For 2014, Australian-registered Drapac Professional Cycling is expanding its program to UCI Professional Continental level. Drapac have partnered with SwiftCarbon in a three year deal which should see the lesser known bike brand gain greater market acceptance.
Drapac will ride the Ultravox Ti; while against the clock, the team will use the Neurogen TT 2014 frame which has just been approved by the UCI. BikeRadar recently reviewed the Ultravox Ti and found it to be every bit worthy for an elite racer.
Drapac's Team Manager, Jonathan Breekveldt said it was important for partners to have the right fit.
"As a team we look for and value long term partnerships which share similar values and objectives in their businesses and how they utilise cycling," he said. "The step up to UCI Professional Continental level certainly requires increased commitments from all of the team's partners and it has been great that we can continue partnerships with so many of our existing partners as they see the value in our journey.
"We are very excited to welcome SwiftCarbon to the team and believe this is the beginning of great partnership with a proactive brand that plans to expand holistically into the key markets of the team," Breekveldt continued. "This is a long-term partnership which will grow with the team as we intend to increase the size and strength of our operation year on year."
When asked about the partnership with Drapac, Mark Blewett, owner and CEO of SwiftCarbon said:
“We’re proud to be partnering with Drapac Professional Cycling, the team has an incredible and unique philosophy which made it the perfect fit for us. They have achieved outstanding results across key territories for SwiftCarbon and we look forward to working with the team in the coming years."
Following a successful inaugural 2013 season, Drapac will be continuing its partnership with Champion System clothing.
“Champion System has always been a strong supporter of Australian cycling and when we heard that Drapac was going to be a Pro Continental team we jumped at the chance to be involved," said Chris Reynolds, Corporate Business Development Manager of Champion System.