1. Greg Minnaar OneLife

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    Who is Greg Minnaar? What are his roots? Why is Pietermaritzburg so pivotal in his success? And what is OneLife? We'll attempt to answer these and other questions about the two-time Downhill World Champion and three-time World Cup Champion with this OneLife short. Filmed over the course of 10 months when travel & plans permitted, from when Greg won the 2012 Downhill World Championships in Leogang, Austria, till the eve of the 2013 World Championships in his hometown of Pietermaritzburg.

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    • HUGE WIN IN FOR MR. MINN AND THE SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE AT WORLD CUP OPENER!!

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      ietermaritzburg, South Africa March 18, 2012 Greg Minnaar wins the UCI World Cup Downhill season opener aboard his Fox/Shimano equipped carbon V-10 with an exhilarating run that had the hill alive with the roar of thousands of fans including the oneLife crew and the Minnaarmy! Steve Peat came in 15th and Josh Bryceland 21st on this improved, pedaling course in Greg’s hometown of Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. It always feels like a homecoming for us to be in this friendly city and the Syndicate was welcomed back by all Greg’s family and friends. The local support of the race is big and there were many improvements to the track and the race venue. Training went well all week and the boys came into the season fit and lean. Greg was fastest in qualifier by the slimmest margin of .008 over Aaron Gwin and he picked up max points for his efforts. Steve was 11th fastest and Josh 17th. Rain was on and off during the week and we had quite a bit come down on race night. Things dried up quick and we had a beautiful day for the race. Everyone got to the top of the hill eager to get the season underway. Greg started into his race run and made a few mistakes and was 2 seconds down at the first split. He gained some time by the second split and was only 1 second off the pace. Steve said, “Greg can make up that time.” As Greg neared the finish the volume of the crowd was at a fevered pitch and this certainly had to boost the effort into overdrive. As the leader board went green the oneLife crew of friends pushed the fence down and flooded into the finish arena while Steve lifted Greg off the ground in victory. An ecstatic Greg says, “I made a few mistakes on the top part of the track and I knew I had to make up some time. On the bottom section I had to stand and pedal hard and I fought all the way to the finish. You know when you are coming into the finish and you see the oneLife crew breaking the fence down that you’ve had a good run. And then Steve jumped over the fence and grabbed me I knew I had won. It’s a great feeling to do well in front of all my family and friends and their support is amazing!” Steve comments, “Another great weekend racing in Maritzburg. The fans and the onelife crew made it an awesome weekend, and I feel privileged that it was my 100th World Cup start. Luckily the track dried out and made the racing fast and tight. Although I wasn’t too happy with my 15th place result, I was over the moon for Greg. He dug deep and took the win for the home crowd!!” Josh placed 21st and said, “After a hard winter training I don’t feel I quite did myself justice on my race run, but I left it all on the hill and the bike feels better than ever. I’m really happy for Greg, not only just with the win in his hometown, but starting the season with a win and full points. Also good to see Peaty Dog still has a little bit of fire in him, as always.” The win makes Greg’s 16th World Cup win (11 on Santa Cruz) and is his 53rd World Cup Downhill podium, (besting Steve’s 52 podiums). Greg now leads the World Cup overall with 250 points over Aaron Gwin’s 200 points. Steve is 14th in the standings and Josh is 17th. Greg will be in the leader jersey going into the next World Cup in Val Di Sole, Italy in May. MEN’S ELITE RESULTS: 1ST GREG MINNAAR (SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE) 3:57.98 2nd Aaron Gwin 3:58.61 3rd Mick Hannah 3:58.97 4th Gee Atherton 4:02.36 5th Steve Smith 4:02.41 6th Jared Graves 4:02.78 7th Andrew Neethling 4:02.99 8th Troy Brosnan 4:03.58 9th Julian Camellini 4:03.65 10th Cedric Gracia (Brigade, Santa Cruz) 4:03.81 15th STEVE PEAT (SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE) 4:05.65 21ST JOSH BRYCELAND (SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE) 4:07.37 MEN’S OVERALL STANDINGS 1ST GREG MINNAAR (SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE) 250 2nd Aaron Gwin 200 3rd Mick Hannah 160 4th Gee Atherton 150 5th Steve Smith 140 6th Jared Graves 111 7th Troy Brosnan 107 8th Andrew Neethling 105 9th Cedric Gracia (Brigade, Santa Cruz) 93 10th Aurellien Giordanengo 85 14th STEVE PEAT (SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE) 80 17 JOSH BRYCELAND (SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE) 68 THANKS TO THE SYNDICATE SPONSORS: SANTA CRUZ BICYCLES SHIMANO FOX ENVE COMPOSITES MAXXIS CLIF BAR MUC-OFF LIZARD SKINS WTB CHRIS KING BIRZMAN Gore® RideOn™ Cable Systems FOXHEAD

