Phil GaimonPhillip "Phil" Gaimon (born January 28, 1986) is a former American professional road racing cyclist who last rode for UCI World Tour team . He formerly rode for Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies and Garmin-Sharp. A noted blogger, Gaimon has written for ''VeloNews''; he formerly posted at ''Bicycling,'' ESPN, and Sports Illustrated Born in Columbus, Ohio, United States, Gaimon spent his adolescence in Tucker, Georgia, United States. Gaimon resides in the Toluca Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, United States.
After five seasons competing domestically with the , and teams, Gaimon signed with the squad for the 2014 season. Gaimon won his very first race with his new team, stage 1 of the 2014 Tour de San Luis, and managed to hold on throughout the race to finish second overall, behind Nairo Quintana, who claimed the leader's jersey during an individual time trial. Gaimon went back to the American scene in 2015, riding for Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies on a one-year contract. After riding the 2015 season at UCI Continental level, Gaimon announced he would be returning to the World Tour with for 2016. Gaimon announced his retirement at the end of 2016.
Gaimon began authoring books during his professional career, including ''Pro Cycling on $10 a Day: From Fat Kid to Euro Pro'', which was released in 2014 by VeloPress. He continued writing in retirement, including 2017's ''Ask a Pro: Deep Thoughts and Unreliable Advice from America's Foremost Cycling Sage'' (also published by VeloPress) and ''Draft Animals: Living the Pro Cycling Dream (Once in a While)'' released by Penguin Books. Gaimon also hosts a weekly podcast called The Peloton Brief and an annual charity event ride in Los Angeles, California called Phil's Cookie Fondo.
During his professional career, Gaimon was vocal about racing without performance enhancing drugs, even going so far as to get a tattoo of a bar of soap with the word "CLEAN" on his right bicep. Since retiring from professional cycling, Gaimon has gained notoriety for challenging "king-of-the-mountain" (KOM) records on the athletic social network Strava throughout the United States, particularly those set by riders believed to have used performance enhancing drugs. Gaimon publishes videos of his attempts on YouTube in a series called "Worst Retirement Ever." Provided by Wikipedia
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