The Rider (Paperback)
Bloomsbury USA, 9781582342900, 160pp.
Publication Date: June 12, 2003
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.
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..." -"Donald Antrim"
'...there's something about Krabbe's spare writing style that lulls even uninitiated readers into a sort of trance-presumably not unlike that of the long-distance racer moving ever closer to the finishing line.' -"Time Out New York"
'Compelling...irradiated by an intense love of cycling and a fascination with the nature of the racing experience... Krabbe] captures the rhythm of the race.'-"The Economist"
'A complex meditation on the nature of extreme physical and mental exertion, wrapped in the guise of a simple account of one bicycle race. It will leave you wrung out, exhilarated, and relieved that you didn't break any bones while experiencing it.' -"Bookforum.