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- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Format: Paperback | 160 pages
- Dimensions: 124mm x 196mm x 13mm | 45g
- Publication date: 12 June 2003
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 1582342903
- ISBN 13: 9781582342900
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Sales rank: 4,447
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 break-neck 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. "The Rider" is the ultimate book for bike lovers as well as the arm-chair sports enthusiast.
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Tim Krabbe is one of Holland's leading writers, and his novels are published all over the world. His many books include "The Vanishing," which was made into a successful film, and "The Cave." He lives in Amsterdam.
'The Rider is a great read and a great ride. Krabbe's half-day race, delivered kilometer by kilometer onto the page, shows the sport for what it is: painful, exhilarating, tactical, relational, fast, slow, dangerous, consuming, prone to mechanical failure, heroic, futile...'