Pro Cycling on $10 a Day: From Fat Kid to Euro Pro
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...more
Fun read though it probably won't appeal to anyone who isn't already a fan and doesn't already follow the sport. The names, the teams, the strategies and tactics--they all require a base knowledge of bike racing. (Most people would never know why calling Tom Danielson "Christian" is funny. But it is.)
What I was reminded of reading this is that as a group, bike riders are smart. They're well-educated, well-read, and they're interesting people. They also (at least the men) engage in a lot ...more
To be clear this is not strictly a how-to book, as the title may imply. Rather it’s a story of one bike racer who rose up quickly through the ranks of the domestic racing scene and the struggles, ...more
The book highlights Phil's experience signing with U.S. cycling clubs and the many challenges due to the doping scandals. I was shocked at how poorly a professional could be treated (salary and poor club support), but I really admire Phil's drive and hard work effort.
Even with a miserably low salary, he was able to really put his heart into cycling and I found his learning process fascinating. He ...more
This book is a breath o ...more
Easy to read. Something you can keep on your coffee table or read on a commute.
After reading several books from European cycling legends, it offered a different perspective from somebody who had to struggle for every small gain. It also offers insight into US cycling scene, which I did not know much about.
Gaimon blogs for VeloPress, for example this blog post. Having read a few of these, I was hoping for an enjoyable reading experience and I was a little let down by what I found, thus three stars.
I am a long time bike commuter and I have the usual too-many-bikes and even blog about ...more