Peloton Cafe || Dylan Girdlestone (image copyright Zoon Cronje)
Drapac Professional Cycling is pleased to welcome up-and-coming South African Dylan Girdlestone to the squad from 2015. The 25-year-old raced with Garmin-Sharp as a stagiaire over the back half of the current season having previously ridden at the Continental level with MTN-Qhubeka. Girdlestone said he was excited by the opportunity to ride for Drapac and the move to Australia for the UCI Professional Continental outfit. ?The fact that Drapac is Australian is great as I really like Australia,? he said. ?I will be moving to Melbourne, Australia with my girlfriend Charleen first thing next year. It will be a big step for us, but a step in the right direction for sure. ?I am really looking forward to being a part of the Drapac family and moving onward and upward in the world?s toughest sport with them. I?ll still have some connection to home with the bikes – SwiftCarbon is owned by a South African,? Girdlestone continued. Girdlestone?s palmares includes a remarkable record at the tough Tour of Rwanda, which he won in 2013 having finished second and third overall in the two years prior. This was just a small element of what led to Garmin-Sharp?s Sports Director, Robbie Hunter, selecting Girdlestone as a stagiaire. ?I had the opportunity to give a stagiaire ride to a South African rider which was obviously a big chance to show what they were capable of in some of the races in Europe this year,? he explained. ?I decided on Dylan as I believe he has the right attitude, skills and mindset to be a pro bike rider. ?I couldn’t be happier to see that he has managed to secure a professional ride with a great set up like Drapac which is growing year by year under the guidance of Jonathan Breekveldt. I wish him and the team all the success in the future.? Girdlestone is the fifth new signing to be announced by Drapac, following on from the signings of Brenton Jones, Peter Koning, Tim Roe and Sam Spokes. Drapac Professional Cycling General Manager, Jonathan Breekveldt said that the recruitment of Girdlestone was an important step in the team?s evolution. “As we continue to globalise the team and race in new regions we look to do the same with the nationalities of our riders,? he said.??Dylan will help expose the team to a new continent for Drapac Professional Cycling which is exciting for both the team and its partners. This will also result in the team travelling to South Africa in 2015 for the first time to participate in the Cape Town Cycle Tour. ?Dylan is a strong rider with great potential, which was shown in his recent stagiaire ride with Garmin-Sharp and will form a key component in the team and our ambitions for 2015.?