If you cycle at any level you surly cant fail to relate to some if not all of the storys in this book. In essence its a collection of short story's written as blogs or magazine articles the author Dave, he has collated these story's and presented them in a flowing narrative that brings you into his obsessive world of cycling, Dave has in his self-deprecating way has produced a superb book which translates into audio perfectly as a very funny listen, its well narrated by Simon together they transport you to epic and sometimes grueling world of road sportive s, local and distant mountain bike rides, The Alps, the lakes, E2E to all-night rides, Singlespeeds, punchers and into the lives of the friends he meets on the way . I was going for a ride anyway but if I wasn't It would have inspired me to get out there!
"The Rider" by Tim Krabbe is well known by cyclists to be one of the great books about road cycling and racing out there. I read the book when it was re-released several years ago and as soon as I had finished I started from page one again and re-read it.
When I saw that it had finally been released as an audio book there was no hesitation, i immediately downloaded it.
Now, before I go on I want to stress that this book is without reproach and whether you read it or listen to it, you won't be disappointed as it givers the finest account of a (fictional) cycle race ever put on paper. for cyclists, this book is really unmissable. And this is where I have a problem with the audio version. I'm not sure if I have watched too many cycle races on TV and listened to interviews with cyclists, but Mark Meadows does not convince me that he is the rider in this book. Written in the 1st person, Mark's narration comes across as slightly disengaged from the story. This won't be a problem for everyone, but for me, I felt I couldn't really get drawn into the story. I just wasn't convinced. That said I still listened to the whole audio version and the quality of the writing and story is still fantastic and if you have never read or listened to this book, then I would still heartily recommend it, despite the narrational flaws