SA downhill champs just seconds apart

2008-03-17 00:00

Greg Minnaar, South Africa’s most successful mountain bike racer ever, made a triumphant return to competition at the weekend after a long injury layoff to capture the 2008 Mazda MTN South African Downhill Mountain Bike Championships title.

A slightly stiff-shouldered Minnaar, who races for the U.S.-based Santa Cruz Syndicate team, lacked some of his usual fluidity, but was certainly not lacking any speed or class as he completed two virtually identical runs down the tricky 2,9-km plunge through the forest at Cascades. In the Elite women’s event, Gina Nixon made a second run of 06:42.13 to give her the gold medal by a slim margin over Victoria Phillips.

Results - 2008 Mazda MTN South African Downhill Mountain Bike Championships: Overall.

1 Greg Minnaar (Santa Cruz Syndicate) 04min38.09sec

2 Andrew Neethling (Mongoose) 04:41.03

3 Jonty Neethling (Morewood) 04:51.51

4 Johann Potgieter (Cannondale) 04:55.83

5 Wesley Augustyn (Mongoose) 05:00.65

6 Chris Nixon (Cannondale) 05:03.62

7 Travis Browning (Morewood) 05:03.65

8 Greg Saharin (Giant) 05:09.12

9 Andrew Guess 05:10.04

10 Dirk van Schalkwyk 05:10.39

Elite Men

1 Greg Minnaar (Santa Cruz Syndicate) 04min38.09sec

2 Andrew Neethling (Mongoose) 04:41.03

3 Jonty Neethling (Morewood) 04:51.51

Elite Women

1 Gina Nixon 06:42.13

2 Victoria Phillips 06:43.04

3 Rika Olivier 06:58.83

Junior Men

1 Hayden Brown 05:10.39

2 Pierre van der Merwe 05:12.08

3 Ryno Fourie 05:22.58

Youth Men

1 Timothy Bentley 05:11.12

2 Kenneth Sinclair 05:32.13

3 Andries van Schalkwyk 05:33.29

Sub-Junior Boys

1 Tiaan Odendaal 05:24.94

2 Sven Pottow 06:13.75

3 Kyle Davids 06:34.01

Sprog Boys

1 Alan Hatherly 06:11.40

2 Christopher Rigby 07:12.86

3 Luke Evans 07:40.04

Sport Men

1 Devin Perry 05:57.79

2 Marnus Swanepoel 06:18.77

3 Matthew English 06:24.19

Sub-veteran Men

1 Myles Kelsey 05:17.38

2 Leon Pieters 05:51.68

3 Norman Hatherly 05:58.04

Veteran Men

1 Chris Nixon 05:03.62

2 Kim Phillips 05:49.47

3 Don Duffy 06:27.98

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