Beukes, who rides locally for PYGA Euro Steel, will represent South Africa at the world champs alongside PYGA teammates Julian Jessop and Phillimon Sebona, NAD Pro’s Matt Beers and Nico Bell, and Team Spur’s Alan Hatherly.
Hatherly won the men’s under-23 cross-country world championship last weekend and he will certainly add international experience to the team.
“It is always a privilege to represent your country so I’m really proud,” Beukes told In the Bunch today.
On what is expected to be a gruelling route against the best competition in the world, Beukes said he would not think about the result on race day.
“I just want to do the best I can, have a good race and ride clever,” Beukes said.
“The rest will follow that and hopefully we can put up a good contest.”
The race is over 102km – starting and finishing in Auronzo di Cadore – and will consist of a total of 4 200m of ascent.
The route comprises 64 per cent non-surfaced road, 20 per cent track, 9 per cent single-track and 7 per cent surfaced road.
“It should definitely be a hard route,” Beukes said. “It is the world champs so that is definitely what you can expect.
“That’s a good thing. I am aware that there is a lot of climbing but I think that should suit me well.”
Although coming from separate set-ups in SA, members of the team were in “good spirits”, Beukes said.
“We are feeling quite good and I think everyone in the team is in relatively good form.
“I’m pretty sure each one of us will be looking to do well out there.”
With several riders having withdrawn from the world marathon champs – including Gert Heyns, HB Kruger and Stuart Marais – Beukes expressed gratitude to his team for providing much-needed support.
“Most importantly I have to thank PYGA Euro Steel for making it possible for us to come here and represent our country.
“It goes a really long way,” he added.