Phil Gaimon

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Phil Gaimon
Gaimon at the 2014 Tour of Alberta
Personal information
Full name Phillip Gaimon
Nickname Cookie Monster
Born (1986-01-28) January 28, 1986 (age 31)
Columbus, Ohio, United States
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 67 kg (148 lb)
Team information
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type All-rounder/climber
Amateur team(s)
2005 AG Edwards
2006 VMG Racing
2007 CRCA/Sakonnet Technology U25
2008–2009 Fiordifrutta
Professional team(s)
2009 Jelly Belly Cycling Team
2010–2012 Kenda–Gear Grinder
2013 Bissell
2014 Garmin–Sharp
2015 Optum–Kelly Benefit Strategies
2016 Cannondale
Major wins

Stage races

Redlands Bicycle Classic (2012, 2015)

Phillip "Phil" Gaimon (born January 28, 1986) is a former American professional road racing cyclist who last rode for UCI World Tour team Cannondale–Drapac. He formerly rode for Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies and Garmin-Sharp. A noted blogger, Gaimon currently writes for VeloNews;[1] he formerly posted at Bicycling.[2] Gaimon is the owner of cycling store, Podium Cycling, and the co-owner of online advocacy store, Share The Damn Road.[3][4] Born in Columbus, Ohio, United States, Gaimon spent his adolescence in Tucker, Georgia, United States.[3][4] Gaimon resides in the Studio City neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, United States.[3]

Gaimon at the 2014 Tour de San Luis

After five seasons competing domestically with the Jelly Belly Cycling Team, Kenda–Gear Grinder and Bissell teams, Gaimon signed with the Garmin–Sharp squad for the 2014 season.[5][6][7] 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.[8] Gaimon went back to the American scene in 2015, riding for Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies on a one-year contract.[9] After riding the 2015 season at UCI Continental level, Gaimon announced he would be returning to the World Tour with Cannondale–Drapac for 2016.[10] Gaimon announced his retirement at the end of 2016.[11] Gaimon is also an author. His book, "Pro Cycling on $10 a Day," was released in 2014. He currently spends his time training and continuing his quest to find the best cookie in America.[12]

Major results[edit]


8th Overall Tour of the Bahamas
7th Univest Grand Prix
1st Jersey white.svg Youth classification
1st Mount Washington Hillclimb[16]
1st Mount Washington Hillclimb[17]
2nd Overall Tour de Taiwan
6th Overall Tour de Beauce
8th Overall Cascade Cycling Classic
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Redlands Bicycle Classic
1st Stage 1 (ITT)
4th Overall Cascade Cycling Classic
2nd Overall Tour of the Gila
6th Overall Cascade Cycling Classic
1st Stage 1
2nd Overall Tour de San Luis
1st Stage 1
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Redlands Bicycle Classic


  1. ^ Phil Gaimon. "The Phil Gaimon Diary". VeloNews. San Diego, California: Competitor Group, Inc. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ Phil Gaimon (March 23, 2011). "Living the Dream". Bicycling. Emmaus, Pennsylvania: Rodale, Inc. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Daniel McMahon (June 23, 2013). "Phil Gaimon Interview: The Long Way to Europe and the WorldTour, Garmin, Racing Clean, and Writing a Book". Cycling Reporter. New York City, New York: Daniel McMahon. Retrieved January 9, 2014. 
  4. ^ Dan Wuori (June 5, 2013). "Gaimon signs with Garmin-Sharp for 2014". VeloNews. San Diego, California: Competitor Group, Inc. Retrieved December 14, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Earning Garmin-Sharp contract, Gaimon psyched with chance to race at WorldTour level". VeloNation. Chevy Chase, Maryland: VeloNation LLC. June 5, 2013. Retrieved December 14, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Team Garmin-Sharp signs Phil Gaimon for 2014". Garmin–Sharp. Boulder, Colorado: Slipstream Sports LLC. June 5, 2013. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  7. ^ James Startt (January 2014). "Nairo Quintana Wins 2014 Tour de San Luis". Bicycling. Rodale, Inc. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  8. ^ Daniel Benson (7 October 2014). "Q&A: Phil Gaimon signs with Optum Pro Cycling". Future plc. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
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  10. ^ "Phil Gaimon calls an end to his cycling career |". Retrieved 2016-12-01. 
  11. ^ "Home". Retrieved 2016-07-11. 
  12. ^ "Phillip Gaimon at USA Cycling". USA Cycling. Retrieved January 21, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Phillip Gaimon at Cycling Archives". Cycling Archives. Retrieved March 7, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Phillip Gaimon at Cycling Base". Cycling Base. Retrieved January 6, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Phillip Gaimon wins Mount Washington Hillclimb". VeloNews. San Diego, California: Competitor Group, Inc. August 16, 2008. Retrieved December 14, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Phillip Gaimon defends Mt. Washington crown in Bicycle Hillclimb". New Hampshire Lakes and Mountains. Meredith, New Hampshire: Salmon Press Newspapers, Inc. August 20, 2009. Retrieved December 14, 2013. 

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