Recommended: The Rider

I’m reading The Rider by Tim Krabbé. The cycling classic published in 1978, is an account of one of the author’s races. It will reward the cycling enthusiast with amazing detail and insight to the sport of bicycle road racing.

Here  is an example: “Jacques Anquetil, five-time winner of the Tour De France, used to take his water bottle out of its holder before every climb and stick it in the back pocket of his jersey.” When asked about this practice of his, he explained that “a rider is made up of two parts, a person and a bike. The bike, of course, is the instrument he uses to go faster, but its weight also slows him down. That really counts when the going gets tough, and in climbing the thing is to make sure the bike is as light as possible.  A good way to do that is: take the bidon (water bottle) out of  its holder.”

Fascinating stuff.

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