Crash ends Greg Minnaar's MTB season

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The Rainbow stripes have proven unlucky, for Greg Minnaar (Photo: Red Bull Content Pool)
The Rainbow stripes have proven unlucky, for Greg Minnaar (Photo: Red Bull Content Pool)
  • South Africa’s mountain bike icon has seen his racing season end with injury
  • Riding in the World Championship Rainbow stripes often add a burden of expectation
  • Minnaar has a long history of shoulder issues – and took the option of recovery, instead of trying to race

Greg Minnaar's incredible year has come to a disappointing end.

A few weeks before his 40th birthday, the greatest downhill mountain biker rider of all time had a qualifying crash preparing for the final UCI World Cup event – ending his season in a sling. 

Root of the problem

The World Champion was practising at the Snowshoe track in West Virginia when things went wrong.

"I hit a root that flung me funny and I ended up wrestling one of the locals (a tree). Gutted is an understatement."

Minnaar's physiotherapist, Laura Robson, examined his injury and found telltale signs of a separated AC joint. According to her, Minnaar had 'concertinaed into a tree', yet avoided a head injury.

Minnaar will be back

Legacy shoulder injuries have been a significant issue for Minnaar, requiring corrective surgery many years ago.

He had a shoulder that would 'pop-out' on race runs and during 2007 he had three anteriorly shoulder dislocations.

Having won his fourth World Championship this year, there is no question that Minnaar is not mulling retirement, despite his unfortunate season-ending injury.

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