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Betting on bicycles: keirin


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Bicycle races have been around for a long time, but did you know that the first cycle races designed for wagering began in Japan? Keirin was developed in the post-war period by the Japanese government and although it’s now an official Olympic sport, the gamblers you’ll be mingling with are more likely to be chain smoking than doing push-ups in the velodrome aisles.


They ain’t riding your grandma’s mama-chari: these cyclists top out at 70km/hr.






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