Drapac’s Vogels Brings Experience to Team’s U.S. Push
Before the start of Thursday’s 70 mile Stage 4 of the USA Pro Challenge in
Colorado Springs, Drapac Pro Cycling Directeur Sportif Henk Vogels reminisced a bit about his first time racing in the United States. It was 1991 and Vogels, part of the Australian National Team, finished seventh in the Junior World Road Championships in Colorado Springs. Thursday’s course would cover some of the same roads through the Garden of the Gods.Vogels would go on to turn pro at the age of 21 and have a stellar career that included competing in two Tours de France, finishing on the podium at Gent-Wevelgem and in the top 10 at Paris-Roubaix. He also was a consistent winner on the U.S. circuit.
Now, he’s guiding the Australian-based Drapac team. On Thursday, Drapac showed its potential, placing Adam Phelan in the day’s main breakaway and having sprinter Jonathan Cantwell finish eighth in the final sprint. Before the day got too busy, though, Vogels was nice enough to talk with us about the team and its plans to race more in the United States:
Drapac Pro Cycling made its U.S. racing debut this season competing in major races including the Philly Cycling Classic, Tour of Utah and USA Pro Challenge. How has the experience been and what does it mean for the team’s development?
What have you told the guys about racing in the U.S., how maybe it’s different from racing in Australia or Europe?
What does the team hope to take away from the USA Pro Challenge specifically?
On a course like this, there is lots of descending and climbing. What goes into wheel choice with all of the different rim depths of Zipp wheels available?
The RED 22 has a good gear range for races like this.
More about Drapac Pro Cycling
Frame: Swift Carbon
Componentry: SRAM RED 22
Bars, stems, seatposts: Zipp
Power: Quarq RED 22 Power Meter
Photo by Darrell Parks