Japan unveils new Olympic track bike with left-sided drivetrain

"Once you get up to speed, it's hard to slow down," say Japanese athletes

Ethan Hayter and KUBOKI Kazushige in a track cycling race
The Toray V-Izu TCM-2 bears a resemblance to Team GB's Hope x Lotus track bike.
(Image credit: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com)

The Japanese national cycling team has lifted the lid on the new track bike it has developed for this summer's Paris Olympics, revealing an unusual left-sided drivetrain. 

The V-Izu TCM-2, made by Japanese carbon manufacturer Toray, was unveiled over the weekend at the Japan Track Cup competition in Tokyo. It had previously been spotted at last August's UCI World Championships in Glasgow, where it was ridden for homologation ahead of the Games. 

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Tom Davidson
Senior News Writer

Tom joined Cycling Weekly as a news and features writer in the summer of 2022, having previously contributed as a freelancer. He is the host of The TT Podcast, which covers both the men's and women's pelotons and has featured a number of prominent British riders. 

An enthusiastic cyclist himself, Tom likes it most when the road goes uphill and actively seeks out double-figure gradients on his rides. 

He's also fluent in French and Spanish and holds a master's degree in International Journalism.