Beukes and Buys wrap up Cape Pioneer title - TeamSA

Beukes and Buys wrap up Cape Pioneer title

Beukes and Buys

After six spectacular stages and 530km, Team Pyga Euro Steel’s Matthys Beukes and Philip Buys stormed to victory at the 10th edition of the Momentum Health Cape Pioneer Trek.

It was a first-time win as a team for South Africa’s mountain biking giants. Buys enthused, ‘It feels so good to be back to racing form! I haven’t done a serious stage race in ages, and was quickly reminded of how sore the legs get from competing at this level! I’ve never won this event before – it’s all been incredible.’

Beukes, who grew up in Oudtshoorn, is a favourite at the event. With high-priority races like the Absa Cape Epic coming up, he explained, ‘I know these trails really well. We get to encounter some tough terrain out there that put our bikes and bodies to the test. This race is really good preparation for the major events on our international racing calendar.’

After his 2017 Cape Pioneer Trek victory, Alan Hatherly teamed up with Denmark’s Simon Andreassen with a strong drive to defend the title and after a week of fighting tooth and nail, Hatherly, Andreassen, Beukes and Buys set off for the final 64km stage through Chandelier Game Reserve.

It was Hatherly who actually crossed the finish line first, but with Beukes and Buys only seconds behind him. Taking the final spot on the podium was NAD MTB’s Matt Beers and Gawie Combrinck.

The women’s field saw an international victory from the German-Dutch pair of Cemile Trommer and Karen Brouwer. With the pink jerseys on their back and overall lead, yet another stage win proved that Trommer and Brouwer have forged a newly formed formidable duo.

In second place was Team Garmin’s Yolandi du Toit and Catherine Williamson, while rounding out the ladies podium was Simone van Aardt and Sarita Louw from Team Faith.

Photo: Beukes and Buys celebrate their victory

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