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.
It had been nine years since South Africa’s Greg Minnaar won his first world championship, and this weekend it looked like not a day had passed since his first victory in 2003. Minnaar secured his second set of rainbow stripes this weekend at the 2012 Mountain Bike Downhill World Championships in Leogang, Austria.