Ryoku: Aussie Cyclist Conquers on the Keirin

June 27, 2013 | Andy Cush

For Australian cyclist Shane Perkins, the Keirin–a Japanese cycling race in which participants sprint after a lap paced by a motorcycle–means a lot of things. It’s redemption for his spotted past as an Olympic competitor; it’s a way back into professional cycling; it’s a chance to provide for his family. Ryoku, a film documenting Perkins’s personal and professional journey and his encounter with Keirin racing, is showing tonight at the 2013 Bicycle Film Festival. Keep up with BFF 2013 on Facebook, check out the full schedule, and stay tuned for more festival highlights.