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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.
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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.  »
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OLYMPICS: MEN’S SPRINT


Without a doubt, the Blue Riband at the velodrome is the Match Sprint Gold medal. This is where the fastest and fiercest in the world duke it out for the win. Most folks thought the Olympic tournament would be watered down because of the new rules that only one athlete per country could represent. However the three-day tournament proved to be pretty exciting.

Everyone had eyes on Jason Kenny who was picked by Team GB over defending Olympic Champion Sir Chris Hoy to contest the Sprint. After Kenny qualified fastest and broke the Flying 200 Olympic Record, we all expected to find him in the final round against France’s World Champion Gregory Baugé. Aside from tenth-seeded Njisane Philip from Trinidad & Tobago making it to the Bronze final against Australia’s Shane Perkins, there were barely any upsets in the final results but still some good racing all around.

GOLD — Great Britain (Jason Kenny)
SILVER — France (Gregory Baugé)
BRONZE — Australia (Shane Perkins)

Full results available HERE. Photos courtesy of NBC Olympics (and check out the video of the final round HERE).

SHANE PERKINS: THE HUMAN MACHINE


Australia is a land of champion athletes. But when it comes down to it, few of us have any idea about what it takes to produce a world-beating result. Kirk Docker deconstructs the machine that is Shane Perkins, Australia’s fastest track cyclist.
WORLD CHAMPS - PERKINS BEATS HOY IN KEIRIN 

Shane Perkins (Australia) stole the Keirin from Chris Hoy (Great Britain) by less than half a wheel today at the Track World Champs.  Amazing finish!

Check the full story over at BBC.
WORLD CHAMPS - PERKINS BEATS HOY IN KEIRIN 

Shane Perkins (Australia) stole the Keirin from Chris Hoy (Great Britain) by less than half a wheel today at the Track World Champs.  Amazing finish!

Check the full story over at BBC.

WORLD CHAMPS - PERKINS BEATS HOY IN KEIRIN


Shane Perkins (Australia) stole the Keirin from Chris Hoy (Great Britain) by less than half a wheel today at the Track World Champs. Amazing finish!

Check the full story over at BBC.
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The first round of the UCI Track World Cup is now done in Melbourne and Veeral Patel has captured the best shots of all the action from the track and on the infield.

Check out lots more beatiful photos at his blog and a great recap of the event at Cycling Tips.


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