VIDEO: Phil Gaimon's Worst Retirement Ever Episode 1: Mount Palomar
Former pro cyclist Phil Gaimon shares adventures from his "Worst Retirement Ever" hillclimb series. Brought to you by Cannondale, Mavic, Castelli, Chamois Buttr, Velofix, Clif, ISM, Arundel, New Balance, Oakley, and Orucase
Ex-Professional Cannondale-Drapac cyclist, Phil Gaimon has just launched episode 1 of his series, aptly named "The Worst Retirement" ever. Phil retired from professional cycling last year and is known to hundreds of fans throughout California and the U.S. and here on Gran Fondo Guide.
Having retired, his passion and enthusiasm for riding hasn't diminished and nor has his form. Gaimon is still one of the best climbers in the world and recently is took the Mount Badly Strava section from Team Sky's Ian Boswell.
He also set new a Strava KOM on Hawaii's 62 mile, 14,000 feet Mauna Kea last New Year's Eve.
Gaimon has also held the record for the Mount Washington hill climb previously.
Gaimon works full-time for talent agency Wasserman,and continues to train with the mission of claiming Strava KOMs throughout the state of California and beyond.
He has built a super-light Cannondale bike and taken off the front brake and cut pieces off the bike in order to make it light as possible for his record attempts.
In episode one, Phil sets to work trying to grab the Mount Palomar South Grade KOM. The climb is 11.6 miles at an average of 7% and contains 4,236 feet of climbing.
The current record holder is Chris Horner who set a time of 51m 15s in June 2012.
Other notable riders on the leader board are Taylor Phinney, Robin Carpenter and Neil Shirley.