Yeah, I was referring to the Keirin Association School where they train professional riders.
I wouldn't want to actually join. I'm too old, too fat, too slow, hate public bathing, can't live without alcohol / freedom, and I don't want to be a keirin rider. But I would think taking the exam for shits and giggles would be fun. I am curious if the students have to pay room and board. I know the kyotei (boat race) school costs about a million yen to attend, but I think there's more money in keirin, so maybe it's free.
I wonder if you have to have your own official keirin bike to take the test? Or do they lend them out?
I saw some of the students there looked pretty darn chubby for cyclists...
It sounds like the most surefire way to get in shape, which is what interested me.
Don't confuse 'Keirin' with Track Racing! They are completely different animals! It's like you going to a major horse racing track and asking if you can take one of the thoroughbreds around the course and learn to be a Jockey in a day!.
Very true, one of my training buddies is a S-Class Keirin rider Yamada Shinichiro and he was telling that Japanese Keirin and IOC Keirin are again very different animals and one of the reasons why you will never see Chris Hoy in Japan or a Japanese rider male and female from Japan win a gold medal at the Olympics as these guys and gals will race 3 or 4 events in a day, sometimes back to back.
Again as Tim mentions, its a business and they stables really don't want time wasters or sightseers wasting time and resourses - if you want a feel for what it's like for a UCI Pro rider, go sign up for the track camp at Shuzenji. They can supply your with pretty much everything as long as you are under 170cm and ride anything under a 54cm frame.
I actually want to do the track camp at Shuzenji as some of the junior riders from Champion System attended last year before the Asia games and said it was absolutely brillant and they have English speaking staff for those not able to read or speak Japanese.