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Photos by Rie Sawada,

Cyclists around the world revere Japanese track cycling culture, but for most people racing on the hallowed banks of Japan’s velodromes would be out of the question were it not for Izuru Shimasaki and friends. Since 2007, the Bang-King events have allowed amateur racers and cyclists of all ability levels to come out and enjoy track racing. And as you can see from the photos above, the emphasis is on fun. Check out for more.