1. Alexandra Minnaar - Myths of Immigration Law


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    Immigrating legally to America is so easy, right? Umm, no. Immigration Attorney Alex Minnaar will dive deep into the byzantine experience of applying for residency and citizenship in the U.S., the reality of which is daunting for even the most well-resourced applicant. Nerd Nite boss and current visa holder Dan Rumney may be asked to produce his papers.

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    • iXS European Downhill Cup 2012 round#2 Leogang - Highlight


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      Here you go with the highlights of the iXS European Cup weekend in Leogang. People got excited because the 2012 UCI MTB World Championships have been held in Leogang on the same track later on in the year. production: thesureshot.tv camera: Ralf Schupp Georg Reiter Erik Hölperl Patrick Schilbach edit: Ralf Schupp

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      • Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup Finals 2010: Windham USA


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        We took an epic trip to the USA for the World Cup finals, including heading to New York, AMA Motocross at Southwick and then the World Cup Finals in Windham.... Amazing race and Season... www.facebook.com/mtbcut

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          Greg Minnaar fan club flies to Scotland to surprise Greg. He goes on to take the win at the Fort William World Cup, his second WC win of 2009

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          • Steve Peat 2009 Downhill World Champion!


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            FINALLY THE BRIDE, PEATY WINS THE BIG ONE, MINNAAR HIS BRIDESMAID. Sept. 8, 2009 - Canberra, Australia Finally in the record books, Santa Cruz Syndicate’s Steve Peat (SRAM/RockShox), makes history as he bags the big one winning the UCI Downhill World Championships in Canberra, Australia. Syndicate’s Greg Minnaar finishes a mere .05 behind Peat in the closest margin in World Championship history, and Mick Hannah takes the last medal just .69 behind Peat. I’ve just finished dropping off the rental van and riding my bike home from Avis in Temecula, which concludes the last ground logistics from the Syndicate’s World Champs trip. I can now start on this press release and I just thought I’d write it from my point of view. There will be plenty of releases with the standard interviews, so I’ll give you my take on the lead up to the World Champs and how we got there. Riding home today across the meadow with the wind blowing through the tall grass reminded me of how we started the season on safari in South Africa which resembled the open meadow I just rode across. The season was wide open then and full of promise, and now we are writing the final chapters to the 2009 downhill race season with most of the promise realized. As I pedaled my jet-lagged legs up the single-track I thought what makes this world champs win so special is the emotion. At the end of the day it is just a bike race, someone rode their bike fast down a hill and was faster than the others. That is just a fact. But what makes it so special is that the man who did it has had a 15 year career of winning every race but the world championships, and to finally do so, on his terms, makes it gratifying for every fan, sponsor, support crew, and every family member involved, or who has ever been involved in Steve’s career. These people make up the building blocks of the foundation on which Steve can excel, and every sacrifice Steve has made, his family has made, every effort his support team put into him, it was a payday; one whopping huge payday of relief, respect, excitement and satisfaction for a job well done. With tears flowing, a choked up Steve said, “This is the way I wanted to win it, with all the top guys having their best race, no mechanicals, no crashes, totally legit. It is going to take some time for this to sink in.” The road to Canberra started with the 6:00 am arrival of the Syndicate into Sydney a week and a half before the race to acclimate to the time zone. First stop, Bondi Beach for breakfast on a fine spring day. Doug was the only brave soul to take a dip while the others enjoyed some Frisbee on the fine sand beach. Checking into the Holiday Inn within view of the Sydney Harbor Bridge and Sydney Opera House young Bryce and I took a dip in the rooftop pool. Paul Begg was meeting us later to show us the hotspots, but the boys needed fancy shoes to get in the clubs so shopping we went. Minnaar tested his shoes out doing his version of the moonwalk while Josh picked out a pair of very pointed shoes, and Steve pimped himself out in a slick version of slip-ons. Hitting the rooftop for evening cocktails we were treated to a bat show, thousands and thousands of bats were flying past us coming from the Botanical Gardens on their way to find a nice evening meal. Ben Monroe picked us up and whisked us off to the most amazing Thai dinner we’ve ever had. Meanwhile the UK mechanics arrived and joined us for the rest of the evening’s entertainment. A few of us got some sleep, but some were in the hot-tub rooftop at 6:00 am soaking in the sunrise. Lunchtime we hit Deus, a vintage and custom motorcycle shop and café that is a must stop for anyone passing through Sydney. After lunch we made the hour and a half drive to Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains for four nights of rest, relaxation and some training rides. I made sure the boys were eating well and we had some great meals, the standout item being the Sweet Potato Soup recipe that Steve gave me. Scott Sharples and Bryn Atkinson live nearby, and Brian Lopes flew in and we had a neighborhood full of talent. Some went golfing and hiking, and some of us went to the