Greg Minnaar Joins Norco Factory Racing

The cat is out of the bag now! After a month or so of waiting to see where he’d land, the G.O.A.T. Greg Minnaar has signed with the Norco Factory racing team.

With four World Champ victories and a ludicrous 23 World Cup wins, the South African is one of the most decorated riders in the sport, and he has big plans with Norco next season and beyond. Minnaar is focused on working with Norco’s engineers to develop equipment that will change the game, while also nurturing the next generation of talent.

Until recently, I had no idea that Norco had such an incredible engineering team, I’ve never seen this in the bike industry, where the engineering team has a separate division to work with the race team. I’ll be lucky enough to direct this program, to be a part of a culture of performance and leverage my years of experience, while giving myself the best possible chance between the tape. This is the beginning of a new chapter for me and for Norco—we’re just getting started.”

Greg Minnaar

In addition to racing, Minnaar will lead the Norco Factory race team, joining current members Gracey Hemstreet and Lucas Cruz, while starting to build the team for the future. Greg will also mentor Norco’s youth development team, The Source, a program aimed at finding and fostering the future of downhill racing, giving them the support and tools they need to succeed.

The work for next season has already begun, with Minnaar due to race on the prototype Norco DH bike, something he will be working closely with the engineering team to optimize even further over the season.

I am here to build the fastest team, with the fastest bike”


We can think of no better way to kick off our 60th anniversary year than to have an icon of the sport like Greg join our team”

Gwen van Lingen, Head of Brand at Norco.