Michael Barry is a pro bike racer, author, and blogger. His is an unusually articulate voice in the world of cycling and sport in general. Michael’s first book, Inside the Postal Bus, provides a great first-hand glimpse of what it’s like to ride at the top level, in particular during his years on U.S. Postal. Le Metier is hands down one of the best, if not the best, cycling books out there. Le Metier is french for “the craft,” and Michael goes to great lengths in describing the years of blood, sweat, and tears that go into a pro cyclist honing his craft. It’s a beautiful book in both word and pictures. Do yourself a favor, go out and get both books.
Recently on his blog, Michael does a great job of summing up everything that’s both immediate and transcendent about the Group Ride. Here’s a short excerpt but be sure to follow the link below to read the full post:
Like bragging at a dinner party about wealth, nobody appreciates a rider who constantly forces the pace to prove his strength. Half-wheeling, the term used to describe a rider who is constantly pushing the pace half a wheel in front of the others, is an insult not a compliment. Group rides are not races. Good riders are in tune with each others’ abilities and the groups’ objective. At the right moment, when everybody is ready, the tempo will increase, the group will splinter, the strongest will surge ahead, and then only to regroup again at a designated spot.
Click HERE to read the full post at Barry’s blog. Thanks for the wisdom Michael.