• Pro Cycling on $10 a Day

  • From Fat Kid to Euro Pro
  • By: Phil Gaimon
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (434 ratings)

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Pro Cycling on $10 a Day

By: Phil Gaimon
Narrated by: Sean Runnette
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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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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.

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

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

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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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I laughed out loud

Well written, honest and hilarious at times. Thanks for chronicling you’re journey, Phil! I love your YouTube channel too.

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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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Fantastic

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

Stay clean!

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best cycling book on audible

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

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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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New favourite cycling book

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

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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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Genuine!

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

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