This bank holiday weekend Rolla Paluza in conjunction with Tokyo Fixed will be hosting the UK’s first ever all Keirin Festival at the historic Herne Hill Velodrome. The iconic track which is famed as being the sole surviving venue from the 1948 Olympics has recently been brought back into the spotlight as the starting point in Bradley Wiggins career. And to think a little while some rat-bastards wanted to tear it down, no heart man, no heart.
What’s in store for the day then? Well you have all the usual male and female senior categories which will be fun to watch but I’m mostly keen to watch the novice events. Which is what I think is special about this event and why facilities like Herne Hill should continue to exist. This is a rare opportunity for the lay-man to indulge in an activity not usually accessible to regular folk (Know anyone with a derny bike?). Former WUTM guest rider/heartthrob Nath will be competing and I know he has a huge West London following so you have to come down and support. Laner a prolific muff recipient will also be in the mix.
And for a taste of what Keirin entails here’s a vid below from the land of it’s origin, Japan.