Twenty and One Questions™ with Danny Pate
Has anyone in Europe (or the US for that matter) ever mispronounced your last name as “Paté”, like the edible spread made of ground meat and fat?
Yeah it happens. But only in France. It’s a French thing.
How would smaller teams (teams of six rather than of eight) change the dynamics of a race? Do you think small teams would make races more exciting?
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.
What do you think could be done to make racing better, more exciting, cooler?
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.
Chocolate chip cookies should always have? Chocolate chip cookies should never have? Tacos should always have? Tacos should never have?
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.
The Elisabeth Kubler-Ross model states that there are five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Are these the same five steps that one experiences upon waking up to see a nude Brad Huff?
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 and minuses of using duct tape to adhere bandages to your body?
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?
First album/cassette you bought with your own money?
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!
What’s your take on Michael Jordan’s Hitler mustache, and what do you make of the accusations that his time playing baseball came about due to the NBA catching him betting, and having to suspend him, but not wanting to announce it?
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.
Funniest/weirdest thing you’ve ever heard riders talk about during a race (feel free to omit names)?
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.
Dos, don’ts and general tips you would give to a fan about how or how not to safely give a pro cyclist a helping hand (a sling) on a climb?
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.