Preparation for mountain biker Ian Wright is over as he heads to Canberra tomorrow for the 2013 WEMBO World Solo 2-hour Mountain Biking Championships.
The Invercargill man will be competing in his third world championships and his 18th solo 2-hour race.
This year Wright will also compete for the first time in the Elite men's grade.
This year has seen a change to Wright's bike as he has upgraded to a two-light system after he struck trouble in 2010 when his light failed.
Wright said he was confident the two-light system would see him all the way through the night.
Wright had a couple of goals for the championships and said he was aiming to be the best of the New Zealand contingent crossing the ditch.
He also wanted to complete between 21 and 23 laps of the 21.5km track, if all goes to plan. Wright's rival Matthew Lees, from Dunedin, makes the trip on the back of victories against some North Island competitors.
From the twice Wright and Lees have raced Lees has come out on top both times, with and the world champs are a chance for revenge.
"He beat the North Island guys convincingly ... when we raced, he only beat me by a bit," Wright said.
Wright will stay with friend Vince Rothemund, who will also be his support crew for the week in Australia.
During his race, Wright said all he would eat endurance cookies and stay hydrated with electrolyte drinks.
"And pizza sandwiches," hejoked, "they have everything an endurance athlete needs."
Wright is sponsored by H and Js Outdoor World, Fonterra, and the Southland mountain biking club.
Results from the championships being posted on the WEMBO website from Sunday night.
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