movies and saw Inglorious Basterds (a must-see movie). We had a fun rental car and cruised the small main street of Katoomba. Arriving back to the rental house the boys treated the front garden to a trim, well, tore it up in the name of fun, and lucky for us Paul’s brother Michael (the home-owner), took it all in stride and had a laugh with us: Sadly, Greg received the news that his beloved Grandmother had fallen ill and had be admitted to the hospital. By evening she had slipped into a coma. I worked on flight details to send him home, but by the next morning she had passed. It was a difficult time, a time where this incredible job we have takes a toll, to miss the things in your personal life, and to be a world away when they happen is a downside to the wonderful experiences we do have. Gran would’ve wanted Greg to stay and race, so he put his mind forward to do so. Leaving the Blue Mountains on Monday we picked up the motor home for shelter for our pit and arrived to Mt. Stromlo in time for walking inspection. Some changes had been made to improve the course, thank goodness, and the organization of the event was quite good. It was a long practice week and we stayed at some apartments where I could cook and we had a lot of fun with Steve and Greg driving the rental car ragged back and forth to the track. The Pump Track World Championships on Wed. was a highlight of the week. The boys had fun and Mick Hannah won the event, perhaps due to some timing malfunctions, I heard. Everyone had a good time and we hope to see this event again at future World Championships. Friday was a timed practice run where we were able to do a race simulation as staff, and the riders could test themselves on the track. Saturday was the last practice before Sunday’s race and Greg and Steve both said they had a case of the nerves. Keeping the normal race routine was helpful as we stayed relaxed and calm at the apartments and had distractions like watching the “Hangover” and rugby games on T.V. Race morning was like clockwork with lunch prepped and mechanics out the door. Ricky Bobby, Doug Hatfield and Martyn Hoyle had the bikes in their rooms and had been over the bikes with a fine toothcomb, everything was in perfect order. Driving to the racetrack Billy Idol’s song, White Wedding was playing and I thought to myself, “Yes it is a good day for a wedding, and Peaty needs to be the bride today”. We knew from practice that Steve was very fast on the top of the track. British Cycling had timing on the track and Steve was the man to beat on top. Greg was strong on the bottom of the track, so they knew each other was their biggest adversary. Josh was having a fun week and entertained the crowds on the jumps while focusing on the fitness it would take in an all out effort in the race. As the race neared the end Josh came down and was unable to unseat Nathan Rennie from the hotseat. He struggled a bit in the top of the track and the bottom was a long pedaling challenge, which took it all out of him, and he placed 28th with a time of 2:39.63. A crowd favorite, Mick Hannah took to the track and when he crossed the line he went into the lead by .14 over Fabien Barel. Pumping his fists in the air he was stoked, he had planned on a win here. Now Steve was on track and fastest at the first split by almost a second, and a second and a half faster at the second split, clearly he was going into the lead. The crowd cheered loudly when he crossed the line and we waited. Sam Hill fell short of Steve’s mark by 2.71 seconds. Greg was next, and slower at the first split by 1.15, then 1.22 down at the second split. I was in suspense knowing he could make time on the pedaling, and then he crossed the line a mere .05 behind Steve. Greg rolled up his sleeves to reveal his oneLife mock tattoo, a tribute to his Grandmother. Both my boys were in the medals, with just Gee to come. He was down over 2 seconds at the first split, and the second, and we were very hopeful until the last moment when he crossed the line and Steve had done it. Steve collapsed in the back of the hotseat as beer was poured over him. “I wanted to just lay there for a few minutes to soak in the moment, to realize what had just happened.” But the swarm of media surrounding him propelled him to his feet and he pumped his arms in the air celebrating this victory that was so long in coming. Everyone was cheering, it was mayhem, Rob Roskopp and I were crying, Steve was crying, every person there was happy for him. The podium celebration was outstanding with Steve so excited he sprayed himself in the face with the champagne while Greg and Mick also sprayed him. It was a happy moment, tears running down my face seeing all our efforts and sacrifices realized on that podium. I’m so proud of “my boys”, and the job the Syndicate has done every step of the way. I’d like to thank Rob Roskopp for making it all possible, our top wrenches Ricky Bobby, Doug Hatfield and Martyn Hoyle, and our families, Adele, Jake and George Peat, my husband Chuck who supports me so I can give my all, and every sponsor and fan out there. Steve’s success is our success and the world is celebrating this significant moment in mountain bike history with us. RESULTS: GOLD MEDAL: STEVE PEAT (SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE) 2:30.33 SILVER MEDAL: GREG MINNAAR (SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE) 2:30.38 BRONZE MEDAL: Mick Hannah 2:31.02 4th: Fabien Barel 2:31.17 5th: Sam Hill 2:33.04 6th: Gee Atherton 2:34.25 7th: Nathan Rennie 2:34.31 8th: Justin Leov 2:34.32 9th: Chris Kovarik 2:34.35 10th: Steve Smith 3:34.50 28th: JOSH BRYCELAND (SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE) 2:39.63 Thanks to the SYNDICATE Sponsors: Santa Cruz Bicycles SRAM RockShox Truvativ Avid DT Swiss WTB Crankbrothers Lizard Skins Clif Bar Troy Lee Designs Chris King Five Ten Portable Shade Galbraith Chiropractic

