On 8/12/07, James Swan <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Hi Tom,
> I'm pretty sure that it doesn't have to do with being a citizen. You
> have to go to Keirin school before you are permitted to ride with
> those guys. You must qualify to be accepted to the school and it is
> very selective. American sprinter Nelson Vails attended the school
> and rode for several years on the Keirin circuit. He was very
> popular. Perhaps there were other non Japanese riders.
The keirin circuit runs an "International Series" every spring/summer for 2-3 months where international riders are invited to race in Japan. Theo Bos rode the keirin circuit this year, and Josiah Ng rode in 2005 (and posted some very interesting information about the school on his blog -- http://www.josiahng.com/keirin.html)
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