To get closer to realising his ambition as a world-ranking artistic cyclist, Samuel Yu Sum-yee spent three weeks this summer in Europe undergoing intensive training with a former world champion. Wasting no time at all, the 16-year-old from La Salle College packed his bags in early July for a month-long trip to Germany - which included joining six fellow Hong Kong indoor cycling teammates in Frankfurt for a training camp organised by the International Cycling Union. However, his first stop was the home of a German coach, Rolf Halter, a former artistic cycling (pairs) world champion who lives in Erlenbach, a village 200 kilometres from Frankfurt. The two first met at the World Championships Indoor Cycling in 1997 and this was the second time Sum-yee had worked with the former world number one. Throughout his stay, Sum-yee followed the training schedule of German national cyclists and practised four hours in the afternoon every weekday. The young athlete learned there was still plenty of room for him to improve. 'The German coach gave me a lot of advice on how to improve. I needed to change the set of movements I used to do and lower the degree of difficulty,' he said. And his hard work has paid off. Last month, he not only retained his Hong Kong and Asia indoor cycling champion title but also broke the Hong Kong record which he set last year. The junior sport star says he has become more mature after the trip. 'I really learned to be independent and arranged everything on my own,' the young athlete said. 'I will definitely go [to Germany] again next summer,' he added.