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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2014 Velopress (P)2017 Sportybooks
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5 out of 5 stars
By cyclephreak on 03-08-17

Greatest Cycling Book!

Where does Pro Cycling on $10 a Day rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book is not about the bike. It will not make you wear a yellow wrist band. It will make you laugh and listen to his podcast and annoy your friends telling them to read this book.

What did you like best about this story?

It's awesomeness. Can't wait for the followup!

Any additional comments?

Phil is a great story teller. I hope he writes more books.

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5 out of 5 stars
By michael on 06-22-17

Entertaining

First off, I can't say I was keen to listen to anything about the North American racing scene but Gaimon has written a pretty great account of what it takes to make it the pro ranks. IT has heart and is often funny, wish I had made more of an effort to like him when he was a racer because he has class. only down fall is I'd like and updated version. To hear how Europe was so different. Cudo's to him for never doping! I'm sure PHil would have been a huge star had he doped, and this book would have been his confession. I'm happy he didn't.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Tony on 09-11-17

Superb Alternative Cyclist's Story

Very interesting and entertaining story of a lower echelon cycling pro roughing it and toughing it out on the USA pro circuit. Whereas most of us cyclists dream of making a living cycling, listening to someone who only just made a living is food for thought. Superbly told story of life in rubbish hotels, racing at the sharp if not sharpest end and the characters involved.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 01-13-18

Pure Gold

After reading the numerous memoirs relating to the pro-peloton, this provides a hilarious insight into a journey to get there. Fantastically funny.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Andrew on 10-04-17

Must read(listen)

One of, if not the funniest books I have read/heard. Even if you are not from a cycling background and know the scene, you will enjoy this read.

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