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Inside Japanese keirin

Gallery: Inside Japanese keirin

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November 21, 08:00

This article originally appeared on BikeRadar

In a vast expanse of woodland in the shadow of Mount Fuji, where the only visible sign of civilisation for miles in every direction is a lonely 7-Eleven store, the 50 students of Japan's keirin school are able to learn their trade with few distractions.

That what goes on inside this school happens in such isolation is all part of the mystique of keirin, and why it has fascinated me far more than UCI track racing never has. I'm a die-hard roadie. Reading and learning about the rich history and hearing stories from professional cycling interest me almost as much as watching a race play out on television.

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