- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: VeloPress; Later Printing edition (April 10, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1931382611
- ISBN-13: 978-1931382618
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,405,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Inside the Postal Bus: My Ride with Lance Armstrong and the U.S. Postal Cycling Team Paperback – April 10, 2005
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"From winter training camp to the Tour de France, Inside the Postal Bus offers an accurate, behind-the-scenes view of our team."—Lance Armstrong
"Barry has a keen eye for the minor details of professional life. This is the main reason that the book offers a real and rare sense of what it is like to be a part of a major squad."— Cycle Sport magazine
"A great read!"—Phil Liggett
“An evocative account of life as a domestique.” — Cycle Sport magazine
"Inside the Postal Bus is so descriptive I felt I knew the riders and staff on the team before I actually met them. Chapter after chapter you really feel like you become a member of the team and get the sensation of what it is like to be on the bus with the boys."—Tom Danielson
"Michael's no jaded pro. His love of the sport is both evident and inspiring, and we are lucky indeed to be privy to his unique insights on being 'Inside The Postal Bus'."—Davis Phinney
"Written in an articulate fast flowing style Barry's gift as a writer is to lift the lid on anecdotes which range from the informative to the chilling." — Cycle Sport magazine
"Michael is so eloquent about cycling. He really told me how it felt to be a cyclist… When you look at it objectively, at the risks and rewards, nobody should be a professional biker. But speaking to Michael Barry I realized why they do it."—Daniel Coyle, author of Lance Armstrong's War
"...check out Inside the Postal Bus by Michael Barry, a Canadian teammate of Armstrong's, who didn't make the cut for the Tour but provided a highly pungent description of the intimate motor home used by the Armstrong entourage."—George Vecsey, New York Times
“Fans will regard Inside the Postal Bus as manna from Heaven in terms of finding out what goes on inside one of the most secretive teams of the peloton. The book offers a real and rare sense of what it is like to be a part of a major squad. Written in an articulate, fast-flowing style, Barry’s gift as a writer is to lift the lid on anecdotes which range from the amusing to the informative to the chilling.” — Cycle Sport magazine
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"From winter training camp to the Tour de France, Inside the Postal Bus offers an accurate, behind-the-scenes view of our team."Lance Armstrong
"A great read!"Phil Liggett
"Inside the Postal Bus is so descriptive I felt I knew the riders and staff on the team before I actually met them. Chapter after chapter you really feel like you become a member of the team and get the sensation of what it is like to be on the bus with the boys."Tom Danielson
"Michael's no jaded pro. His love of the sport is both evident and inspiring, and we are lucky indeed to be privy to his unique insights on being 'Inside The Postal Bus'."Davis Phinney
"Michael is so eloquent about cycling. He really told me how it felt to be a cyclist When you look at it objectively, at the risks and rewards, nobody should be a professional biker. But speaking to Michael Barry I realized why they do it."Daniel Coyle, author of Lance Armstrong's War
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Like most riders/fans who look for good books on cycling, I eagerly looked forward to Michael Barry's take on life in the pro ranks. Barry is, of course, a world-class rider with world-class experience riding for the phenomenal Postal and Discovery bike teams. I expected Barry to come through with some fascinating insider scoop on life in the Postal bus. While Michael certainly shares some interesting anecdotes, like the importance of the expresso machine on board, I'd be less than truthful if I didn't give the reader a heads-up - this book isn't so much about Michael Barry as about Lance and the Postal efforts to win the 2004 Tour de France. To me that smacks of hopping on the Lance bandwagon in order to make some extra cash. There are plenty of books about Lance - we want to hear about the rest of the team. George Hincapie, Floyd Landis, etc. are great riders as well - tell us what they are like!
