Ben O’Connor wins the 2016 New Zealand Cycle Classic Tour

29 January 16: The Avanti IsoWhey Sports Cycling Team has a successful history at New Zealand’s only UCI tour having won both the 2012 and 2015 editions, but due to five of our riders being selected to race the Tour Down Under in Adelaide at the same time we had to rework the roster in the hope of repeating the feat again. Ben was joined by perennial climber Mark O’Brien, Sam Crome, Liam Aitcheson and Fraser Gough. The race is normally defined by the queen stage, a summit finish on top of Admirals Hill, so being without a designated sprinter the boys bide the time whilst ensuring that we were always at the pointy end of the field. Saturday’s stage four was “D” day with Fraser and Liam given the job of keeping the race under control and the break within sight at the base of Admiral’s Hill. This allowed Ben and Mark to conserve as much energy as possible and gave them the best shot of a big performance on the climb. Early on the climb Ben took off causing the race to explode. Ben was joined by Michael Torkler briefly before forging on alone to take an emphatic solo victory. Behind Mark was doing a great job of protecting Ben but as soon as it was apparent that he was safe he stormed clear to take second. The result put Ben in the leader’s jersey with Mark in second and after a tough day defending a barrage of attacks they managed to hold the lead and take first and second for the tour. Speaking after the race had finished the 20 year old West Australian was clearly elated "It's unbelievable. I am super relieved to get through today and the Avanti IsoWhey one-two is incredible. We couldn't have done any better," O'Connor said. Meanwhile in Australia the boys riding in the national UNISA team at the Tour Down Under showed they weren’t out of their depth against the quality field with Chris Hamilton impressing the huge crowd on Willunga Hill with a solid ride to finish 11th only 17 seconds behind stage winner Richie Porte. Chris finished 14th overall and was well supported by the team for the whole week. The team now lines up for the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race on Sunday 31st Feb and then the Jayco Herald Sun Tour where they will compete against Tour De France winner Chris Froome of SKY Pro Cycling. Post event report written by Avanti IsoWhey Sports Cycling Team Director, Steve Price. READ MORE

Avanti Isowhey Sports win NZ Cycle Classic

27 January 16: The team has a successful history at New Zealand’s only UCI tour having won both the 2012 and 2015 editions but due to five of the riders being selected to race the Tour Down Under in Adelaide at the same time the roster had to be re-worked in the hope of repeating the feat again. Ben was joined by perennial climber Mark O’Brien, Sam Crome, Liam Aitcheson and Fraser Gough. The race is normally defined by the queen stage, a summit finish on top of Admirals Hill so being without a designated sprinter the boys bide the time whilst ensuring that we were always at the pointy end of the field. Saturday’s stage four was “D” day with Fraser and Liam given the job of keeping the race under control and the break within sight at the base of Admiral’s Hill. This allowed Ben and Mark to conserve as much energy as possible and gave them the best shot of a big performance on the climb. Early on the climb Ben took off causing the race to explode. Ben was joined by Michael Torkler briefly before forging on alone to take an emphatic solo victory. Behind Mark was doing a great job of protecting Ben but as soon as it was apparent that he was safe he stormed clear to take second. The result put Ben in the leaders jersey with Mark in second and after a tough day defending a barrage of attacks they managed to hold the lead and take first and second for the tour. Speaking after the race had finished the 20 year old West Australian was clearly elated "It's unbelievable. I am super relieved to get through today and the Avanti IsoWhey one-two is incredible. We couldn't have done any better," O'Connor said. Meanwhile in Australia the boys riding in the national UNISA team at the Tour Down Under showed they weren’t out of their depth against the quality field with Chris Hamilton impressing the huge crowd on Willunga Hill with a solid ride to finish 11th only 17 seconds behind stage winner Richie Porte. Chris finished 14th overall and was well supported by the team for the whole week. The team now lines up for the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race this Sunday and then the Jayco Herald Sun Tour where they will compete against Tour De France winner Chris Froome of SKY Pro Cycling. READ MORE

