The Rider

Stuart Larry David likes to quote from The Rider:

“Racing is licking your opponent’s plate clean before starting on your own.”

That’s but one memorable line from the best cycling book ever written. Why is it the best?

  1. It reflects the experience of a suffering on a bike better than any prose should.
  2. Lance isn’t in it. 
  3. The author, Tim Krabbe, knows about the joys of suffering in an intimate way.
  4. It takes place at a time when racing was all about effort and guile, and not about the bike.
  5. It puts you there, in the saddle, climbing European cols.

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