(born December 18, 1975) is a Canadian
professional road racing cyclist
for UCI ProTour
team . Previous to this, he spent several years with the . He also raced of the Saturn Cycling Team
for a number of years before going to US Postal Service/Discovery. He was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario
. His father, Michael (Mike) Barry Sr., was a racer himself in England in the 1950s, who until 2006 ran a specialty bike store and manufactured a line of hand-made bicycle frames under his own Mariposa brand. As a result, the younger Barry grew up in a cycling-intense environment, and started racing at a very young age. He has been a professional since 1998. He has spent many years on the Canadian National Team during the early years of his career. His wife is 2004 Olympic Silver Medalist Dede Demet Barry
. They have 2 children. Barry has raced in 5 Vuelta a Españas
and 5 Giro d'Italias
but in 2007 had to abandon the Giro due to health issues, which put him out most of the season.
In 2005 he wrote the book: Inside the Postal Bus, about his experiences at US Postal and the 2004 season whilst riding in support of Lance Armstrong
. He and his wife also wrote a training book. He also writes diary entries during his cycling season. His third book, Le Metier, detailing the life of a cycling domestique, was published in 2010 by Rouleur.
He is generally considered a support rider, or domestique
, helping the team leaders win races, but he will often get the... Read More