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Greipel gallops to stage honours on Giro d’Italia stage five; Brian Cookson indicates possible sanctions for Van den Driessche’s entourage; Canadian downhill champ Steve Smith dies at 26; Teams selected for 27th Giro Rosa; Dutch Giro d’Italia start heralded as ‘best ever’; 2018 Giro starting in Japan?; Hamburg Cyclassics in dire need of sponsorship; Froome …


Cycling Shimanami: exploring Japan’s Inland Sea by bike

Last week CyclingTips editor Matt de Neef and Melbourne-based photographer Aaron Upson travelled to Japan’s Hiroshima Prefecture to take part in the Cycling Shimanami recreational challenge ride. But thanks to a week of famous Japanese hospitality, the trip became about far more than a single, 65km ride. As we rode through yet another sleepy fishing …


Roadtripping Japan

When I think about Japan, descriptions like “polite”, “clean”, “punctual”, “neon”, “awesome toilets”, “sumo” and possibly “keirin” come to mind. I’ve always known there’s a deep-seated cycling culture there somewhere, but “cycling” isn’t a word that’s immediately apparent. But after a week of cycling around the Seto Inland Sea and Hiroshima in the south west …


Cycle Mode: Japan’s largest bicycle festival

You’re probably familiar with bike expos like Eurobike and Interbike but you might not have heard of Cycle Mode. Split over two weeks between Tokyo and Osaka, the Japanese Cycle Mode expo features more than 500 brands and attracts more than 55,000 visitors. Dan Kamiya and CyclingTips webmaster Ben Dunn were at Cycle Mode in …



If you want to see the completion of a documentary which gives inside look at Japanese Keirin racing and culture, check out what these filmmakers are putting together with Shane Perkins. They’ve kicked off a crowd-funding program to help raise money for the second half of this two-part series. Have a look, and if you’re …


Keirin Racing in Japan with Shane Perkins

While much of the professional cycling season has died down in Europe, a selection of international track riders have been invited to Japan to earn some money from racing the Keirin circuit. Shane Perkins is one of those internationals and I caught up with him to hear about his Keirin season and to find out …


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