Brown 3rd at Port of Tauranga Half Ironman

11 January 16: Read Camerons full race report here: Well I'm pretty pleased with my 3rd place finish at the New Zealand Half Ironman Championships over the weekend. I only had a short build up and that was interrupted by two weeks off running with a calf strain. The weather forecast was for blue skies and 26c race day but it was the complete opposite with overcast windy conditions for the entire race which made for a slow day at the office. I started the day with a shocking swim and came out of the water 2:45mins down on the leaders and found myself chasing them all day. I knew I had to ride ride strong to hold there lead under 4mins, I felt good throughout the 90km bike ride but couldn't stop Mark Bowstead adding more time to his lead as he held a 3:40min cushion heading into transition and onto the 21km run leg. I was off the bike in 4th with Matt Franklin and Braden Currie holding 2nd and 3rd 1:23min in front of me. The 21km run has one of the most beautiful courses on the circuit as it passes the main beach of Mount Maunganui and then navigates around the Mount base track which is 3.4km undulating dirt track. I was into 3rd place by the 4km mark but the lead to Currie and Bowstead was just to much and I finished 2:40mins down from Braden and 1:06min to Mark.  With Ironman New Zealand only 8 weeks I will be totally focused on building my fitness even higher in attempt to try and win my 12th tittle there, things are on track, all we need is the kiwi summer to kick into gear!  Port of Tauranga Half, New Zealand Half Ironman ChampionshipsMount Maunganui, New ZealandJanuary 9, 2016S 2km. / B 90km. / R 21.1 km.ResultsMen1. Braden Currie (NZL) 3:52:262. Mark Bowstead (NZL) 3:54:003. Cameron Brown (NZL) 3:55:064. Daniel Plews (GBR) 3:57:475. Simon Cochrane (NZL) 4:03:05Women1. Amelia Watkinson (NZL) 4:16:262. Candice Hammond (NZL) 4:29:173. Rebecca Fogarty (NZL) 4:30:464. Julia Grant (NZL) 4:34:125. Larisa Cochrane (NZL) 4:39:27 READ MORE

Bronze winner at the 2015 New Zealand Best Awards

04 November 15: Scooping up bronze in this year’s New Zealand Best Awards, the Corsa ER is a new endurance road bike platform for Avanti; a platform for new damping technology and a platform for an evolved, forward looking product design language. Hundreds of hours of real world and simulated testing and analysis were undertaken in the design of the Corsa ER. The goal for this bike was to significantly improve stiffness where possible, whilst also providing ultimate compliance and damping for enduring long distance rides across a variety of road terrain, including hard chip, commonly found on Australasian roads and unsealed gravel roads. To gauge the bike’s performance, a complex bike mounted data system, technology adapted from the motorsport industry, was used to measure the acceleration differential between the wheels (the road) and the seat and handlebars (the rider) on various bike frames, including existing Avanti models, prototypes and competitors’ frames. Finite element analysis was then used to measure and compare the performance of design concepts against this data before committing to the tooling of multiple sizes. The net result was a 57% improvement in overall damping. The Corsa ER incorporates the latest standards in road bike components such as Shimano’s new flat-mount disk brakes and thru-axle wheel hubs. A damping stem and seat post also compliment the entire riding package. Industrial design working in harmony with engineering has resulted in a bike that out performs where it needs to, as well and snap up a Best Design award for its form and function. We hope you enjoy it. READ MORE

Avanti Racing Team - NRS Winners 5 years in a row!

27 October 15: With the National Road Series finishing up over the weekend at the Grafton to Inverall Classic, Avanti Racing Team took out the series for the 5th consecutive year. Paddy Bevin’s dominance in the individual rankings saw him finish a comfortable 31 point advantage over African Wildlife Safaris Michael Schweizer followed by teammate Joe Cooper. Read more here READ MORE

Finalist in the Best Design Awards

13 August 15: Honoured to hold six Best Design Awards to date, we’re pleased to be selected as a finalist in the 2015 Best Design Awards for our new platform, the Avanti Corsa ER. The Corsa ER is our new endurance road bike platform; using new damping technology and an evolved, forward looking product design language. Hundreds of hours of real world and simulated testing and analysis were undertaken in the design of the Corsa ER. The performance brief was to significantly improve stiffness where possible whilst also providing ultimate compliance and damping for enduring long distance rides across a variety of road terrain, including hard chip commonly found on Australasian roads and unsealed gravel roads. A closer look at the Corsa ER: The front end of the bike is reduced to a number of twisting planar surfaces. The result is a confident and controlled sculptural front end that is clearly differentiated from the amorphous styling of competitor’s bikes. This planar approach is also expressive of function - a strong and torsionally stiff front end is a desirable attribute in a bike frame as it maximises efficiency and ease of handling. The down tube continues this expression of stiffness all the way to the bottom bracket. The sides of this profile twist away from a triangular section into a powerful box shape before splitting into twisted box section chain stays. The rear triangle of the Corsa ER frame above the bottom bracket offers a similarly visual description of function. Taught boxy shapes give way to softer sections and more fluid transitions, adding flexibility in a part of the structure where this is critical to its damping function. Our integrated seat clamp technology is again employed, keeping the frame minimal and clean. Performance: A complex bike mounted data system, with technology adapted from the motorsport industry, was used to measure the acceleration differential between the wheels (the road) and the seat and handlebars (the rider) on various bike frames, including existing Avanti models, prototypes and competitors’ frames. Finite element analysis was then used to measure and compare the performance of design concepts against this data before committing to the tooling of multiple sizes. The net result was a 57% improvement in overall damping. The Corsa ER incorporates the latest standards in road bike components such as Shimano’s new flat-mount disk brakes and thru-axle wheel hubs. A damping stem and seat post also compliment the entire riding package. Winners are announced October 9, 2015   Our history of Best Design Awards READ MORE

