Beat The Cock! are two triathlon events in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas which takes place on in-game weekends.
Each challenge consists of swimming, cycling and running. It is a physically demanding challenge and therefore a high cycling ability and high stamina are required to win the race, as virtually all of it must be made sprinting to come up first. Should the player wish to attempt the triathlon, they must ensure that Carl Johnson has previous cycling experience otherwise a pop-up message will inform the player that they cannot take part.
The triathlon is sponsored by Cluckin' Bell and poster ads for it can be seen in each gym in the game; a man dressed in the Cluckin' Bell clerk yellow cock-suit will take part of the event (hence, Beat The Cock), as well as seven other contenders, for a total of nine participants per race.
The two triathlon events can be completed in either order, and are not required for 100% Completion.
Carl needs to finish first in both triathlons for them to be completed. No traffic spawns on the roads whilst the triathlons are in progress. The challenges are available only on Saturdays and Sundays.
The first Beat the Cock! challenge starting point is located in Santa Maria Beach, Los Santos; next to the pathway that goes to the lighthouse, and its total length (measured by Stats) is approximately 6.75 kilometers. The triathlon starts by swimming across the Los Santos Inlet, to Flint County, for about 350 meters. This is followed by a 5.1km. cycle ride to the Avispa Country Club in San Fierro, via Flint County's woods. A part of this sector is on asphalt roads but more than half is over dirt roads, crossing through Angel Pine in a northerly direction and then entering the highway northbound to the foot of Missionary Hill. The triathlon ends with an ascending sprint for 1.3 kilometers to the radio tower on top of Missionary Hill. This challenge is available once the mission Green Sabre is completed, and the prize for winning is $10,000.
The second Beat The Cock! challenge is at Fisher's Lagoon in Red County, near Northstar Rock and Palomino Creek, and its total length (measured by Stats) is 20.5 kilometers. It starts by swimming along the creek to Dillimore (approximately 490–500 meters), then a 19 kilometer cycle ride through San Fierro and Bone County to Las Venturas, followed by a 1km sprint southbound down The Strip, ending at The Four Dragons Casino. This challenge is available once the mission Yay Ka-Boom-Boom has been completed, and the prize for winning is $20,000.
Shooting any other competitors will result in instant disqualification, as will riding a bike into any body of water. Vehicles can be used for the running parts, intermittently between the red markers, until the total vehicle use time reaches 24 seconds without disqualification.
- The Vortex can be used to complete the swimming element of the triathlon, though running over any other competitors will result in disqualification.
- "Beat the cock" is a slang term for masturbation.