Former world champion Glenn O'Shea of Australia will head a strong overseas contingent for the inaugural Hong Kong Cyclothon, which takes place on Saturday. O'Shea, who won a gold medal in the men's omnium at the 2012 Track Worlds in Melbourne, will compete in the criterium race on Saturday night, which requires riders to finish 25 laps of 2.5km each in Tsim Sha Tsui. The 26-year-old is preparing for the 2016 Rio Olympics and is currently third in the UCI omnium world rankings. We are still trying to get our best young riders for the Hong Kong event as it will be a good opportunity for them to gain international exposure Shen Jinkang Organised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board to promote cycling to the community, the two-day event features eight races, which also includes a 35km challenge ride through some of Hong Kong's iconic sights. The criterium race is only for invited professionals with riders also coming from Japan, France, Columbia, New Zealand, the US and China while the remaining competitions are open to the public. Hong Kong will be sending a team of four promising riders in the criterium as the senior squad are being involved in other overseas competitions. "We are having three other overseas races at the moment and they are leading to the important Olympic qualifiers or the Rio Olympics," said head coach Shen Jinkang. "But we are still trying to get our best young riders for the Hong Kong event as it will be a good opportunity for them to gain international exposure." Leung Chung-pak, Choi Kwan-lok, To Cheuk-hei and Mok Ho-san will have the chance to challenge the visiting professionals. The Hong Kong ream is currently competing in the Tour of China with Wu Lok-chun in 30th place after four stages, while Cheung King-lok and Leung Ka-yu are preparing for the Asian Cup which starts in Bangkok tomorrow. Chan Chun-hing is in Rio de Janeiro for the mountain bike Olympic test event.