MY LAST RACE (I kept KEIRIN racing between more than the half of my life. )

tomity

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Hello all, 
みなさん
 Konnichiwa  こんにちわ

Hi!! to the person who has already known me.
and Nice to meet you!! to the person who knows me for the first time.

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Sorry,my English is a beginner. Please forgive me when it is amusing.

I'm Tomity. I'm professional KEIRIN rider.
First of all, I speak about KEIRIN to you.

As you know KEIRIN is a cycling race that arose in Japan.
KEIRIN is a gambling game. After the war, KEIRIN started soon at Kokura Kyushu velodrome. It is 62 years old this year.

Fukuoka Kokura Keirin Velodrome(Indoor) 400m
http://www.dataplaza.keirininfo.or.jp/contents/kdpjyo.Jyo3?UCD=810
http://www.mediadome.co.jp/keirin/
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=...d=115427854902467591068.00043804d4d0d52e83021
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http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=Ce9cVbwQ3bA
2005 Keirin-sai
http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=tFCvkuQTYL4&feature=related

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keirin

KEIRIN was added from the world cycling championships in 1980 to the official program. and it was added from the Sydney Olympics to the official program in 2000.

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After that, KEIRIN became the same universal language as the judo.
You know,Sumo Kabuki Fuji-yama Sukiyaki Tempura Otaku Manga Tsunami Daraemon........ It is all Japanese that all over the world knows.

MT.FUJI
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SUMO
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MANGA
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JUDO
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DORAEMON
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tomity

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I liked to travel with the bicycle that had been assembled for myself at high school days. and I started cycle racing in the Hosei University age.

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For me, 1kmTT was a specialty.
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The all-time personal best at that time was 1 minutes 08 seconds 29.
My best race result was 3rd place in a Japan track cycling championship.


I got the engineer's job after college.
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After a while, to become KEIRIN rider, I left engineer's company.

The reason is this.
My teammate SHIGENORI INOUE at university days became professional KEIRIN rider, succeeded very much, and became famous.

And, Japanese professional KEIRIN rider Mr.Koichi Nakano that was completely unnamed in the bicycle game field in the world won the championship with world track cycling championships sprint for the first time and was a world champion at the same time.

Afterwards, he kept continuously winning the championship ten times (still Guinness record).

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He changed into the player with the most famous world in the realm of sport.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koichi_Nakano

The frame that had kept being used until he retired was NAGASAWA of NAKANO red.

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NAGASAWA frame became famous worldwide because of the activity of Koichi Nakano.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoshiaki_Nagasawa

He earned the prize offor 100 million JPY ($1,015,744.0) (100,000,000JPY /$98.45) or more in total in one year (in 1980).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzLdyxDSK2I

(He retires in 1992 and is doing the sports commentator now. )

The event invited me to become KEIRIN rider.

Afterwards, I entered KEIRIN school to pull the pin and to become professional KEIRIN rider. The passing time of my test was 1 minutes 10 seconds 5.
The deadline was a stand for 1 minutes 13 seconds.

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I debuted with Kagetsuen Keirin velodrome on April 30, 1982.
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Kanagawa Kagetsuen Keirin Velodrome 400m

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=...d=115427854902467591068.00043804d4d0d52e83021

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2007International keirin in JAPAN
http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=u-ajEOgUy2g&feature=related


Rookies debut from the class of the subordinate position most. (B-class.There is no B-class now)
Race result of my debut is Preliminary 4th place, semifinal 3rd place,final 7th place.

To our regret, Kagetsuen KEIRIN velodrome closed in March this year because of the sales deficit.


I was not able to come in 1st place easily after it had debuted. After five months had passed, I won for the first time in 1st place.

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tomity

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おつかれさまでした!
:no1:
ありがとうございます

I began to write the diary until my last racing.
私はラストレースまでの日記を書き始めました

This is a part of my bicycle life.
これは私の自転車人生のほんの一部です
 

tomity

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tomity

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お疲れさまでした!

As much as I love cycling, it must be a hard, hard job at times. Congratulations on what must have been a very rewarding career, and thanks for posting here!
Hello Phil san,


Thank you for your message.

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I am a little sad to retire, I am grateful for that job to the best of my life.
I am also delighted to everyone who Keirin interested.

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Even after retirement if my thank you please support the Keirin!!

Ride safe!!

Happy Tomity
 

GSAstuto

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Tomity san - even though we didn't meet yet, your posts inspire! I hope we can ride together sometime. There is a little 'keirin' in one of my training bikes. I broke the chainstay and needed parts so I visited the shop of Kalavinka. Tanabe san met us graciously and provided new dropout and chainstay tube so I could repair my bike (old Panasonic). So, now my bike carry a little Kalavinka! Please let us know your race schedule - I really want to see it.
 

FarEast

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Tomity,

Your life as a Keirin rider is very inspiring and proves that if you are focused and dedicated you can keep racing for as long as you want!

I hope you continue to play an active role in promoting the sport!
 

