Avanti unveil step-changing track bikes for the NZ Olympic team for Rio.

01 July 16: Working in collaboration with Cycling New Zealand, High Performance Sport and New Zealand track athletes, including World Champion Sprinters Sam Webster, Eddie Dawkins and Ethan Mitchell, Avanti have created a product, that by all data collected, should give the kiwi team an edge against the rest of the world. Kim Struthers, Country Manager commented, ‘we’re really excited to have the pinnacle of Avanti Design Technology (ADT), a design philosophy we incorporate in every Avanti bike, showcased on the world stage.’ Avanti started working on this project with Cycling New Zealand in August 2013, with strain gauge testing at the Invercargill Velodrome to compare the track platform Avanti had in the market at the time against a well-known competitor track bike. The results from this testing proved Avanti’s model to be a better race bike and encouraged Avanti engineers with the challenge on how to make the Avanti track bike even better. Craig Palmer, Cycling New Zealand Sport Scientist commented, ‘In Avanti we wanted a partnership where we were investing in experience, expertise and technology. We knew if we partnered with the right company the fastest bike would be the end result, and we’ve achieved that.’ Using the key objectives of a track bike; to be aerodynamic, lightweight and stiff, new concepts were drafted with each, with factors being pushing each as far as they could go without seeing a negative impact on another factor. Utilising 3D printing Avanti was able to test individual aspects of the frame at Auckland University’s wind tunnel, before committing to producing a frame for further testing. Using extensive Aerodynamic simulation software (CFD) and structural simulation software (FEA) a radical new front end design was born. David Higgins, Avanti Lead Engineer commented, ‘this was no longer an evolution of the current Avanti track bikes, but a whole new concept in structural and aerodynamic design’. Using this technology Avanti created their brand new Avanti Pista Pursuit Team, the track weapon to be ridden by all New Zealand Pursuit riders racing at Rio. The Sprint bike, The Avanti Pista Team, Olympic Edition, looks at similar factors to the Pursuit bike, but with more emphasis on being lightweight while managing the immense loads the Sprinters put out. Ethan Mitchell said of the Avanti Pista Team, Olympic Edition project ‘it’s been amazing, we’ve never really had the opportunity to be able to bounce ideas on how to build ideas on something that we ride, it’s been special to be able to do that and come together to make a bike that is individualised for us.’ Mark Elliott, Cycling New Zealand High Performance Director commented ‘Avanti has done something we’ve never seen before in a bike, it’s going to be pretty special when we see it in Rio.’ Avanti have a history with the Olympic Games. The Kiwi bike company has been involved in the last four Olympic Games Avanti achieving track medals. This Olympic cycle Avanti have embarked on their most technology-driven project yet. Using World leading Formula 1 technology and designed and tested in New Zealand, by New Zealanders, for the New Zealand Olympic team is a true Kiwi innovation piece Kiwis can be proud of. READ MORE

Webster, Dawkins top Podium in Germany

11 June 16: Sam Webster beat off the challenge from teammate Eddie Dawkins in the sprint final at the German Grand Prix meet at Cottbus. Webster topped qualifiers in 9.942s ahead of Dawkins in 9.979s, with Ethan Mitchell 10.226 and Zac Williams 10.250, with all four qualifying for the elimination rounds. The team sprint trio of Webster, Dawkins and Mitchell progressed to the quarterfinals. Webster beat Mitchell and went on to beat London Olympic and former world keirin champion Maximilian Levy in two straight rides in his semifinal while Dawkins beat current keirin and time trial world champion Joachim Eilers in the decider in the other semifinal. Webster then overcame Dawkins 2-0 in the best of three final to finish one-two on the podium, with Mitchell eighth and Williams 16th in a promising start to their competition phase. Meanwhile Simon van Velthooven and Ben Stewart compete in the Keirin Cup in Pennsylvania, USA today Read more details here  READ MORE

It’s more than just a name.

16 May 16: Pushing the boundaries to make our bikes what you want them to be; lighter, stiffer and more agile. To be more comfortable, easier to control, and easier to handle. To help you ride faster, be quicker in the attack, and to aid your endurance on the straights. To encourage you to take on steeper climbs, and to charge down bigger descends. To give you confidence to test yourself. To really be a part of the ride, to be in it for longer and to get more out of it. From the tarmac and stony paths, to the soil and the clay. Your Avanti has been designed with you in mind, to not only exceed your expectations but also deliver the best experience possible on two wheels.  It’s been designed for you to break free on your bike, however and whenever you choose to. This is what the Avanti brand stands for. It’s how we want you to feel when you see the Avanti logo on the side of your bike. That’s why, for the first time in over 20 years, we’ve refreshed our Avanti logotype. Our new logotype draws upon design cues of past Avanti logos, from the 80's right through to present day. It reflects our position as an innovating brand, while projecting our history and preserving our brand credibility and loyal following. We’ve paired our new logotype with the existing Avanti brand mark Falcon, introduced last season, as the visual symbol of our values and passion for bike riding, supported with our brand statement ‘Break Free’. The Falcon encapsulates a sense of free spirit - right from our professional team, Avanti Isowhey Sports attacking the line, through to kids finding freedom on their very first Avanti. We’re excited about what the future holds and we hope you like where we’re heading. Look out for the new Avanti logo on this season’s adult Avanti bikes.  READ MORE

