By Symon Lewis published
The Keirin, which is favoured by the sprinters, covers just eights laps of the velodrome and is said to be one of the most exciting races to watch. This huge tradition in Japan brings thousands out to spectate and its what Rollapaluza, who have dedicated a whole event around, hopes to replicate in Manchester.
The new Manchester Keirin will be the first time the event has graced the boards, whilst the organisers still hope to keep its own tradition going at Herne Hill Velodrome were the Keirin Fest built its popularity, later on in the year on August 2nd.
Rollapaluza say that both Manchester and Herne Hill velodromes brings huge positives in different ways for riders and spectators alike. They want everyone to experience both and look to keep the two events going in the future.
Riders will have the opportunity to fight it out for the £6000 prize pot in three categories; men’s, women’s and an ‘all comers’ race and will require to progress through a number of rounds to contest the final.
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Symon Lewis joined Cycling Weekly as an Editorial Assistant in 2010, he went on to become a Tech Writer in 2014 before being promoted to Tech Editor in 2015 before taking on a role managing Video and Tech in 2019. Lewis discovered cycling via Herne Hill Velodrome, where he was renowned for his prolific performances, and spent two years as a coach at the South London velodrome.
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