When Phil Gaimon retired from the pro peloton after years on the WorldTour circuit, he didn’t exactly rest on his laurels. Sure, he had raced almost every other major bike race you could think of… but at 30 years old, retirement wasn’t exactly in the cards. Instead, he authored three books, started a podcast, created a cookie-fueled Fondo, and started hunting down Strava KOMs on some of the world’s toughest climbs, sharing the journey on his YouTube Channel. When he refers to it as the ‘worst retirement ever,’ he’s not lying. And he’s also not slowing down (both on and off the bike). In addition to planning a wedding this spring, Phil is also working on a new gravel event and a ’Tour of California’ ride event in the Spring to raise money for No Kid Hungry, and of course, his now-classic Phil’s Cookie Fondo in October.
Rapid fire round:
Weirdest bike riding experience: Racing Fabian Cancellara up a hill for a bet. “Ride up” song: Honestly, I hardly ever listen to music. I've found that my head needs something more engaging so I listen to podcasts when I ride. Anything from news to comedy. When I'm in the mood for music, I just pull up some Grateful Dead!
Bike he’s loving: Factor O2 disc and Factor Ostro.