Shadows on the Road

Shadows on the Road

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ISBN
9780571297726
Published
04/06/2015
9780571297726
Format
Paperback
Price
£10.99
Paperback
272

About the Book

In 2012, veteran cyclist Michael Barry announced his retirement from the sport after riding for several top professional teams including US Postal and Team Sky. Weeks later 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 passions of a young, idealistic cycling fan from Toronto, what it was like to go on 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 compromised early on in his career by a sport in crisis.

But it is also the story of his eleven years riding clean, before and after his time in the notorious US 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 to 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 - Shadows on the Road: Life at the Heart of the Peloton, from US Postal to Team Sky is a must-read for cycling and sports fans alike.

In 2012, veteran cyclist Michael Barry announced his retirement from the sport after riding for several top professional teams including US Postal and Team Sky. Weeks later 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 passions of a young, idealistic cycling fan from Toronto, what it was like to go on 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 compromised early on in his career by a sport in crisis. But it is also the story of his eleven years riding clean, before and after his time in the notorious US 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 to 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 - Shadows on the Road: Life at the Heart of the Peloton, from US Postal to Team Sky is a must-read for cycling and sports fans alike.
  • Michael Barry

    Michael Barry had a fourteen year career as professional cyclist, riding for several of the top professional teams, including American Postal and, most recently, Team Sky. A three time Olympian, he performed in all of the premiere races and finished all of the Grand Tours including the Tour de France. He has written for numerous publications including the New York Times, The Times of London, and the Toronto Star, written two books, Inside the Postal Bus and Le Métier, and co-authored a third, Fitness Cycling.

“An instant classic, a poignant voyage through Barry's love for cycling and the turmoil he lived through because of it.”
- DAVID MILLAR, author of RACING THROUGH THE DARK
“'That Barry rode on the US Postal/Discovery between 2002-06 will be the reason why many buy this terrific autobiography. But while it doesn't ignore doping, it's by no means a focus. The book excels in Barry's often melancholic account of his journey through the world of pro-cycling. The sport has rarely sounded more painful and ruthless as it does through these 272 pages.'”
- Pro Cycling