Tonight is the debut of the Asian edition of reality show The Amazing Race (10pm, AXN), where teams from the region race around the globe for a US$100,000 prize. Representing Hong Kong is Sandy Sydney and girlfriend Francesca Von Etzdorf (right). For the Kiwi native who works as a fitness instructor for Pure, this was not only a chance to travel and compete but to seriously bond with his romantic partner. 'Before the race, we were only together two months but friends for 11/2 years,' Sydney recalls. 'After the race, we became a lot more comfortable with each other. There's nothing that we can't say or do in front of each other now. I've always liked the show and thought, 'Wow, that would be such an amazing experience'.' But also gruelling and demanding. The fact that Sydney didn't get to work out during the month-long race didn't actually hurt his sculpted physique. 'You're on the go all the time so you don't need to exercise. In fact, a lot of people lost weight.'