TimKendall

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Can remember riding my first Keirin at Kirby track in the North of England in the early eighties... hard as hell! You've got to respect anyone that has ever done this for a job.
Great stuff, and very inspring in whatever we are trying to achieve.

My best Kilo was 1:08:?? at Leicester in 1987 on a Harry Hall... can still feel the pain.
 
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Great post, Tomity!

Would be good to ride down a road or two with you one day, if you have the time!
 

tomity

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Tomity san - even though we didn't meet yet, your posts inspire! I hope we can ride together sometime. There is a little 'keirin' in one of my training bikes. I broke the chainstay and needed parts so I visited the shop of Kalavinka. Tanabe san met us graciously and provided new dropout and chainstay tube so I could repair my bike (old Panasonic). So, now my bike carry a little Kalavinka! Please let us know your race schedule - I really want to see it.
Hello GSAstuto san,

I am looking forward to meeting one of these days.
Mr. Tanabe is very kind. And, he politely teaches bicycling.
It is thanks to Mr. Tanabe that I today am.

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My schedule in June was announced the other day.
My last race schedule is holding of June 24~26 in Tachikawa KEIRIN race.
Therefore, there is my LAST RACE on June 26.

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Please see the race in Tachikawa on June 26. (It is not possible to meet the guest while holding the race to our regret. )

See you soon!!

Ride safe!!

Keirin ambassador
Tomity
 

tomity

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Tomity,

Your life as a Keirin rider is very inspiring and proves that if you are focused and dedicated you can keep racing for as long as you want!

I hope you continue to play an active role in promoting the sport!

Hello FarEast san,

I am happy in keeping the race with the loved bicycle. After it retires, I pray for a popular improvement of KEIRIN race. And, I want to inform all over the world of KEIRIN race.

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Thank you for your comment!!

Ride safe!!

Keirin ambassador
Tomity
 

tomity

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Can remember riding my first Keirin at Kirby track in the North of England in the early eighties... hard as hell! You've got to respect anyone that has ever done this for a job.
Great stuff, and very inspring in whatever we are trying to achieve.

My best Kilo was 1:08:?? at Leicester in 1987 on a Harry Hall... can still feel the pain.


Hello TimKendall san,

I feel that KEIRIN race is a bang-up job.
I wish to express my gratitude for this work's having been continued up to 52 years old.

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>My best Kilo was 1:08:??
Wow,Great!! It same to my best was 1:08

Let's ride together when there is a chance.

See you at track!!

Ride safe!!

Keirin ambassador
Tomity
 

tomity

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Great post, Tomity!

Would be good to ride down a road or two with you one day, if you have the time!

Hello OwenJames san,

There is a track ride beginner school(Tachikawa Shimin Jitensha Kyoshitsu) once a month in Tachikawa. Everyone can participate. Track bike KEIRIN helmet is lent.

my friend at Tachikawa Shimin Jitensha Kyoshitsu
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After it retires, I keep taking a ride on a bicycle.
Let's ride together when there is a chance.

See you soon!! Ride safe!!

Keirin ambassador
Tomity
 

tomity

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After five months had passed, I won for the first time in 1st place.
I kept winning the next day (semifinal) and the final day (final) coming in 1st place, too and continuously three times. and, I did the wire-to-wire victory by the series.

KEIRIN race of Japan is usually held for three days (the preliminary contest, the semifinal, and the final).
It was a miracle that continued three times for me.

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And, all the winning wire-to-wire victories are called 3(San) Rensho.
It is pronounced San(three) rensho (consecutive victory) in Japanese.

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The brand name of 3Rensho originates in this wire-to-wire victory.
3Rensho is a name that brings luck really for KEIRIN rider.

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I became accustomed to the race well and learnt the method of victory from the experience since it debuted.
The society decides the ranking by the race result of KEIRIN rider every half a year. The ranking is divided into S-class(Super Star,S-1,S-2) and A-class(A-1,A-2,A-3).
Each class can recognize it by the color of the line of pants.

Super Star class(red based>black line>white star),S-class(black based>red line),A-class(black based>green line)

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Relation between Kalavinka and me.
The name of the frame builder of Kalavinka is Mr.Akio Tanabe.

Mr. Tanabe in young age (Mt. Fuji Hill climb time trial)
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He was famous track rider in my high school days that represented Japan.
I watched amateur track race with Tachikawa KEIRIN velodrome for the first time on a certain day.

And, I saw his race for the first time.
He won the race the championship by overwhelming strength.

A lot of high school students (Tokyo) at that time yearned to him.
I was one person in that.
I determined to become track rider at once. And, I asked father for the track bike purchase.

Mr.Tanabe was 1968 Mexico Olympics games Japanese representative candidate. However, he was not able to participate in the representative player frame by one person alone.

I learnt the thing of a lot of bicycle games from him.
About a basic figure of running and the riding form, the race operation and it is the bicycle machines technological, etc,about all of cycling.


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Tomity

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trad

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3連勝 (trifecta/hat trick/total domination) at age 52? That is simply amazing. おめでとうございます - at any age!