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            • LA BRESSE - MTB WORLD CUP 2011


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              Landscape magazine crew was in La Bresse. Check video and pictures on www.landscape-magazine.com.

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              • UCI DH #1 - Maribor, Slovenia - May 16, 2010


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                Full Press Release info on the Santa Cruz Bicycles website here : http://www.santacruzbicycles.com/company/index.php?NewsID=0140

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                • Santa Cruz Syndicate - Val Di Sole, Italy Aug. 1, 2010


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                  The UCI Downhill World Cup Series is becoming a nail biter as Santa Cruz Syndicate's Greg Minnaar (SRAM RockShox), takes 2nd place today in Val Di Sole, Italy in the fifth of the six race series. Gee Atherton takes the series lead with a 3rd place finish, just 7 points ahead of Greg with one race left. GT's Marc Beaumont took the win much to everyone's delight! Steve Peat narrowly misses the podium in 6th place, .05 behind Steve Smith. Josh Bryceland cracks his first top ten of the season in 9th, but was disappointed in his finish after having a 4th place qualifier. Val Di Sole delivered a great race today and the name suited the weekend which was filled with warm sunshine here in the "Valley of the Sun". Track conditions changed all week as the first practice day it was raining. The track dried out and each day became rougher and more beat up, holes forming everywhere. The qualifier was held on Friday, with just the top 80 men and 20 women for Saturdays practice. The qualifier went amazing for Josh as he had his best result so far with a 4th, it seemed his bad luck streak was behind him. Greg was on a great run but pushed too hard in a corner into some soft dirt and lost his front end, and 10 seconds in the process as well as valuable qualifying points with a 15th place. Gee Atherton won the qualifier taking the max 50 points, thus putting Greg 27 points behind him going into the final. Steve picked up a few points for his 10th place run. The race schedule this week had one extra day of practice so we had a relaxing Friday evening where we all enjoyed a barbeque potluck held at the GT pits. It really showed what wonderful camaraderie the riders and teams have with one another. SRAM/Rockshox crew brought the meat, Mr. Minn stoked the coals, and the big hit was the Grana Padana Parmesan cheese and Italian red wine, a meal in itself. Saturday's short practice schedule allowed the afternoon off for the riders and Greg and Steve went to the Freecaster booth to commentate the Pro Men's cross country race. They were a bit nervous at first and ended up doing a great job. Right after that Steve had an interview with Italian Playboy where they will make a 5-minute video for the web and the interview will be in the print magazine. Needless to say the interviewer was beautiful, in fact the mechanics said they couldn't even work after she left the pits... Race day was a complete reversal of start order from the other world cups as Josh was fastest qualifier of the boys and would be fourth to last man down the hill. Greg was expected to take the hotseat on his run, which he did with ease. Steve was .49 faster