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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.

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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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Awesome

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

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An insight into the backside of pro cycling

Phil Gaimon was good but no star. This book is an ramble through the travails of someone trying to turn their talent into a living in a cut throat sport that has a poor commercial model. That he kept persevering and made it - albeit briefly - is testament that one needs stamina both mentally and physically to achieve one's goals

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Phil really does thrill

Phil Gaimon takes us on the long, hard road to the top of professional cycling. Phil tells it as it is in a wonderfully unfiltered manner. Recommended! if

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Thoroughly enjoyed this story. Well read

Recommend this story to anyone with a remote interest in cycling but a good autobiographical read nonetheless. Loved the humour and the narration is fantastically done by Sean Runnette.

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Loved this!!

Fantastic read, fun, informative, interesting. Would recommend this to anyone that likes cycling with a sense of humour & even people that just like cycling, they may get one on the way 😉

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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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  • Phil
  • Paisley, United Kingdom
  • 04-09-17

refreshingly different cycling book.

an honest, witty and refreshing change from the usual top pro bio's. well worth a listen.

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Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant!

A great look at the sport and what it's like to try to make it to the big leagues! The humour is matched by the stark honesty. Highly recommended!!

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Absolutely brilliant. Great insight. Funny.

This is written with grit, humour and most of all a genuine honesty that transcends from there to here. It simply is a wonderful thing!

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  • cyclephreak
  • 08-03-17

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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  • michael
  • 22-06-17

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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  • Joe
  • 27-05-17

Fantastic

Everything a cyclist needs. Fun stories , with facts, then smothered in sarcasm.

Stay clean!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-05-17

best cycling book on audible

I am required to write at least fifteen words, but my title is probably enough.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-05-17

Loved it!

This book had me laughing out loud more so than any other autobiography or book I've enjoyed in a long time. Phil is a great story teller and his humor is priceless. I listened to this book in 3 days from start to finish because it was so entertaining I couldn't turn it off. Sean Runnette is one of the best narrators out there and anything he reads only makes it that much better. Whether you're a cyclist, a fan of cycling or just someone looking for a good story, I highly recommend this book.

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  • Ralph
  • 16-05-17

New favourite cycling book

Loads of great stories telling the tale of moving up through ranks of professional cycling.

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  • Cyclommuter
  • 07-05-17

Ahhhhh

I've only been following pro cycling for under a decade, and it's been hard for me to care about non-World Tour riders, but Gaimon has changed that for me with this book. I first started following Gaimon on twitter because of his wit re the world of cycling and cookies. I like his seemingly cynical but fun outlook on everything. This book offers great insight into the world of cycling and makes me only a little less upset I didn't discover the joys of racing a bike in time to have a go, namely as he describes just how hard it really is. I'm also more willing to follow the non-World Tour riders here in the USA now that I have a sense for what they're battling.
Hopefully someday I'll get to ride Phil's fondo, but I'll certainly be reading his next book.

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  • Darren M. Hall
  • 19-04-17

Genuine!

This book is a true gem! Inspiring and motivating. Will listen to it again soon.

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  • Carlos Amador
  • 18-04-17

Didnt expect such a fun book

I really enjoyed this book, great story, very funny, lots of sarcasm and black humor.

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  • I'd rather be cycling
  • 31-03-17

laughed out loud

A very entertaining book full of insightful and funny stories. Follows the career of a racer through its highs and lows.

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