They bow as they walk their bikes onto the track and they do so again as they slot them into the start gates.
They have no coach, no mechanic, no team. They have assembled their bikes single-handedly. Some say a prayer, others throw salt over their chains as a blessing before the race begins.
Each of them is wearing a different brightly coloured jersey with matching helmet. They had not long ago arrived in suits, as tradition dictates.
Keirin racing is about respect, integrity and dedication. In Japan, it’s a serious business.
Fans of track cycling will know keirin as the event that has seen Sir Chris Hoy, Jason Kenny and Victoria Pendleton take their place on the top step of the Olympic podium.
Those who watch only when the Games roll around every four years may remember it as the race in which riders are led out by a motorised pacer.
Yet in Japan, it’s a £10bn industry, potentially lucrative for riders and fans alike as one of only four sports you can legally bet on. Its annual showpiece attracts more in wagers than is gambled over the entire British horse racing season.
Keirin isn’t just a sport in Japan. It goes deeper than that.
Hoy is walking around a school in Izu, some 200km and a two-hour bullet train journey from Tokyo. It’s an idyllic setting, situated atop a mountain with Mt. Fuji an imposing presence in the distance.
The last time he was here was in 2005 – three years before he won the first of his two Olympic keirin gold medals. Looking around his old room, he uncovers a sticker with his name on, which he had hidden safely behind a ceiling panel 15 years ago.
“Nothing has changed,” he says.
This is no ordinary school. This is keirin school, where just 10% of applicants are accepted. Only the very best get to come here.
“It’s a place of tradition which focuses on respect, self-control, and honesty, along with the knowledge necessary to be a professional keirin rider,” Hoy adds.
Keirin school is part military academy, part training camp. The day starts at 6:30am with roll call and finishes at 10pm with lights out, for six days a week, 11 months of the year.
In between, students have structured training and education sessions. Training could be on the bike, on foot or in the gym, while education sessions are both academic – studying tactics, theory and race rules in the classroom – and practical. Students also learn about bike mechanics in the workshop.
Throw in meal times – students consume more than 1,000 calories at breakfast and 4,500 at dinner – cleaning responsibilities and extra exercise and there’s very little time for anything else.
Everyone wears the same uniform. There are televisions, but no mobile phones, no email access
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I fell in love with tandem bicycle riding shortly after I married my wife.
We both enjoyed riding bikes and looking at the beautiful scenery offered along the bluffs of the Mississippi River here in Iowa. But there was a problem. We were of greatly different skill and fitness levels.
I had been riding for many years and my wife hadn’t been on a bike for quite some time. The furthest she had ridden was 5 miles to town and back and that was quite an adventure for her.
Some of our friends, like Paul and Deb in the first photo below, enjoy getting together once a month for tandem bicycle rides. What better way to go out and spend time together! Go for a bike ride with your friends, eat dinner at a nice place and hang out. We made the decision and ordered a new tandem bike.
What a wonderful journey it has been!
Tandem bicycle stories aren’t exactly in the headlines of the paper everyday.
But they are very popular
In fact, if you don’t ride one, you probably don’t even see them. But when you do get one, they seem to be everywhere.This is like when you buy a new car, all of a sudden there are lots of them on the road.
You’ll find there is a great deal of information out on the internet about bicycles, but comparatively little information about tandems. I decided to set out and create a site where those of us interested in tandems, triples and quads along with the adventures available on them can come to find out more.
For everyone from newbies to the seasoned teams, tandem-bicycle-central.com wants to be your stop for tandem related stuff.
Find answers to things like traveling with your tandem, good choices for transporting your tandem, clothing for this weather or that and goodies for captain and stoker alike along with links to places where you can find tandem related goods and services. There is even a section on painting your bicycle.
Just choose a section on the left to find out what you need to know about tandems.
If you would like a picture of your tandem posted in the online photos, please send it via the link on the Tandem Photos page.
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Get some basic tips on learning to ride a tandem bicycle before you buy one.
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CHICAGO (WLS) — Three people including a CTA bus driver were injured Thursday morning after a vehicle slammed into the bus causing it to crash in the Loop, police said.
According to Chicago police, around 4:20 a.m. the bus was traveling eastbound on Washington Street when a black sedan traveling at a “high rate of speed” southbound on Clark, ran through a red light and crashed into the bus, causing it to strike the side of a bank building.
The bus driver was pinned under the dashboard and had to be extricated by firefighters, fire officials said. The driver was transported to Northwestern Hospital in critical but stable condition.
Two bus passengers were also transported to Northwestern for treatment, officials said. They are in fair condition.
The driver of the sedan was identified as a 29-year-old man, police said. He was not injured in the crash.
Citations are pending.
No further information has been released at this time.