than Greg at the first split but after hitting a tree lower down the course he held it together to just miss the podium in the end, placing 6th. Many mistakes were made by the top riders and Greg's steady conservative run was the right call as his time held until Marc Beaumont took to the course and brilliantly eclipsed Greg's time by 1.40 seconds. Our eyes were on the big screen as Josh started his run, but his first split showed he was down by over 5 seconds. He kept hammering down, but lost a bit more time in the second half and his run was good for 9th place, his first top ten this year in the world cup. Marc held the hotseat until the very end when Gee Atherton managed just a 3rd place. This gave Gee the leader's jersey, the first time Greg has been out of it all season. Steve says, "This was an awesome track. It was very technical and you are hitting stuff so fast and it just got rougher and rougher. I felt good all weekend but I'm just pissed off that I didn't put a run together in final. I hit a tree in qualifier and also hit a tree in the race and I missed the podium by .05 just like in Leogang. This is damn annoying because I know I can make the podium and I just haven't put it together. Thanks to the Syndicate for putting everything in place for me to do well. My bike was working sweet all weekend." Greg said this about his 2nd place finish, "I needed a result in the final after a terrible qualifying run, but at the same time I couldn't afford a mistake or lose points. My race run was pretty bland and solid and had very few mistakes and it paid off in the end." The podium was quite a fun celebration as everyone in attendance was happy for Marc's second career world cup win. He guzzled his winning champagne with gusto. Then the Santa Cruz Syndicate was called up to the podium to take the honors for the top team of the day. Steve rode his bike onto the stage to the cheers from the crowd, while mechanics Ricky Bobby, "Hatrick", and Tango enjoyed the bubbly after the great team effort. We are looking forward to coming back to Val Di Sole for the world cup next year, but up next is the finale of the series in Windham, New York at the end of the month where Greg and Gee will duke it out to the very end for the title! TOP TEN PRO MEN DOWNHILL RESULTS: 1st Marc Beaumont 3:17.85 2nd GREG MINNAAR (SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE) 3:19.25 3rd Gee Atherton 3:20.51 4th Andrew Neethling 3:21.08 5th Steve Smith 3:21.98 6th STEVE PEAT (SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE) 3:22.03 7th Danny Hart 3:22.14 8th Sam Blenkinsop 3:22.51 9th JOSH BRYCELAND (SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE) 3:23.44 10th Markus Pekoll 3:23.55 OVERALL SERIES POINTS: 1st Gee Atherton 1007 2nd GREG MINNAAR (SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE) 1000 3rd Sam Blenkinsop 694 4th Aaron Gwin 592 5th Brendan Fairclough 526 8th STEVE PEAT (SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE) 415 28th JOSH BRYCELAND (SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE) Thanks to the Syndicate sponsors: SANTA CRUZ BICYCLES SRAM, ROCKSHOX, AVID, TRUVATIV EDGE COMPOSITES MAXXIS CLIF BAR MUC-OFF LIZARD SKINS WTB CRANKBROTHERS CHRIS KING TROY LEE DESIGNS GALBRAITH CHIROPRACTIC FIVE TEN

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                  • Greg Minnaar WINS - June 20, 2010 - Leogang, Austria


