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Back 5.30.2014

Drapac Makes U.S. Debut on Famous Philly Course

After a daylong journey from Australia, members of Drapac Professional Cycling spent some time riding in the hilly Pennsylvania countryside around Trexlertown earlier this week. The tranquil surroundings, though, will be replaced Sunday by one of the most iconic and boisterous locations in U.S. cycling – the Manayunk Wall of the Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic.
 
Drapac – an Australian UCI Professional Continental squad that relies on Zipp wheels, bars, stems and seatposts – is making its U.S. debut at Philly. But the team will line up with plenty of experience and contenders. Drapac’s Jonathan Cantwell and Wes Sulzberger have previous experience racing in the United States, and directeur sportif Henk Vogels in 2000 became the first Australian to win the Philly race.
 
Back then, the race in Philly finished on the flat and wide-open Benjamin Franklin Parkway, favoring sprinters. Now, the 120-mile men’s Philly Cycling Classic race finishes atop the Manayunk Wall. “The nature of the circuit probably suites our team a little bit better,” said Jonathan Breekveldt, general manager of Drapac Pro Cycling. He called the course similar to the Australian championships. 

Drapac Riders to Watch at Philly

Darren Lapthorne - Showing good form with his recent third overall place at third overall at the Tour d’Azerbaïdjan

Robbie Hucker - A former mountain bike racer who’s “quite good over those sort of short steep hills," Breekveldt said.

Wes Sulzberger - "The course suits him perfectly and he's a clever bike rider,” Breekveldt said.
 
Drapac's wheel choice for Philly

Most on the team will use the 45mm-deep Zipp 303 Firecrest with a few riding the 58mm-deep 404 Firecrest. The stiff and lightweight wheels climb well and also provide the aero efficiency and stability for the descent and ripping sections of the course along Kelly Drive. “We’re really lucky to have a selection from the 808 down to the 202,” Breekveldt said.

Drapac Professional Cycling (Australia)
Frame: Swift Carbon
Componentry: SRAM RED 22
Wheels: Zipp
Bars, stems, seatposts: Zipp
Power: Quarq
Twitter: @DrapacCycling 

The Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic

8:30 am Sunday -- Women's Pro Race, which includes TWENTY16 Pro Cycling (SRAM, Zipp and Quarq)

Noon Sunday -- Men's Pro Race