Philip Buys and Matthys Beukes form the “African MTB team” PYGA Euro Steel. Previously teammates riding as Scott LCB Factory Racing, 2017 sees them with new sponsors, and of course new bikes. The pair have a solid track record riding together, and have their eyes firmly on the Absa African jersey at this year’s Cape Epic, as well as on an overall podium spot. We caught up with them to check in on their race preparation, find out more about their plans for 2017, and of course their new bikes.
Rhebokskloof wine estate hosted the first National XCO race on 25 February. Myself, Philip and Kombo arrived in Cape Town on Thursday morning and made our way to Wellington, the 39deg heat made the current drought in Cape Town prominent to the eye and the track was very dry and loose. Matthys was still deciding whether to do the race, if not he would come through to support and attend the team photoshoot planned for Sunday.
We practised the lines on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning to escape the heat and it was clear that there would be a lot of internationals racing.
Below a link to a short video clip on Facebook of the race, please re-share it so more eyes can see and follow what we do :) a big shoutout to Hayden Brown for the great pictures and video content!
Below some words from the team:
As most of you know we were in Sabie this past weekend for the National Marathon, but also represented in Hilton KZN for the first Provincial XCO race.
With news of cyclone Dineo hitting the Mpumalanga province we were geared for heavy rain and expected a lot of mud. While the rain stopped on Friday the course was shortened for the race on Saturday and Sunday cutting out a lot of singletrack. Kombo represented the team at the Provincial XCO.
Words from the team below:
The past weekend our team raced the first leg of the National Marathon series in Grabouw. Philip and Kombo travelled down to do some performance tests on Thursday and I joined them that evening. Matthys came through on Friday and we all stayed in a nice farm house in Grabouw, the perfect place to get ready for race day on Saturday.
Below some comments from the riders regarding the race:
While consistency is key to performance on a sporting stage there is also significant wisdom in the maxim that a change is as good as a holiday. That’s exactly how Ruan Lochner and Philip Buys, owners of the African MTB Team, see the new chapter in their partnership with corporate South Africa to continue their professional mountain bike team, formerly known as Scott LCB Factory Racing, into Team Pyga / Euro Steel