.The New PYGA MoBu
In January of 2020, Matthys Beukes and Philip Buys were the first, to test the prototype PYGA's. Matthys and Philip saw huge time and performance increases thanks to the exceptionally designed PYGA MoBu's. Thanks to Pat and the team from PYGA.
2020 Euro Steel Drak Descent
A weekend spent around like minded people is definitely one we won't forget. The 2020 Edition of the Euro Steel Drak Descent was definitely worth the trip and the trails were sublime. Was great seeing three adventure sports coming together to enjoy the finest scenery South Africa has to offer. Well done to the Trail runners, Paddlers and Mountain Bikers who spent the weekend in and around Underberg. A big thank you to Euro Steel for hosting a spectacular event.
2020 Momentum Medical Scheme Attakwas Extreme presented by Biogen
Our first race of the season was the well known Attakwas. Matthys Beukes finished in 2nd behind a talented Matt Beers from then Team NAD Pro Cycling. Youngster Wessel Botha finished in 3rd with Philip Buys taking the KOM (King of the Mountain) for the day.
.2020 Momentum Medical Scheme Tankwa Trek
The first big stage race for the year with a massive international field. It also features a UCI category making it a big deal for our pro's, hoping to rank up for world championships. Matthys and Philip rode together finishing in 4th GC after the three days of racing. Our second team consisting of Phillimon Sebona and Pieter Du Toit managed a 20th place.
SA MTB XCO Cup Mankele
Our first XCO race of the season, where Philip Buys placed 4th, in-front of youngster Pieter Du Toit in 10th. Both athletes are well-known on the cross-country scene.
Imbuko Big5 Challenge
New on the calendar. We headed to Wellington for the gruesome 75-kilometre route, seeing riders ascend for 3020 meters in total. Philip Buys finished 1st after the day of racing. DSV pro-cycling rider Gert Heyns, now riding for PYGA Euro Steel managed 2nd in-front of Matthys Beukes claiming 3rd. Pieter du Toit rounded out the mountain bikers podium in 5th.
2020 ABSA Cape Epic
More prepared than ever but the start of the 2020 #Covid19 Lockdown, where the year started changing dramatically. We were more prepared than ever for the race. We want to say thank you to our sponsors and partners, athletes, media, management and logistics for the preparation for an event that got cancelled unexpectedly on the 14th of March, one day prior to the start.
Whilst in lockdown we spent a lot of time on our indoor trainers which also proved very valuable with much more consistent training routines and numbers. This really taught us how to keep focussed in uncertain times.
24 Hour Challenge
On the 11th of April, whilst in level 5 lockdown, Matthys Beukes rode for a total of 24 hours around his residence. He completed 255 kilometers with 1,686 meters of verticle ascent. The result of being locked inside for 2 months.
After completing 24 full hours of riding, Matthys Beukes got another great idea. On the 27th of April Matthys decided that he will set out to ride 1000 kilometres, again around a lap in his yard. He rode for 5 days and finished on the 3rd of May. Matthys raised money for HEFund alongside Nika Capital for relief during the #Covid19 pandemic.
Phillimon Sebona leaves the team to join C2R
In June of 2020, Phillimon Sebona gets the amazing opportunity to start a new journey alongside C2R. We believe in development, and we believe that Phillimon has a bigger purpose to his cycling career and glad that he is able to develop future stars in our much-loved sport.
Watch the story on https://youtu.be/0gv3qSf9x-Q
RideOn App Challenges
An idea generated by Philip Buys during level 4 lockdown following Covid-19 protocols. The 1st one was won by Philip Buys ahead of then Team NAD Pro cycling rider Wessel Botha and team PYGA Euro Steel member Pieter Du Toit. Philip beat them by 16 seconds on a 6-minute loop in Wolwespruit.
PIET MAAK N PLAN
We started a mini-series with Pieter Du Toit sharing his technical knowledge around bikes. Pieter is known for taking things apart, fixing them and putting them together again. An engineer by heart.
Pieter Du Toit and his small shop in Potchefstroom welcomes PYGA Mountainbikes onboard.
PYGA has been a partner to our team for a few years, and recently our athletes have started getting more personally involved with the brand. Pieter is now a trusted retailer of PYGA's in Potchefstroom in his small shop DT Cycles.
Coaching with Philip Buys and Matthys Beukes
Being a top-level professional cyclist takes not only fitness but many years of training and experience in races. That is why, both Philip Buys and Matthys Beukes have started their own coaching academies. For more information head to our coaching tab above.