Cameron Brown 2nd at Ironman Cairns

15 June 15: Read Cameron's review of the day: I was pretty shattered at the finish line but so was everyone! The rain and showers continued like they had done all week but started mid way through the ride, in fact it was four seasons in a day out there. I started the day with a pretty good swim coming out in 5th 4:30mins behind the kiwi super fish Dylan McNeice and 2:20 behind Luke McKenzie. I was in good company with South African James Cunnama and we went in search of the leaders, we caught McNeice at the 70km but Mckenzie was pulling away and we were unable to do anything about it. The ride back from Port Douglas was extremely hard with a howling southerly pushing into our faces for the 70km ride back to Cairns  With 50km to go I was able to break away from our trio of McNeice and Cunnama but was caught in the final 15km by the Frenchman Simon Billeau who was also flying. Off the bike facing a 12:50 deficit to Mckenzie I was hoping he may pay for his blistering bike ride but I wasn't running as well as I needed to and with this being my third Ironman in 3 months there was just no spring in my legs today! I was able to only get the gap down to 8mins by the finish. Still I'm very happy with 2nd place. It's now time for a well earned break now that I'm qualified for the Hawaii Ironman which I'm happy to be returning to after a three year absence. ResultsMen1. Luke McKenzie (AUS) 8:18:012. Cameron Brown (NZL) 8:26:223. Dylan McNeice (NZL) 8:36:554. Levi Maxwell (AUS) 8:36:57 * M25-295. Simon Billeau (AUS) 8:42:05 Women1. Liz Blatchford (AUS) 9:11:492. Gina Crawford (NZL) 9:20:563. Michelle Bremer (AUS) 9:35:324. Sarah Crowley (AUS) 9:38:435. Kym Coogan (AUS) 9:46:42 READ MORE

Cameron Brown - 4th at Ironman Taiwan

14 April 15: Cameron Brown's 4th placing achieved when the athlete thought he may not finsih the race. Read about his challenge in his race report below: Race day dawned calm and mild, lucky for the athletes as it had been blowing a gale all week long. With the water temperature at  24°c it was a no wetsuit swim for the professionals, I had a good swim coming out in 3rd place and was keen to keep pushing the pace early on so I could take the lead and did so at the 5km mark. The first part of the 180km bike ride was undulating but at the 30km mark the hills started with a long 8km climb followed by a steep 2km climb and then finally another 7km ascent. I held the lead until the 40km mark when I was caught by Domenico Passuello, the Italian rode for the Quick Step professional cycling team so he knew how to ride a bike. Domenico was riding hard and I couldn't follow his pace half way up the first climb. I was then caught by Fredrik Croneborg and Patrik Jaberg and we stayed together for the final 90km. The lead to Domenico grew to 10mins at one stage but we managed to minimize the margin to 8:30mins at T2. I felt tired coming off the bike and my first few steps on the run I knew I was in deep trouble and in for a long day! I couldn't hold a steady pace and at the 5km mark it felt like I had run 40km! It was a slow death march to the finish line and at the 30km mark I thought I may not finish the race. In the end I told my self to harden up as I had 5 other guys breathing down my neck, in the final 7km I was able to run ok and managed to hold on to my 4th place, not a great result but good for having a bad day so soon after Ironman New Zealand. Ironman Taiwan, 3.8km, 180km, 42km 1 Passuello, Domenico ITA    0:52:26 4:32:16 2:55:53 8:25:552 Croneborg, Fredrik SWE     0:50:36 4:42:57 2:49:48 8:28:383 Evoe, Patrick USA               0:55:42 4:42:27 2:57:06 8:40:584 Brown, Cameron NZL          0:50:57 4:42:30 3:04:22 8:43:145 Jaberg, Patrick SUI              0:52:21 4:40:53 3:05:48 8:44:476 Baldwin, Nick SYC               0:52:25 4:53:01 2:54:32 8:46:007 Bartsch, Mauro SUI              0:52:42 4:47:51 2:59:17 8:46:338 Dzalaj, Karol SVK                 0:52:13 4:45:36 3:01:12 8:46:40   Words: Cameron Brown READ MORE