Drapac Professional Cycling welcomes the Union Cycliste Internationale's announcement that the team's application to upgrade from Continental to Professional Continental status for the coming season is underway.
“It is great to have this official confirmation from the UCI that the application has been accepted and all the necessary documentation has been presented," said Team Manager, Jonathan Breekveldt. "I was always confident in our submission but it is nice to have it formally recognised.”
Founded in 2004, Drapac Professional Cycling is the only Australian team to hold a UCI Professional Continental Licence, having first done so in 2007 before returning to Continental level. That experience steeled management for the task that now lies ahead in 2014 with Team Principle Michael Drapac on record as saying that he wants to see the Australian-registered team ride in the 2016 Tour de France.
The following documents and payments have been accepted:
· Payment of Licence Fee
· Registration Form
· List of riders and contracts
· List of other persons (Staff) and contracts
· Sponsorship contracts
· Bank Guarantee
· Financial documentation and 2014 Budget.
The team has so far met all of the critical deadlines in our application, from August 1 where the very first paper work was lodged, right through to the most-recent deadline on October 1 where Team Manager, Jonathan Breekveldt was in Aigle, Switzerland to hand-deliver the bank guarantee and rider contracts.
Drapac Professional Cycling expects that in line with the UCI process, the registration will be complete will be complete by November 1.
“The application is a very comprehensive and arduous proc
ess and being sometime since 2007 when we last applied there was plenty to learn hence we made sure we were overly thorough in compiling the necessary documentation. With advice and assistance from several people experienced in the application and having secured the necessary financial support in April I knew we would not have any problems submitting the application to the UCI and Ernst & Young”.
“This is a critical step in a long term growth plan for the team as we look forward to being on the start line of the Tour Down Under in January and seek invitation to both the Tour of California and Tour of Bejing. Being in our 10th year as a team we have proven that we have a sustainable model and one that we hope will take us to a Grand Tour in 2016.”
There is a current climate of uncertainty in world cycling, with teams disbanding and sponsors looking elsewhere to invest but at Drapac Professional Cycling, we're encouraged by what's ahead. Our representative at the UCI, Tracey Gaudry has had less than 12 months in her role as Oceania President and yet, we're seeing an expansion of the local race calendar and she also played a key role in assisting us to gain an invite to Australia's only UCI WorldTour event, the Tour Down Under.
Drapac, as a Professional Continental Team is another crucial development pathway for young Australian athletes, away from the national program. The team has always focused on the holistic development of riders with equal emphasis on athletic, personal and social achievement. This ethos, along with the Professional Continental Licence will see Drapac Professional Cycling continue to redefine success.