“The objective was to win. I also competed in the race for the training because there was a lot of climbing and that is the best training to do in racing.”
The Potchefstroom resident said the victory was a good morale-booster for him.
“It was also a motivating factor as my last few mountain-bike races were not the best.”
The Magalies Monster MTB Classic champion said 8km into the race Gordon rode to the front of the bunch on a climb and started to pick up the pace.
“When we were halfway up the climb it was only Alan, John-William Lang and me.
“We then turned onto a tough single-track climb and I managed to go in first. As we went down the first trail I went as fast as I could and managed to make a small gap.
“Then the long climb leading up to the KOM approached and I pushed hard for as long as I could.”
Du Toit said he continued to ride as fast as possible all the way to the finish.
“I’m happy it worked out and that I managed to win.”
The Pyga-Eurosteel rider felt the route suited him as the climbs were long and steady.
“That is what I like. The downhills were rough and loose and I like the sketchier descents.
“The weather was also ideal as it was a cool day with perfect temperatures, which helped a lot for us not to overheat.”