Keirin Caviar | Spark to the Finish

Japan is known for a lot of weird and wonderful things. One particular pastime from there whose popularity has thankfully grown in the Western World is keirin.

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For those of you who aren’t familiar with this event, keirin involves track cyclists following a motorised pacer vehicle who sets the original speed before rolling off and allowing the cyclists to then sprint towards victory.

Traditionally, races are 2 kilometres long in length and by the time the winner crashes through the finish line, his/her speed could reach 70kph.

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In Paris, the race has caught on like wildfire, and this past Wednesday, 29 June 2016, at the Hippodrome de Longchamp, riders from all over gathered on their speed machines for the 3rd Annual Keirin Caviar.

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The event stretched well into the night, which is when sparks started to fly.

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The popularity has grown to the point where it is even now an official Olympic event. But whilst it might not have been as formal, it was every bit as authentic, and crazy to boot. Plus, half the fun of tagging along as a spectator is seeing the gorgeous bikes these hooligans ride.

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All photos courtesy of Hau Nguyen Dinh. Check out more awesome shots from him of this event here, and follow him on Instagram.

Words by @jlyn7