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HIGHWAYS ACROSS THE STATE ARE UP TO SPEED. ACCORDING TO TRAFFIC DATA OBTAINED BY WMUR, MORE CARS ARE BACK ON THE ROAD AFTER A DRAMATIC DROP LAST MONTH. THE DATA FROM THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SHOWS THAT TRAFFIC BEGAN TO DECREASE THE WEEK OF MARCH 15 AND THAT TREND CONTINUED TO THE WEEK OF APRIL 5. BUT BY THE WEEK OF APRIL 12, NUMBERS BEGAN TO RISE AND HAVEN’T STOPPED SINCE THEN. THE OVERALL NUMBERS ARE STILL DOWN MORE THAN HALF COMPARED TO THIS TIME LAST YEAR. ERIN: FEWER AND FEWER PEOPLE ARE TAKING FLIGHTS BECAUSE OF THE PANDEMIC. PASSENGER TRAFFIC AT NEW HAMPSHIRE’S BIGGEST AIRPORT DROPPED 52% LAST MONTH. MANCHESTER-BOSTON REGIONAL AIRPORT HAD NEARLY 69,000 TRAVELERS IN MARCH. THAT’S COMPARED TO OVER 143,000 A YEAR AGO. AIRPORT OFFICIALS PREDICT THAT APRIL’S DROP COULD BE AROUND
Data shows vehicle traffic in NH gradually rising, still down sharply from 2019
Airport traffic down 52% in March
Updated: 9:51 AM EDT Apr 29, 2020
According to traffic data obtained by WMUR, more cars are back on the road after a dramatic drop last month.>> Download the free WMUR appThe data from the state Department of Transportation shows that traffic began to decrease the week of March 15 and that trend continued to the week of April 5.But by the week of April 12, numbers began to rise and haven’t stopped since then.>> Coronavirus in NH: Important informationNumbers of vehicles per week in 2020 (in parentheses, see 2019 data during same time frame):Week of March 22: 1,351,693 (2019: 2,208,829)Week of March 29: 1,036,864 (2019: 2,195,800)Week of April 5: 933,809 (2019: 2,200,085)Week of April 12: 936,766 (2019: 2,209,675)Week of April 19: 988,442 (2019: 2,296,125)Week of April 26: 1,066,897 (2019: 2,212,678)The overall numbers are still down more than half compared to this time last year.>> Latest coronavirus coverage from WMURAlso, fewer and fewer people are taking flights because of the pandemic. Passenger traffic at New Hampshire’s biggest airport dropped 52% last month.Manchester-Boston Regional Airport had nearly 69,000 travelers in March, which is compared to more than 143,000 a year ago.Airport officials predict that April’s drop could be around 95%.Visit this link to see a town-by-town map showing the number of cases in each community.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
MANCHESTER, N.H. —
According to traffic data obtained by WMUR, more cars are back on the road after a dramatic drop last month.
>> Download the free WMUR app
The data from the state Department of Transportation shows that traffic began to decrease the week of March 15 and that trend continued to the week of April 5.
But by the week of April 12, numbers began to rise and haven’t stopped since then.
>> Coronavirus in NH: Important information
Numbers of vehicles per week in 2020 (in parentheses, see 2019 data during same time frame):
UW redshirt freshman center Joe Hedstrom had a big scare scare when his father almost lost his life from a bicycle accident on April 5. (Photo: Rick Wood, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
MADISON – Joe Hedstrom feared the worst when he learned the details of the gruesome injuries his father suffered during a bicycle accident on April 5 in Minnesota.
Peter Hedstrom suffered a traumatic brain injury, a skull fracture, a broken collarbone, three broken ribs, bruised lungs and a fractured ear canal.
“Once you hear that you break down a little bit,” Hedstrom, a redshirt freshman center on the Wisconsin men’s basketball team, said by phone Tuesday. “Your thoughts when things happen like that tend to go to the worst-case scenario. So, I definitely thought about things like that.”
About losing his father, who is only 59.
Later that night, doctors delivered an encouraging update.
“It was great news when we heard he was stable,” Hedstrom said. “He’s not going to die today. He’s going to make a full recovery, Lord willing.”
The 16-plus days Peter Hedstrom spent in a hospital, including the first five in the intensive care unit, tested the strength of the family members, brought them closer together and in the end buoyed their faith because of the generosity of others who raised more than $17,000 through a gofundme page.
“It has been crazy to see the amount of support,” Joe Hedstrom said. “It has meant a lot to us.”
The ordeal started on a gorgeous spring day near Lake Minnetonka. Joe Hedstrom and his brother Eric were fishing. Peter Hedstrom and his wife, Sharon, went for a bike ride.
“They were going down a hill,” Joe Hedstrom explained, noting his father was wearing a helmet. “It’s a crappy part of the road with so many little divots and pot holes. They both had both hands on their bikes. They weren’t doing anything crazy. It was a freak accident in my mind.
“And my dad is so steady and careful. He is very careful about always driving the speed limit, always wearing a seat belt and always wearing a helmet, which was a huge deal.
“The helmet saved his life the doctors told us.”
According to Joe Hedstrom, his father was rushed by ambulance to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale. His mother was allowed to ride along.
After spending five days in the intensive care unit, Peter Hedstrom was moved to a trauma rehabilitation floor. He was discharged from the hospital and returned home on April 21. According to Joe Hedstrom, his father is aware of his surroundings, speaking clearly and glad to be home. He isn’t allowed to drive or return to his job at a non-profit organization, however.
“Honestly, it’s just a miracle that he is doing as well as he is and he has been able to make such amazing progress in the last three weeks,” Joe Hedstrom said.
Sharon Hedstrom was the only member of the family allowed to see
The Bluff City Training Team (formerly known as the BCB100 Training Team) is entering its 10th Year and we have all kinds of exciting news for this training season.
First, we will be partnering with BPC to provide an even greater level of coaching than in the past. We look forward to working with Bryant and Dale and all the folks at BPC.
Second, as you can tell with our name change, we will be able to help any cyclist this year planning on a long distance ride through Fall, 2020. Of course if you join the Training Team we will have an extra special Ride Fee for our own BCB 100 Ride happening on October 10, 2020 – only $20.
We will also have special pricing for the West Fight On Ride and the Wolf River Conservancy’s Cycle The Greenway. Only available during Training Team registration!
And we will be able to help train for all of the area’s other long rides including the inaugural St. Jude Ironman 70.3!
We encourage all cyclists of all abilities to train with us, from the fast and the experienced to those just wanting to join a group ride for the first time.
This will be a very special year and the team will be limited, so you need to join when registration opens on March 1 and will close on April 30, 2020.
Not a member of the Memphis Hightailers? The cost for the team is $225, which includes a one-year Memphis Hightailers membership.