Ask a Pro: Deep Thoughts and Unreliable Advice from America's Foremost Cycling Sage

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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.

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Phil Gaimon answers your every question about what it’s like to live, work, eat, dream, and be paid like a professional cyclist in this clever and lighthearted collection of essays from his famous "Ask a Pro" column in VeloNews magazine.

From the Back Cover:

Q What’s Ask a Pro?

It’s the answer to every question you could have about pro cycling, including all the weird and distasteful stuff people don’t usually ask but can’t wait to read.

Q Is it really weird and distasteful?

The best parts are, and there are other parts that are just plain gross or insulting. No one’s ever spilled more beans on life in the pro cycling peloton than Phil Gaimon. Plus his answers are honest, fair, true, revealing, complete, and will make you laugh out loud.

Q I thought cyclists were a bunch of humorless geeks who wear tights and run stop signs.

That’s not a question, but here’s an answer anyway: Cyclists live with their heads on a swivel so they don’t get run over, and they see stuff that other people don’t. Phil’s head is super swivelly, and you’ll be amazed at what he’s seen on his way to not quite superstardom.

Q Who’s the pro behind Ask a Pro?

Phil Gaimon is a sardonic former basement gamer who worked his way to cycling’s pro ranks and took notes. The Wall Street Journal called his first book "Wickedly funny and insightful," so you don’t have to take our word on this. Look inside.

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