- Paperback: 312 pages
- Publisher: VeloPress (May 5, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1937715248
- ISBN-13: 978-1937715243
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 317 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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.
“A big goal like starting a business or writing a book can be daunting at first, but all you need to do is break it up into little pieces and keep working at it. You could eat a school bus if you ground it up and sprinkled it on your oatmeal every morning. Juggling it all was stressful at first, but it was also satisfying to get things done. Everyone is always searching for happiness, but satisfaction is almost as good—and much easier to achieve.”
I also like his "gloves off" approach the Lance Armstrong's giant lie, clarifying in graphic terms why Lance will never have the balls that someone like Besty Andreu does. (Sorry, Besty.)
The book also is written from the "post-Lance" perspective, and for better or worse, the author's bitterness towards what that era has done to the sport (and towards Lance himself and others like Francisco Mancebo) comes out from time to time in the book. He also does little to hide the macho/boys-will-be-boys culture of cycling; it's not limited to cycling and he's to be credited for being honest, but some may be put off by it (as indicated in other reviews).
More than anything, this comes across as an honest book, and Phil's ability to make a cycling career and pursue other businesses to make ends meet is very interesting to follow. How well he'll do in Europe remains to be seen, but he has a career waiting for him once he is fiinished.
If you are into cycling (or have enjoyed Phil's columns in Velonews), this is a good book to read. It may not be as informative or as well written as Lance Armstrong's War or The Secret Race, but it is worth the read.