“It would be great to defend my title at nationals this year, but if I can’t, as long as it’s someone from our team I’ll be happy,” the Team Dimension Data rider said.
Venter is currently taking part in the Santos Tour Down Under in Australia.
“Down Under is always a tricky and hard race because of its high level. It’s my first race of the season as well. I never know what to expect after the training I’ve been doing.
“I’ve been feeling good on the bike and we’ve got a good team here so it’s been great so far. We’re hoping to get onto the podium in the GC with Nathan Haas, but we have two more difficult stages.”
Entries for the SA National Road Championships close on January 25.