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      • SPIDERWORX By Spring Loaded Films 2014

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        Specialized Enduro Vs Santa Cruz Nomad & A Mouthful Of Spiders In The Surrey Hills Featuring British Downhill Series Riders Zac Blackwell & Dan Sibbick Directed and filmed by Nic Forde Additional camera work by Jack Gill Created & produced by Rob Osbourn A Spring Loaded Films Production Thanks to Specialized UK, Santa Cruz Bikes, Pedal & Spoke and The Friends Of Hurtwood

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        • Cedric Gracia pre-season testing in Italy

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          The one and only CG fills us in on the upcoming season as well as his new sponsors!

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          • 2012 UCI DH # 3 - Fort William, Santa Cruz Syndicate

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            BRYCELAND PODIUMS AT FORT WILLIAM! Fort William, Scotland June 10, 2012 Santa Cruz Syndicate’s Josh Bryceland had confidence all week and carried it through to his final race run taking the fifth spot on the podium at the third round of the UCI World Cup Downhill Series. Greg Minnaar came 6th and Steve Peat was 77th as he attempted a race run after suffering a badly torn hamstring muscle the day before. Fort William was dry and dusty all week and the midges were out in full force! Fans were as enthusiastic as ever and crowds swarmed the hill as much as the midges. The mechanics had the Shimano/Fox equipped V-10’s dialed each day for practice and the boys were training and getting up to speed together. They had fun on the track walk when Peaty had a BBQ up on the track for a feature for “This Is Peaty” . The week was unfolding well. Qualifier day spirits were high, but on the last training run Steve had a crash and injured himself. His front wheel washed out and when it slid his legs spread apart and he felt a pop. Rolling to the bottom of the hill Steve couldn’t walk into the medical tent so he rolled on in. Upon examination it was determined that he had a bad tear of his left hamstring. Wanting to keep the possibility of racing open he chose to do the qualifier by just rolling out of the start gate (which is all he needed to do as a top 20 protected rider to qualify). Greg ended up qualifying 6th knowing he could make more time and Josh’s form netted him a 7th place qualifier. Not having had any rain in six weeks it was no surprise that race day would be the day to rain! Steve didn’t practice in the morning while waiting to see if he would be up for the challenge of the race. He got a good taping from first aid and with pain meds onboard he decided to race. Out of the gate he was going for it giving it a proper go and feeling fast. Then he went down on a wet bridge and had to walk back up to get his bike. He carried on, but wanted to stay out of the way of the next few riders so he cruised from there. Josh took to the course and riding very well and moved into the 3-man hot seat to wait. Greg started off attacking