What does it mean to ride a bicycle? What does it feel like to immerse yourself in the adrenaline-filled sensation of playing your destiny with the pedal strokes, elbowing your way through the group, suffering uphill like a fakir, throwing yourself downhill like an aspiring suicide? Tim Krabbé told all this in first person, and without needing the chronicle-narrative mediation of the great exploits of cycling champions. In almost two hundred pages and one hundred and fifty kilometers of escapes, chases, sprints, hesitations, traps and alliances, Krabbé stages the essence of the challenge that a man on pedals can throw at the road and his road opponents.
Since 1978 The Race, a novel as breathtaking as a Dolomite pass and as tense as a sprint, also translated into 50 languages of the world and now republished in Italian in a new version, has become a cult literary work for enthusiasts who have experienced discouragement and the ecstasy of pedaling.
Translation by Franco Paris.
«My brain has to react quickly, I'm like a ten year old boy on a runaway horse: I get up on the pedals and after five strokes I'm already at full speed, the oxygen shouts hurrah to me! from the deepest of the blood vessels and so I dart along the group, I go up towards the head. From behind they shout at me Alè! Alé!".
Dimensions: 27 × 16 × 2.5 cm
Author: Tim Krabbe
Number of pages: 216
Format: 12 x 17 cm
Italian version only.