The rider is a play by play from inside the riders head during the fanciful 1977 tour de mont aigoual the narrative is bestrewed with flashbacks from previous races and other related episodes in krabbes life the author discusses the competition the cooperation the pain the strategy and the mental head games of cycling. If theres one book every cyclist should read its the rider by tim krabbe just like knowing the basic skill of how to fix a puncture this should be mandatory reading for every cyclist. This is an inside the head of the cyclist account of a 1970s amateur 150 kilometer cycle race in france only 148 pages the novella is not written in chapters but broken down into kilometres travelled. The rider tim krabbe on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers the instant cult classic about biking road racing and the bicyclists who love their sport originally published in holland in 1978. At the start of the 137 kilometre tour de mont aigoual tim krabbe glances up from his bike to assess the crowd of spectators non racers he writes
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