the top and managed to hit a rock and damage his chain ring, thus inhibiting his effort for the rest of the run. He gave it the best he had but the chain was off by the bottom where he could have put the hammer down and just missed the podium by .08 seconds, but was stoked for teammate Bryceland as he was 5th scoring his second career UCI World Cup podium! Greg says, “ I’m obviously disappointed with finishing 6th but at the same time it could have been worse. I slammed a rock really hard quite high up on the track and bent my chain ring. My chain stayed on for most of the race but derailed towards the bottom. It was just a stupid mistake but could easily happen because of the ever-changing course with the rain. The great positive for the weekend was seeing Ratty podium in his home country!” Steve reflects on his week, “Mix bag of feelings for me after Fort William. I felt awesome on my Santa Cruz V-10 in practice but had an unlucky fall on my last run before qualifying. I managed to do a Bambi on ice and ripped my hamstring pretty badly!! I had to roll out the gate in the qualifier so I could manage the pain and try to ride finals. With no practice Sunday morning and a little rain, I didn't know how to attack my run and ended up slipping off the first wooden bridge and over a turn (same happened at Worlds in 07!!!). So, all in all, you can imagine how pissed off I am. Other than that the crowds were unreal again and thanks to the medics, Kathy Sessler and the Syndicate crew for getting me back on the hill. Hitting the Physio hard from now till MSA!! Still buzzing from his podium finish Josh says, “Fort William weekend was a lot of fun. Over the last two races there has been a bit of bad luck for me and my team and friends, but it was nice to end it off with a podium result! The V-10 has never felt better down the Fort and the new Fox forks are unbelievable. Thanks a lot to the Syndicate and everyone who has helped me get on top of another podium from Rob Copeland, Dan Critchlow, my girlfriend Becky and my family! Looking forward to keeping the ball rolling into Canada!!” Josh moves up in the overall points to 9th, Greg stays in 2nd 85 points behind Gwin and 70 points ahead of Gee. Steve drops to 26th overall with 156 points. The next two World Cups are just around the corner and Steve is working on rehabbing the hamstring as much as possible before MSA. Elite Men’s Results: 1 Aaron Gwin 4:48.21 2 Danny Hart 4:49.04 3 Gee Atherton 4:50.72 4 Sam Hill 4:51.74 5 Josh Bryceland (Santa Cruz Syndicate) 4:53.26 6 Greg Minnaar (Santa Cruz Syndicate) 4:53.33 7 Joe Smith 4:55.14 8 Sam Dale 4:55.35 9 Matt Simmonds 4:55.59 10 Cameron Cole 4:55.77 77 Steve Peat (Santa Cruz Syndicate) 8:07.5 Overall Standings: 1 Aaron Gwin 650 2 Greg Minnaar 565 3 Gee Atherton 495 4 Danny Hart 355 5 Sam Hill 334 6 Steve Smith 302 7 Marc Beaumont 293 8 Mick Hannah 288 9 Josh Bryceland 257 10 Remi Thirion 237 26 Steve Peat 156 THANKS TO THE SYNDICATE SPONSORS: SANTA CRUZ BICYCLES SHIMANO FOX ENVE COMPOSITES MAXXIS CLIF BAR MUC-OFF LIZARD SKINS WTB CHRIS KING BIRZMAN Gore® RideOn™ Cable Systems FOXHEAD

