“I have only been riding again for about two or three weeks now,” Buys told In the Bunch today. “I just want to get back into things.
“I have not been going too hard, but will probably have to put in another month or two of riding and training before I get to top shape again.”
Buys said he would try to play a supporting role. “Matthys especially is in top form at the moment, so I will just be there to do what I can to help him and the other guys.
“With the National MTB Series no longer happening this year many more riders are taking part in the Trailseeker events, which is a good thing.
“So we are expecting quite a lot of competition. There will be many guys taking part who are out to win it.”
Personally, he said he would aim to use the race to assess where he stood in terms of form and fitness.
“I am feeling fresh, good and motivated, but I will only know where I stand after the race.
“I want to see how far I still need to catch up after being off the bike for over two months.
“The race will sort of serve as a gauge to see where I am in comparison to the other guys. It will be a nice race to get back into the game again.”
He was looking forward to racing again, Buys said. “It is almost like a home-ground race for me; it is not a big effort for me to get to the start.
“It is a convenient and fun race for me to test my legs,” he added.