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27-28 January 2024

Du Toit, Buys Terlouw bring it home

Underberg – PYGA Euro Steel’s team of Pieter du Toit and Philip Buys and their solo rider Jaedon Terlouw picked up where they left off at the Euro Steel Drak Descent MTB race to claim the race title after Sunday’s 53km second stage. The trio had looked comfortable in establishing their authority on Saturday’s 43km …...

Winning feeling for teammates at Drak Descent

Underberg – Team PYGA Euro Steel dominate the opening stage of the Euro Steel Drak Descent MTB race with Phil Buys and Pieter du Toit claiming victory in the team event while their team mate Jaedon Terlouw beat Drive Train Academy’s Daniel van Der Watt in the solo category. Overnight rain meant ideal sticky and …...

Buys looks like being best again at Euro Steel Drak Descent

Underberg – THE Phil Buys and Pieter du Toit combination will have a target on their back as they aim for an early-season win in the Euro Steel Drak Descent mountain bike race on Saturday and Sunday in and around the Underberg region. Buys is the defending champion after winning in 2023 with Alex Miller, …...

Drak Descent highlights Drakensberg charm

Underberg – The beautiful Southern Drakensberg will once again become the focus of sportsmen and women on January 27-28 when the Euro Steel Drak Descent and Euro Steel Run the Rivers events draw hundreds of mountain bikers and trail runners to Underberg for their annual endorphin fix. Dwarfed by the imposing Drakensberg mountain, trail runners …...

PYGA Euro Steel sweep Drak Descent

In contrasting conditions and with rain around, the PYGA Euro Steel team completed a sweep of both the team and individual crowns at the Euro Steel Drak Descent that ended at Umkimkulu River Lodge on Sunday. Having ridden their way to the front of the race on day one on Saturday, the PYGA Euro Steel …...

Foster and PYGA Euro Steel team-mates dominate Drak Descent day one

Against the picturesque backdrop of the Southern Drakensberg, riders were treated to sublime conditions on Day One of the Euro Steel Drak Descent mountain bike race on Saturday with Michael Foster and his team-mates claiming the honours. The young star headlined a dominant day for his squad as his PYGA Euro Steel team-mates Philip Buys …...

Drak Descent ready to kick-start KZN’s 2023 MTB calendar

After the relaxation of the December holidays, the year’s mountain biking action kicks into gear with the Euro Steel Drak Descent getting underway in the Southern Drakensberg this Saturday. The two-day mountain biking event has become a staple for the off-road community in KwaZulu-Natal and with some exclusive access to trails in and around Underberg …...

Malherbe taking it all in at Drak Descent 2023

As he continues his treatment for myeloma, KZN Midlands cycling personality Con Malherbe has confirmed he’ll be riding the 2023 Euro Steel Drak Descent, but will be taking a far more relaxed approach compared to previous years. The Southern Drakensberg classic from 28-29 January has become a popular stop on the mountain biking calendar in …...

White out to impart experience at Drak Descent

As the new MTB racing season approaches, teams plan out their 2023 schedule and Tyronne White and his Ballito-based DriveTrain Racing Team have ear-marked the Euro Steel Drak Descent at the end of January as their 2023 kick-starter. Experienced pro cyclist White will be riding in the 2023 Drak Descent on 28 and 29 January …...

Buys and PYGA Euro Steel back for Drak Descent

Team PYGA Euro Steel will once again be present on the start line for the 2023 Euro Steel Drak Descent when they use the popular Southern Drakensberg race from 28-29 January as a springboard for another exciting year of racing. Last year’s race became a lucrative scouting mission for Africa’s MTB Team as they roped …...

Drak Descent to kick-start Tipping Point/Brink’s season

The Pietermaritzburg-based Tipping Point/Brink Cycling Academy will begin their exciting 2023 season with a trip to the Euro Steel Drak Descent from 28-29 January. The Drak Descent has quickly become a must-do race for mountain biking enthusiasts as the two days of riding through the Southern Drakensberg offers up some of the best trails around. …...

Drak Descent goes full GPS in 2023

The organisers of the Euro Steel Drak Descent mountain bike races have committed to a wholly GPS navigated event, entrenching the event’s commitment to minimizing its impact on the environment. The two day event involved a network of trails between Restmount high on the Drak Gardens road down to Early Mist Farm on the second …...

Drak Descent highlights Southern Drakensberg charm

The 2023 edition of the Euro Steel Drak Descent will once again provide riders with top quality trails, but will also allow families to enjoy the best of what the Southern Drakensberg has to offer from 28-29 January. The event continues to attract riders of all abilities as it provides routes that will test riders …...

