Pietermaritzburg MTB veteran Minnaar takes seventh spot in Scotland

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Greg Minnaar on the Fort William track in Scotland over the weekend.
Greg Minnaar on the Fort William track in Scotland over the weekend.

Evergreen mountain biker Greg Minnaar made good progress from the opening leg of the World Cup Downhill series to finish seventh on a treacherous course in Fort William, Scotland, on Sunday.

The 40-year-old racer from Pietermaritzburg had to settle for 16th spot in the series-opener in Lourdes, France, at the end of March, but solid preparations in Scotland over the past week appeared to pay off Sunday afternoon.

He tackled the long, rocky and wet track in good spirits after doing well to finish third in qualifying the previous day before a lively crowd. However, there was a slightly cautious start in the inclement weather yesterday before he finished the race in four minutes and 41,115 seconds, which was 3,90sec adrift of the winning time recorded by Amaury Pierron of France.

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