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            • 2013 Santa Cruz Bicycles Nomad C - Smooth or Chunky?

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              Josh Kissner & Matt Thompson choose chunk over smooth on Jamison Lake trails near Graeagle, California on the 2013 Santa Cruz Bicycles Nomad Carbon. Matt went on from Graegle to win the Masters DH World Championships in his age group, while Josh is recovering from a major crash in Whistler - rough with the smooth indeed! If these trails make you want to go shred, please help the Sierra Butes Stewardship maintain and build more like this by purchasing raffle tickets of per foot of trail for $5 at http://santacruzbicycles.com/5bucksafoot You could win a top spec Santa Cruz Bicycle with Enve wheels, Shimano components and Fox Suspension worth up to $10,514.00 US, and help build amazing trails in Downieville and the Lakes Basin area!

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              • 2013 Blur XC & TallboyC

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                Chris Johnston & Dylan Wolsky of the The Nomads ride Mills Peak, Sardine Lakes and Tamarack on the 2013 Blur XC and TallboyC near Downieville, California.

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                • Syndicate Mont St Anne 2013

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                  MINNAAR BACK ON THE BLOCKS IN MT. STE. ANNE!! Mt. Ste. Anne, Quebec, Canada Aug. 11, 2013 Santa Cruz Syndicate’s Greg MInnaar was back on the World Cup podium in Mont. Ste. Anne finishing in 4th, back to his usual consistent self. Josh Bryceland was riding with mad skills and confidence, but suffered a mechanical in his race run and had to accept a DNF. Steve Peat was missing in action from Mont. Ste. Anne as he stayed home with his family this weekend. It was a great week of riding and Greg and Josh felt on top of their game going into the finals. They had their lines dialed and were confident they were where they needed to be for top results. After placing 5th in the qualifier, Greg felt that he was able to win here. With his MSA history of six 2nd place finishes, one win and a 3rd, he felt he had a win in him. Josh had ridden steady in the qualifier, (as he was not a protected rider), had a 14th place qualy and was raring to get to finals. The race unfolded with Gee Atherton coming down early due to a poor qualy. He smashed a sub 4:00 minute time of 3:59.38 to take the hotseat. Josh set off on course just as the rain started, one of the last few to hit the track in the dry. Early in his run he felt a few spokes loosening and started to nurse the bike down, even still he was just 1.9 back of Gee at the first split. Then the final wheel kill came further down through a rock section forcing a DNF for a very disappointed Josh. As the rain came down so did many dejected riders with Mick Hannah saying, “There’s no chance….” Then Sam Hill came down just 1.2 seconds behind Gee Atherton and we knew there was hope. Greg came down on Sam’s heels, and was 2.4 back of Gee at the first split, then peeled back more than a second off of that to 1.2 back of Gee with a 4:00.65 at the finish. He nearly matched Sam‘s time of 4:00.60 and moved into 3rd. The final riders came down, fighting the conditions, placing behind Greg and Sam. Canadian Stevie Smith was the last man down and put together a flyer in the moist conditions and finished nearly a second over Gee for an exhilarating finish! Josh says, “I had a really good week with the team, but missed Big Steve! I worked hard with Fox to get my bike set up because the track was really different to Andorra. Unfortunately I had a wheel build failure in the final. I felt awesome all week and was in a great place mentally before the race. This was the first mechanical I’ve had in my career and it makes me realize how lucky I’ve been to this point.” Not too happy with his result, Greg said, “With nine podiums here: six 2nds, one win, one 3rd and now a 4th, I know I’m good at Mont. Ste. Anne, but to win you need to be great. I made the mistake of switching to mud tires after the rain started. What brought me happiness was watching Stevie winning on home, turf! Big thanks to the Syndicate, I’m just disappointed that I couldn’t justify all their efforts with a better result.” As racing goes, we took our licks and now all focus is looking forward to World Championship preparations for the big race in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa in a few weeks time where Greg is looking to retain the rainbow jersey!! Thanks to the Syndicate sponsors: SANTA CRUZ BICYCLES FOX SHIMANO ENVE MAXXIS MUC OFF CLIF BAR WTB BIRZMAN FOXHEAD CHRIS KING LIZARD SKINS

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                  • This Is Peaty - Episode One 2012

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                    Follow Steve Peat on Twitter : http://www.twitter.com/StevePeat + http://www.twitter.com/ThisIsPeaty Fuelled by: Monster Energy This Is Peaty Episode One takes you on an international whirlwind adventure. Starting at the legendary Ingle Gym, Sheffield, along with close friend and Heavyweight boxer David Howe, Steve hasn't been slacking in the off-season, that's for sure. Getting in quality Downhill runs in the UK is tough for someone like Steve, who's nearest uplift is almost 2 hours away... So any excuse to head for San Romolo has to be a good one. Staying over at Argentina Bike with SPS rider James Swinden in tow, one Piaggio purchase later and a few amazing days in the sun, the season was off to a solid start... It might have been an early start to the season this year, but everyone came out swinging at Round 1 Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Huge Jumps, Dropper Posts, Weetabix and an 'almost' fairytale finish for the Santa Cruz Syndicate. Obviously psyched for his team-mate Greg Minaar, but a tough start to the year for Steve, back in 15th place. But don't worry he's not out of reach just yet though, with a long season still to follow. Val Di Sole is basically Wharncliffe but a bit longer anyway, right? Fuelled by: http://www.MonsterEnergy.com In Association with: http://www.FiveTen.com Supported by: http://www.Smuggling Duds.com http://www.RoyalRacing.com http://www.Santacruzmtb.com http://www.ThisIsPeaty.com A Steel City Media Production

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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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