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2014 USA Pro Challenge

Team Garmin-Sharp Pre-Game Meet'n'greet Lawn Party Interview

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The inaugural TOC/USAPCG-SP-GMNGLPI&PS was conducted in the grass on the Timberline Condominium grounds outside the Garmin team rooms. For the interviews we borrowed lawn furniture, for the portraits we used a brick wall. Garmin provided snacks and mineral water. Rider visitations were scheduled in ten minute increments and were supervised by Slipstream’s Mark Zalewski. We asked each rider the following questions:

  1. What astrological sign are you?
  2. What’s your current favorite song, what’s on your iPod/iPhone/etc.? What do you listen to while you warm-up? How do you get P&J’ed?
  3. Let’s say, like in an alternate universe, that you were a professional athlete, any kind of professional athlete EXCEPT a cyclist. What would you be? And why?
  4. Who is your nemesis? Friendly or otherwise. Or, who won’t/can’t you let pass you on a climb, like who do you have to beat on principle?
  5. Let’s say you win some races, you become famous and you make millions and millions of dollars. What’s the first thing you do with all that paper?
TOM DANIELSON 1) PISCES. I DONT CARE ​ABOUT THAT KIND OF THING. ​2) EDX - BREATHIN'​3) MOTOCROSS. 4) EVERYONE. 5) ​I'D SPEND ALL MY MONEY AND TIME ON MY KIDS. I DON​'​T GET​ TO SPEND​ ​AS ​MUCH TIME WITH ​THEM AS I WOULD LIKE.​​ ​I'D BE EVERYWHERE. ​I'D BE A SUPER DAD.
JANIER ACEVEDO 1) SAGITTARIUS. 2) SOCCER, ​#​BECAUSECOLOMBIA 3) COLOMBIAN MUSIC. 4) ALL OF THEM. 5) ​I'D BUY A ​​BUGATTI VEYRON.
BEN KING 1) IS THAT SERIOUS ​QUESTION​? DO YOU WANT ME TO GOOGLE IT? 2) DONT BE A HATER.​ SERIOUSLY DONT HATE. I'M REALLY HESITANT TO SAY THIS, BUT, I'D BE A​ ​TRIATHLETE​.​ THERE, I SAID IT.​ 3) ​JOSH TURNER - NO RUSH​ 4) UNLESS ​I'M​ RIDING FOR ​GC​ OR ​I​ HAVE ​SOME OTHER ​REASON​ TO PUSH​, IT DOESN'T MATTER. IF YOU​'RE​ RACING FOR 50TH YOU​'​RE A LOSER ANYWAY. 5) ​I'D BUY A MOUNTAIN. AND A RIVER. ​IN ​VIRGINIA.
GAVIN MANNION 1) I THINK ​I'M A​ ​V​IRGO BUT ​I'M​ NOT SURE. ​MY ​BIRTHDAY IS NEXT ​S​UNDAY. 2) ​I'M NOT REALLY GOOD ​AT ​ANYTHING ELSE. ​OKAY. I'D BE A ​​PROFESSIONAL ​BASKETBALL​ PLAYER. ​FOR THE ​CELTICS​, JERSEY #​14​, I'D PLAY CENTER.​ 3) THE AVETT BROTHERS - JANUARY WEDDING. I DONT LIKE EURO-TECHNO-POP. 4) LAWSON CRADDOCK. ON HILLS I LIKE TO STAY AHEAD OF HIM BECAUSE HE'S FAT. IT DOESN'T ALWAYS WORK. 5) ​I'D OPEN​ A​ RESTAURANT. ​A BOUTIQUE SITUATION. ​I'D SERVE F​OOD FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD. ​THAT SAID, I LIVE IN AUSTIN AND I'M PARTIAL TO BARBECUE. NO, I DON'T KNOW WHO JOHN "PROLLY" WATSON IS, BUT HE SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD DUDE. BONUS: 6) ​[RE: CRASHING AT THE TOUR OF UTAH] LATER WHEN I WATCHED THAT VIDEO I WAS LIKE, "OH MY GOD. AM ​I​ OKAY​!?!?!?!?​?"
ALEX HOWES 1) UNAVAILABLE ​ FOR COMMENT. 2)​ ​UNAVAILABLE ​ FOR COMMENT.​ 3)​ ​UNAVAILABLE ​FOR COMMENT.​ 4)​ ​UNAVAILABLE ​ FOR COMMENT.​ ​5)​ UNAVAILABLE ​ FOR COMMENT.​
THOMAS DEKKER 1) VIRGO. ​I KNOW THIS ​BECAUSE ​THIS IS​​ THE KIND OF THING YOU TALK ​TO ​GIRLS ABOUT​. 2) SOCCER. NUMBER ​T​EN. 3) FLEETWOOD MAC - EVERYWHERE 4) THE PROBLEM IS, ​I​ DON​'​T HAVE ONE ANYMORE.​ I NEED ONE.​ 5) ​I'D LIVE MY LIFE LIKE​ DAN BILZERIAN​. "I'M MORE THAN A CYCLIST."
PHIL GAIMON 1) ​AQUARIUS, ​Y​EAR OF THE ​R​OOSTER. I DO​N​T THINK IT MEANS A​NY​THING. ​IF ANYTHING,​ I​ THINK​ IT​ SIMPLY​ MEANS ​I​ WAS BORN ON ​JANUARY​ 28TH​, 1986​​​.​ SIDENOTE: I WAS BORN APPROXIMATELY THREE HOURS BEFORE THE SPACE SHUTTLE CHALLENGER DISASTER. 2) ​​I'D BE A CROSS ​COUNTRY SKIER​. I​'​VE GOT GOOD LUNGS AND LONG ARMS. MY LONG ARMS ARE USELESS IN CYCLING. OR​​ ​I'D BE A ​PROFESSIONAL ​CHESS​B​​OX​ER​. 3) ​I DON​'​T LISTEN TO MUSIC. WHEN ​I​ TRAIN ​I​ LISTEN TO ​P​ODCASTS. ​I LIKE TO BE ​EDUCATED​ WHILE I RIDE​.​ MUSIC IS​ NOT SO​M​ETHING ​I ​LOOK FOR ​OR​ NEED​ BUT IF YOU NEED A REFERENCE, HOW ABOUT GRATEFUL DEAD - BOX OF RAIN? 4) ​KIEL ​R​E​I​JNEN.​ BECAUSE HE'S STRONG AND HE'S FUN TO RACE AGAINST AND BECAUSE HE'S A SPRINTER—IT'S NOT COOL TO LET HIM PASS ME ON A HILL.​ 5) ​PORSCHES ARE COOL BUT I'D RATHER ​DO SOMETHING PHILANTHROPIC LIKE MAYBE FEED A VILLAGE IN ​AFRICA ​OR SIMILAR.​ ​AND/OR I'D PURCHASE​ AN ORIGINAL, FULL-SIZE ​CALVIN AND HOBBES ​ILLUSTRATION​.
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