Greg Minnaar (Santa Cruz Syndicate) is recovering in hospital after a crash on the weekend saw him break his collarbone.
The multiple World Cup Champion was competing in a regional Hare Scramble enduro event, about 45 minutes from his home town of Pietermaritzburg, as part of his preparation for the Roof Of Africa Enduro scheduled for later this month.
Greg started the event in 70th place and had moved up to 4th by the end of the 3rd lap. On time, and given his handicap of passing people from 70th, he was actually 2nd fastest and was set to start the last of 4 laps in the 3 hour event, when he rounded a right hand corner and hit a concealed rock that threw him over the bars and immediately onto his right shoulder, breaking his collarbone.
Greg said: “I knew it was broken straight away, as soon as I landed. I was about 20km from the main start finish area when it happened and I struggled to ride further round the lap until I came to a marshal point. I left the bike there and got a lift to the hospital. I didn’t feel too bad and actually walked into the hospital.
Greg had reconstructive surgery on his left shoulder in 2007 but luckily it was not damaged in the crash.
“It’s so weird, I was able to walk into the hospital and I have no recollection of hitting my leg in the fall. Strangely, it’s exactly the same place where I had deep bruising following my crash at Mont-Sainte-Anne this year, so there may be some connection.
Although happy with Gregs thigh muscle, the doctors kept Greg for 24hrs of observation. Obviously, Gregs plans for the Roof of Africa have been put on hold.
“I look forward to healing quickly as I was not just training for the Roof of Africa but also competing in the Duzi Canoe marathon & Sani2C early next year, Im not to bothered with the rest time now as it is my rest period anyway and doesnt really effect my training and plans for other events”