If you want to be a professional cyclist in Japan, then the Keirin Academy is the place to go. Rather than starting out in the amateur leagues and picking up sponsors en route to the big time, Keirin attendees devote a year of their lives to a gruelling training regime before taking a test that’ll allow them into the lower leagues, and it’s incredibly intense.

Photographer and BMX nut, Jasper Clarke, traveled to the Keirin Academy to document its pupils and their lung-busting training sessions. It’s Nice That preview some of his snaps in a photo feature that sheds some light onto life at the famed Japanese cycling school.

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