Make no mistake - this book is pretty much a collection of Barry's diary entries already published on [...], fleshed out with the aforementioned accounts of Lance and the Postal boys. (In case it sounds like I'm griping - let me point out that Barry recounts the Tour de France in quite a few chapters but didn't actually ride the 2004 Tour). There is no problem with Barry's writing - he does a nice job of capturing the atmosphere surrounding bike racing. However, whoever edited this book forgot to point out to Barry that it might be nice to have a logical transition between chapters instead of the haphazard manner in which each chapter fits together.
Basically, the book follows the US Postal Cycling Team through the 2004 season. The first few chapters were exactly what I had hoped for - background on Michael Barry, details on what the Postal Bus was(!) really like, and interesting notes on Michael's teammates. Yes, the detail was a little sparse, but there were interesting anecdotes here and there. About a third of the way in to the book we get a blow-by-blow description of Lance's heroic win in the 2004 Tour de France... There's only one problem - Barry wasn't actually on the Postal bus or team during the 2004 Tour. I wanted to read about Michael's experience - not Lance's (there are plenty of books detailing Lance's heroic antics during the Tour(s) elsewhere).
I wanted to hear what Barry does and sees on the team, not what Lance did (I've already read all that on [...]! Bottom line - this book is nothing more than a poorly edited collection of Michael Barry's Rider Diary submissions that you can read for free at [...]. I put the book down wondering if Michael didn't see this as a way to supplement his team salary for the year. Its a shame because you can see some real promise in Michael's writing. If he had stuck to writing about himself and his own experiences on the "B" team, I think it would have been a great read. Borrow a copy or just log on to Velonews for Michael's great diary entries...for free!
Maybe an editor could have given the stories more "flow." However, I read the book in one sitting, laughing all the way through. Barry is a cyclist, not an author . . . and the stories show just how much he loves what he does.
I recommend this book to other cycling newbies and will read more from Barry, should he choose to put pen to paper again.
I so wanted to like this book. As a cycling junkie since 1985, I have tried to get my hands on anything that involves European cycling. Especially first hand accounts of the European peloton. (peloton = main group or pack in a race)
I just finished Michael's book and to be honest, I was disappointed. It's not a bad read but the title of the book is a little misleading:
Inside the Postal Bus my ride with Lance Armstrong and the US Postal Cycling Team.
Now if George Hincapie or Floyd Landis had written this book, you might have gotten a more intimate picture of Lance Armstrong. But Michael usually rode for Postal's "B" team so I wasn't too shocked or disappointed that there wasn't too much material on Lance.
That being said, this was supposed to be a book about the Postal Bus and what goes on in it.
There were glimpses of what goes on in the bus and the team but Michael never goes very deep.
Maybe I'm too hard-core but I felt like he never really tells us anything about the races or the racers.
I wanted to read a few funny stories. Heck any stories. Stuff that the general public never gets to see. The closest he comes is when he and Dave Zabriske are in an elevator and they see a famous French cyclist and make fun of the fact that he has a mullet.
Unfortunately, the best and most revealing passage is not written by Michael but is in fact written by George Hincapie.
George tells us how he told Lance how much he respected and admired his gutsy performance after Lance had had a rough time trial during the 2003 Tour.
Lance said that he was touched by George's words. It was a great passage. And not for the fact that it involved Lance but because it showed the human side of the cyclists. If only the book was filled with stories like that. Whoa!
I wish he would have talked more about how hard it is to make the postal tour team.
And on how disappointed he was of not going and having to watch the tour on TV. (He had to have been disappointed it's every cyclist's dream to ride the tour. I know it was mine and when I raced I sucked).
Give us some emotion please. (If Michael was on a lesser team, I'm convinced he could be a tour rider - yes he's that good.) But we don't get anything.
If you want a more entertaining look at cycling in the European peloton, read Bob Roll's first book Bobke: A ride on the wild side of cycling. The only unfortunate thing is that it's from a different era. But it's funny. Hilarious in fact.
VELOPRESS had a golden opportunity to get an inside look at one of the greatest cycling teams ever (and not just becuase of Lance i.e. Bruyneel, Ekimov, Heras, et all)
But instead of getting inside the bus we get thrown under it.
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