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PUBLICATION DATE: June 1, 2021
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By Lora Klinc
Kilometer Zero takes us back to Vuelta a España of 2019, where Primož achieved his first Grand Tour victory. The book is written in three parts, all incredibly well interweaved. On one hand it serves nearly as an introduction to cycling, explaining the written and unwritten rules of this sport, where it seems you are free as a bird, but you are much more part of a team than in many “proper” team sports. On the other it takes us on an emotional roller-coaster ride, through moments of pain, suffering, sadness, loneliness, yet incredible gratefulness, happiness and most of all, love. All following the twenty-one stages and two rest days of La Vuelta.
It is a story about the man who stole the hearts of the cycling world, written by the woman, who stole his. A true writer, whose thoughts are deposited on paper with such captivating emotion and touch, that you will not be able to put the book down. And you will not want it to end.
Lora Klinc is best known to the general public as the life partner of Primož Roglič, usually captured on TV screens waiting on him with their young son in the finishing areas of the cycling races. But many Slovenians will remember her columns published in the magazine Polet, and some even her own sport path as a biathlete.
She has always loved the books and even as a young child she was an avid writer, but somehow she decided to study political sciences and has earned a master’s degree in European Studies. During her studies she lived in Bergen, and probably she would still lived abroad today even if it wasn’t for Primož, pursuing career in diplomatic relations. Love does work in mysterious ways, so when Primož decided he would give it a go as a professional cyclist, she swapped the cold Norwegian air for hot, all-year lasting summers in Majorca. While he rose to fame in the cycling world, she found herself under the spotlight as a writer, and her debut, Kilometer Zero, is just the first of many.
The young family lives in Monaco, and Lora takes every spare moment she can find (which with a young child is never easy) to gather ideas and scribble pages for her second book. That is, of course, when she is not following the races in their camper. But even then, she writes.