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Keirin returns to Herne Hill Velodrome this month - not too late to enter, free to watch (+ gallery)

Strong fields expected for main events, novices races too, as event builds on last year's inaugural edition...

A week on Sunday, Herne Hill Velodrome will play host to the second edition of ‘Keirin,’ with a full afternoon of racing dedicated to the motor-paced track discipline. It’s not too late to enter, and if you simply want to go along and watch, entry is free.

Last year’s inaugural edition (see the gallery above) was a huge success, say organisers Rollapaluza. They add that they expect a strong entry including a number of riders from the continent for the main events.

They will be seeking to succeed Rio Olympics hopeful Kian Emadi and Rachel James, sister of world Keirin champion, Becky, to the men’s and women’s titles.

If you’ve never tried Keirin racing but want to have a go, it’s not too late to enter, and full details of the event, which runs from noon to 6pm on Sunday 25 August at Herne Hill Velodrome, Burbage Road, London SE24 can be found on its website.

Keirin racing originated in Japan in the late 1940s and has featured in the Olympic Games since Sydney in 2000, a BBC investigation in 2008 suggesting that its incorporation in the programme may have been assisted by the prospect of  the Japanese Keirin Association making payments to the UCI, a claim that world cycling’s governing body has denied.

As for the name, it’s Japanese for “racing wheels.”

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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