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My favorite cycling book.
This book was a pleasant surprise. Short sections make it easy to read with little time. I loved the humor. Phil doesn't take things too serious that don't need to be. I bought copies for friends to enjoy. I have read it twice and will read it again.
Great book! It'll keep you constantly entertained and wanting to keep reading. Very motivating!
Much More Than Just a Book About Cycling
It IS about the bike, but you can take alot away from it even if you aren't a road bike nerd like me. The book is an easy read and enjoyable from beginning to end. And the dedication of the book is pure gold and a finger in the eye of all of the dopers who have plagued our sport.
As a newbie to the world of road biking and pro bike racing, I found Phil's writing to be not only hilarious but also quite educational. It's one thing to pay your dues in your chosen profession but he took that to a whole different level.
I highly recommend the book, great read about a guy that just wanted to ride a bike faster than anyone else and make just enough cash to keep gas in his car. Phil redefines perseverance.
Reminds us all what what swinging for the fences means
Incredible story detailing the ins and outs and ups and downs of pro cycling in the US. Phil reminds us all that anything is possible with detailed accounts of his, training, team negotiation and victories(and near misses)! If you have ever chased a dream in sport or life you won't want to put this book down.
Fun easy read, too negative on past riders
First I thought his book was a really great inspirational story, I have no illusions of ever riding at any level close to him but I sure like to dream about it. Good writing style, funny and good short stories. Maybe a wee bit annoying blaming lance, felt to me like he mentions his name about 75% more than necessary.. After all lance did propel the sport and then crushed it, probably left it in better shape than we he had joined however. Overall would recommend to any and all athletes, or anyone who needs to understand just what it takes to be the best at anything. It pushed me over the edge on deciding to try an ironman, very stoked for the motivation.
Fantastic book! Frank and self effacing view into a beautiful sport. I would think that Phil's story should be required reading for ALL emerging athletes.
Stay Hungry, stay Foolish Phil.
as a budding cat 1 it's a great dose of reality - how far away I am from pro.
What goes on in tights...
...comes out in this book. So what happened to professional cycling in the US after Lance Armstrong got caught? This book will tell you and while it's not the most erudite reading, the author was an English major, so it's very readable. I gave it five stars because it deserves to do well...every other stinking bike racing book of late has enriched a former doper...and it's really fun to read.
The format is a little hokey, but it allows Gaimon to tell lots of stories. If you've ever wondered what it's like to be a (barely) paid to race a bicycle, this will enlighten you. It's also a good book for those who somehow think the sport is full of prissy wusses...so I'm going to keep a copy handy on the bike at all times, and fling them into the beds of passing trucks that harass me on the road (you know, the lifted ones with all the prissy detailing and extra loud exhaust systems).
You'll read this and come away with a much better appreciation of how brutal pro cycling is in the US...and you'll probably wonder about the sanity of those who race and aspire to race at high levels. And you will laugh, if not from recognizing little threads of odd behavior that run through the entirety of the cycling world (especially if all that group includes your significant other), then from just the absolute absurd humanity of it all.