Brits to take on Japanese keirin stars in Manchester

Opening night of Track Cycling World Cup

British riders will take on some of Japan’s leading keirin specialists at the opening night of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Manchester.

Jason Kenny, Ross Edgar, Craig Maclean and Matthew Crampton will line up in front of the home crowd at Manchester Velodrome on Sunday, 2 November.

They will face five Japanese riders for the top spot and big prizes in the Japanese Keirin Association (JKA) invitation event, along with cyclists from as far afield as Australia, South Africa, Barbados and the Czech Republic.

The keirin is a mass start track cycling event in which six to nine sprinters compete at one time. The riders have to follow a ‘derny’ pacer cyclist or motorbike which gradually increases in speed before leaving the track 600-700 metres before the end, at a speed of about 50kmh. Team GB’s Chris Hoy is the reigning Olympic keirin champion. 

In Japan, keirin racing is one of the few ways that it is legal to gamble and it draws massive crowds and big prizes. 

Tickets for the World Cup have sold out but hospitality packages are still available. For details, see www.trackworldcup.co.uk.

The JKA invitation race riders:

Kazunari Watanabe (Japan)

Kazuya Narita (Japan)

Hiroyuki Inagaki (Japan)

Seiichiro Nakagawa (Japan)

Yudai Nitta (Japan)

Ross Edgar (Great Britain)

Jason Kenny (Great Britain)

Matthew Crampton (Great Britain)

Christos Volikakis (Greece)

Shane Perkins (Australia)

Denis Spicka (Czech Republic)

Adam Ptacnik (Czech Republic)

Jose Antonio Escuredo Raimondez (Spain)

Hodei Mazquiaran Uria (Spain)

Michael D'Almeida (France)

Teun Mulder (Netherlands)

Andriy Vynokourov (Ukraine)

Denis Dmitriev (Russia)

Craig Maclean (Great Britain)

Tang Qi (China)

Barry Forde (Barbados)

Gaddi Chait (South Africa)

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