Steel Drak Descent Media Release
PYGA-Euro Steel team confirmed for Drak Descent
Underberg – Africa’s MTB Team, Team PYGA-Euro Steel will have
their full contingent out in force when they take to the
Southern Drakensberg for the upcoming Euro Steel Drak Descent in
partnership with FNB from 30-31 January.
The team recently completed the delayed KAP sani2c that saw the
PYGA-Euro Steel 1 team of Philip Buys and Matthys Beukes finish
second behind the DSV Pro Cycling duo of Arno du Toit and Gert
Pieter du Toit and Francois Theron, who made up the PYGA-Euro
Steel 2 team, rode to fifth overall in the sani2c that was
curtailed by weather which meant that the famous drop into the
Umkomaas Valley on the second Queen stage was cancelled as the
stage became a neutral one.
The Drak Descent has become an important event for many
professional mountain bike riders, however there is more to the
trip for riders with the area providing them with more than just
an exciting two day ride.
“We love coming to Underberg and riding on these trails because
they are proper MTB trails and it’s a really fun two days of
“The area is beautiful and it’s a great way for us to start our
The team will take on the Attakawas Extreme to start their year
but then it’s up to Underberg for the Drak Descent which will
provide another key test for the riders as they gear up for a
big year of racing.
“The Drak Descent is going to be our first multi-stage race of
the year so it will be good to see how we go there but it’s all
part of the bigger picture that will be some important stage
“With the postponement of the Absa Cape Epic to October that
means that we will have a big year leading up to that as the
main focus,” Beukes added.
The PYGA-Euro Steel team are at the forefront of MTB in South
Africa and will be a tough team to beat at next year’s Drak
Descent with the experienced pair of Beukes and Buys leading the
Beukes, who has been with PYGA Euro Steel since its second
season, was happy with their result at the recent sani2c and is
looking forward to building on that result heading into the new
“We were at the right level for this time of the year when we
rode sani2c,” Beukes said. “We were happy with our levels but
the DSV guys were just a bit stronger than us.
“It was a good race to have and is going to be an important part
of our build up to next year and the racing season coming up.”
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(pictured) and the rest of the PYGA-Euro Steel team will be on
the start line once again to add some more firepower to the
field at the 2021 Euro Steel Drak Descent in partnership with
FNB from 30-31 January.
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