Ryochi, Takahiro and Toshkazu

Ryochi rides a mamachari

Ryochi rides a mamachari Takahiro rides a Fuji Feather fixed gear Toshkazu rides a Bridgestone Cylva 18 speed

Ryochi rides a mamachari
Takahiro rides a Fuji Feather fixed gear
Toshkazu rides a Bridgestone Cylva 18-speed
photographed at Miyazaki izakaya in Nakano-fujimicho, Tokyo

 

 

 

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Wuma Ichi

in Tokyo

in Tokyo

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Patrick

rides a Bianchi Imola 10-speed in Tokyo

rides a Bianchi Imola 10-speed
in Tokyo

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Cheebo

in Tokyo

in Tokyo

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Asumu (with Hanako)

Osumo (check instagram) w/ Hanako rides a Marukin

in Tokyo

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Special Tokyo Edition: Keirin Racing Photo Essay

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Trying something new here, folks: During recent travels I had the great fortune to get a behind-the scenes look at the Urban Bank Kawasaki keirin track in the outskirts of Tokyo. I’ll mostly let the images speak for themselves, but I will say that kierin racing is a fascinating track cycling spectacle: for instance, there are mascots who perform to a virtually empty stadium in between races, which the “spectators” mostly watch on video monitors indoors. In the racers’ waiting/training area, I found some truly beautiful track bikes with chainrings that had diameters almost as impressive as those of the athletes’ tree trunk legs. I also found it especially fascinating to learn that the racers stay onsite at the velodrome for the three days leading to the race to prevent any effect they might have over the odds-making. (If someone starts the rumor that a racer is getting over a cold, for instance…)  As far as the races themselves—which, yes, I did place at least one bet on—what can I say? Those dudes are fast.

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