Le Metier: The Seasons of a Professional Cyclist

Author(s): Michael Barry


This is the latest edition of this on-going and unique collaboration between professional cyclist Michael Barry and photographer Camille J. McMillan. It's an honest, thoughtful and sometimes touching look into the life, trials, tribulations and triumphs of a cycling domestique - they are the servants to the team's success, ---above any individual glory. In the third edition, which will also include new photographs from McMillan from the 2012 season, Barry incorporates a new epilogue on the changes in cycling during his 14-year career. This period has been one of significant transition. As Barry has ridden on a number of teams with different national backgrounds, different management styles, different budgets and different approaches to racing he has a unique and complete perspective. His latest reflections capture the evolution in the peloton, the changing etiquette and respect within the group and the increasingly diverse cultural structure.


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Barry's poignant prose and McMillan's atmospheric photography create a volume that gives a rare glance into the fascinating and occasionally strange world of professional cycling.

Books about the nature, rather than the history, of professional cycling are rare, and much thought has gone into this one Guardian Le Metier has arguably raised the standard of what is achievable -- Brian Palmer The Washing Machine Post Rouleur is to bike magazines what National Geographic is to nature photography Wired magazine

Michael Barry is a professional road cyclist and previously published author. He rides for Team Sky. Camille J. McMillan is a photographer for Rouleur magazine.

General Fields

  • : 9781408181676
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Bloomsbury Sport
  • : October 2012
  • : 240mm X 190mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : December 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 264
  • : 3rd Revised edition
  • : Paperback
  • : Michael Barry