Amgen Tour of California, 2014

Cyclist Phil Gaimon, author of “Draft Animals,” will be in conversation with “local cycling guru” Seth Davidson at Pages bookstore in Manhattan Beach, on Friday, Jan. 5, at 7 p.m.

In the book, Gaimon pulls back the curtain on the World Tour, cycling's highest level. He takes readers along for his seasons in Europe, covering everything from rabid, water-bottle-stealing Belgian fans, to contract renewals, to riding in poisonous smog, to making friends in a sport plagued by doping.

The event is ticketed. For more information, visit

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