar’s injury free run has finally been halted.
Greg suffered a knee injury during practice while preparing for the final round of the World Cup series in Austria last weekend. The injury put an end to another highly successful season for him and his Santa Cruz Syndicate team.
In what was a bit of a freak accident Greg has torn the meniscus and ACL and all indications are that surgery will be required to rectify the injury. Minnaar said “I was coming to a section in practice and my back wheel slipped off a log,I tried to run it out, and I didn’t really hit the floor, I was waiting for a gap in riders to go back up to get my bike and when I leaned forward to cross the track my knee flipped backwards.”
Greg then rode down the side of the track to the pits knowing he had done something pretty bad. He is currently chatting to his South African doctor who after studying the MRI would decide on what surgery would be required and if there were any further options available.
Greg’s career has come a long way since his 1st ride with the Animal Orange Team in 2000.Minnaar has amassed a collection of downhill titles that must rate him as 1 of the best in the world.
Some of Greg’s more important wins include the UCI Downhill World Championship three times – in 2003, 2012 and 2013. He has finished second three times (2004, 2006 and 2009) and taken the bronze three times (2001, 2005 and 2010).He has also been crowned Downhill World Cup champion three times (2001, 2005 and 2008) for winning the Mountain Bike World Cup points series
Time to get some much needed rest and relaxation before starting the 2014 season that will be Greg Minnaars 14th season of professional racing.