Hey, the Guy from PEDAL (Hi Hi, Grüsse aus Berlin)
Guys from the CMWC:Yesterday I came the long way to the Keirin track only to be refused to ride on my road bike there. How should I know when there is nothing written about this on the web site before I registered - and I registered for this event only. Ah, I should have read this in the "rule book", was given as explanation. But I got the rulebook only AFTER I registered and paid, and it is also written in the rule book that I don't get my money back AFTER I register. So it's catch 21 in the end.Ah, I should have known that it is not allowed in Japan to race with road bikes on keirin tracks. Sorry, but this is not true. I am training with my road bike on the Kawasaki bank with the Kawasaki Pista club; I have raced in August on the Omiya track with the JCRC on my road bike. And the Matsudo track is open 3 to 4 times a year for beginners with road bikes. But OK, I asked one of my friends to ride out with his track bike to the Keio Kaku track. Now it was refused because it had no drop handles but a bullhorn. Then it was OK, as long as I participate only in the time trial. Then it was refused again with the explanation that bike inspection has closed 2 hours ago.I was also asked that I could borrowed a bike from some of the othe riders who are all very friendly. And they were friendly - but not to a degree that they would borrow me their bike.Summary: 9.000 Yen spend on a t-shirt and met a lot of unfriendly and unsympathic people.I would like to single out "Gogo" who was probaly the most unhelpful person I happened to meet yesterday."I hope to have a good time with the messenger (sic!) from around the world through CMWC Tokyo."That is what "Gogo" writes in the red welcome booklet. Well, his idea of him having a good time is giving other people a hard time. Otherwise only empty words.It seems like everybody is young, flexible, open and easy going. But when it comes to a point where really some flexibility is required, than people like "Gogo" behave as flexible as officials from the immigration office: "Sorry, this is the rule. No expections will be made." It makes me sad to see that some young Japanese behave exactly as their grandfathers in this respect.Think about it, "Gogo"."Thank you and let's enjopy CMWC together!"I didn't.