(Say: Kay - rin) - Keirin is a mass-start track race which originated in Japan as a betting event (sort of like horse racing with humans) and is now also an Olympic event. In traditional Keirin lots are drawn to determine starting positions and 6 to 9 sprinters compete after a paced start. The pacer starts at a slow 15 mph and riders are required to remain behind him. The pacer gradually increases speed and leaves the track approximately 600 to 700 meters before the end letting the racers sprint to the line. The first person across wins.
A Little R & R Before the Big Event Is A Good Thing - One common mistake cyclists make is not getting enough rest before a big event. Often we go into the week before our big century ride or race feeling like we need more training. All the training and preparation for a big event, however, should happen in the months and weeks preceding the event. It takes time for your body to recover from training and build on the hard work that you've put in. So, the week leading up to the event should be a week of light training to total rest that allows your body time to recover fully. Rest will allow your body's energy stores to replenish and allow the muscle trauma that occurs during training to repair itself. Eat smart as well, with an emphasis on complex carbohydrates, and you'll be ready to do your best. Check with us for more information on training and nutrition.