Monday, September 27, 2010
I went to compete in the Keirin Race at the Uchinada Velodrome in Kanazawa City for the annual Bang King Track Race on August 28 - 29. The event is organized by Daisy Messenger Nagoya and sponsored by Circles.
Girls Keirin Qualification
This event tends to be casual and light-hearted even though many race to win. Me and my friends dressed up as cheer leaders to cheer everybody and got in the Keirin Race. It was my third time this year and there were more girls than last year.
Many of the Nagoya cyclists were in attendance as well as cyclists from around Japan (Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Kanazawa local...etc) The race is rather laid back and friendly, this is a weekend of racing, riding and BBQ event, but most of all a great excuse for cyclist to get together and have fun. It is easy to make lots of new cool bike friends from all over Japan especially at the BBQ party.:D
Nagoya cyclists drink and get crazy the most and can beat up other cities at the BBQ party but on the Velodrome, Tokyo messengers are always cool and take the top 3 at the most race evey year... :-(
Everybody sleeps together like a school trip.:D
It was amaging seeing that some of the girls were the first time to ride a fixed gear bike until the day. Even the first time to wear a helmet & tight fit, the drop handle bars are required and the breaks are not allowed but they had no fear, all girls enjoyed riding and being in the Keirin Race.
Girls Scratch Race
Girls Keirin Race - Final
I got my special weapon GIANT. This is super light and fast! I even felt like I could finally be on my dream podium for the first time this year but all race I was in, I got the 4 th place, weeeeeeeeee... I hate daily practice and never do it.:-(
It is said that participation is more significant than winning at the Bang-King track race. Right? ;-)
I can't to wait to go back and try to get on the podium again next year!
Thanks for sharing this.
More photos HERE.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Star sign/Blood type: Scorpion / A
Birthday: October 28
Current city: Nagoya, Japan
What’s the bike scene like in Nagoya for females?
Nagoya girls love riding bicycles in any style. We always want to do unusual and fun things through riding bicycles, and share with lots of people. We believe “you can do anything on your bike.” So, we made bicycle dance team “Gacharinco!”, the 1st fixed gear bike dance team in Japan and Love Wheels Nagoya - 2010 Bicycle Calendar. We thought it would be cool if people saw our bike dance and calendar and thought that Nagoya is a great and fun place to cycle in. Through these stuffs, we want to share with the world all that is cool, exciting and fun about Nagoya Cycling Girls. Here are the fun bike events regularly and hope that many people would get interested to come and ride with us in Nagoya.
♥ Girls Keirin Track Race
♥ Girls Cyclo Cross Race
♥ Girls bike trip (we took 180km ride from Nagoya to Kyoto)
♥ Group riding to music camp fees
♥ Monthly alleycat race (girls organize tasty race sometimes)
♥ Girls café meeting (talking about bikes and boys)
What’s your favourite ride right now?
Coffee and Beer ride makes me happy. I love taking my coffee bike and making my special hand brewed coffee on my bicycle. Call me when you need caffeine, I’ll deliver my happy coffee anywhere I can ♥
And I love drinking super cold beer after long riding, cheers!
Where’s your favourite place to ride?
Spinning around the globe: Sydney, Melbourne, Budapest, Leeds, San Diego, NYC… I love riding the city in different countries to explore & feel the locals and make lots of friends all over the world.
Favourite riding outfit: Short pants + leggings, sometimes flower patterns skirts ♥
Favourite food: Nagoya’s miso pork cutlets!
Favourite movie: 魔女の宅急便 (Kiki’s Delivery Service), Yellow Submarine, True Romance, Pulp Fiction, Beauty & the Beast
What makes you laugh? Weridos
What makes you angry? Thief!
What are you listening to on your I-pod? The Beatles, The Grateful Dead, Built to Spill, Cake, Beck, Weezer, Bangles ♥
Do you have any pets? Yes. RUBY (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel), she looks like deer + seal = so cute ♥
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