The Fourteenth Stage - Tim Krabbé
»The Fourteenth Stage« brings together the best short texts that the Dutch writer Tim Krabbé has written about cycling. Together with »De Renner« (Eng. »The Race«), his autobiographical novel from 1978, which many connoisseurs consider to be the classic sports novel, this book paints a comprehensive, up-close picture of the cycling universe: the great tours and cracks of the past Half a century ago, Tim Krabbé devotes himself to original short stories and columns full of dedication and expertise, as well as to his own racing life, which consists of more than a thousand starts in amateur races.
"Wonderful columns about cycling that always combine Krabbé's vast knowledge of the trade with an unconventional view of it." Henk Spaan, Dutch sports reporter
»Timelessly good. Krabbé surpasses his own classic. Five stars out of five.« – Het Parol
“Tim Krabbé felt it. He witnessed it.« – Gerrie Knetemann, cycling world champion 1978
Release Date : Sept 2016
Author : Tim Krabbé
Brochure, 320 pages
Translated from the Dutch by Ulrike Nagel
Covadonga Verlag, Rainer Sprehe, Spindelstr. 58, D-33604 Bielefeld
ISBN : 978-3-95726-009-3
VOICES ABOUT THE BOOK
With many great experiences and deep thoughts about racing bikes. Perfect as a small dose of cycling in between.
More carefully researched, more excitingly presented and at the same time better enriched in terms of the history of words and myths, it is rare to read about the peripeteias of a cycling stage.
Krabbé reports from the perspective of the fan as well as from the racing saddle. He knows the psychology of a bike race as well as the list of winners of the grand tours and classics, and weaves his own experiences as a racing driver into the mythical history of this sport.
With surprising stories, precise sketches and small descriptions of customs, the Dutch writer Tim Krabbé always succeeds in delivering gripping interior views from the heart of cycling.
With subtle humour, refreshing self-mockery and from astonishing perspectives, he conveys in his essays an unbelievable passion for road bikes and cycle races, which he also lived out personally for years as an amateur and then again Masters rider.
Tim Krabbé was born in Amsterdam in 1943, where he also lives. He studied psychology and has been working as a writer since the late 1960s. In addition to several novels, which have been translated into a total of 16 languages, he has published short stories and stories, several chess books and articles in well-known newspapers and magazines. Four of his books have been filmed for the cinema. Tim Krabbé's passions are two sports that seem completely opposite at first glance: chess and bicycle racing, both of which he played at a high level.