Kiwi Sprinters win Olympic Silver aboard Avanti at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games

12 August 16: The New Zealand team qualified with the fastest time leading into the finals, setting a new Olympic Record of 42.535, crossing the line at 0.105 of a second quicker than Great Britain. The finals saw an even closer finish with a difference of just 0.102 of a second, and Great Britain setting a new Olympic Record of 42.440 against New Zealand’s 42.524 race finish. Kim Struthers, Country Manager commented, ‘the team have worked tirelessly on the Avanti Pista Team project since August 2013, so to see the team achieve a Silver medal on the Pista is a feat we are incredibly proud to be a part of.’ Avanti’s Group Product Manager, Stephen James, said ‘we developed this bike in partnership with the New Zealand Sprint Team and Cycling New Zealand, challenging old ideas and engineering to produce a bike to give the Sprint Team an edge. Sam, Ethan and Eddie have trained incredibly hard and we’re honoured to have been a part of their Olympic success.’ The Avanti Pista Team focuses on being lightweight while managing the immense loads the Sprinters put out. Ethan Mitchell said of the Avanti Pista Team 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.’ Avanti have been involved in the last four Olympic Games and this Olympic cycle was their most technology-driven project yet. Using World leading Formula 1 technology the Avanti track bikes were designed and tested in New Zealand, by New Zealanders, for the New Zealand Olympic team.   READ MORE

The New Zealand Olympic Team ride Avanti Incs at the Olympic Village

14 July 16: As a proud partner to the New Zealand Olympic Team, Avanti has customised all 40 Avanti Incs with Rio decals and messages of support, a reminder that the Kiwi brand is behind the New Zealand team all the way. After the games, the 40 Avanti Incs will be gifted to the Mangueira community, an underprivileged neighbourhood situated in the hills of the northern part of Rio. Mangueira has a population of approximately 45,000, of which 30% are children aged under 14 years. Kim Struthers, Avanti’s Country Manager, commented, “It’s great to be able to give a deserving community in Rio something back after they’ve hosted the Games, and sharing the feeling of freedom and adventure that riding a bike brings is a great way for us to be able to do this.” The bikes will be put to great use in the Mangueira communities’ social project which aims to make a positive impact on young people through sport. “Avanti’s support not only of our team, but also the people of Mangueira is greatly appreciated and contributes to giving our team an edge in the Olympic Village at Games-time,” said Kereyn Smith, Chief Executive of the New Zealand Olympic Committee. Avanti held back the release of the new Inc in order to develop and deliver a more refined yet functional bike for the commuter market. Released in January this year, the key changes from the 2014 Inc are the integrated seat post, twisted frame shape and reflective decals, offering commuters a sleeker, safer ride. The Avanti Inc range is now available in Avanti stores to purchase. READ MORE

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