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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.

©2014 Velopress (P)2017 Sportybooks

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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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Brilliant read!!!

I really liked this book. I must confess, I don’t know much about Phil but what an insight to the world of racing.

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Good listen bit slowish at start.but keep going

bit slot at start. but keep going .good story especially for those who wanna be racers.

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Great story and narrator!

Narrator nailed the accents from foreign riders, the story is inspiring and as a professional cyclist myself I couldn't stop listening this book for multiple hours!

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An entertaining insight into the world of cycling

very well written with a wry sense of humour and beautifully narrated a recommended listen!

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some poor taste humor

I love cycling books and this was interesting. Gaimon does not come over that well. I'm unsure if this was intentional, but the mention of the rape joke was questionable. Probably best left forgotten to the tine.

I like some elements of the story but think that it could have been better with some more editing.

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I liked the subject matter and that it was written in an entertaining but informative way. The narrator was very good and really delivered the book in a way that was true to the witty and entertaining writing style

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Fantastic story but...

I really enjoyed this alternative pro-rider story (what I managed to get through of it) but it's a really hard listen. The narrator has a really dull voice. I had to check that it wasn't just a computer generated voice I was listening to. I think I'll buy the book to finish the story as I'm just not going to be able to listen to the rest of this

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Phil the Thrill

Great read looking forward to the next instalment, a funny book and insight into the realities of the trying to break into the Pro Teams

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Awesome

Slight insight how hard it is to become a pro in cycling or in any sport