He competed in Europe in downhill mountain bike racing.
He received the call-up just four days before the New Zealand team was due to fly out, as a fellow team member had broken an arm.
His automotive course tutor put together a plan so he could compete and still complete all the work for his course, Burgess said.
He competed in Scotland, Austria and France and although he did not qualify this time, it had had whetted his appetite for more competitive mountain biking, he said.
He now had his sights set on Canada.
Growing up at the base of Mt Hutt, with access to good terrain, he had always been a keen mountain biker and had competed at a national level, he said.
He had been cycling since he could remember and loved downhill mountain biking.
He had completed his work experience with Methven Motor Services and was hoping to get an apprenticeship there when he qualified in December, he said.