Pro Cycling on $10 a Day : From Fat Kid to Euro Pro
Phil Gaimon has no business being a professional cyclist. Inexplicably abandoning his former life as a couch potato and gamer, Gaimon begin riding a bicycle in 2004 with the grand ambition of shedding a few pounds. By sheer accident, he discovered he was a natural, advancing so rapidly through the amateur ranks that he entered the pro peloton utterly ignorant of a century of cycling etiquette. During the 2013 season, Gaimon was recruited from the minor leagues to join Team Garmin-Sharp, the moneyball-style, ragtag cycling team of anti-doping advocates that rides at the topmost levels of elite cycling. In his story Pro Cycling on $10 a Day, Gaimon wields the full powers of his sardonic wit to present a witty, hand-me-down guide to American bike racing. Phil Gaimon is a professional cyclist who rides for Team Garmin-Sharp. He is a writer and entrepreneur who retired from laziness and computer games in 2004 in favour of riding a bike to lose weight. Gaimon maintains a blog, Philthethrill.net, on which he chronicles his ceaseless pursuit of the best cookies and milk in America.
- Paperback | 320 pages
- 152 x 226 x 22mm | 359.99g
- 01 Jun 2014
- Boulder, United States
- Illustrations (colour)
Back cover copy
A TRUE TALE OF CYCLING FROM THE OUTSIDE INPro Cycling on $10 a Day," Phil brings the full powers of his sardonic wit to tell his improbable story. Pro Cycling on $10 a Day," chronicles the itinerant racer s daily lot of weeping bandages, inedible food, gunked-up water bottles and overflowing toilets. But it also celebrates the true beauty of the sport, and proves in the end that even in the cloistered ranks of professional cycling, there will always be room for a brilliant outsider. "
At a time when pro cycling has struggled with its image, Phil Gaimon has emerged as a refreshing voice from the peloton intelligent, humorous, articulate, and above all, transparent. As a college-educated latecomer to the sport, as an outsider who struggled to be given a chance, and as someone with the perspective to laugh at the absurdity of being paid to ride a bicycle for a living, Gaimon's insights into the pro cycling world resonate with a wide audience. His self-effacing humor, commitment to clean sport, and extraordinary talent have made him a bit of an everyman hero within pro cycling a rider you want to hear from, and know more about, win or lose. Velo magazine Having watched Phil race over the past few years we know he is a great, versatile rider with a huge amount of talent. Beyond that, he is also funny, smart and unique addition to the team. We think he ll be a great fit both on the road and off and we look forward to helping him take the next step in his career. Jonathan Vaughters, CEO, Team Garmin-Sharp An outspoken proponent of clean competition, Gaimon sports a tattoo of a bar of soap with the world clean on his right bicep, and he was attracted to Garmin-Sharp for its ethical code. CyclingNews.com "Pro Cycling on $10 a Day" is the story we all want to hear: a regular guy who rides from overweight amateur to European pro in a short time, finding his way and making the best decisions from the resources he had. Phil s story inspires hope in up-and-comers about what hard work can produce. If you listen, pay attention and surround yourself with the best people you can, then no dream is out of touch. Jeremy Powers, professional cyclist for Jelly Belly Cycling Team and Team Rapha-Focus and two-time U.S. Cyclocross National Champion We have discovered a light-hearted, hard-working rider with strong convictions. Podium Cafe I believed in Phil and he worked hard to make the best of his opportunity in racing. He lived out of his car, train
About Phil Gaimon
Phil Gaimon is a professional cyclist who rides for Team Garmin-Sharp. He is a writer and entrepreneur who retired from laziness and computer games in 2004 in favour of riding a bike to lose weight. Gaimon maintains a blog, Philthethrill.net, on which he chronicles his ceaseless pursuit of the best cookies and milk in America.