Danny Pate recently told Cyclingnews that his return from the WorldTour with Team Sky to the US Continental level with Rally Cycling changes everything, and that includes the machine he'll be piloting in 2016. Pate will move from the Shimano-equipped Sky Pinarellos he's ridden during the past four years to the SRAM-powered Diamondback Podiums favoured by Rally.
The new machine is just one of the changes Pate will make as he enters his 16th professional season. He'll need to become reacquainted with the US domestic season as well as transitioning from a WorldTour domestique dedicated to helping others achieve success to a team leader who will be seeking his own results. There's a lot on Pate's plate for 2016, but Rally performance director Jonas Carney, who rode with Pate on Prime Alliance back in 2001, 2002 and 2003, is confident his longtime friend will handle it well.
But before Pate gets reintroduced to the US peloton, he and the rest of Rally Cycling will get a warm up with several European races starting this month. Pate's Diamondback Podium training bike was dialed in and ready to roll during the team's recent camp along the Southern California coast, and Cyclingnews has got the details here. His race bike will be decked out in SRAM Red components.