RIDERS

Team PYGA Euro Steel

Gert Heyns

From: South Africa, Stellenbosch
Discipline: XC
Weapon of Choice: MOBU
Favourite trail: definitely Jonkershoek in Stellenbosc

Gerts best biking memory is winning the last stage of the 2014 Cape Epic with Matthys, Philip and Nino as well as winningt the National Marathon Championship.

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Philip Buys

From: South Africa, Pretoria
Discipline: XC
Weapon of Choice: MOBU
Favourite trail: Any trail that reminds me why I ride bikes

Phil used to race solo until he paired up with Matthys to create what is now known as South Africa’s most well-fitted Mountain Bike Race Team – PYGA EURO STEEL.

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Pieter Du Toit

From: South Africa, Potchefstroom
Discipline: XC
Weapon of choice: MOBU
Favourite trail: Karkloof Trails

Pieter’s favourite memory on the bike was beating Matthys and Philip in a short race still as a junior. 😉

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Matthys Beukes

From: South Africa, Western Cape
Discipline: XC
Weapon of Choice: MOBU
Favourite trail: The trails in and around George

Matthys is one of the team leaders of Team PYGA Euro Steel – our South African Mountain Bike Race Team. He joined Phil in 2014 to create the multiple award winning team.

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Global PYGA Posse

Chris Visscher (a.k.a. Flyinggrizzlybear)

From: Switzerland
Discipline: Enduro, Dirt and DH
Weapon of Choice: SLAKLINE
Death row meal: Boeuf Bourguignon

Chris is one of our Swiss riders. He’s very at home when he is sailing through the air on his SLAKLINE at various locations in and around the Alps. 

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Pascal Pensa

From: Switzerland
Discipline: Enduro and Endurance events
Weapon of Choice: SLAKLINE
Death row meal: Haribo Gummies

Pascal is no stranger to hard work and regularly competes in selected EWS and Enduro events on his Slakline. Outside of racing, he spends most of his time riding at home and in the Alps. 

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Gerard Plata
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From: Barcelona, Spain
Discipline: Enduro, DH and Dirt
Weapon of choice: SLAKLINE
Death row meal: Fajitas

Gerard Plata is from Barcelona, Spain and is an all-round rider, as comfortable on a BMX doing dirt jumps to nailing it on a DH rig. He has been in several MTB edits including ‘Kings of Europe’ where he insanely flipped a kids 12 inch BMX on dirt!

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Rock Effendy

From: Singapore
Discipline: XC, Road and Enduro
Weapon of choice: SLAKLINE
Death row meal: Subway

Riding for PYGA Singapore, Rock works hard and plays harder. And what a stunning location to ride in too, check out his social media profiles to see the epic trails Singapore has to offer – wow!

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Jason Boulle

From: Cape Town
Discipline: Enduro and just about anything else!
Weapon of Choice: SLAKLINE
Death row meal: A good ol’ pasta dish

Jason is an enduro rider based in Cape Town, South Africa. He loves steep natural trails but also enjoys some airtime in the bike park too. When he’s not on the bike you might catch him doing a cheeky trail run or busy at work in local media company, WildAirTV! Favourite local spots include Tokai Bike Park, the trails on Table Mountain and a couple others that can’t be mentioned 😉 . 

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Tim Bentley
From: Stellenbosch, South Africa

Discipline: Enduro, Downhill and Dirt Jumping
Weapon of Choice: SLAKLINE
Death row meal: a curry 

Tim is an ex-world cup downhill racer who now races and rides locally in South Africa. He is most at home riding big jumps and techincal trails aboard his PYGA SLAKLINE in Stellenbosch.

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Howard Zink

From: Reno, U.S.A.
Weapon: SLAKLINE

PYGA USA party boss, dad, husband, and trail shredder – Howie Zink is the man. Taking every chance he can, Howie gets out and rides. If you can’t find him on the trails, check the local golf course to see if he’s playing a few rounds. One of the most stylish and best riders around, Howie can ride any PYGA, any trail, and will ride with anyone!

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Trevor Boldi

From: USA
Weapon of Choice: SLAKLINE

Trevor, Trixie, Sir-Trix-A-Lot – whatever you want to call him, he can ride a bike. Whether it be a dig day, race day, or out for some shuttle laps, Trevor can be found having the best time possible. The master of speed and style, he sure can ride his PYGA.

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Ryan Mill
From: USA

Weapon of Choice: SLAKLINE

Bike builder, marketing assistant, mechanic, and all round hard PYGA Party worker, Ryan excels at whatever he does. Whether it’s a trail ride, enduro race, shuttle laps or park laps, Ryan will ride any PYGA, any time. If you can’t find him on the trails you can probably find him on the ski slopes, or at the hockey rink. No matter the day or the time, you can always find him smiling and having a good time.

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Jake Keller

From: USA
Weapon of choice: SLAKLINE

Newly riding for PYGA USA, Jake rides more than anyone we know. He loves to be on a bike, day in and day out. Whether he’s out for an XC ride for miles at a time, training for enduro races, or shuttle days with the crew, Jake just lives and breathes that PYGA USA spirit and is someone you always want to ride with.

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Collen Cantrell

From: USA
Weapon of Choice: SLAKLINE

Born in Alaska and living in Reno, Nevada, Collen knows how to have a good time. Riding his PYGA as much as he can, Collen races for us, goes on long pedals, joins in on shuttle days and is just always riding his bike. Living the PYGA family spirit, Collen shreds – be it up or down, and has a blast doing it.

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David Wise

From: USA
Weapon of choice: SLAKLINE

Father, husband, Olympic Gold Medalist and PYGA ambassador. David spends his days training for professional skiing in the Reno/Tahoe area. When he’s not skiing, he’s either with his family, shooting his bow, or cross training with the PYGA USA family. A true inspiration to everyone, David is the epitome of the spirit of what it means to be a part of the PYGA family.

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Jay Cowley

From: Devon, United Kingdom
Weapon of choice: SLAKLINE
Discipline: Free rider
Favourite trail: 

Jay is an ex BMX pro turned MTB rider and won our U.K. PYGA rider search competition with a super impressive edit. We had some great entries but Jay was selected by a panel of judges at our media partner WideOpen magazine.

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Ben Frier, (a.k.a Henjamin)
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From: Christchurch, New Zealand
Weapon of choice: SLAKLINE 
Discipline: Enduro
Favourite trail: top 3 in no particular order -Craigieburn/Mt Cheeseman, Mt Lyndon or the 35’s

Ben has been racing and riding bikes from a young age, he loves ripping it up down under!

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