New KALAS Sportswear Distributor in South Africa
Phil Buys Sports signs to be the sole importers of KALAS Sportswear in Southern Africa. Our team has raced with KALAS for many years and we have built a trust in the brand where quality and comfort in sportswear is never a doubt.
PURSUIT Challenge #1 Buffelsdrift
As the lockdown restrictions lighten and outdoor activities are allowed, we embarked on the first PURSUIT Challenge. A racing series where athletes are tested in a time trial format. In the first race on the 9th of August, that took place over 84 kilometres Pieter Du Toit just missed out on the prizes in 4th with Philip Buys finishing in 11th.
Nissan Trailseeker #1 Buffelsdrift
When we got back to some serious racing at the Trailseeker we came back with a bang. A photo finish with all three of our riders on the podium. Well done to youngster Tristan Nortje for sticking out and fighting against us all the way. Matthys Beukes in 1st, Philip Buys in 2nd and Pieter Du Toit in 3rd with a time of 2:08:02.
Nissan Trailseeker #3 Van Gaalens
In the third edition of the Nissan Trailseeker, Philip Buys managed to place 1st with newly formed Team Nano Times Matt Beers in 2nd. Our new team member Gert Heyns came in 3rd place, rounding out the podium for the day.
Our biggest rivals for 2020 winning and placing second, Team Nanotime's Matt Beers and Wessel Botha. Pieter Du Toit finishing in 6th overall on his PYGA MoBu against a packed gravel bike field.
Nissan Trailseeker #4 Sondela
We were astonished by the race when Pieter Du Toit, our 20 y/o rider winning the fastest Trailseeker of the year with a time of 02:17:34 over 65 kilometres. Wessel Botha and Brendan van Eeden placed 2nd and 3rd respectively with Philip Buys in 4th.
Schwalbe South Africa Distribution by Ikhambi
Ikhambi Distribution takes over as our Schwalbe Tyre suppliers. We continue to ride with Schwalbe for the coming season.
Nissan Trailseeker #5 Cullinan
The last Trailseeker Nico Bell from team Nanotime claimed 1st with privateer Jan Wittaar in 2nd. Shaun-Nick Bester from Dark-Horse Wheels claimed 3rd and Philip Buys finished in 4th. Pieter Du Toit managed a respected 8th after 71 kilometres of racing.
SA Cycling XCO Championships
The 8th of November saw our very own Matthys Beukes taking on the first cross-country race in a while. He managed to finish in 5th.
With the Sani being moved to the end of the season, weather conditions changed and we saw a wet and slippery race. Matthys and Philip finished 2nd after 2 days of racing, with day 2 being made neutral due to an unrideable Umkomaas Valley. Gert Heyns and Arno Du Toit won the race with Pieter Du Toit and guest rider Francois Theron finishing in 4th behind the duo of Keagan Bontekoning and Brendan van Eeden from Insect Science.
Welcome to the Family GERT HEYNS
As the season draws to a close, we welcome an old friend and fellow rider Gert Heyns back onboard our team. This creates immense excitement and we look forward to building on our results through the 2021 season.Thank you to everyone who has been with us this year. We've been through a lot and we couldn't have made it as far without such amazing people and brands behind us.
Thank you 2020!
Here we go 2021!
As 2020 draws to a close and we're all reflecting on the strange year, we have some exciting news for 2021.
“PYGA Mountain Bikes is honoured to have Gert Heyns join our team and we look forward to a fantastic journey. Not only do we consider Gert an amazing athlete and sportsman, but he is a true ambassador and a commensurate gentleman who will inspire many young athletes to follow in his footsteps.” ~ Richard Crouse of PYGA mountain bikes.
“It is exciting and motivating to have Gert as part of the team again. With the continued support from sponsors and our long term support team, I think we will be an even more formidable unit to reckon with. Having four strong riders being very capable with any mix of pairings also lightens the pressure for everyone. Less pressure equals more fun and that translates to more speed!” ~ Philip Buys.
“To have Gert join the PYGA Euro Steel family for 2021 resonates well with our company values in the efforts to strive for excellence. We are excited to see how he will complement an already strong team. We look forward to spend time with Gert next year at some of our corporate events and hope that the infrastructure provided also helps him achieve some of his personal cycling goals.” ~ Colin Wilson CEO Euro Steel.
"I’m very pleased to have someone of Gert's pedigree joining the team. Good friends with Matthys and the lads make his move an easy one. I know Gert will bring some new vigour and completion within Team Pyga Eurosteel." ~ Patrick Morewood“