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Hong Kong riders to compete in Tasmania

Kam Po Wong is a popular rider

Kam Po Wong is a popular rider (Image credit: Tim Yue)

The Hong Kong Cycling Association has agreed to send a team of eight cyclists to the Basslink Tasmanian Christmas Carnivals later this month. The news deepens an already-strong international field, especially with the presence of the seasoned and celebrated Kam Po Wong.

He'll be joined by recent world cup gold medalist Ho Ting Kwok and six others, all of whom are sure to be in the running for some good results in the Apple Isle. The team will ride seven of the Tasmanian carnivals including the Rosebery, Hobart and St Helens events.

Kam Po Wong is the 2007 scratch race world champion and followed that up with victory in the scratch event at the world cup event in Los Angeles earlier this year. He was the first Chinese cyclist to win an individual world championship title and carried the Olympic flag for Hong Kong China at the Beijing Olympics in August.

Wong will be the first individual track endurance world champion to appear at the carnivals since Gary Sutton (points race world champion) rode in the early 1980s. Other riders in the Hong Kong Team include Xiao Juan Diao, Wai Sze Lee, Wan Yui Jamie Wong, Zhao Juan Meng, Kin Chung Wong and Xu Grang.