STANRIDGE SPEED AT THE RED HOOK CRIT


I gotta say the racing looks pretty brutal from this angle. Good luck to everyone competing at the next Red Hook Crit event coming up on June 8th!
TONIGHT AT VELO SPORTS CENTER 

The final event in LAVRA's famed Friday Night Racing series is tonight.  I know a lot of racers will be competing tonight so come down to see some real track racing around this country’s only indoor wooden velodrome.
TONIGHT AT VELO SPORTS CENTER 

The final event in LAVRA's famed Friday Night Racing series is tonight.  I know a lot of racers will be competing tonight so come down to see some real track racing around this country’s only indoor wooden velodrome.

TONIGHT AT VELO SPORTS CENTER


The final event in LAVRA's famed Friday Night Racing series is tonight. I know a lot of racers will be competing tonight so come down to see some real track racing around this country’s only indoor wooden velodrome.

RYOKOU - CHAPTER 5: OVERCOME


« This final installment takes us into the anatomy of a Keirin race. Not just what happens out on the velodrome, but everything that happens to get there. Did you know that all the athletes live together in the velodrome for 4 days? Did you know that they wear armour? Did you know that the bell toll signifies the final lap?

Shane gives us an insight into his race preparation. The way he ‘imposes’ himself on his nemeses is an art in itself, and all part of the bike race. Shane used to say ‘Just ride the bike and win’…but this episode shows it’s far, far more than that.

Shane’s family and friends also remark on his life journey so far, as a man and as an elite athlete. Get the tissues ready.
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RYOKOU - CHAPTER 4: SOLITARY


« In preparation to cycle in the Japanese National Keirin series, Shane Perkins re-locates his family to Japan to live, train and race within the culture. It’s a culture he loves to be part of. This is his 4th visit to Japan. Chapter 4 takes us into the set-up of his house & home and explores how much diet plays a part in his existence as an elite athlete.  »

RYOKOU - CHAPTER 3: FALL


« Chapter 3 gets dark. It follows the fall of Shane Perkins. His loss of scholarship from the Australian Institute of Sport, and the events that shaped him to decide to continue riding his bike. It is a window to a past display of persistence and achievement in sport.

We spoke with Shane about these events in both Australia and Japan and learnt that in reality, in addition to his own actions, it was much to do with a number of unique circumstances and the actions of others too. This is a story about learning from your mistakes, about holding your head high, and about sticking it to your doubters. Shane’s story is no different to anyone’s in life of trying to excel at what you love and what you’re good at, while trying to make a buck.
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RYOKOU - CHAPTER 2: CONSTRUCT


« In Chapter 2, it’s all about the Keirin. Only in Japan would a bike race be invented to reunite and rebuild a war torn country. Only in Japan would they choose the top of a mountain to locate the official national Keirin School. And only in Japan would Shane Perkins find himself the solace he needs to perfect his craft…

See how men and women from all over Japan apply to become Keirin riders and the full-on training program they are put through from sun up to sun down each and every day for an entire year. No family contact. No sex. Just you and your steel steed getting to know each other very well.  »

RYOKOU - CHAPTER 1: BEGINNING


This video series about Shane Perkins racing Keirin in Japan has been trickling out all week and I finally took the time to sit down and watch all of them. Definitely take a look!

«  In this first chapter, we meet Shane Perkins and learn about how and why he started track cycling. We hear from his parents, Daryl and Maureen Perkins about Shane as a young restless kid wanting to try everything and how with an Olympic track cyclist for a Dad, the curiosity grew and grew until a day on the track unveiled “a kid with a bit of go”.

One of the most remarkable quotes is that on his first interstate trip, Shane came back with two Australian records and three Gold Medals and he’d only been riding for 3 months.

Boom.  »
THIS WEEKEND AT ALPENROSE VELODROME 

Portland Design Works is throwing an omnium race!  All the action starts at 10am on Sunday so don’t miss out.
THIS WEEKEND AT ALPENROSE VELODROME 

Portland Design Works is throwing an omnium race!  All the action starts at 10am on Sunday so don’t miss out.

THIS WEEKEND AT ALPENROSE VELODROME


Portland Design Works is throwing an omnium race! All the action starts at 10am on Sunday so don’t miss out.

FORTUNE 700: A FIXED COG STAGE RACE 2011 


This short documentary about fallen rider Chris Cono's Fortune 700 stage race was released just a few days ago. It includes an insightful introduction narrated by Chris himself in which he shares his personal history and views about bike racing. May he rest in peace.


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