Pro Cycling on $10 a Day

Author: Phil Gaimon

Publisher: VeloPress

ISBN: 1937716554

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 312

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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.

Draft Animals

Author: Phil Gaimon

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1524705004

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 352

View: 1295

From the author of the cult favorite Pro Cycling on $10 a Day and Ask a Pro, the story of one man’s quest to realize his childhood dream, and what happened when he actually did it. Like countless other kids, Phil Gaimon grew up dreaming of being a professional athlete. But unlike countless other kids, he actually pulled it off. After years of amateur races, hard training, living out of a suitcase, and never taking “no” for an answer, he finally achieved his goal and signed a contract to race professionally on one of the best teams in the world. Now, Gaimon pulls back the curtain on the WorldTour, cycling’s highest level. He takes readers along for his seasons in Europe, covering everything from rabid, water-bottle-stealing Belgian fans, to contract renewals, to riding in poisonous smog, to making friends in a sport plagued by doping. Draft Animals reveals a story as much about bike racing as it is about the never-ending ladder of achieving goals, failure, and finding happiness if you land somewhere in-between.

Ask a Pro

Author: Phil Gaimon

Publisher: VeloPress

ISBN: 1937716902

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 216

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Phil Gaimon’s Ask a Pro answers every question you’ve always wanted to ask about pro cycling...sort of. Gaimon gathers the best of his popular Q&A column—and pokes fun at his younger self. Despite the howling protests from his peers, no one’s ever been more willing to spill the beans on what it’s really like inside the pro cycling peloton than the sarcastic scribe Phil Gaimon. Building on the outrageous success of his hilarious 2014 debut, Pro Cycling on $10 a Day: From Fat Kid to Euro Pro, Gaimon gathers the absolute gems from his monthly Q&A feature column in VeloNews magazine into his new book, Ask a Pro: Deep Thoughts and Unreliable Advice from America’s Foremost Cycling Sage, adding a dose of fresh commentary and even more acerbic and sharp-eyed insights. With six years of material to work with—including his incredible rise into the pro ranks, the devastating loss of his contract for 2015, and his bold return to the Big League—Gaimon covers every possible topic from the team dinner table to the toilet with plenty of stops along the way. Gaimon offers wise-ass (and sometimes earnest) answers to fan questions like: · How much chamois cream should I use? · I’ve started shaving my legs. How can I be accepted by my friends? · What do you do to protect yourself when you know you’re about to crash? · How many bikes does my husband really need? · What’s the best victory celebration? Do you practice yours? · In women’s cycling, what is the proper definition of a pro? · What do you say to someone if they honk or almost hit you? · Do you name your bikes? · What do pros think when they see a recreational cyclist in a full pro kit or riding a pro-level bike? · Can you take your bike apart and put it back together? · How bad does the weather have to be to call off a training ride? · How do you know when it’s time to change a tire? · When you’re in a breakaway all day, do riders form a future friendship? · Riders keep complaining about "unsafe" weather at races. When did pro cyclists turn into such wussies? · How do the pros define a "crash"? Gaimon wields his outsider’s wit to cast a cock-eyed gaze at the peculiar manners, mores, and traditions that make the medieval sport of cycling so irresistible to watch. Ask a Pro includes new resources from Gaimon, too, including his Cookie Map of America, dubious advice on winning the race buffet, a cautionary guide for host housing, Phil’s pre-race warm-up routine, and a celebrity baker’s recipe for The Phil Cookie.

Iron Mac

Author: Andrew M. Homan

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803290551

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 8630

At a time when cycling in the United States rivaled baseball as the nation's most popular professional sport, along came Reggie McNamara, a farmer's son from Australia. Within a month of his arrival in the United States in 1913, he had earned the moniker "Iron Man" for his high tolerance of pain and his remarkable ability to recover from seemingly catastrophic injury. The nickname proved justified. Not only was he tough, he was also one of the best and highest-paid athletes in the world. During his thirty-year career, McNamara won seventeen punishing six-day races along with an inestimable number of shorter distance races, including high-profile events on three different continents, peaking in 1926-27 at the age of thirty-nine. The fans, media, and his fellow professionals all idolized him as an example of the true grit needed to succeed in this grueling and dangerous sport. Late in his career, however, hard drinking and injuries took their toll, and McNamara became estranged from his wife and children. He fought back just as he always had on the race course, conquering his addiction to alcohol and becoming one of the earliest success stories of Alcoholics Anonymous. In this humorous and exciting biography of the original Iron Man, Andrew M. Homan pulls McNamara back into the spotlight, depicting a flawed but beloved man whose success in those unrelenting six-day races came at a price.

The Bicycling Big Book of Training

Author: Danielle Kosecki,Editors of Bicycling Magazine

Publisher: Rodale Books

ISBN: 1623363004

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 288

View: 4049

The Bicycling Big Book of Training is an encouraging, focused training book that will speak to beginner and intermediate cyclists without making them feel like novices. It covers all the information the reader needs to begin an effective training regimen. The book is divided into five sections that are then broken into miniguides for various cycling training disciplines. Cyclists will learn about how the body becomes fit and how that fitness translates to on-the-bike performance, while discovering the components of a successful training plan, including nutrition. Furthermore, riding disciplines such as road racing, endurance events, cyclocross, mountain biking, and track are discussed at length so readers can figure out which activities are right for them. The Bicycling Big Book of Training is an excellent guide for anyone who wants to learn more about cycling and take their performance to the next level.


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Category: English literature

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Nutrients in Dairy and Their Implications for Health and Disease

Author: Ronald Ross Watson,Robert J Collier,Victor R. Preedy

Publisher: Academic Press

ISBN: 0128097639

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 490

View: 9788

Nutrients in Dairy and Their Implications for Health and Disease addresses various dairy products and their impact on health. This comprehensive book is divided into three sections and presents a balanced overview of the health benefits of milk and milk products. Summaries capture the most salient points of each chapter, and the importance of milk and its products as functional foods is addressed throughout. Presents various dairy products and their impact on health Provides information on dairy milk as an important source of micro-and macronutrients that impact body functions Addresses dietary supplements and their incorporation into dairy products

Cycling on Form

Author: Tom Danielson,Kourtney Danielson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781948007047

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 272

View: 4979

"Former professional bike racer Tom Danielson shows how to transform your cycling from amateur to professional level"--