Pro Cycling on $10 a Day by Phil Gaimon

Pro Cycling on $10 a Day

By Phil Gaimon

  • Release Date: 2014-05-05
  • Genre: Sports & Outdoors
Score: 4.5
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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 Pro Cycling on $10 a Day, Phil brings the full powers of his wit to tell his story.

Presented here as a guide—and a warning—to aspiring racers who dream of joining the professional racing circus, Phil’s adventures in road rash serve as a hilarious and cautionary tale of frustrating team directors and broken promises. Phil’s education in the ways of the peloton, his discouraging negotiations for a better contract, his endless miles crisscrossing America in pursuit of race wins, and his conviction that somewhere just around the corner lies the ticket to the big time fuel this tale of hope and ambition from one of cycling’s best story-tellers.

Pro Cycling on $10 a Day chronicles the racer’s daily lot of blood-soaked bandages, sleazy motels, cheap food, and overflowing toilets. But it also celebrates the true beauty of the sport and the worth of the journey, proving in the end that even among the narrow ranks of world-class professional cycling, there will always be room for a hard-working outsider.


  • Great story teller

    By CharlieC_P
    Phil Gaimon did a fantastic job painting a picture of his highs and lows of pro cycling. Very inspirational and funny read.
  • My favorite cycling book.

    By Jaw409
    This book was a pleasant surprise. Short sections make it easy to read with little time. I loved the humor. Phil doesn't take things too serious that don't need to be. I bought copies for friends to enjoy. I have read it twice and will read it again.
  • Motivating

    By AFMedic88
    Great book! It'll keep you constantly entertained and wanting to keep reading. Very motivating!
  • Much More Than Just a Book About Cycling

    By cMcWest
    It IS about the bike, but you can take alot away from it even if you aren't a road bike nerd like me. The book is an easy read and enjoyable from beginning to end. And the dedication of the book is pure gold and a finger in the eye of all of the dopers who have plagued our sport.
  • Wonderful Read

    By Matts1774
    As a newbie to the world of road biking and pro bike racing, I found Phil's writing to be not only hilarious but also quite educational. It's one thing to pay your dues in your chosen profession but he took that to a whole different level. I highly recommend the book, great read about a guy that just wanted to ride a bike faster than anyone else and make just enough cash to keep gas in his car. Phil redefines perseverance.
  • Reminds us all what what swinging for the fences means

    By teddypro06
    Incredible story detailing the ins and outs and ups and downs of pro cycling in the US. Phil reminds us all that anything is possible with detailed accounts of his, training, team negotiation and victories(and near misses)! If you have ever chased a dream in sport or life you won't want to put this book down.
  • Fun easy read, too negative on past riders

    By Tjhappel
    First I thought his book was a really great inspirational story, I have no illusions of ever riding at any level close to him but I sure like to dream about it. Good writing style, funny and good short stories. Maybe a wee bit annoying blaming lance, felt to me like he mentions his name about 75% more than necessary.. After all lance did propel the sport and then crushed it, probably left it in better shape than we he had joined however. Overall would recommend to any and all athletes, or anyone who needs to understand just what it takes to be the best at anything. It pushed me over the edge on deciding to try an ironman, very stoked for the motivation.
  • Required Reading

    By Morpho_Blue
    Fantastic book! Frank and self effacing view into a beautiful sport. I would think that Phil's story should be required reading for ALL emerging athletes. Stay Hungry, stay Foolish Phil.
  • rad

    By gamr!!!!
    great read! as a budding cat 1 it's a great dose of reality - how far away I am from pro.
  • What goes on in tights...

    By BG_Sea
    ...comes out in this book. So what happened to professional cycling in the US after Lance Armstrong got caught? This book will tell you and while it's not the most erudite reading, the author was an English major, so it's very readable. I gave it five stars because it deserves to do well...every other stinking bike racing book of late has enriched a former doper...and it's really fun to read. The format is a little hokey, but it allows Gaimon to tell lots of stories. If you've ever wondered what it's like to be a (barely) paid to race a bicycle, this will enlighten you. It's also a good book for those who somehow think the sport is full of prissy I'm going to keep a copy handy on the bike at all times, and fling them into the beds of passing trucks that harass me on the road (you know, the lifted ones with all the prissy detailing and extra loud exhaust systems). You'll read this and come away with a much better appreciation of how brutal pro cycling is in the US...and you'll probably wonder about the sanity of those who race and aspire to race at high levels. And you will laugh, if not from recognizing little threads of odd behavior that run through the entirety of the cycling world (especially if all that group includes your significant other), then from just the absolute absurd humanity of it all.