In the quiet tribal lands of Qunu, South Africa, 21 shots rang out yesterday honoring a fallen hero, a leader, an inspiration. Although his legend will live on forever and tears will be shed long after his funeral; family, friends, dignitaries and ordinary citizens alike, gathered yesterday and said their final goodbyes. After a lifetime of ups and downs, struggles and conquests, pain and happiness; former South African President, Nelson Mandela was laid to rest in the town where he grew up, after losing his battle with recent illness.
Storybook Ending: Minnaar Wins Mountain Bike Downhill World Championship At Home; Rachel Atherton Dominates
It was as if Hollywood was looking down on the hills of South Africa, creating a script set for the big screens. The pageantry, the story board, the stars were all aligned for local hero Greg Minnaar to complete a performance for the ages in the sport of mountain biking and for his country of South Africa.
It doesn’t get any better than this for Greg Minnaar. The local boy, the reigning UCI Mountain Bike World Champion. Pietermaritzburg, South Africa is where Minnaar grew up and it just so happens to be the venue for the 2013 Mountain Bike World Championships. While the reigning champ describes his 2013 season as “average,” there’s no doubt the South African has saved a little something special in the tank for his triumphant return home.