Hatherly, a cross-country specialist, has enjoyed a very successful year.
Hatherly will take on the Cape Pioneer Trek as well as the Wines2Whales Race next month alongside Danish cross-country specialist Simon Andreassen, whom he also partnered at the Tankwa Trek in February.
That race, however, did not go according to plan for Hatherly, after he crashed out on stage three and broke his wrist. The pair had soloed to victory in the second stage, beating some of the world’s top stage racers.
They have reportedly trained and raced together on cross-country courses around the world this season and are ready for their next challenges.
“Pairing up for the seven-day Cape Pioneer Trek and the three-day Wines2Whales will be an exciting time as we have grown to know each other so well over the past year,” Hatherly said.
“We have a great understanding of each other’s strengths and weaknesses,” he said, adding that they had put in some longer hours on the bike to properly transition from the short cross-country format to the longer marathon races.
This year Beers is set to take part alongside his NAD Pro teammate Gawie Combrinck, which bodes well for an interesting battle.
Seven days of continuous racing might be a daunting prospect for a cross-country specialist, but Hatherly remains confident.
“It’s all about nurturing your body through each day and not burning any extra matches,” he said.
“[It will be important] to be able to start the next day as fresh as possible while still having given your everything the previous day. That is a puzzle you need to solve carefully,” he added.