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Tim Krabbé (1978; English translation 2002)
This fictional account of a professional bicycle race by the Dutch journalist, author and former racing cyclist, is a cult classic. Finely written and full of rhetorical flourishes, it captures the peculiar dynamic of the peloton beautifully, from the point of view of one rider. At just 150 pages, it is a book you simply have to put down, in order to savour it. It is also a meditation on pain, for armchair enthusiasts who don’t fancy it much themselves. For bike-racing fans, it’s essential reading.
The Rider is among Jon Day's ten best books about cycling, Marjorie Kehe's ten great books about cycling, and Matt Seaton's top ten books about cycling.