Bester’s first win came following his horrific crash on the road while riding for a pro-Continental team in Portugal. He went on to successfully defend his title in the 60km race last year.
“I’m feeling confident that I can defend my title [to win] for a third year,” he said.
His strategy would depend a lot on who was racing and how strong the competition was.
“The National MTB Classic is a really flat and fast race. Tactics play a big role in winning it,” Bester said.
“The route suits my road cycling background and I think that my tactical knowledge in these types of races is superior to most mountain bikers.”
Bester added that a key area would definitely be the start.
“It’s always a dangerous one because of so many riders trying to be the first to get to the first singletrack.”
The 28-year-old said he had had a great season, his many victories including the Cape Pioneer Trek, Magalies Citrus Gravel Xpress and Winter Fast One.
“It has been one of my best seasons to date and I’m grateful for everyone who made this possible.”