That’s right – Greg Minnaar is out of the 2018 Fort William World Cup with a broken right arm!
Uh-huh. We’ve only just arrived in Fort William, Scotland, for the second round of the 2018 World Cup Downhill Series, and already the drama is starting to unfold. Greg Minnaar, the winner of last year’s race, has come a cropper while on a practice run of the downhill race course, while piloting a new 29er prototype of the Santa Cruz V10. Unfortunately for Minnaar, his crash didn’t result in a damaged ego, but a fractured arm…
Here’s the word from Greg Minnaar’s Instagram account;
“She’s a beauty! The V10 is an ongoing project and this latest prototype is another step up in terms of refinement and performance. Unfortunately she was a little too quick for me in testing, and I went down fracturing my right arm. We’ll be back to solve the puzzle soon bru’s!”
Fort William is a track that’s well-loved by Minnaar, having delivered him glory here no fewer than seven times in the past. Last year at the 2017 Fort William World Cup, Minnaar pipped both Jack Moir and Aaron Gwin to stand on the top step of the podium, making it a hat-trick of wins following his 2016 and 2015 victories at the popular Scottish World Cup round. Despite being a hot favourite for a victory this year too, unfortunately Minnaar will be sitting out this race. Here’s hoping he’ll be able to make a quick recovery and get back to the World Cup race series soon!
In other news, as Minnaar has alluded to in his Instagram post, he and his Santa Cruz Syndicate team mates, Loris Vergier and Luca Shaw, have all been testing a new V10 prototype, which so far we know very little about.
Except that’s mostly made of black smudges;
We do know it’s a 29er downhill bike, and likely a lot more polished than the V10 prototype shown last year.
We’ll be hunting around the race pits over the next couple of days to bring you plenty of the behind-the-scenes action from the 2018 Fort William World Cup, so we’ll see about getting some red hot snaps of that new secret V10.
Stay tuned, and heal up fast Greg!