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.
What goes on in tights...
...comes out in this book. So what happened to professional cycling in the US after Lance Armstrong got caught? This book will tell you and while it's not the most erudite reading, the author was an English major, so it's very readable. I gave it five stars because it deserves to do well...every other stinking bike racing book of late has enriched a former doper...and it's really fun to read.
The format is a little hokey, but it allows Gaimon to tell lots of stories. If you've ever wondered what it's like to be a (barely) paid to race a bicycle, this will enlighten you. It's also a good book for those who somehow think the sport is full of prissy wusses...so I'm going to keep a copy handy on the bike at all times, and fling them into the beds of passing trucks that harass me on the road (you know, the lifted ones with all the prissy detailing and extra loud exhaust systems).
You'll read this and come away with a much better appreciation of how brutal pro cycling is in the US...and you'll probably wonder about the sanity of those who race and aspire to race at high levels. And you will laugh, if not from recognizing little threads of odd behavior that run through the entirety of the cycling world (especially if all that group includes your significant other), then from just the absolute absurd humanity of it all.
as a budding cat 1 it's a great dose of reality - how far away I am from pro.
Fantastic book! Frank and self effacing view into a beautiful sport. I would think that Phil's story should be required reading for ALL emerging athletes.
Stay Hungry, stay Foolish Phil.