Hong Kong's top cyclist Wong Kam-po heads for the highlands of Kunming, China, in a bid to defend his Tour de Taiwan title next month and also to prepare for the Asian Championships in June. Wong, who won the Tour of South China Sea last week, leaves for Kunming on Friday for a three-week training stint along with four other riders: Man Wai-chung, Leung Chi-yin, Lau Ching-ho and Wong Ka-ho. Although he was the first Asian rider to lift the overall Tour de Taiwan title since the event allowed foreign teams in 1987, Wong admitted that it will be very difficult to defend his title. 'My ultimate goal is to finish in the top five overall,' said the 23-year-old Wong. 'A lot of things can happen during road races which can affect the results. No one has ever won the title in two consecutive years but I will try my best.' National coach Shen Jinkang said the training in Kunming was also part of the buildup to the Asian Championships in Iran. 'I competed on the same track in Iran during the 1974 Asian Games. It's not easy to handle. It goes uphill in the first part and then most of the rest is on highlands. That's why we are going to Kunming for training,' said Shen. Wong added: 'I will try some new events, including the 45-kilometre individual road time trial, the four-kilometre individual track pursuit and the four-kilometre individual point race, in Iran. 'I will also compete in Europe and America before the Asian Championships.' Meanwhile, Wong and Atlanta Paralympics hero Cheung Yiu-cheung, who won gold in the 4 ? 100 metres relay (cerebral palsy), were awarded cheques for $100,000 each from the Marathon Sports and You Realise the Dreams of Hong Kong Athletes fund-raising programme. Both Wong and Cheung will share the fund with their respective national associations.