The Rider

The Rider

Book - 2002
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Baker & Taylor
Chronicles a 150-kilometer European road bike race and its competitors.

McMillan Palgrave

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.



Holtzbrinck
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.


Blackwell North Amer
Far from 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 Krabbe's head as his mind churns at top speed along with his furious peddling during a mythical Tour de Mont Aigoual, a famously tough stage of the Tour de France. In the course of the race, we get to know the forceful, bumbling Lebusque, the aesthete Barthelemy, the young Turk Reilhan, and the mysterious rider in the blue jersey of Cycles Goff. Krabbe battles with and against each of them, failing on the descents, shining on the climbs, suffering on the false flats as the race speeds relentlessly to its final sprint. 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 hallucinatory anecdotes about great riders of the past - the book progresses kilometer by kilometer, thought by thought.

Baker
& Taylor

The classic bicycle road racing book first published in 1978 chronicles a 150-kilometer European road race and its competitors in vivid, realistic detail. 12,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2002
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781582342030
1582342032
Branch Call Number: FICTION KRABB...T
Characteristics: 148 pages ; 21 cm

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rstucke35 Oct 01, 2012

This book is one of the classic cycling books. If you have ever raced or are a passionate cyclist this book is for you. Well written.

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