Video: A homage to the book ‘The Rider’ by Tim Krabbé

by CyclingTips


There are certain inevitable experiences that every cyclist will go through: getting a puncture, crashing, bonking, getting lost. Another experience every cyclist should have is reading the book “De Renner” (“The Rider”) by Dutch novelist Tim Krabbé.

On stage 6 of this year’s Tour de France the peloton will head to the summit of Mont Aigoual, a key location in “The Rider”.

The film above, entitled “His Twenty-two was still clean”, pays homage to the greatest cycling book of all time. As you’ll see, it features former pro Laurens ten Dam and comes from his production house “Live Slow Ride Fast”.

“My gear lever feels like a scab on a wound. During our reconnaissance ride I was using forty-three twenty here. Now I’m sticking to the nineteen, a matter of willpower. My twenty was still as clean as a whistle. Shifting is a kind of painkiller, and therefore the same as giving up. After all, if I wanted to kill my pain, why not choose the most effective method? Road racing is all about generating pain.”

Note: Click the ‘CC’ button on the player to enable English subtitles.

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