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                    Santa Cruz Syndicate's Greg Minnaar (SRAM/RockShox) shows that he can win on any track as he puts his strengths to the test and wins here in Leogang, Austria at the 3rd UCI World Cup Downhill. Steve Peat is back on track narrowly missing the podium by .05 seconds and placing 6th, bumping him up to 12th overall in the series, and Josh Bryceland had a horrible crash hitting a tree and stunned himself on his race run. The week started out warm and pleasant in the breathtakingly beautiful village of Leogang, Austria. We celebrated Steve's 36th birthday at a nearby restaurant that served Tatar's Hat, a treat we only find in Austria where you place raw meat on a special cooker on your table, with a little moat around it filled with shredded vegetables and broth, which you drizzle over the sizzling meat. The owner of the restaurant was pleased to have us in the house and showed us her best hospitality by dancing and the table and from the rafters. It was unforgettable! The summer weather quickly disappeared and the cold rain arrived making the course a muddy mess. Maxxis Wet Screams were in order in these conditions. As it was the course was dangerous and the mud had riders crashing all over the place in the qualifier. Greg was first man down and posted a 4:03, which held up for 2nd place. Steve and Josh both had muddy crashes in their qualifiers and placed 34th and 24th respectively and they both hoped to turn things around for the final. The night before the race Steve commented that every time he wore the World Champs jersey he crashed. Ricky Bobby had a solution and suggested he crash before the start to get it over with. Race day Steve took it to heart and Ricky says, "Steve did the Dead Turtle before the start and threw himself into the bushes, through the fence, into someone's front garden, pulling up flowers and rolling around in the mud to get the jersey dirty." Apparently the strategy worked and Steve had a great run, upright, and crossed the line in 4:11.82 and held the hotseat for over a half hour while creeping into the top ten. It looked like the podium was in reach until Cameron Cole came across the line just .05 seconds faster. "Now I know how Greg felt at World's," said Steve. Fifteen minutes later Josh was on course and after the first split he slipped in the greasy conditions and was sent sideways in the air and his head and shoulders took a direct hit into a tree at quite high speed. Concussed, he stood up, walked off the track and sat for a bit before cruising down the side of the course, not to finish the race. He felt as though he may have separated his shoulder and was still in shock at the bottom. Josh said, "The weekend was good and I found my pace again, but I am devastated to crash out like that. It's not where I want to be in the overall, but I'm ready now to prepare for Champery and Val Di Sole." Soon Gee Atherton came through the finish with a time of 4:06.39, a staggering 5 seconds faster than Cameron Cole and Steve, each on 4:11. This looked to be a lofty goal to reach, but Greg was up to the task and put .74 seconds into Gee with a 4:05.65 at the finish after being down on Gee 2.22 seconds at the first split. With fastest qualifier Sam Blenkinsop last he was flying down the track, but was getting out of shape at the bottom. He also finished on 4:11, dashing Steve's hope for a podium, but it secured Greg's win (in front of some of the PMB oneLife crew in attendance), for his 2nd World Cup win this season. It was his 13th UCI Downhill career win, with 8 of those wins on Santa Cruz, 2 of which were on the Carbon V-10 and Edge wheels. This was also his 45th World Cup podium, which ties Nico Voilleuz record, and is 5 behind Steve's 50 career podiums. Steve was happy and said, "It's nice to be back up there and I was pretty solid. I didn't rip any trees up and kept my speed up through the muddy sections. I feel better about myself now. I came into the weekend to have fun and get up to speed. I felt better riding my Santa Cruz Carbon V-10 and Greg dragged me back up to speed. Thanks Greg! Jon Cancellier from SRAM/RockShox had my bike dialed and thanks to Ricky Bobby for the mint bike. I'm enjoying my riding again." Greg was very happy, and surprised to win with the run he had. Greg says, "It was an amazing weekend with a 2nd in qualifier and 1st in the race. The race was really hard and conditions made it hard to stay on line and even on the track. I made a few big mistakes on the top. I wanted to be smooth and carry speed and work hard on the pedaling, but it didn't really happen that way and I was all over the place and taking dabs with my gangly legs. Thanks to Doug for having my bike perfect!" We now have half of the World Cup season under our belt and Greg is still in the leaders jersey, 73 points ahead of Gee Atherton. With 4 weeks until the next World Cup, this week we will be competing at the Pro GRT race in Northstar at Lake Tahoe, California. Josh may sit this one out depending on the doctor's report on his shoulder. Pro Men's Downhill Results: 1st: GREG MINNAAR (SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE) 4:05.65 2nd: Gee Atherton 4:06.39 3rd: Aaron Gwin 4:10.09 4th: Sam Blenkinsop 4:11.17 5th: Cameron Cole 4:11.77 6th: STEVE PEAT (SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE) 4:11.82 7th: Bendan Fairclough 4:12.61 8th: Justin Leov 4:12.93 9th: Matti Lehikoinen 4:13.25 10th: Matt Simmonds 4:13.82 DNF: Josh Bryceland Pro Men's Overall Standings: 1st: GREG MINNAAR (SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE) 660 2ND: Gee Atherton 587 3rd: Aaron Gwin 410 4th: Cameron Cole 404 5th: Sam Blenkinsop 394 6th: Brendan Fairclough 345 7th: Justin Leov 274 8th: Matti Lehikoinen 265 9th: Fabien Pedemanaud 257 10th: Marc Beaumont 232 12th: STEVE PEAT (SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE) 222 30TH: JOSH BRYCELAND (SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE) 138 Thanks to the Syndicate sponsors: SANTA CRUZ BICYCLES SRAM, ROCKSHOX, AVID, TRUVATIV EDGE COMPOSITES MAXXIS CLIF BAR MUC-OFF LIZARD SKINS WTB CRANKBROTHERS CHRIS KING TROY LEE DESIGNS FIVE TEN

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                    • World Championships MSA


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                      2010 World Championships MSA

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