Ask a Pro by Phil Gaimon book photo ASKBoulder, CO, USA — April 19, 2017 — 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. Ask a Pro is now available in bookstores and bike shops. Find autographed copies at philthethrill.net. See more about the book at velopress.com/ask. Read a selection of Phil’s Q&As here.

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 sincere) 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 and should I practice it? What do pros think when they see a recreational cyclist in a full pro kit or riding a pro-level bike? 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.

Ask a Pro: Deep Thoughts and Unreliable Advice from America’s Foremost Cycling Sage
Phil Gaimon
Hardcover with two-color interior and illustrations throughout.
5″ x 7″, 216 pp., $17.95, 9781937715724

Phil Gaimon is a cyclist, writer, and entrepreneur who retired from laziness and computer games in 2004 in favor of riding a bike to lose weight. On a whim, he started racing and soon discovered that he was a natural. Phil advanced rapidly through the amateur ranks and turned professional in his second full year, still ignorant of a century of cycling etiquette. He slowly learned the rules and clawed his way to the top of the American pro ranks, joining Garmin-Sharp in 2014 only to slip back into the domestic ranks for the 2015 season. Proving himself once again, Gaimon rode his way back into the ProTour, joining Cannondale-Drapac in 2016 and retired at the end of the season. He maintains a website, Philthethrill.net, where he chronicles his ceaseless pursuit of the best cookies and milk in America.

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