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sunday ride at the track, pics

Old 05-11-08, 10:29 PM
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sunday ride at the track, pics

well, this was a sunday ride with a difference...

i live in southern japan, on kyushu. i headed out on sunday on a 120km route, but included a special little stopover!

the next city over is Kurume, and has a keirin track. once a month they open the track to all, and have 200m, 400m, 1km and 3km events. half way through my training ride i i went along and took part, and some fotos... (i`m going to post many more shots over on the track section...)


gotta love those helmets!



the king!






these guys had all just finished one of many cigarettes... great warm up for the 1000 meters!


out of focus but great sticker...


and the road home...
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Looks like you had a good day. Photos look great.
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great pics.
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That guy...third picture...wow.



Those are some legs, you betcha.
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That guy...third picture...wow.



Those are some legs, you betcha.
ftw. my eyes were all over the Time behind
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That guy...third picture...wow.
Wait... is he strapping himself with an clip pedal?!! Clipless too heavy/unecessary for tracks?
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Nice.
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Wait... is he strapping himself with an clip pedal?!! Clipless too heavy/unecessary for tracks?
I'm guessing it's an NJS thing - strict rules about certification of ALL equipment in Japanese keirin racing.
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yeo NO clipless in keirin... also strict rules re the wheels, only shimano i believe - it`s a very closed shop. btw if i can get hold of the track frames, anyone interested?
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that is so awesome, thanks for sharing! That red bike, haha, looks like someone spent all their money on the frame
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actually that`s a bike used by the high school racers - the school buys the bikes and then loans them out to the kids in the school cycling club - hence the mis-treatment i guess. these kids, they train at least 60 miles EVERY DAY. crazy. they`re super strong but, you know, just like all japanese sports, the kids burn out at high school. i used to teach at a senir high school, and you should see the kids play football (soccer) and baseball - amazingly good. but no heart. the natural love for the game just peters out. anyway, i wish i had a bike like that when i was 17!
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Very cool.
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Nice photos. Thanks for sharing.
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Great pics. Looks like a lot of fun.
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Kesa : Thanks for the photos and post... You have just help me decided on if i should bring my bike with me to japan or now. Now I'm going to definitely be taking my bike with me to Anjo this Oct;Just wish the air quality was as clean in Anjo area of Aichi as it is in Fukuoka Pref. Oh well I guess I could always head out to Takayama for a few days ^_^ .
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and the road home...
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the Anchor is my most lustful track fantasy. If I ever get good enough to race in the A group at Hellyer, I'm buying myself a Bridgestone (as they're marketed here) to celebrate.
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Are those Asics cycling-specific and do they have carbon soles? It looks like they do.

I know they can't ride clipless for keirin races, but it looks as if some are still using cleats on their shoes, right? They are the one slot style the engages the lip of the pedal cage, correct?

And yeah, thanks for sharing the pictures!
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yeah they are keirin shoes, hard plastic soles - i didn`t see any carbon. i really wanted to take fotos of all the shoes they had, they were so slick - sort of bowling-style cycling asics! but i felt a bit odd asking, might have seemed like a foot-fetishist!

all the shoes had the old-style cleats on them - the guys with the clipless aren`t `real` keirin racers, just weekenders.

anyway, glad you all liked the shots...

and O_o, definitely good idea to bring the bike! i don`t know if you`ve cycled here or not, but to me these must be up there with the best roads in the world, especially out in the mountains. massive climbs, all kinds of gradients, beautifully smooth, and hardly any traffic - heaven. now if only they`d sort out the road racing...
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Wus'up with that diving-bell/octopus helmet? (first pix)?
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that`s just a lycra cover, he actually does have a head shaped like an ostrich egg... apparently his mother is still hasn`t recovered from the birth...





you wouldn`t believe it but these guys wear those things and really think they look cool. they also wear them out on the road when they`re training on road bikes. i reckon they must weigh about 9 pounds. that`s the regulation helmet, god knows why!
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anyone know what the weird thing on his brake bridge is?
also, sweet images! i love the close up of the anchor with the rider blurred in the background.

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Originally Posted by kesa101 View Post
yeo NO clipless in keirin... also strict rules re the wheels, only shimano i believe - it`s a very closed shop. btw if i can get hold of the track frames, anyone interested?
who what when where HOW?!?!?!?!?!


also, I assume you posted this over in track and ssfg? I imagine they would love it.
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Hi,

Good job with the photos. Nice insight to Keirin racing.
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