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Keirin School: Inside the strict and secret world of bicycle racing in Japan

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Mt. Fuji is seen in the background as keirin students run up a hill
Riders must complete strict and intensive studies before graduating as approved professionals

They bow as they walk their bikes onto the track and they do so again as they slot them into the start gates.

They have no coach, no mechanic, no team. They have assembled their bikes single-handedly. Some say a prayer, others throw salt over their chains as a blessing before the race begins.

Each of them is wearing a different brightly coloured jersey with matching helmet. They had not long ago arrived in suits, as tradition dictates.

Keirin racing is about respect, integrity and dedication. In Japan, it’s a serious business.

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Automotive, Motor Racing, Architecture, Design, Science Unite In The Fight Against COVID-19

Industry, science, engineering and design have joined forces to help fight the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Working in teams and with modern manufacturing methods, they are collectively and rapidly designing, producing and distributing COVID-19 medical respiratory devices and face shields to help with shortages in hospitals around the world. With no time for peer review, at incredible speed epidemiologists around the world are sending each other papers, helping the medical world understand the virus and for industry to design accordingly.

The mood is akin to that of war time, when the urgency of the occasion creates a hotbed of ideas and accelerates the speed of change. During World War II, away from the front line, architects, engineers, designers, scientists made life-saving inventions from their studios and on assembly lines. Some of the ideas led to further possibilities in time of

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Collecting the vintage racing bicycle


The Racing Bicycle Collection

1901 Eagle Quad Stay
Board Track Racer


1925 Automoto
Tour de France

1931 James


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1936 Gloria Garibaldina
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1936 Caminargent
Bordeaux-Paris


1937 Allegro
Competition


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1946 A.S. Gillott
with taper tube frame


1947 Baines Whirlwind
“Flying Gate”


1938 Moorson Twin Tube


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1948 Hetchins
Super Special track


1949 Atala with
Cambio Corsa
derailleur


1950 Thanet Silverlight
Time Trial


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