Shadows on the Road: Life at the Heart of the Peloton, from US Postal to Team Sky

In 2012, veteran cyclist Michael Barry announced his retirement from the sport after a celebrated fourteen year career Weeks later he testified against his former team mate Lance Armstrong, as part of the USADA investigation.In a stunning piece of writing, Barry explores the dreams and passion of a young, idealistic cycling fan from Toronto what it was then like to rideIn 2012, veteran cyclist Michael Barry announced his retirement from the sport after a celebrated fourteen year career Weeks later he testified against his former team mate Lance Armstrong, as part of the USADA investigation.In a stunning piece of writing, Barry explores the dreams and passion of a young, idealistic cycling fan from Toronto what it was then like to ride as a teammate alongside such giants of the sport as Lance Armstrong, Mark Cavendish, Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome, and how those dreams were tainted early on in his career by a sport in crisis.But it s also the story of his eleven years riding clean, before and after his time in the notorious American Postal Team What was it like to head for Europe at such a young age, and what was it like to escape the environment of doping, to try and start again, all the time aware that past actions may one day catch up with him Offering a unique and elegiac insight into the life and mind of a professional sportsman the pressures, sacrifices, fears, crashes, injuries and neuroses Cycles of the Heart is a classic, must read book for cycling and sports fans alike.
Shadows on the Road Life at the Heart of the Peloton from US Postal to Team Sky In veteran cyclist Michael Barry announced his retirement from the sport after a celebrated fourteen year career Weeks later he testified against his former team mate Lance Armstrong as part of

  • Title: Shadows on the Road: Life at the Heart of the Peloton, from US Postal to Team Sky
  • Author: Michael Barry
  • ISBN: 9780571297733
  • Page: 279
  • Format: ebook
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    1. A fascinating and well-written look into life in the peloton, an interesting take on Sky's no-tolerance policy (puts cyclists off admitting doping in the past). The most interesting parts of the book for me though weren't the drugs but the crashes and the just getting back on your bike, the toll on family life, the attitude towards food and weight. Pushing your body to the limit in every way. Very interesting

    2. I read Barry's earlier book Inside the Postal Bus which discussed his 2004 season with the U.S. Postal Team, and gave it two stars. That book struck me as not particularly well written, trying to offend no one. It also ended on an odd note with people shocked, shocked I say, at Tyler Hamilton's doping.This is a much better book. Better writing--it fees like a book, not like blog posts--and with the freedom of retirement, honest about both people and doping. This is not a book that makes you long [...]

    3. I'm in some ways obsessed with the sport of cycling now. And naturally that obsession began with supporting Lance when I was very young. But as the skeletons have come out of the closet, things have changed in my mind and this book helps clarify and confirm a lot of those changes. For someone who has been in the peleton all his life, this book is a great insight into what it takes to make it there. To serve and be served, to perform and not ask questions. The only problem I felt with the book wa [...]

    4. Really niceIt was a fun, good read. Most of the book discusses the ups and downs of his career and not the doping which is mainly dealt with in the last chapters of the book. The book is a bit demotivating as it shows a lot of the negative sides of the sport from injuries, through uncaring bicycle teams and up to doping of course. It's another piece in the puzzle of understanding how cycling worked until quite recently.

    5. The usual issue with sporting autobiographies is that the person may know their sport inside and out but they are not as good at writing as they are at their sport. This book avoids that trap Barry can write has a very interesting style and has been around the big moments in the cycling world. It offers an interesting insight into cycling and also the hypocracies of pro cycling. It is a great read even if you are not a cycling fan

    6. It's a interesting read, the timeline is sometimes a bit confusing but if you watch Tarantino films you get used to it. I was expecting more. More fireworks, detail, just more. It's interesting reading about the day to day but the USPS side and doping were mentioned in passing, just very matter of factly. Then left, mentioned briefly in a conversation post-Landis's confession and that's it. For all the supposed anguish, it didn't come across as that much of a cross to bear.

    7. A well written book by someone who has been at the heart of the problem area in cycling - the drug culture. A bit rambling in parts but that doesn't detract from the story of his acceptance of doping and subsequent admissions, which are evocatively explained. ASs

    8. The book is fascinating from start to finish. The book feels confessional and the disjointed flow of the narrative enhances the feeling. It is the story of someone who made a bad decision, influenced by more powerful characters, and regrets that decision.

    9. Quite a good read for cycling fans. Interesting to see both sides of the doping in cycling teams in the 00's.

    10. A very well written account of Michael Barry's life in the Peloton. I think this guy would have been a good guy to have around on a team.

    11. A quick read, bit boring in places but more interesting parts definitely out weigh that.Worth the read.

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