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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. »
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. »
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.
WORLD CHAMPS: BECKY JAMES MAKES IT A DOUBLE
We might be seeing a foreshadowing glimpse at Rio 2016 here at the UCI World Championships. Great Britain’s Rebecca James, who won the World Champion stripes for the Sprint yesterday, has done it again in the Keirin. She’s proving to be in dominant form and poised to be the Britain’s next track superstar.
See all the results HERE.
WORLD CHAMPS: JASON KENNY WINS KEIRIN
On the third day of the UCI World Championships in Minsk, Great Britain’s Jason Kenny was able to adopt the World Champion stripes from teammate Chris Hoy. With a huge surge of speed coming out of turn four, Kenny was able to slinghsot around Germany’s Max Levy and take the win in the final Keirin heat. Though Kenny has won three Olympic gold medals, this is only his second World Champion title to date.
See all the results HERE.