Keirin: Speed Racers – Watch Japan’s Track Cycling Phenomenon
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Keirin: Speed Racers – Watch Japan’s Track Cycling Phenomenon

December 2, 2019

In 1949 the Keirin started
in Kokura, in the Kyushu island Now they have 47 tracks all over Japan Leaders are always leading
and you could be leading until the goal It happens a lot One of the best tactics too
also they don’t crash Leader don’t crash In Japan, those racing is organized
by municipals the city and the prefecture government The reason is try to rebuild Japan
after the war they have to find the money from somewhere That’s how they started This is not pure sports I think this very, very important thing
for understanding the Japanese Keirin This event is for the, how do you say, big money We’re gamblers The sport is very easy,
you know? The Olympic game They’re looking for
who is the strongest rider? who is strongest rider? But we are not Gambling is different If the strong rider wins every time
it’s not gambling I was riding fighting style drafting the best guy
and fighting with other guys If you fail, you’re going to fall And you’re going to crash A lot of people want to be there It’s pretty hard to get in It took a long time for me
but I made a pro at the third year and I love this It makes me so excited The Keirin is so deep. Many organizations got involved.
So many people got involved. So many interested in each organization so many stakes The race itself is really deep Money betting in Keirin
is over seven billion Yen alone per year If I help this guy, he will help me It sounds like cheating,
but it’s not You can’t win a race by yourself so even the Tour de France
is the same thing, right? Of course a strong rider
yeah, he’s strong but two or three weak riders
they make some groups and one rider try to, say, pushing and a strong rider
will be very difficult to win So we would just permit
that a little bit if legitimate, it means
we are permit the fighting each other But we make the balance
for the safety and gamble But this is a very difficult question.
I think there is no answer


  • Reply Stephen Imsong January 4, 2017 at 6:53 am

    Only the Japanese can smoke a pack of cigarettes and still have those thighs to win races

  • Reply Simon Cryer April 20, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    Those bikes are minimalist works of art. None of your carbon-fibre nonsense – just elegant steel and aluminium

  • Reply micheal bolton May 21, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    fatties on bike

  • Reply Mohammada Aprilianto June 27, 2017 at 6:55 am

    where is onoda?

  • Reply MrPijus123 November 13, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    Am I seeing something wrong or do all these guys look like someone took a sprinter's lower body and hot glued it to your average joe

  • Reply Erick Cordero May 1, 2018 at 11:48 pm

    Que medida son esas llantas?

  • Reply Cris LeRose May 5, 2018 at 5:10 am

    M E D I C….!! scrape another one up off the track….

  • Reply SidneyCritic ComedyHound May 14, 2018 at 11:16 am

    I was wondering why the riders looked fat. Seams like because it's for gambling they don't have to win, but produce unpredictable results. How do you regulate it so no one gets too fit.

  • Reply Ang* Pogi Ko* November 3, 2018 at 8:28 am

    Japan keirin. What is this.. speed 118 ? Realtalk. Japan keirin speed talk shit.

  • Reply Bernard van Tonder November 18, 2018 at 11:26 am

    Amazing work! Thanks!

  • Reply TheOneTheyCall BugFatGay November 18, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    then peter sagan joins in…

  • Reply Gonthor1000 November 23, 2018 at 7:20 am

    They would not stand a chance against Grégory Baugé or Chris Hoy

  • Reply Sean Benward November 25, 2018 at 6:05 am

    A few of the people at my gym, including a female are pro Keirin racers. I thought they were a team, by the way they train together. I was surprised to find out that they have the potential to compete against one another and were not team members at all. Another cool observation is the way the experienced athletes take under their wing and train the younger, newer riders. I am looking forward to the opportunity to see a race live. Might even attempt a wager.

  • Reply Sean Benward November 25, 2018 at 6:29 am

    Do the star shorts represent anything?

  • Reply Race Nuñez November 27, 2018 at 12:47 am


  • Reply Sverre Tysl November 29, 2018 at 4:27 am

    What I would give to get my hands on one of those anchors or bridgestones…drool.

  • Reply Bruce Wayne December 25, 2018 at 1:47 am

    They can't use clipless pedals? WTF

  • Reply SpectreLabs April 15, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    When Samurais get on bikes

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  • Reply alejandro ariño August 1, 2019 at 3:47 am

    de que tamaño es ese velodromo?

  • Reply R Dufresne August 12, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    any1 know the tune at the very end? ^^

  • Reply velo October 26, 2019 at 7:47 am

    great video! Liked the overall style of it a lot

  • Reply Steve Animal November 12, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    I just learned something brand new , it’s like horse racing to Australia

  • Reply Steve Animal November 12, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    Would love to have a go , my odds 5000:1 but maybe they all get flat tyres and crash lol ?

  • Reply cliff cox November 30, 2019 at 7:09 am

    It's absolutely fascinating, and a glimpse into their culture. BUT, how do they determine who wins? As they guy said at the end, if the strongest aways wins, this is NOT gambling.

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