The Cannondale-Drapac Professional Cycling Team is an American-registered World Tour racing team. It competes at the highest level of the sport and strives to be open, attacking, and entertaining. In the 2016 season, it has the youngest roster in the peloton, and one of the most diverse. Our riders come from the United States, Australia, Lithuania, New Zealand and beyond.
The team is managed by Slipstream Sports, the brainchild of Jonathan Vaughters and Doug Ellis, who founded the company in 2005 on the belief there was a better way to run a cycling team. First and foremost, the team has always been unwavering in its commitment to anti-doping, and was the first professional cycling team to institute its own internal testing protocols. Notable achievements The team’s notable achievements include: stage wins at every Grand Tour, Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico, the overall classification at the Giro d’Italia, Criterium du Dauphiné, Tour of Missouri, the Tour of Utah, the USA Pro Challenge, Tour of Alberta and wins at three monuments – Paris-Roubaix, Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Il Lombardia. National champions from the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Germany, The Netherlands and South Africa have all called Slipstream Sports home.
Slipstream Sports enters another iteration this season, with the addition of the Drapac partnership, making Australian Michael Drapac a co-owner of the Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling team. The partnership goes well beyond just a name on the jersey, however, as co-owner Michael Drapac’s philosophy of sustainable-athlete development is one that Slipstream wholly supports.
Michael Drapac’s sustainable-athlete initiative began in 2004, with the launch of his inaugural team to develop world-class student cyclists. Through this team, he hoped to challenge the sporting establishment to improve it and in doing so challenged the sporting establishment to improve its commitment to competitive cyclists’ overall wellbeing.
Adding another dimension to this partnership is the Drapac-Pat’s Veg Holistic Development Team, where riders are given favorable schedules but must also attend a college course or pursue trade certifications. The goal is to prepare riders for life after their time in the sport is up. Members of the team will also be given every opportunity to progress to the Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling team.
It’s a different way of doing things, yes, but neither Drapac nor Slipstream have ever been conventional. See you on the roads.