Launch week is critical for good book sales, so pick it up now, get a copy for your friends, or grab a signed one from Phil’s Cookie Shop. If you live in the LA area, Phil will be signing his book at his Gran Fondo this weekend, and you don’t have to be signed up for the ride to get a copy at the expo: 1 PM at the Verizon Store in Westlake Village (30734 Russell Ranch Rd b, Westlake Village, CA 91362). Thank you!
Book description: “This is it. Everything I’ve done in the sport and in life so far builds up to ‘Draft Animals.’ Writing this was the hardest I’ve ever worked, and I think it’s the best thing I’ve ever made. If you’ve enjoy anything I’ve done or written, you’ll like this more.”
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.