Cycling New Zealand track team will ride for Olympic glory on Avanti at Rio

28 April 16:   Cycling New Zealand and Avanti today announced a partnership bringing together high performance intelligence and leading cycling technology to create purpose designed, world class track bikes that the New Zealand track team will ride at Rio.   Cycling New Zealand considers the bike technology and design to be one of the key supporting components that will hopefully contribute towards riders being rewarded with medals at the Rio Olympics.  “Along with key partners including High Performance Sport New Zealand, our riders, coaches and support staff,  we have worked and will continue to work very hard to ensure we leave no stone unturned in our preparations for Rio,” said Cycling New Zealand high performance director, Mark Elliott.  “Our equipment is a key component of this equation and we are delighted with our partnership with Avanti. “We know we have a world class machine which is vital to our campaign. And that it has been designed in New Zealand is special.” The new bikes are lighter, stiffer, and a step-change in terms of structural and aerodynamic design.  This continues Avanti’s involvement supporting high performance cycling, having developed the ground-breaking Pista Evo II models ridden at the London Olympics in 2012.   Avanti Design Engineer David Higgins has been at the forefront of the new technology which will be rolled out at Rio with both the sprint and endurance teams.  “It’s been the most technology-driven project we’ve ever created, and what better platform to showcase innovation than competing against the best on the world stage,” said Higgins. Elliott said the new Avanti bikes have been exhaustively tested in simulation, in wind tunnel testing and now on the track with the help of the Avanti development team and Cycling New Zealand’s sports scientists.  The bikes will not be used in any major competition until Rio. Avanti has played a key part in cycling success in New Zealand dating back to the bike that Sarah Ulmer used to ride to a world record and gold medal at the Athens Olympics in 2004. Avanti’s Head of Product Stephen James said Avanti is proud to once again be supporting New Zealand’s elite track riders in their bid for Olympic success. “We’re really excited to have Kiwi riders racing on Kiwi designed bikes again this year.  Rio will be the fourth consecutive Olympics with New Zealand’s involvement on Avanti Bikes – and we’re pleased to be supplying Avanti bikes for the entire track team this year” said James.   Cycling New Zealand’s track squads will head to USA and Europe in May for racing and preparation with the full Olympic track team to be named by 4 July.  New Zealand is one of only three nations to qualify full quotas in every track discipline for the Rio Olympics.   CAPTION: The women’s team pursuit in action at the UCI World Championships in London this year. (Credit: Guy Swarbrick) Cycling New Zealand and Avanti today announced a partnership bringing together high performance intelligence and leading cycling technology to create purpose designed, world class track bikes that the New Zealand track team will ride at Rio.   Cycling New Zealand considers the bike technology and design to be one of the key supporting components that will hopefully contribute towards riders being rewarded with medals at the Rio Olympics.  “Along with key partners including High Performance Sport New Zealand, our riders, coaches and support staff,  we have worked and will continue to work very hard to ensure we leave no stone unturned in our preparations for Rio,” said Cycling New Zealand high performance director, Mark Elliott.  “Our equipment is a key component of this equation and we are delighted with our partnership with Avanti. “We know we have a world class machine which is vital to our campaign. And that it has been designed in New Zealand is special.” The new bikes are lighter, stiffer, and a step-change in terms of structural and aerodynamic design.  This continues Avanti’s involvement supporting high performance cycling, having developed the ground-breaking Pista Evo II models ridden at the London Olympics in 2012.   Avanti Design Engineer David Higgins has been at the forefront of the new technology which will be rolled out at Rio with both the sprint and endurance teams.  “It’s been the most technology-driven project we’ve ever created, and what better platform to showcase innovation than competing against the best on the world stage,” said Higgins. Elliott said the new Avanti bikes have been exhaustively tested in simulation, in wind tunnel testing and now on the track with the help of the Avanti development team and Cycling New Zealand’s sports scientists.  The bikes will not be used in any major competition until Rio. Avanti has played a key part in cycling success in New Zealand dating back to the bike that Sarah Ulmer used to ride to a world record and gold medal at the Athens Olympics in 2004. Avanti’s Head of Product Stephen James said Avanti is proud to once again be supporting New Zealand’s elite track riders in their bid for Olympic success. “We’re really excited to have Kiwi riders racing on Kiwi designed bikes again this year.  Rio will be the fourth consecutive Olympics with New Zealand’s involvement on Avanti Bikes – and we’re pleased to be supplying Avanti bikes for the entire track team this year” said James.   Cycling New Zealand’s track squads will head to USA and Europe in May for racing and preparation with the full Olympic track team to be named by 4 July.  New Zealand is one of only three nations to qualify full quotas in every track discipline for the Rio Olympics.   CAPTION: The women’s team pursuit in action at the UCI World Championships in London this year. (Credit: Guy Swarbrick) READ MORE

