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Syndicate preps for World Cup action

By:
Cycling News
Published:
April 05, 2011, 17:17 BST,
Updated:
April 05, 2011, 19:25 BST
Edition:
MTB News & Racing Round-up, Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Race:
MTB World Cup Cross Country #1
Steve Peat (Santa Cruz Syndicate) nails a turn

Steve Peat (Santa Cruz Syndicate) nails a turn

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Peat and Bryceland to join Minnaar in South Africa

Santa Cruz Syndicate racers Steve Peat and Josh Bryceland have been busy getting ready for the 2011 downhill mountain bike World Cup season. The two recently picked up their new Santa Cruz Carbon V-10s and are soon headed to Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, where they will be caught up in a whirlwind of training and promotional activities leading up to the World Cup season opener on April 23-24.

"I get excited at this time every year!" said former downhill world champion Peat after getting his new bike for the season. "The feeling of surprise as to what the guys in the art department have come up with for our new graphics is great, and 2011 is no exception. The guys have done a killer job yet again."

"Good old Dougie 'Hatrick' Hatfield stuck most of the bike together and myself and Josh had a bit of fun putting the last bits on to see the whole bike. It then needed to be sent of to Ricky Bobby for a final race prep tune and to tighten all the bolts I had missed....ha,ha. She will be back with me soon for her maiden voyage....can't wait as the whole thing looks awesome."

Once Bryceland and Peat get to South Africa, they'll meet up with Syndicate teammate Greg Minnaar, who is from South Africa.

"I'm looking forward to being a part of the Syndicate again, and the family reunion is here at my home," said Minnaar.

The athletes will host a meet and greet social bike ride open to the public at Holla Skills Track on Saturday, April 16 at 7:30 am. On Friday, April 22, there will also be a Greg Minnaar & True Athlete Fan Club event where 150 people can purchase fan packs filled with vuvuzelas, flags, caps and shirts for race day, and have an opportunity to meet the athletes face-to-face. The proceeds from that event will go to the Thembini School.

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