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  • Keirin: photographs by Sam Polcer


    One-day exhibition of photography and paraphernalia explores the world of professional track bike racing in japan 

    WHEN: Thursday, June 18, 2015, 6PM – 10PM

    WHERE: Bicycle Habitat (2nd floor), Chelsea
    226 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011

    Photographer Sam Polcer—who is primarily known for the street-style portraits of cyclists found in his book, New York Bike Style (Prestel, 2014) and corresponding blog, PreferredMode.com—spent a day behind the scenes at a Keirin track in Kawasaki, on the outskirts of Tokyo. There, he captured the quiet side of high-intensity fixed-gear track bike racing and exposed a nuanced and detailed view of this Japanese pastime. A selection of these images, displayed alongside Keirin bicycles, uniforms, and other souvenirs in the new event space above the Chelsea branch of bike shop Bicycle Habitat, seeks to inform viewers of a racing and gambling tradition that is very much alive and well. Since 1948, at tracks all over Japan, track bike racing has followed the Keirin format with customs all its own, including colorful uniforms and mascot-led ceremonies, where cyclists compete for large purses and fans bet on the outcomes of the races. The racing is tough and aggressive, and the racers and their equipment are tightly monitored and controlled to assure fairness for the bettors.


  • The French Samurai

    French track cyclist Francois Pervis was in the news last weekend when he won the gold medal for the men's kilometer time trial in the Track Cycling World Championships in Paris.

    We thought you might enjoy this recent Eurosport documentary about Pervis. He spends a few months each year racing the Keirin in Japan. The sport is a bit different there, than elsewhere in the world. For example, the public loves to bet on the races!

    "Yes, I'm in good shape, my gear ratio is such and such...and I'm here to win."

    Love his attitude.


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