Award for MTB rider who rescued paddler

While the race winners basked in the limelight on Sunday afternoon mountain biker Anthony Halliday emerged as the real hero of the weekend after stepping in to rescue a paddler in trouble on the uMzimkhulu River.  Halliday was riding in the Euro Steel Drak Descent in partnership with FNB with his partner Geoff Nightingale, enjoying …...

Foster out-sprints Buys for Drak Descent crown

Young Michael Foster showed his rising talent when he out-sprinted the experienced Philip Buys to claim stage two, and with it overall honours, at the 2022 Euro Steel Drak Descent, in partnership with FNB, on Sunday. The pair finished Saturday’s first stage neck-and-neck and Sunday again the race came right down to the finish line …...

Buys holds slender advantage after Drak Descent stage one

Despite being slightly under the weather, PYGA Euro Steel’s Philip Buys claimed stage one honours at the Euro Steel Drak Descent, in partnership with FNB, on Saturday. With heavy rain on Friday afternoon the organisers were forced to do running repairs early on Saturday morning but the trails were ready for the riders and for …...

Euro Steel out to support the local community

The 2022 Euro Steel Run the Rivers and Euro Steel Drak Descent, both in partnership with FNB, will continue the title sponsor’s commitment to supporting the local community and businesses of the Southern Drakensberg town of Underberg. The pair of events from 29-30 January will attract hundreds of people from all over KwaZulu-Natal and South …...

Mackinnon MTB family up for Drak Descent test

It didn’t take young Jodi Mackinnon long to decide that she would take on the full Euro Steel Drak Descent, presented by FNB, and her father Andrew was made to enter the 14 year-old as soon as she was able to. Jodi, who turns 15 in February 2022, is now able to enter the full …...

PYGA Euro Steel confirm team for Drak Descent

Off the back of an successful 2021, the PYGA Euro Steel team will have some of their biggest names on the start line for the 2022 Euro Steel Drak Descent in partnership with FNB from 29-30 January. The team was represented well throughout the year and ended with a solid sixth place in the Absa …...

White and Swanepoel to tackle Drak Descent

Ballito-based mountain biking star Tyronne White will introduce a young Justin Swanepoel to stage racing when they team up for the upcoming Euro Steel Drak Descent presented by FNB from 29-30 January. The DriveTrain duo will be amongst what’s expected to be a strong field of teams for the 2022 edition of the race following …...

Hill out to start 2022 with a Drak Descent bang

Underberg – Multiple winner of the Euro Steel Drak Descent in partnership with FNB Andrew Hill will be on the start line in 2022 following a year in which his priorities may have shifted but he’s sure to be mixing it up with the elite field from 29-30 January. With various Covid-19 lockdowns, event cancellations …...

Drak Descent gets trail shake-up

Despite a cancellation of the event at the beginning of 2021, organisers of the 2022 Euro Steel Drak Descent in partnership with FNB have decided to make adjustments to the route that wasn’t used this year for the events to be held on the last weekend of January. The Euro Steel Drak Descent in partnership …...

Organisers excited to welcome back riders for Drak Descent 2022

Organisers of the 2022 Euro Steel Drak Descent mountain bike race in the Southern Drakensberg have officially opened entries to the public and are expecting a surge of interest following 2021’s cancellation due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The race, which forms part of the Drak Adventure Weekend on 29 and 30 January will once again …...

Underberg paramedics get major boost from sport sponsors

In the wake of the cancellation of the sporting events that make up the FNB Drak Adventure Week in Underberg, the sponsors have stepped in to help out community organisations that normally derive income from helping out at the three races, starting with the hard-working Underberg Emergency Medical Services. The tireless paramedics, who service the …...

PYGA-Euro Steel team confirmed for Drak Descent

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 …...

Hill eyes a fifth Drak Descent title

Having won four of the last five editions of the Euro Steel Drak Descent in partnership with FNB, MTB ace Andrew Hill has confirmed his entry for the 2021 race on 30 and 31 January, pencilling it in as the ideal kick-start to his competitive year. The 38 year-old TIB Insurance racer has made a …...

Shange’s epic ride to end with another Drak Descent

As hundreds of MTB fanatics converge on Underberg on the weekend of 30 and 31 January 2021 for the Euro Steel Drak Descent in partnership with FNB, few will notice the figure of Thubalethu Shange as he rides into the Southern Drakensberg town the day before race. Hardly anyone will know that he has ridden …...
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