Lucky 5 

July 30, 2015

If you've gone to the Olympics and raced in Japan then as a cyclist, you can pretty much say you've made it.

Well, that's definitely how Malaysian Olympian and Commonwealth Gold Medallist track cyclist Josiah Ng feels.

Josiah and Shane Kelly go way back. They sparred on many a track during Josiah's 15 seasons, and both vividly remember the Athens Olympics, when Shane beat Josiah by the finest of whiskers. Had the outcome been the other way around, Josiah would've ended up with plenty of cash and a brand new Porsche, as that was the booty up for grabs for the first Malaysian to take home an Olympic medal in a sport other than badminton.

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The two talk in detail about the mysterious world of Keirin racing in Japan - the salt throwing traditions, the Kevlar padding, the incredible prize money and all that history.

Like Shane, Josiah might have hung up his racing helmet, but he's still going flat out. He's founded 5Bling, a business that creates custom design gloves for teams and events. We find out plenty more - including the power of number five - in yet another great Off the Bike catch up.

We strongly recommend that you check out the extended interview


Check out more from the Shane Kelly Off the Bike Series!

  • Tammy Foster - How Two Siblings' Cancer Journey is Now Helping Others.

  • Bridie O'Donnell - a tenacious force in women's cycling.

  • Emma Carney - swimming through a cardiac arrest.

  • Billy Joe Shearsby - the Aussie World Champ who caught the attention of a young Bradley Wiggins.

  • Tim Spiteri - the ocean rowing adventurer who makes endurance look like a sprint.

  • Dave Sanders - behind every exceptional athlete is an exceptional coach.

  • Jess Gallagher - being legally blind isn't slowing down her track racing aspirations for Rio.

  • Lance Picioane - former AFL player helping young people struggling with mental illness reach their full potential.

  • John Bylsma - two time Olympian and Common Wealth Games Silver medalist believes in quality (training) over quantity.

  • Frank Zanatta - The man who has raced 34 Melbourne to Warrnambools.

Keep up with the Shane Kelly series and plenty more - check out our Everything Bike blog