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Draft Animals

Living the Pro Cycling Dream (Once in a While)
Written by: Phil Gaimon
Narrated by: Phil Gaimon
Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (35 ratings)

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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 listeners 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.

©2017 Phil Gaimon (P)2017 Tantor

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very entertaining

can be a bit of a downer for an aspiring cyclist but informative and funny moments

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great racing perspective

narration was a tad flat but overall great story and awesome perspective on continental and world tour racing.

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The Cookie Monster of Cycling strikes again with his honesty and humour!

I found Phil’s book entertaining and a distraction that I thoroughly enjoyed. Sometimes storybook endings don’t happen the way we like them too, but the journey teaches us so much about ourselves and others. Then again, I’m not sure if I had any takeaways from Phil’s stories. Okay maybe a few. Great book. Go ride you bike Phil.

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funny, enlightening and a great listen

very funny, enlightening and a great listening, also self narrated which gives it the edge

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Super funny and a great insight into pro cycling

This book is full of amazing and hilarious stories about life as a pro cyclist. Phil Gaimon is an amazing writer, and if you're a cycling fan, or if you just love great stories and lots of laughs, you need to check out this book.

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  • Terry
  • 2017-12-04

I’m a fan!

I do have to admit I’m a fan of Phil’s. That being said, it’s not from his riding. I’d never heard of him until I stumbled across his YouTube channel. But his story, personality, and writing style have made me a fan. To me everything he puts out resonates with me. I truly like his stuff and the sense of humor with which it’s delivered.

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  • ETG
  • 2017-10-31

Great listen. Narrated by the man himself.

Great anecdotal insight on the multiple issues of (barely) making it as a pro cyclist. Gaimon is funny and articulate, and it is obvious that the book was written by himself. Nothing like other ghost-written cyclist books (namely Armstrong's, Hincapie's or Hamilton's), this one was well worth the listen.

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  • Ridelots
  • 2019-07-28

Phil is hilarious

Phil is hilarious. This book is supremely entertaining from beginning to end. You dot behave to know a ton about cycling to enjoy this story.

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  • phil V
  • 2019-06-16

Great story and funny story telling.

A fun listen with a good insight into the pro peloton. Phil has a good sense of humor. its a very easy listen.

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  • Jason Klein
  • Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • 2019-03-30

Great story

Great story - Very human and personal and real, as always, from Phil. it sounds like he is talking directly to you, just you, and he does a very nice job reading it.

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  • Felix Cabanas
  • 2019-02-28

Weekend warrior review

Awesome book, really enjoyed it...loved that it was narrated by Phil, that made it even more enjoyable!

Excelente libro!

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  • Patrick Hall
  • 2019-02-08

Great book!

Best part was the audible version is read by the author himself and it just adds to the humor. I wish his other two were the same. Great book!

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  • William Sherwood
  • 2019-01-25

Great book!!

What a fun book to listen to!! Phil takes you to the top of the mountain and brings you back down again, safely. As not a pro cyclist, I loved this book!

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  • Matt Carigan
  • 2019-01-22

An unencumbered look at life as a euro-pro domestique

This book will appeal to cycling fans, especially those who do or have competed (and have likely day-dreamed about going pro). A continuation of Phil’s previous book detailing his rise from out-of-shape high schooler to continental pro, Draft Animals continues with his career on Bissell and Garmin Sharp.

This book has all the wit and self-honesty of “Pro Cycling...” with a bit more refinement and better editing, not to mention the added interest of its content being about racing in Europe with a lot of big names. Overall, it still falls short in detailing the day-to-day, interior struggle of training and living for the purpose of the next race(and the next and the next). There’s a bit of that, but introspection isn’t the strong point of this book. Where it succeeds is in plotting the trajectory of racer, and all the myriad obstacles that come with it, and to a cyclist/fan, it’s a great read.

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  • Russ
  • Fairbanks, AK United States
  • 2018-11-14

Fun listen<br />

Phil is a good storyteller who has a quirky sense of humor. I enjoyed this audiobook.