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Pro Cycling on $10 a Day: From Fat Kid to Euro Pro [Kindle Edition]

Gaimon Phil
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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.

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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. "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 the Author

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,, on which he chronicles his ceaseless pursuit of the best cookies and milk in America.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6303 KB
  • Print Length: 314 pages
  • Publisher: VeloPress (5 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #77,711 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Honest book with no angles 6 Jun. 2014
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Having read most of the cycling biogs in circulation, I would have to say that most are written with some kind on angle, often by a ghost writer. Phil's book is refreshing in that he has written it himself ( and he is no bad writer), and he tells it straight - exactly as it is.

Maybe for the masses they won't recognise this, and the American readership would maybe prefer more of a hero story, but anyone who has raced a bike at any level will immediately identify with Phil, as will anyone with an interest in human behaviour and emotions.

If you really want to know about the tough end of bike racing in detail, read this.
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This is, I suppose Phil the thrills autobiography and he wrote it very well. I enjoyed this book - I am a new cyclist and quickly became addicted to anything to do with bikes. I found I actually learnt stuff about touring and he has a nice way with words. I would read another of his. I hope he achieves the success that he is aiming for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic insight ...... 29 Jan. 2015
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I thought this would be a boring and futile book. I wanted to get bored so I bought it. I was disappointed. It didn't bore me. It was gripping from page one to the end. What a great character we have in Phil Gaimon. I now follow his career. And Vaughters: you should never have got rid of this guy .....
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read for any cycling fan 30 Sept. 2014
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This is a great read. Phil writes in a comfortable, laid back style, and tells it as it is. A couple times I started to think he was being cocky, but then I remember- he is just telling it as it is. Lots of facts and tales from his humble start in cycling, and therefore talks in depth about a lot of areas which the more prolific riders skip over. I enjoyed this from start to finish. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT 29 Jun. 2014
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I have read lots of cycling books as my son is a budding pro.
This is the best! It's witty, fast and full of inspiration.
Yes the life is brutal but is there some fun to be had along the way.
Very well written by Phil Gaimon, full of good stories and inside information. Did not want to put it down and whilst confirming all we know about how tough being a pro is, reading Phil Gaimon's account made me understand why they do it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 1 Sept. 2014
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Really reminds me of the Mousedriver Chronicles, lots of really detailed information and very blunt honesty about the unglamorous side of pro cycling. And with lots of fart and poo jokes too, fantastic.
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