The Rider

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Bloomsbury, 2002 - Bicycle racing - 148 pages
The Rider describes one 150-kilometer race in 150 pages. In the course of the narrative, we get to know the forceful, bumbling Lebusque, the fine-snared aesthete Bartholemy, the young Turk Reilhan and the mysterious 'rider from Cycles Goff'. Krabbe battles with and against each of them in turn, failing on the descents, shining on the cols, suffering on the (false) flats. The outcome of the race is, in fact, merely the last stanza of an exciting and too-brief paean to stamina, suffering and the power of humour. This is not a history of road racing, a hagiography of the European greats or even a factual account of his own amateur cycling career. Instead, Krabbe allows us to race with him, inside his skull as it were, during a mythical Tour de Mont Aigoual.

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User Review  - Ken-Me-Old-Mate - LibraryThing

This was The Peregrine all over again except it was about cycling, competition cycling. Throughout the whole of the book you are on that bicycle sweating, pumping, calculating and grinding your way up ... Read full review

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User Review  - leesclubhaarenjb - LibraryThing

I was a bike racer from 1963 till 1967 and I recognize a lot. It was my third read (June 2019) and I think it's the second best book on cycling after, joris van den bergh's book on Moeskops: temidden ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Tim Krabb is a chess as well as a cycling enthusiast and one of Holland's leading writers. His many books include the noir novels The Vanishing and The Cave. He lives in Amsterdam.

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