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Phil Gaimon has no business being a professional cyclist.
Inexplicably forsaking his former life as a couch potato and gamer, Gaimon begin riding in 2004 with the grand ambition of shedding a few pounds. By sheer accident, he discovered he was a natural, advancing so rapidly through the amateur ranks that he entered the pro peloton utterly ignorant of a century of cycling etiquette.
During the 2013 season, Gaimon was recruited from the minor leagues to join Team Garmin-Sharp, the moneyball-style, ragtag cycling team of anti-doping advocates that races at the topmost levels of elite cycling.
In his story Pro Cycling on $10 a Day, Gaimon wields the full powers of his sardonic wit to present a hand-me-down guide for aspiring bike racers.
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Phil Gaimon is a professional cyclist who will ride for Team Garmin-Sharp in 2014. He is a writer and entrepreneur who retired from laziness and computer games in 2004 in favor of riding a bike to lose weight. Gaimon maintains a blog, Philthethrill.net, on which he chronicles his ceaseless pursuit of the best cookies and milk in America.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I loved this book as a recreational cyclist and a writer who enjoys good writing. It's neat to hear about the life of a pro cyclist (makes me feel in good company as a starving freelance writer) and Phil is hilarious. So worth picking up.
I found this book to be interesting and fun. Its mostly centered around shorts stories about his experience in pro cycling. Phil's stories are entertaining and give a good look at what the typical pro racer faces in his/her journey to making the pro tour. If you're an avid cycling fan and follow the sport than you'll have no problem following him and if you've ever raced you'll be able to relate to some of what he says also.
This book is simply not a good read. The format of the book is quick little snaps of stories one after the other in sort of a chronological order. But the thoughts are so random, its like the author just included some ideas he jotted down on a napkin or something. Also, if you get this book, you must have some interest in pro cycling, but he is dropping names all over the place.... and I guess they are important people, but if you don't follow the sport -- it really doesn't have the impact that the writer intends. Also, I feel the book title is very misleading. "From Fat Kid to Euro Pro," sounds like a really interesting story. Except the transformation from "fat kid" to pro cyclist occurs in the first chapter. The book starts, I was fat in high school, so I started riding a bike. I lost weight. In college I joined the cycling team and began a pro career that summer. Really. Thats how fast it happens. Its like he discovered cycling, and BAM- he became a pro. He even has a pic of his "fat" self as a teen ager... and he's not fat. I think this is a cheap ploy to make his story seem more remarkable. I was hoping for a bit of a fun read and an inside look onto the pro tour...while he does share some great insighs of the true life of semi pro, amatuer and small -ball club racing... really i wish some one else wrote it. Its meh. Not worth the cost of admission...worth checking out at your library though- especially if you are really really into pro cycling.
I may a little biased because I race bikes and love racing stories. Phil has a way of bringing things to life that makes you feel like you are on the bike with him. I devoured his book, reading it in two sittings. Like a spoon and a half gallon of Edy's slow churned Cookie Dough ice cream, I couldn't put it down until it was finished. I can't wait to read what he has next. Maybe some good fiction. He reminds me a little of Steinbeck's Tiajuana Flats. A rousing good time that has you cheering the hero, Phil, all the way