UCI Best Performance and National title for the One Hour Record claimed by Tirau cyclist, Jim McMurray

21 March 16: On Saturday 19th of March Jim McMurray of Tirau raced against the clock at the Avantidrome on his Avanti Pista to break the Best Performance One Hour Record, masters 55 - 59 age group, with a leg blasting 47.733 kms cycled within the hour. The National One Hour record was also broken, with McMurray beating the current record by 36 meters, which, at the pace he was riding, equates to a mere 2.6 seconds. The New Zealand record is open to riders of any age to compete for, with McMurray’s time being the quickest time ever recorded, as recognized by Cycling New Zealand. McMurray had been training for six months in the lead up to Saturdays’ record breaking attempt and did not disappoint spectators who made it to Cambridge to cheer on his efforts, many of which know Jim personally through his many years in the cycling industry. When asked what kept him going throughout the grueling 60 minute leg-burning race, McMurray put it down to the crowd, which can be heard cheering him on in a short clip posted on Facebook by Avanti bikes, and having ‘a good mind set’. Jim’s greatest concern on the day of his attempt was getting a flat tyre, fortunately all went without a hitch with McMurray citing his focus was kept on ‘keeping to the pace line’. McMurray said the hardest part of the race was the last five laps when he had to dig deep to pick up an already fast pace, which paid off with his 2.6 second triumph over the previous New Zealand record holder. McMurray’s title is now pending results to officially be named the World One Hour Record holder in the Performance category (typically takes 3-4 weeks to be confirmed), however the National One Hour record has already been validated. With pained gluts McMurray was asked if he would do it again, to which he responded he would, if he needed to. Purple Heart Foundation was there with a team of collectors, raising just over $1,000 for the cause. Always on the go, McMurray is already thinking of his next races; with the National Road Race in April and the World Championships in Perth in September.      Jim McMurrray rider profile Male, born 25/04/1961 NZ masters 5 (55>59 age group) Results and current records> 9 time’s National champion (5 Time Trial, 4 road race) plus 2 silver and 1 bronze, all in the last 6 years 2 times UMCA World Champion 200 mile (2 laps Lake Taupo) 2013, 2014 3 times winner K2, fastest time 5.23.22 Winner and course record K4, 2010 12.49 04 5 times winner Enduro 2 laps Lake Taupo Course record 2 laps Lake Taupo, 9.01.55 Hub Tour, 1st B grade 2nd sprit ace and 2nd KOM and 2 stage wins (after volunteering to move up 2 grades)   Supporters of this event Avantibikes Purpleheart Jim McMurrray rider profile Male, born 25/04/1961 NZ masters 5 (55>59 age group) Results and current records> 9 time’s National champion (5 Time Trial, 4 road race) plus 2 silver and 1 bronze, all in the last 6 years 2 times UMCA World Champion 200 mile (2 laps Lake Taupo) 2013, 2014 3 times winner K2, fastest time 5.23.22 Winner and course record K4, 2010 12.49 04 5 times winner Enduro 2 laps Lake Taupo Course record 2 laps Lake Taupo, 9.01.55 Hub Tour, 1st B grade 2nd sprit ace and 2nd KOM and 2 stage wins (after volunteering to move up 2 gradeurpleheart.net.nz/ Triple J Screenprinters Dream Live Avantidrome   READ MORE

Avanti IsoWhey Sports Robbie Hucker crowned Tour de Taiwan Champion

11 March 16: Newly signed to Avanti IsoWhey Sports team, this is Hucker’s best result yet - winning his first General Classification title and racing in to claim gold in the final 146.26 kilometre stage of the race in a time of 3 hours, 52 minutes and 54 seconds. 21 year old Ben O'Connor from Avanti IsoWhey Sports scooped up third place, winning the white jersey for the best cyclist in the under-23 age category, with a cumulative time of 15:16:39. Overall, the Avanti IsoWhey Sports Team raced in with a cumulative total time of 45 hours, 50 minutes and 7 seconds, winning the Team Classification. Tour de Taiwan is recognized by the Switzerland-based Union Cycliste Internationale as a 2.1-class race since 2012 and is part of the Asia Tour. 99 riders making up 20 teams took part in this year's Tour de Taiwan that started in Taipei on March 6. See full results of the Tour de Taiwan The next race for Avanti IsoWhey Sports is the Redlands Bicycle Classic in California, April 6th -10th. READ MORE

$50,000 worth of Avanti bikes has been won by Christchurch local.

