Since we were in Tokyo anyway, we couldn’t pass up the chance to spend an afternoon watching keirin. We headed out to the Tachikawa Velodrome, approx. 40 km (25 miles) west of Tokyo.
The crowd is made up mostly of older men, who are interested above all in the competition and betting aspects.
Starting at a leisurely pace, the pacer continues to accelerate. By the time he leaves the track, the cyclists have reached 50 km/h (31 mph).
The bell sounds – the last lap is underway. A rigorous battle for the most promising position begins, and crashes are not uncommon.