HUNG Chung-yam's comeback to the international limelight is gathering momentum. The former cycling ace has still not reached the stage where he wins every time he competes locally, but he is getting there. Yesterday, Hung was narrowly edged out twice in a series of Criterium races at Victoria Park. But he was not worried. Instead he was happy about his performance and says he will peak at the right time - for the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games later this year. In his mind, he has no doubts that he will be picked to represent Hong Kong at both these events. Indeed, it will be foolish if the Hong Kong Cycling Association do not pick Hung. Leave alone his reputation - at one time he was the leading cyclist in all of Asia - Hung can still hold his own among young bucks like Asian junior champion Wong Kam-po, the winner of the feature race yesterday. ''I'm getting better all the time,'' said Hung. ''Most importantly, I'm mentally tougher now than I was back in 1989, when I gave up riding. It is important to be fit mentally and physically.'' Hung shocked the territory's cycling establishment when he 'retired' in November, 1989, after participating in the Tour de Okinawa in Japan. He gave up the sport he loved to pursue his career as an insurance executive. ''I have now settlr at the Seoul Olympics, he took 12th place. No Hong Kong rider has come even close to emulating those performances. ''I believe I will peak in the next couple of months,'' said Hung, who has taken part in 11 races locally, since he decided to make a comeback last December. His next step is in the international arena, where he will take part in next week's Tour de Japan, a five-stage 650 kilometre race. He will be accompanied by Hui Chak-bor, another leading candidate for Hong Kong's Commonwealth Games team. ''This race will be ideal for my preparation,'' said Hung, who currently trains two hours per day. ''I will need to increase it to about five hours, closer to the Commonwealth Games.'' Hung, however, showed yesterday that he is as fit as the younger riders. In the team time trial, he combined with Ngai Hing's Hui Chak-bor and Man Wai-chung to break the old record of five minutes 40.39 seconds in the four kilometre race. The trio completed the four laps in 5:33.59. An indication of who will play a prominent role for Hong Kong in the Commonwealth Games came in the final race of the day when Wong, Hui and Hung outshone the rest of the field.