In a few days time riders will be going through the gears at Lourdes, many will be muscled up mentally to make the big push that sees them climb to podium speed. They might just make the step, keep momentum going, or, like so many before them, it will be no more than a flash of high risk masqueraded as brilliance. Downhill cruelly exposes racers from risk takers.
Lourdes will see the resumption of the spectacular Gwin story as he seeks to match the five series wins achieved by Nico Vouilloz. It heralds the arrival of Danny Hart who has been on an unbeaten run since last July. One of the worlds most important sites of pilgrimage also opens its arms to Troy Brosnan and Loic Bruni. Between the four of them it will be an arm wrestle and for the latter a seemingly eternal search for that second race win.
Whilst immortality will have to be put on hold for some, an indestructible force enters his eighteenth senior World Cup series. An irrepressible race machine that knows how and when to pounce, the sport has never seen a more resilient racer with wins at world level spanning sixteen seasons. From 2000 to the present day the man keeps delivering the killer blow. Here in Lourdes, on a new 29″ wheel Santa Cruz V10 he aims to make it twenty world cup wins. No-one in their right mind would bet against it happening.
They say that it’s impossible to compare Greg Minnaar to great racers of the past simply because they have ridden out different eras. This is massively neglecting to recognise that Greg has battled with ALL the greatest racers.