A Dog In A Hat: An American Bike Racer's Story of Mud, Drugs, Blood, Betrayal, and Beauty in Belgium; by Joe Parkin
I am not a racer, but I found this saga of Joe Parkin's experiences as a pro racer in Belgium during the late 80's, both amusing and entertaining. He paints a picture of cycling that few of us will ever get to see first hand. The title comes from a Belgian saying which implies that things are not in their right place, much as an American racing in Europe. This comparison gives you some insight into his tongue in cheek view of himself and his time in Europe Racing.
An fun, easy read at a little over 200 pages and a glimpse at the belly of pro cycling.