Racing with Drapac Professional Cycling
I’m extremely excited to announce that I’ve signed with Drapac as a trainee rider starting on the 1st of August! …And they’re giving me the opportunity to race the 2.1 Tour of Utah starting on the 4th of August!!
There’s no denying that the 7 stage Tour of Utah held in Salt Lake City will be extremely challenging. The stages are long, mountainous and all at altitude. The field includes a handful of world tour professional teams including BMC, Belkin, Cannondale, Garmin-Sharp, Lampre-Merida and Trek Factory Racing. It will be challenging, but I can’t wait to fly over there and give it my best shot to hopefully help the team achieve results.
Over the last month I’ve focused specifically towards longer endurance and climbing since my role in Utah will be to provide support in the mountains where I can. I’ve recently spent 10 days training in Healesville with the team as part of a high altitude performance camp. In short my training has been coming along really well over the last month and I’m excited to see how it translates in a weeks time on the big stage.
Accepting the stagiaire didn’t happen overnight. I understand how big the race is and have considered where I’ve come from and concede that it’s a big leap. But I’ll never know if its too much unless I take the step. Drapac are willing to give me this opportunity because they have identified certain qualities I have that will be valuable to the team. They have reasonable expectations of what I should be capable of and I’m confident I’ll be able to deliver what they want.
Who knows… Maybe I’ll exceed expectations. I don’t know. Let’s find out!
Some of the guys are already in Salt Lake City and the rest of the team fly out this Sunday on the 27th July. I cannot wait!
I’ll have some time during the flight to write up about the training camp. I don’t think I’ll write anything about the race while I’m away simply because I don’t want anything else to worry about.
But I’ll definitely keep you updated!
For now everything is about training, eating and sleeping. It’s awesome.
Oh, and a massive thanks to my teammates from Search2Retain for helping me get this opportunity and those who are constantly giving unreal support including (and not limited to) my family and friends, Peter Shandon, Stephen Lane and the guys from Peak Cycles. You know who you are =)