Endurance mountain biker Ian Wright has placed 12th in the 2013 World Solo 24-hour Mountain Biking championships in Canberra.
In his 18th 24-hour race but first race in the elite category, Wright completed the first nine hours of the challenge averaging 55-minutes a lap and fought back to claim his position after a series of bad luck.
First he suffered a hole in the sidewall of a tyre and then he crashed during the night which ripped the skin off his right hand.
Wright, who was placed 20th after the two incidents then dug deep to climb back to 12th spot where he finished the race.
"Racing this type of event is all about not quitting, even when things don't go your way, it's about fixing problems and getting back on the bike and doing your best," Wright said.
Before he departed for the event, Wright had set himself the goal of completing 21 laps and said he was in no way disappointed after completing 20 after the events that happened.
"I pushed my limits of endurance and pain further in this race than I have ever done," he said.
Wrights rival, Matthew Lees of Dunedin, placed ninth in the Elite category and Erin Greene, also from Dunedin, finished fifth in the the female Elite section.
"I would like to thank Fonterra, H&J's Outdoor World, the Southland mountain biking club, my support crew Vince Rothemund and my wife Petrina for making this happen," Wright said.
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