The 21-year-old said he spotted the race on the calendar a couple of months back and decided to target it.
“To come away with the win is really nice. I’m very happy to have won,” Gouveris said.
He added that he was in decent shape and form going into the race so he felt he was in with a chance of taking the win.
“Riding as an individual, the strategy for me was the same as for most races – try and get into a small breakaway that has the power to stay away and then try to take the win from there.
“It doesn’t always work but I’m really happy it paid off for me this time,” said the Action Cycles rider, who won the Lorraine Cycle Tour in Port Elizabeth last month.
Gouveris said within the first few kilometres of the 105km race Jean Fourie, who eventually came third, went clear.
“I tried a small attack early on, at about 10km, to see if the bunch would let me go. They didn’t and I was brought back.
“I then waited patiently for another 10km as riders tried to go but nothing happened. As soon as I noticed the bunch beginning to calm down after the attacks came back I gave a real hard effort.”
He added that Warick Minkley, who ultimately placed second, came with him and they managed to get across to Fourie.
“The bunch chased hard but the three of us worked well. We kept echeloning and kept the gap constant at about 45 seconds. After about 20 minutes I noticed the bunch was no longer strung out and were bunched together.
“I knew from this they had sat up and that was when I rolled really hard on the front to try to grow the gap.
“The time gap went up to about three minutes for us three and from there we just kept a constant tempo until the end. The finish was on an uphill drag which suited me and I managed to win the race in a sprint, which I was really happy with.
“It was also a really fast race. I think we averaged just short of 44km/h, which is a lot of fun racing at that high tempo.”
Gouveris felt the route was a bit too flat for his liking as he preferred a punchier and harder course. As a result he had to make it count on all the drags and push hard to try and tire his breakaway companions out as it was too flat to try to ride away.
“The sprint suited me really well though, so I can’t complain.”
The PE local felt the biggest obstacle for him was the long car trip the day before.
“It’s hard on the body to race after a seven-hour car trip.
“Another obstacle was definitely the thin air. Coming from PE the air in Bloemfontein is really thin and dry and it makes it difficult to breathe.
“The best way for me to overcome that was to just keep hydrated the day before and during the race.”