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Keirin
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Florian Rousseau won Olympic gold for France four years ago

The keirin is a very bizarre event which originated in Japan.

It is a popular sport in the 'Land of the Rising Sun' and attracts major betting from punters.

It is similar to the individual sprint but features six to eight riders on the track instead of two.

Now, this is the bizarre bit: the riders follow behind a small moped-type bike called a derny!

This derny paces the riders for the first few laps of the eight-lap race.

The crazy little derny bike paces the riders round the track!
The derny bike sets the pace

It steadily increases speed before pulling off into the centre of the arena with two-and-a-half laps to go leaving the riders to sprint to the finish.

During the lead up laps to the finishing sprint the riders jostle with each other for the best position.

But they have to stay behind the back wheel of the pace-maker bike.

With so many riders taking part in what is really a sprint race there are often crashes on the final laps.

So the race is fun-filled and action-packed!


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The history
Individual sprint
Track time trial
Individual pursuit
Team pursuit
Olympic sprint
Points race
Madison
Keirin

Did you know?
The derny moped paces the riders from 25km/h up to 45 km/h for the first few laps!



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