Hamish Bond wasn't selected for next month's UCI World Road Cycling Championships until this morning, but that didn't stop him from getting a feel for the course while he was over in Europe the last few months.
The two-time gold medallist has been selected alongside George Bennett for the Men's Elite Time Trial event in Bergen, Norway next month.
The Bergen course Bond and Bennett will be racing on is unique by time trial standards as it finishes with an uphill battle – the final 3.4km taking cyclists on a 311m climb up Mount Floyen.
Prior to the the ascending finish, cyclists will complete two laps around Bergen.
At the end of that second lap, the competitors are given the unique opportunity to change bikes for the final climb.
"This brings a tactical element into the event that is most interesting for the fans and worldwide TV-viewers," the competition's website said.
Bond told 1 NEWS this morning he's using his previous experiences in high-pressure environments to prepare for the course and the event.
"Between now and race time it's about maximising what I'm capable of to ensure I put in the best performance possible.
"While the Norway time trial course is unique and different, I don't know anything else. Some may say the hill at the end won't suit me but I'm just focusing on putting in my best performance possible."
It's an attitude that helped in the selection process, Cycling New Zealand Chief Executive, Andrew Matheson said.
"We have been so impressed with the performances and the attitude from Hamish in his switch to cycling," he said.
"It is very clear to us why he has achieved so much because has left no stone unturned in his preparation including a lot of work on the course."
The world championships run from 16-24 September with the Men's Elite Time Trial taking place on Wednesday 20 September.