On 13 November 1981 Greg Minnaar was born. And the world hasn’t been the same since. Well, technically, the mountain bike world hasn’t been the same, but for many of us, that IS our world. In fact, we can’t imagine a mountain bike world without him. As the greatest downhill racer of all time celebrates his 40th birthday, we felt it would be a good time to publish 40 Greg Minnaar images you probably haven’t seen…
By Sean Badenhorst
I have been publishing Greg Minnaar content in/on cycling media since 1998. The guy is one of just a few people that I consider a mountain biking legend and it’s been a real pleasure to follow – and document – his career from the beginning.
I can’t believe Greg is 40! I also can’t believe he’s still racing – and winning – at the highest level. There’s so much I have written and so much I still want to write about Greg, who is so much more than a fast bike racer. Fortunately, there are many media guys and girls like me who have captured Greg in photos and video and text over the years, so his legacy will live on long after he’s stopped charging down mountain slopes, pushing the human limit.
We have many images of Greg that we have published and many that we haven’t published. So we figured it would be a good time to publish 40 images that show Greg’s character, versatility and charm. We actually don’t know who shot all of these images, but know for sure that South African photographers, Sven Martin and Gary Perkin, shot quite a few. We have credited those that we know. Some images are from Facebook, taken by fans who tagged Greg. And some are just plain unusual and had to be included.
Anyway, enough chit chat, check out these images of the world’s fastest 40-year-old mountain bike racer…
Cheers GOAT! Happy 40th Birthday, Greg! South African mountain bikers wish you many more.
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