The Rider

Voorkant
Bloomsbury USA, 1 jun. 2002 - 160 pagina's

A literary sports classic, finally available in the U.S.

Originally published in Holland in 1978,The Rider became an instant cult classic, selling over 100,000 copies. Brilliantly conceived and written at a breakneck pace, it is a loving, imaginative, and, above all, passionate tribute to the art of bicycle road racing.

Not a dry history of the sport, The Rider is beloved as a bicycle odyssey, a literary masterpiece that describes in painstaking detail one 150-kilometer race in a mere 150 pages. We are, every inch of the way, inside amateur biker Tim Krabbé's head as his mind churns at top speed along with his furious peddling. Privy to his every thought-on the glory and vagaries of the sport itself, the weather, the characters and lineage of his rival cyclists, almost hallucinogenic anecdotes about great riders of the past-the book progresses kilometer by kilometer, thought by thought, and the reader is left breathless and exhilarated.

A thrillingly realistic look at what it is like to compete in a road race, The Rider
is the ultimate book for bike lovers as well as the arm-chair sports enthusiast.

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Gebruikersrecensie  - leesclubhaarenjb - www.librarything.com

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 ... Volledige review lezen

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Gebruikersrecensie  - ohernaes - LibraryThing

Wonderful book. Dutch amateur road cyclist Tim Krabbé recounts how he raced the Tour de Mont Aigoual, known from Tour de France, interspersed with stories from his cycling career, Tour de France, and the nature of road racing. Recommended. Volledige review lezen

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Over de auteur (2002)

Tim Krabbé is one of Holland's leading writers. His many books include The Vanishing and The Cave, both of which were made into films. He lives in Amsterdam.

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