Okay, so you like cycling - not just road bikes but bikes in general. You’ve watched the Tour de France and maybe went hard core and watched The Tour of California...and like most people you have a lot of questions about the sport. In case you missed our earlier review of Phil’s first book, Phil Gaimon is a pro that made it to the top tier of the sport in kind of an unconventional way - if there really is one - and he thinks different from the steel eyed, machine like, win at all cost athletes that seem to gain the most notoriety. And this is a good thing. Because Phil "The Thrill" as he is sometimes called, has written his second book "Ask A Pro". It’s a witty compilation of questions and answers that appeared in VeloNews.
So you get the gist of the book, its a simple formula. But what makes this book different from every cycling book I have read is that it is not a piece that blows smoke up some guys ass about how great he is or was (Sorry Cavendish), but rather "Ask Phil" is a full blown smart ass diatribe of answers we would all like to have said but had the adult filter not to. I found the book completely entertaining and often making me laugh out loud - which I don’t normally do. Phil’s humor is right up my alley and makes his cheeky answers even funnier.
One of my favorite questions was "How do you feel when you see an amatuer ride up in your team kit and on a team bike?". Phil’s reply?...well, you will just have to read the book, but its worth every penny and is an easy read - so even mountain bikers will get it.
This is a great gift for the cyclist in your life (because lord knows you will never buy the right bike part for them) of for buy one for yourself because its summer time and you deserve it.
THE VELO PRESS - PRESS RELEASE (sounds weird huh?)
Now shipping from velopress.com. Get autographed copies from Phil Gaimon at philthethrill.net!
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 Ask a Pro and adds 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.