The NAD Pro rider’s winning time of 4:59:25 was 12 minutes off the course record for the 121km race, which starts in Oudtshoorn and includes the testing Attakwas pass through the Outeniqua Mountains.
“I’m almost glad I’ve had a five-year break from the Attakwas,” said Beers.
“It gave me time to forget how tough it is.”
Beers said they were still a fairly large group until about 30km to the finish. He then increased the pace to try and shed a few riders.
“Then on one of those long rolling climbs I attacked and got a bit of a gap.”
He added that he had hoped Botha would come with him and felt that maybe he should have waited before making his attack.
“It worked out fine in the end. I chose to ride with a dropper seatpost for the aero advantage of being able to get lower on the descents. That helped me tuck in and I extended my lead on that first descent in particular.”
“So I had to go full gas to the line. I won’t lie, it got dark at times. But not that dark. I could still push and I’m really happy with my form so early in the season. It’s a good sign.”