Brother Matthys and Gerrie Beukes each got a taste of success as they won their respective age categories at the third round of the Madibaz XCO Series at Nelson Mandela University in George on Sunday.
The younger Beukes brother, who rides for PYGA EuroSteel, completed the five-lap elite race in 1:07:12 to finish well ahead of the competition. Jan-Paul Gerber and Luke Cocksedge completed the podium.
In a race over four laps, Beukes’ brother led the veteran men home in 1:00:36, around two minutes ahead of Iniël Hattingh and Deon Barnard.
The George local was positive about depth of the field and said it was good to see a sizeable field at the event, which is presented in association with Old Mutual Private Wealth Management.
“For this area, it was definitely a good turnout. Local cross-country racing used to be quite big here, but it’s died down a bit,” he said.
“Now they’re getting more and more with each event so it’s definitely a good thing for the sport.”
Beukes admitted he woke with the plan to have a hard day of training but the Bergadder course made it difficult to stay away.
“That morning I went to see how the younger kids were riding and the course looked like such fun, so I decided to race rather than go training,” said the younger Beukes brother.
Beukes said he had been impressed by the course as it was a fast, flowing track.
The competitive side of the professional rider came out as he set himself the task of trying to lap his brother.
“I started the race really hard to see if I could try and lap him, but looking back now it might have been a bit optimistic.”
He said there was an unspoken rivalry between the two on the rare occasions they were able to race with each other.
“We don’t get to race together too much because he has other commitments and doesn’t get to as many races as he’d like.”