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Shadows on the Road

Michael Barry

In Shadows on the Road, Michael Barry explores the dreams and passions of cycling in this beautiful, moving and controversial account of life at the heart of the Peloton, from the one day classics to the Tour de France, from US Postal to Team Sky.

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Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571297726
Date Published
04.06.2015
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Summary

‘Beautiful, an instant classic, a poignant voyage through Barry’s love for cycling and the turmoil he lived through because of it.’ DAVID MILLAR

In Shadows on the Road, Michael Barry explores the dreams and passions of cycling in this moving and controversial account of life at the heart of the Peloton, from the one day classics to the Tour de France, from US Postal to Team Sky.

In 2012, veteran cyclist Michael Barry announced his retirement from the sport after fourteen years. Weeks later he testified against his former teammate Lance Armstrong, as part of the USADA investigation.

In Shadows on the Road, Barry recounts what it was like to ride for US Postal and Team Sky alongside Lance Armstrong, Mark Cavendish, Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome, and how his early idealistic dreams and passions were compromised by a sport in crisis. Offering a dramatic insight into the life and mind of a professional sportsman – the pressures, sacrifices, fears, crashes, injuries and neuroses – Shadows on the Road is a must-read for all cycling and sports fans alike.

Critic Reviews

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
Critic Reviews

'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
Critic Reviews

'An essential read. His account of riding in Team Sky, back to racing alongside Lance Armstrong and the dark days of doping, is a long way from the usual dry sporting biographies.'

Shortlist
Critic Reviews

[Barry's] a fine writer and his descriptions of training rides outside Girona and the sheer joy of riding a bike competitively when things are going well are as elegiac as anything I've read on cycle racing.

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MichaelBarry

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…

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