Lee looking for Class I points as she takes on top riders in Adelaide
Hong Kong star will tackle the might of China's best sprinters
Sarah Lee Wai-sze faces the might of China in a precursor to the Incheon Asian Games in September when she competes against an array of top sprinters at the International Track Series in Adelaide today.
The five-day International Cycling Union (UCI) Class I series features three competitions: the Adelaide Cycling Grand Prix, which lasts two days; the one-day Super-Drome Grand Prix; and finally the South Australian Grand Prix.
"The Adelaide series is always highly competitive and it will be a good opportunity to gauge Lee's progress before the Incheon Games," said Hong Kong coach Shen Jinkang.
Shen arrived in Adelaide on Monday with 27-year-old Lee, the sole Hong Kong representative.
China, Hong Kong's major rival in Incheon, are sending their best sprinters to the event, headed by Lin Junhong, the women's sprint champion at last month's Asian Championships, and Zhong Tianshi, who won the team sprint gold medal with Lin at the same event.
The hosts' line-up includes 30-year-old London Olympics gold medallist Anna Meares and the reigning national keirin champion, 23-year-old Stephanie Morton.
"The UCI requires the riders to collect sufficient points in Class I events before they are eligible for the World Cup series at the end of the year and that's why many of them come to Adelaide," said Shen.
Lee stunned the field in Adelaide last year, winning all six events she entered, including an impressive victory in the sprint over Meares, the London Games champion, and Morton.
Lee clocked a personal best time of 33.888 seconds in the time trial race last year.