Fan Club: Danny Pate
"I don’t remember the first cassette that I bought but I do remember the first cassette I wanted. My neighbor had it: Motley Crue’s - Girls Girls Girls."
As many of you know, Fan Clubs are, at their core, interviews with people we like and respect and are for whatever reason(s) are drawn to. They are, in effect, a celebration of that person, our relationship with that person and oh yeah, a way for all of us to better understand that person and their relationship with professional cycling. However, because we’re mostly talking to people we already know, it can be a bit of closed loop. In an effort to balance that out, we’re now doing Fan Clubs with people we’ve only met in passing, or come highly recommended, or have heard about, etc. We’ve heard about Danny Pate because he’s Danny Pate for Christ’s sake. But who is he really? No clue, let’s find out together.
II Twenty & One Questions™ with Danny Pate
Yeah it happens. But only in France. It’s a French thing.
For sure smaller teams would be more exciting. Cycling is too traditional, there are lots of rules and formats that have been around forever that could be changed. With eight guys on a team it can be too easy for big Pro Tour teams to control the race. There are times when it seems the team captain doesn’t even have to ride hard because the team around him is so strong.
Smaller teams. This alone will create more one-on-one situations. More racing.
Also the time trial and the team time trial could be reworked. I like the Eddy Merckx time trial: a time trial where we just ride the bike that we’ve been riding the rest of the race, no special gear or bikes. I also like the idea of a 30k-ish team time trial that finishes with a 10k climb and without the need to finish together. So basically you’re talking about a complete lead out.
I like cookies but that’s only because cake is not so easily accessible. Tacos, cookies, and cake—you can’t put rules on those things.
Brad has a way to make you feel all emotions at once. If you deal with him, at some point he will be nude. With Brad you will go through all these stages and more. But it’s all worth it just to know Brad.
- Pluses: It’s cheap, much cheaper than second skin. It’s readily accessible It’s my standard, go-to!
- Minuses: Not many, maybe it doesn’t work as well as monster tape?
I don’t remember the first cassette that I bought but I do remember the first cassette I wanted. My neighbor had it: Motley Crue’s – Girls Girls Girls. I went to my neighbor’s house one day and was like, “What the fuck is this?!” We would just skateboard and BMX to it all day!
I didn’t know anything about the allegations. As soon as Jordan stopped playing basketball I stopped caring about what he was doing, I mean when I was a kid he was THE ATHLETE. I’ve seen his mustache and I would say no. He should stop doing that.
It’s wildest in the European peloton, Europeans are different than Americans. One day during Paris-Nice “Person X” was talking to my teammate, but so loudly he was basically sharing with our whole group. He was talking about meeting this girl, hanging with this girl. He was talking about this box of utensils that she brought. A box that she used on him. This was Tinder before Tinder, basically he was sharing TOO MUCH information. It was kinda unreal.
The biggest problem is that people try to do it when you don’t need to do it. If you’re going to sling, at least wait for the very last guys. The guys in the middle of the race don’t need your help.
Man Who Is Trustworthy.
It’s at sea level.
It’s not Colorado.
Well he’s paid to say whatever he says. So they probably tell him to say that! I like the ATOC but you just can’t match the grand tours.
We’d have to do auditions. I don’t think I know anyone who could do it yet.
One teammate I had, Josh Edmondson, he would use all the towels. I have no idea what he was doing. I know it was for his hair, but I don’t know what the actual process was. He ran heavily-greased, slicked-back hair. It was like he was stripping, sanding, and completely repainting the car each day rather than just washing it.
I don’t think I have one proudest moment. But I am very happy that I was able to get myself to a point in the sport where I was able to race the Tour de France. Just being there was such a big thing! It’s a different animal. You’re in the Super Bowl of cycling. It was amazing thing to be in that race.
I’ve been fairly lucky to not pull too many dumb moves.
A lot of my former teammates, like Svein Tuft. It’s usually just catching up, checking in on normal life stuff. Everyone seems to talk about bike racing. Depends on how hard the race is though, sometimes you don’t talk about anything. Basically everyone is shooting the shit out there, lots of bike nerd talk.
Twitter is pretty funny! I’ve got 30k Twitter followers. It kinda of baffles that people are reading and receiving these little snippets of my thoughts. I think Gallagher just hit the wrong demographic, like my Mom is his demographic. But you know, if Twitter is saying I’m more popular than Gallagher, I can’t argue with that.
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