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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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"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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
But the good news is that "Inside the Postal Bus" is an enjoyable ride for fans of cycling both new and old. I didn't learn much new (the subtitle lure of a year with Lance is a bit misleading), but it was a good way of getting a "cycling fix" at the start of the 2005 season.
There is no way I would pay $21.95 for a book this poorly written if it were not for the fact this is a niche book with a limited publication run. Regardless, Michael Barry seems to be a very nice guy and hopefully my purchase and those of fellow fans will put a few extra dollars in his pocket.
For TRUE cycling fans (and NOT the-Lance-bandwagon crew) this is one great cycling book. Michael Barry does give plenty (yes plenty) of accounts of what went on in the US Postal bus. He also gives accounts of stays in hotels, in European cities that are hubs for non-European born cyclist, and plenty of road racing. A real insider's view.
O.k., Barry didn't race in the Tour de France alongside Lance, but the title doesn't say he did. A true fan would know that there is life outside of the Tour de France and the US Postal Team has more than one rider. And such a fan would also want to know about other races and riders.
Barry gives plenty of stories about other riders (George Hincapie, Floyd Landis, Dave Zabriskie, and plenty more) and also US Postal Team staff. Great stories-and well told. This is an easy to read, enjoyable book about life in and out of the US Postal bus, the glory, the pain, and the triumphs of wins both big and small. I'm glad I happened to catch Michael Barry signing copies of his book at the final stage of the inagural Tour of California.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A nice "face piece" to hide the USPS Team sins, but a good read anyway. I will likely hang onto this for a bit yet.Published on February 17, 2013 by markb
As a huge fan of pro cycling, I couldn't wait to read this book. I was very disappointed when I did. Read morePublished on November 17, 2012 by CyclingNut
Sorry to be late to the review party, but I must differ with the prevailing wind: This is a fine book, and delivers exactly what it promises. Read morePublished on July 24, 2012 by David Holoman
Number 49 in Cycle Sport's all time list of the greatest ever cycling books is, by pure coincidence, a book project that was pitched to Michael Barry by...Cycle Sport. Read morePublished on June 25, 2012 by Seth Davidson
I like most all cycling books around Lance and the USPS/Discovery/Astana teams. Not to directly insult Michael Barry, but the book was made up of fragmented sentences and... Read morePublished on November 19, 2010 by CS
I found this book to be quite interesting and well-written. It gave a glimpse into the world of professional cycling. Read morePublished on June 26, 2009 by B21
I, too, am pure tifosi and really, really wanted to enjoy this. I remember my own racing days and can talk for hours on end, telling story after story: "Remember that time... Read morePublished on March 19, 2007 by Michael F. Maddox
Okay...it's more like a 3.5 star book.
First and foremost, the fact that a professional European cyclist can write a book that is easily read is a miracle. Read more
I truly enjoyed the way Michael Barry delivered the 'inside scoop' on what goes on inside and outside the Postal bus before, during, and after race events. Read morePublished on February 27, 2006 by J. Steven Carter