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Pro Cycling on $10 a Day: From Fat Kid to Euro Pro Paperback – May 5, 2014
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"Much of Pro Cycling on $10 a Day spins as pure pleasure--an inside account of what it's really like to race for a living and occasionally be among the sport's elite" ¦The best parts read like an unpretentious insider's diary, full of the kind of wisecracks, gossip and advice traded on memorable long rides." -- Wall Street Journal
"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 "Ëœclean' on his right bicep, and he was attracted to Garmin-Sharp for its ethical code." -- CyclingNews.com
"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 CafÃƒ ©
"I believed in Phil and he worked hard to make the best of his opportunity in racing. He lived out of his car, trained hard, drove hours to get to races, and always showed up ready to fight at each race. He didn't have it easy" ¦ I never knew what was going to come out of Phil's mouth but I always knew he would race himself into the ground to try and win for himself or the team." -- Frankie Andreu, Team Director, 5-hour ENERGY presented by Kenda, 9-time Tour de France finisher, and 2-time Olympic cyclist
"The first thing you'll notice about Phil's house is a sit-up bench in his living room instead of a TV. The next thing is all the framed Calvin and Hobbes cartoons on the walls. In the strip, Calvin's bike was always trying to kill him and this was true for Phil when he needed race results so bad, he was willing to risk it all. Phil's book tells the story of the guy who mastered his bike, worked hard, and finally found a contract that pays a little more than $10 a day." -- Gwen Jorgensen, professional triathlete, Olympic athlete, and two-time U.S. National Champion
"Phil Gaimon embodies what every aspiring cyclist wants to be: skinny, fast, and clean. He attacked his dream of going pro so hard he ended up in a nightmare with me. Read his book and you'll realize that Phil speaks the truth: bike racing is hard, but becoming a pro is even harder." -- Brad Huff, professional cyclist for Optum presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies
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A TRUE TALE OF CYCLING FROM THE OUTSIDE IN
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This book is a breath of fresh air for a sport that has struggled with its image over the past 10 years, written by a guy who found the sport late and made it to the pro ranks by hard work and sacrifice. Having met and ridden with Gaimon at some local events in the LA area, I have to say this guy is the real deal and a great ambassador for the sport.
The book is definitely an eye-opener into what these guys have to go through (low or no pay, constant travel with bad accommodations and what sounds like really bad food and often times bad company) just to get to the pro level. All that being said, it's hard to feel bad for someone who gets to ride their bike as a profession regardless of what it pays.
All said, I recommend the book and can definitely see myself re-reading it in the future. It's a great insight into what's going on behind the scenes of pro cycling.
There are plenty of books out there right now; tell-alls from those Lance-era riders who earned millions of money by cheating with drugs. Don't give them any more money - if you must read those, take them out of a library. Buy Phil's book because he drained his savings to get where he is, and although he has a great team now, bike racing is always an unstable future. So if you're only going to buy one pro-cycling tell-all, buy this one and support a clean rider who deserves what he gets from this effort.
Gaimon has a very interesting story about the trials of making it into the pro European peloton and the lack of glory associated with the majority of the work it takes to get there.
In a smaller way, this book addresses how the sport has changed from one dominated by doping to one of the idealistic bike racer. Gaimon readily acknowledges that there may still be "dirty" cyclist, but the list of clean cyclists, managers, and team sponsors is growing. Great, easy read for those who love to bike and those who are interested in a generation of cyclists we can hopefully be proud of.
The only reason I gave it four stars were the sometimes graphic locker room behavior recounted in the book. It is good to be honest about things that happen on the journey, but sometimes subtlety is advised. Would recommend, just not to my mom.
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