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
Far from being an inspirational story about how a chubby kid made themself into something, the author skips right over a brief video-game period right into local heroism before ...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
I found Phil's video riding Colombia's hardest KOM and I couldn't stop laughing, he's a remarkable character with a hilarious and very raw personality. This book, his story of how he got into cycling and ended up being a Pro is a reflection of all his wholesomeness, it's funny, quirky and fun. For hours I felt I was having a beer with him and listening his whole story. I can't recommend more this book if you're a cycling fan.
This book is an absolute the best. It does feel a bit like the author did pull from his blog, however he strings the narrative together so much better.
I am already getting his second book and can not wait to read it.
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