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Author: Tim Krabbé
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Sports stories
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tim Krabbé
ISBN: 1582342032 9781582342030
OCLC Number: 48557567
Description: 148 pages ; 21 cm
Other Titles: Renner.
Responsibility: Tim Krabbé ; translated from the Dutch by Sam Garrett.
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"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."--Jacket.

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