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Koichi Nakano

Koichi Nakano is one of the greatest cyclists of all time, but most people outside of the world of keirin and track racing don’t know of the Japanese 10-time UCI World Champion. In this video, Nakano defeats the legendary Canadian track racer Gordon Singleton. While the crowd, and undoubtedly Singleton, disapproved of Nakano’s aggressive style of full-contact racing, he certainly showed that bike racing is about more than just speed.

Via Fixed Gear Blog.

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  1. TerryJanuary 18, 2010 at 8:57 am

    I suppose if you can’t win in a sportsman-like manner, you resort to winning that way.

  2. Pink RobeJanuary 18, 2010 at 10:53 am


  3. Urban JeffJanuary 18, 2010 at 11:33 amAuthor

    “No, no, he didn’t slam you, he didn’t bump you, he didn’t nudge you… he rubbed you. And rubbin’, son, is racin’.” —Days of Thunder


  4. JimCJanuary 18, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    He might be a champion, but he has no class.

  5. CalienteJanuary 21, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Win or lose, reckless riding doesnt belong on a velodrome.

  6. MikeJanuary 22, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    the guy is, or was, a jerk–didn’t deserve to be champion with that kind of crap
    when winning is more important than how you win, you lose.

  7. zakFebruary 7, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    have any of any of you be on a velodrome, let alone done match sprints? gord is a nice guy but he causes that crash. he swings wide out of 4 hooking nakano. then nakano bumbs back and gord leans into him (big no-no) instead of staying centered over the bike and loses traction. if you watch the earlier 2 rides, gord should have been awarded the first ride when nakano DID cause a crash. then gord wins the 2nd ride straight up. thus should already have won the round. rubbing is racing, especially back then in sprint events. nakano is by no means a goon and you are idiots for implying as such. you should watch the keirin final from the same year if you wanna see some serious argy bargy.

  8. ExperienceFebruary 19, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Yes Zak, I did. And you are wrong. I’ve been racing many years, since I was 11 up to semi-professional and trained with some well-known pro’s when (years ago) I was tested by a wellknown pro team. With much travelling around Europe during road season, I’ve have got some road semi-pro championships. None in indoor cycling. And had the honor of racing with one of the recent pro champions, just retired. He made it. I didn’t. In winter, indoor cycling was part of our training and competition. Our coach and sponsor were very exigent. The sprint Nakano-Singleton is not clean, but not unusual either. In road racing, Nakano would have been disqualified. May be. However, indoor cycling is different. More contact is allowed. True, Nakano always have been known as a dirty rider. Most of the people, competitors or fans, dislike him. To win does not justify the means. At the end not only Singleton loses. Cycling loses.

  9. hjkJune 19, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Harden up!

  10. Fred RednorJanuary 17, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Nakano was a professional keirin racer, which should explain it all…

  11. TedJanuary 8, 2015 at 12:09 am

    UK television did not want to show the very moment of Singleton’s rough play. Just look at the following link :


    It is obvious that Singleton was trying to push and crash Nakano by his elbow. Finally Singleton was not a great rider but a great actor !!

  12. TedJanuary 8, 2015 at 12:30 am

    Even on the first ride, Singleton used his right shoulder to make Nakano fall down. That scene can be seen very clearly. It was Singleton who pushed Nakano first and after that Nakano lost balance. Therefore this was definitively 2 – 1 for Nakano indifferently from Singleton’s injury which, anyway, was created by his own act against fair sportmanship.

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