Ben Kersten

Ben Kersten is one of the world's finest and fastest track cyclists. The Australian is reigning Commonwealth Games gold medallist in the kilo, Australian champion in the sprint, kilo and keirin, and the Australian male track cyclist of the year. This year he is one of the international riders invited to Japan to attend the International Japanese Keirin school. Follow Benny K on his journey as he learns the techniques, rules and traditions that make up Japanese keirin racing in this unique diary from 'the land that time forgot'. You can also check out Benny's own website and he is also a strong supporter of the the Illawarra Institute of Sport, from his home town of Wollongong, just south of Sydney in NSW, Australia.

Welcome to Alcatraz

Japanese Keirin is a world unto its own. There are about 4000 Professional Keirin riders throughout...

Shikaku and Karaoke

SHIKAKU: you don't want to get one of these. In part three of my diary I mentioned some Japanese...

How to dismantle an atomic bomb

Hmmm... I think I ended my last entry with, and I quote "I do know that I'm here to win so I guess I...

Senko, Makuri and Oikomi

I have just returned from my first race in Hiroshima. How any city has the ability to start again...

Living with the Gods

It's no wonder Keirin riders in Japan live like Gods, they begin their formidable steps to fame...

The land that time forgot

Where do I begin… I’m actually 7 days or so into the International Keirin school. I say 'or so'...
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