We asked Alasdair to tell us the story of his  racing DH, and I bit about the struggle he’s been through to be a top racer. Al is a man of few words and a really positive guy, so he didn’t have a lot to say, but what he said was very insightful. Here are his words.

I’ve been in love with bikes since I was a child. When I got into downhill mountain bike racing it was an unreal feeling. I became addicted to the sport!

Alasdair flying at Worlds View DH corse, on a Mongoose Black Diamond

Alasdair flying at Worlds View DH corse, on a Mongoose Black Diamond

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WOW! It’s been a seriously long time since I wrote a blog post and so much has happened. Sorry for the lack of posts, but things have been crazy. I got retrenched, have been starting new things and life has been pretty hectic.

First the job thing: Velo Life and I just didn’t seem to see eye to eye, so when it came time to tighten the belt there, they chose to let me go. I am not entirely happy, but not to un-happy either. I needed to change things and this it just the push I needed to get out and do things on my on. And to focus on Team Sputnik Corporation. So all in all its a good thing.

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Great Photo from Boogs

Great Photo from Boogs

We had a KZN provincial at Cascades Bike Park, Pietermaritzburg on the 7th of June. The track was “Super Awesome”. It  ran along some an old National course from years back, as well as incorporating some of the more technical bits of the World Champs cross country course. Read More →

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This past weekend saw the running of the second round of the KZN Provincial series, which incorporated the Greg Minnaar Cycles Downhill series. It was a beautiful sunny day up at Cascades and a great opportunity to show off our new support from Monster Energy.

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“The Santa Cruz Syndicate are proud to announce Greg Minnaar as the new 2012 Downhill World Champion.” That was the official line from the team. Sitting with a bunch of mates and watching it all unfold, I can say that none of us could be more proud for Greg. What an achievement! We’ve been waiting for this since 2003 when he last won a World Champs. Greg – being Mr Consistency – has been so close, so many times in the last 8 years, but not on the top step.

Photo: Sven Martin Photography

Photo: Sven Martin Photography

“This was a team effort”, said an elated Minnaar afterwards. “From Marshy (mechanic) to Roskopp (teamowner) and everyone in between…. THANK YOU! I’m honoured you have supported me on climbing to the top of the podium and receiving Gold on behalf of you all.” Read More →