Draft Animals: Living the Pro Cycling Dream
This paperback book on professional cycling was written for a rather limited readership. It’s unlikely that many would enjoy reading this very long book with fine, unimportant details on every aspect of author Phil Gaimon’s professional cycling career. Draft Animals is a long-winded memoir of Gaimon’s years as a cyclist over fifty-nine interminable chapters. A limited number of small black-and-white photos (mostly of poor quality snapshots) are used to break the text. Gaimon gives over-detailed description of everything: for example, the exact schedule of a given morning from 9:25 to 12:50 when the race starts or a list of a team’s casual apparel, exactly what everyone will be wearing at a race, down to a Garmin watch. The text is filled with long dialogs and details of many races. A professional cyclist may enjoy reading this memoir, and some sport enthusiasts too, though it’s hard to imagine someone reading it from cover to cover. Gaimon’s writing is not a page-turner, and he lacks the skills of a good writer. There are common asides marked with asterisks–most of no consequence.