Cycle race book for non cycle racers,
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This review is from: The Rider (Paperback)
My heart dropped when a friend lent me a book about cycle racing as many descriptions of sporting glory rather bore me.
This is a book with a difference - all the action is encompassed in one race, the Tour de Mont Aigoual. The sentiments in the story would appeal to any cyclist who has got caught up in the Cyclosportive boom currently underway. But it is not just about bike racing; it paints vivid characters of the 5 contestants in his group; it conjures incidents and personalities from the ages of bike racing earlier in the century when the riders depended on their own resources in tackling really tough conditions; it intersperses the narrative with flashbacks to his own childhood.
This is not an epic book nor a trendsetter, but like some of the best it takes you by surprise and refreshes you.
The pretentious back cover is perhaps worth quoting: "To say that the race is the metaphyor for life is to miss the point. The race is everything. It obliterates whatever isn't racing. Life is a metaphor for the race.
And Tim Krabbe was a chess grandmaster before he took up cycle racing at the age of 30!