02 March 16: The promotion offered consumers the chance to win $50,000 of Avanti bikes, spot prizes on social media and collect free Limited Edition Avanti birthday drink bottles – using a simple email opt in to Avanti bikes as entry.  The $50,000 prize from Avanti is to be redeemed over 5 years, with Carter eligible to choose any bike in the Avanti range, up to the value of $10,000. That’s a lot of bike – if Carter selected Avanti’s premium road bike, the Avanti Corsa DR Team, she would be riding a bike with the same technology as Oceania’s most successful continental cycling team, the Avanti IsoWhey Sports Cycling Team. Since 1985 the pioneering kiwi bike brand has developed thousands of bikes, with the most recent platform, the Avanti Corsa ER (Endurance Road), winning a bronze in the recent 2015 New Zealand Best Awards. Over the years Avanti bikes has also been linked to a number of cycling medals won on the world stage in Ironman, Track, Team Pursuit, Mountain biking and Road racing events, with the company’s support of the New Zealand Olympic team at this year’s Rio Olympics a continuation of the brand’s commitment to the sport. 30 years of pushing innovation in cycling has been quite the ride for Avanti. Kim Struthers, Avanti’s Country Manager commented, “We couldn’t achieve 30 years in the cycling industry without the support of riders across the country getting behind the brand and sharing in our passion, thank you for helping us to reach this milestone.” With a range covering almost every cycling discipline; mountain, road, BMX, triathlon, track, right through to single-speed kid’s bikes, Carter’s hardest choice will be what to ride and where to ride it first.   READ MORE

Tirau Cyclist takes on UCI One Hour World Record

15 February 16: McMurray will take to the track on the 19th of March 2016 at 4.30pm to challenge the current record of 45.0189kms, set in 2012 by Keith Ketterer from America. Living just 15kms from the Avantidrome in Cambridge, McMurray’s training ground is also where he’ll race, using the Avanti Pista EVO II Team as his race weapon– Avanti’s premium track platform, previously ridden by Olympic and World champions. Cycling is unlike most other sports in that you can visually see the talent at work, and the hour record is one of the most torturous challenges to that talent. Eddy Merckx famously described his world hour record: “It’s very, very hard. I couldn’t walk for a few days after I did it. That’s how hard it is.” McMurray’s UCI One Hour World Record attempt is in the name of raising funds for the Purple Heart Foundation. His involvement with the charity stems back a few years when longtime friend Mark Little’s youngest daughter developed a form of cancer at age 4, and Mark encouraged McMurray to get back into riding seriously again, starting with a friendly dare and challenge to ride two laps of Lake Taupo to raise funds for Purple Heart Foundation. Entry into the Avantidrome to watch and support McMurray in his attempt is a gold coin donation at the door; all proceeds go to the Purple Heart Foundation. As a well-known cyclist in the industry and rep for Sheppard Cycles, McMurray has the support of most the north island bike stores, and intends on making a day for all to enjoy. The Avantidrome will be open from 1pm offering new riders the opportunity to experience the track free of charge. Just remember to bring covered shoes to ride in and a long sleeved t-shirt. From 2.30pm The PurpleHeart Foundation will host a BBQ and Avanti will also have a range of their new bikes available to test ride. With a path trail entrance at one side of the Avantidrome spectators are encouraged to bring their bikes and make a day of it. Dreamlive will be doing a live podcast of the event, so those that can’t attend can still be part of this record attempt by tuning in online. As an avid cyclist McMurray already has an impressive hoard of riding accolades under his belt; nine National champion wins (five in the time trial, and four in road racing), two silver medals and one bronze - all scooped up in the last six years. With his training and preparation McMurray is confident in his current per ride form, achieving his fastest cycle time in January in the ½ ironman at Mt Maunganui, 2hr 05min, beating his personal best by 4 minutes.   Jim McMurrray rider profile Male, born 25/04/1961 NZ masters 5 (55>59 age group) Results and current records: 9 time’s National champion (5 Time Trial, 4 road race) plus 2 silver and 1 bronze, all in the last 6 years 2 times UMCA World Champion 200 mile (2 laps Lake Taupo) 2013, 2014 3 times winner K2, fastest time 5.23.22 Winner and course record K4, 2010 12.49 04 5 times winner Enduro 2 laps Lake Taupo Course record 2 laps Lake Taupo, 9.01.55 Hub Tour, 1st B grade 2nd sprit ace and 2nd KOM and 2 stage wins (after volunteering to move up 2 grades) READ MORE