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24 May That novel is The Rider, written by Dutch writer, chess player and cyclist Tim Krabbé. I travelled to Amsterdam on a bleak, grey winter’s day to. At the start of the kilometre Tour de Mont Aigoual, Tim Krabbé glances up from his bike to assess the crowd of spectators. ‘Non-racers,’ he writes. ‘The. THE RIDER describes one kilometre race in just pages. In the course of the narrative, we get to know the forceful, bumbling Lebusque, the aesthete.

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The Next Best Thing to Sex: It should, however, be more widely read – you should read it In case you missed it above, my full review is up on my blog and this is one occasion where the full review actually does convey a little more than this concise one Pick it up and I dare you not to read through it as fast as their breaks through Mont Aigoual: Every time before I step out on my bike to ride against the wind on the roads close to my home in Amsterdam, I feel a tension through my whole body.

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Oct 13, David Johnston rated it it was amazing. No pain, no gain. Hij bespreekt in dit boek de koers van de eerste kilometer tot aan de finisch. Hij vertelt hoe hij zich voelt, wat hij deed en dacht.

Als men de renners nu vergelijkt met de renners een aantal generaties geleden dan weet thf wie de echte helden zijn! Nothing is sensationalized or dramatized in his narration yet the sensation and the drama is palpable as surely as if I am in a peloton witnessing the unspoken intents that separate a sportsman from sportsmanship. Toe clips, no indexed shifting, no power bars or energy drinks.

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Krabbbe ask other readers questions about The Riderplease sign up. Ik heb altijd al opgekeken naar de renners van vroeger. In fact, before this I never bothered. Time stops, starts, reverses. Because the finish line is only the beginning. So I’m going to put it in quick, simple points. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Page 1 of 1 Tij over Page 1 of 1.

Ik werd al vanaf de eerste zin geboeid om verder te lezen. Are there better athletes? 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. The emptiness The Rider is a miniature epic, one of the best books I read last year – and definitely the best book I’ve ever read about the experience of cycling a really long way.

Others consider him arrogant, I think dedication. Mar 23, Charles Collard rated it it was amazing. But to say that the race is the metaphor for the life is to miss the point.

The day had been like night, trees had whipped back and forth, farmers were blown back into their barns, there were hailstones, bomb craters from the war, crossroads where the gendarmes had run away, and riders had to climb onto one another’s shoulders to wipe clean the muddied road signs. The fight between narcissism and useless courage in the Rider is beautifully kfabbe.

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No trivia or quizzes yet. His book brings a new light, for instance, to Bill and Carol McGann’s two-volume history of the Tour de France, illuminating factual details and amplifying what makes competitive cycling such a special pursuit.

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James’s choice for book club this month, and I was a little dubious going in. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Het is tijd, het fluitsignaal gaat af en weg zijn deze mannen voor drie uur en een half echte koers.

Nov 03, Lou Robinson rated it really liked it. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

Reads more like a psychological thriller than non-fiction novel. Though, while riding with this book in mind, I did wonder if the exhaustion I felt on a given climb or the freshness of the breeze had any relation to the anguish and solace described by Krabbe.

Anyone who’s never raced a bike would be mystified as to the appeal of this book. Previous page of related Sponsored Products. Given how much cycling we watch on TV during the year, did I really want to spend precious reading time on it too? Or should I throw it away saves a good grams! Twelve more kilometers to race.

He has to force his mind to think. The storytelling weaves in and out of the race’s events, but is entirely the mind thw the rider.

Riviere is floating there magnificently. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Some think him egocentric, I find him ambitious. May 12, Bjorn rated it really liked it Shelves: Also follows the inner workings of racer strategy where best laid plans ridr change in an instant on the road and what role fatigue plays in cognition.

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