“A Ball Four for cycling, Draft Animals [is] full of observations about cycling’s less glamorous side.” —Jason Gay, The Wall Street Journal
“As a cycling fan, I used to be completely captivated by Gaimon’s book, and I churned through all 320 pages in in the future…[Gaimon] has tremendous insight into this very atypical period in the sport’s history and recounts the emotional and psychological fallout from each success and failure…Draft Animals is a blatant attack on cycling’s culture of silence.” —Velonews
“Draft Animals is written with raw honesty. . . More than anything else, [Gaimon] makes you wish to have to go jump on a bike right now.” —Sports Illustrated
“An easy read that had me laughing and crying . . . At the end of the book, Gaimon had changed my opinion on what I thought it was like to be a professional rider and he had done so in an eloquent and engaging way.” —Cyclist
“[Gaimon] shares the emotional roller coaster of long-distance relationships and the stresses of securing contracts with race teams. Highly recommended for anyone interested in cycling, this is a candid account from an outspoken cyclist who pursued his career with passion, a sense of humor, and integrity.” —Booklist
“I enjoyed reading Draft Animals. It’s a colourful and personal take on life in the professional peloton, and Phil Gaimon writes with an easy and honest style. If you take one thing away from the book, it’s that nothing’s truly black and white: some people cheat at sport and are in a different way genuine and pleasant human beings, some people are completely righteous in their attitude to fair sport and inscrutable in their personal and business relationships, and the resulting mess is hard to navigate.” —Road.cc
About the Author
Phil Gaimon retired from laziness and computer games in 2004 and began riding a bike to lose weight. Now, after a long career as a pro cyclist, including two years in the WorldTour, he’s dedicated himself to sharing joy—through books, a cookie-themed Fondo in Malibu, Strava hunts on a YouTube channel, and podcasts.
From the creator of the cult favorite Pro Cycling on $10 a Day and Ask a Pro, the story of one man’s quest to realize his childhood dream, and what happened when he if truth be told did it. Like countless other kids, Phil Gaimon grew up dreaming of being a professional athlete. But unlike countless other kids, he if truth be told pulled it off. After years of amateur races, hard training, living out of a suitcase, and never taking “no” for an answer, he in the end achieved his goal and signed a contract to race professionally on some 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.