Pro Cycling on $10 a Day
From Fat Kid to Euro Pro
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Plump, grumpy, slumped on the couch, and going nowhere fast at age 16, Phil Gaimon began riding a bicycle with the grand ambition of shedding a few pounds before going off to college. He soon fell into racing and discovered he was a natural, riding his way into a pro contract after just one season despite utter ignorance of a century of cycling etiquette. Now, in his book Pro Cycling on $10 a Day, Phil brings the full powers of his wit to tell his story.
Presented here as a guide—and a warning—to aspiring racers who dream of joining the professional racing circus, Phil’s adventures in road rash serve as a hilarious and cautionary tale of frustrating team directors and broken promises. Phil’s education in the ways of the peloton, his discouraging negotiations for a better contract, his endless miles crisscrossing America in pursuit of race wins, and his conviction that somewhere just around the corner lies the ticket to the big time fuel this tale of hope and ambition from one of cycling’s best story-tellers.
Pro Cycling on $10 a Day chronicles the racer’s daily lot of blood-soaked bandages, sleazy motels, cheap food, and overflowing toilets. But it also celebrates the true beauty of the sport and the worth of the journey, proving in the end that even among the narrow ranks of world-class professional cycling, there will always be room for a hard-working outsider.
Fun easy read, too negative on past riders
First I thought his book was a really great inspirational story, I have no illusions of ever riding at any level close to him but I sure like to dream about it. Good writing style, funny and good short stories. Maybe a wee bit annoying blaming lance, felt to me like he mentions his name about 75% more than necessary.. After all lance did propel the sport and then crushed it, probably left it in better shape than we he had joined however. Overall would recommend to any and all athletes, or anyone who needs to understand just what it takes to be the best at anything. It pushed me over the edge on deciding to try an ironman, very stoked for the motivation.
Much More Than Just a Book About Cycling
It IS about the bike, but you can take alot away from it even if you aren't a road bike nerd like me. The book is an easy read and enjoyable from beginning to end. And the dedication of the book is pure gold and a finger in the eye of all of the dopers who have plagued our sport.
As a newbie to the world of road biking and pro bike racing, I found Phil's writing to be not only hilarious but also quite educational. It's one thing to pay your dues in your chosen profession but he took that to a whole different level.
I highly recommend the book, great read about a guy that just wanted to ride a bike faster than anyone else and make just enough cash to keep gas in his car. Phil redefines perseverance.