HONG KONG'S star cyclist Wong Kam-po will have a chance to test his mettle ahead of the Olympic qualifier when he takes on a star-studded field in the World Championships' individual time trial in Bogota, Colombia, today. The 45-kilometre race against the clock is open to all riders, including professionals, and Hong Kong coach Shen Jinkang is looking at it as a warm-up for Saturday's individual road race. 'The big race for the amateur riders is on Saturday because that is the qualifier for next year's Olympic Games,' said Shen. 'But the time trial will give our riders [Wong, Man Wai-chung and Ng Kwok-wah] a chance to see where they stand in this company and a good placing would give them a psychological boost for the road race.' The top 34 finishers by country in the 175-kilometre mass start road race would earn their national teams a place in the Olympic Games line-up. The Hong Kong trio have been training in Bogota for a month but Shen is only banking on Wong, who has already booked his own berth in Atlanta with a third placing at the Asian Championships earlier this year, to achieve a result. Shen pointed out that Wong has adapted well to the altitude training but Man and Ng have been struggling because of the thinner air.