Luke Brame will represent Australia in his fifth mountain biking world championships this month.
The elite rider from Glenbrook will compete alongside three other Australians in the under 23 men's category, in the 1.5 hour lap-based race to be held in Mont Sainte Anne in eastern Canada on August 30.
He's expecting some tough competition from the Europeans.
"It will be a competitive field as it is the best in the world," Brame said.
"The Euros will be the hardest to beat ... they are usually the strongest."
The terrain in Mont Sainte Anne includes lots of rock features and rock gardens.
Three years ago the world championships were also held at Mont Sainte Anne, where Brame finished 42nd in the under 23s. While the course will be different, he knows the area well.
"I'm just expecting it to be hard and fast and fun," the 21-year-old said.
"It's quite steep and really technical. It's one of my favourite courses [the 2016 course].
He's been getting to know the Canadian trails rather well, having spent June competing in the four-race Canada Cup, to accumulate as many points as possible to qualify for the world championships.
This championships he'll have the added boost of his parents and sister cheering him on from the sidelines.
In 2015 the rider's family watched him compete in Andorra. "It definitely helped. Having the support there is always good," Brame said.
When he's not training on the bike or in the gym, Brame is studying accounting part-time at the University of Western Sydney.