3rd at Ironman Asia Pacific 70.3 Championships

19 January 15: Race day dawned clear and warm after a few over night showers. The weather over the past three weeks in Auckland has been stunning and today was another cracker with temps nearly touching 30°c ! I had another good swim and was in the main group out of the water 1:10 down on swim leader Dylan McNeice. The first 10km on the bike were exceptionally fast as we tried to catch the leaders, just after we crossed Auckland's harbour bridge we joined the leading group and there were now 12 athletes chasing for the lead. Mark Bowstead made his move and slowly increased this over the final 45km arriving in T2 with a 1:40 lead over myself, Craig Alexander, Tim Reed, Leon Griffen, Callum Millward, Dylan McNeice, Clark Ellice, James Seear and Paul Ambrose. I was again in Ironman mode having one of the slowest transitions and lost some vital time to the lead. Tim Reed, Craig Alexander and Leon Griffen took off after Bowstead and caught the leader around the 8km mark, I was now starting to get into my rhythm and had gained some time back and managed to slip into 5th place after 8km. I then caught a tiring Mark Bowstead and soon after Craig Alexander at the 12km mark moving into a podium position and taking the 3rd spot at the finish I'm pretty happy with my form 7 weeks out from Ironman New Zealand. I will now be having a few easy days before the training gets under way and where the big miles start.   Ironman 70.3 Auckland and Asia-Pacific ChampionshipResultsMen1. Tim Reed (AUS) 3:49:542. Leon Griffin (AUS) 3:50:083. Cameron Brown (NZL) 3:51:194. Craig Alexander (AUS) 3:52:385. Dylan McNeice (NZL) 3:53:596. Callum Millward (NZL) 3:54:317. Mark Bowstead (NZL) 3:55:498. Clark Ellice (NZL) 3:56:149. James Seear (AUS) 3:56:3810. Paul Ambrose (AUS) 4:00:29Women1. Meredith Kessler (USA) 4:20:12 2. Gina Crawford (NZL) 4:23:33 3. Amelia Watkinson (NZL) 4:26:184. Anna Russell (NZL) 4:33:285. Julia Grant (NZL) 4:40:496. Melanie Burke (NZL) 4:42:127. Kym Coogan (AUS) 4:44:068. Vanessa Murray (NZL) 4:45:53 * F30-349. India Kraal (NZL) 4:46:03 * F25-2910. Natalie Gaskin (NZL) 4:49:22 * F30-34 READ MORE

3rd at Port of Tauranga Half Ironman NZ Championships

13 January 15: I had a solid swim coming out with the lead pack only 30 seconds down on Graham Ogrady. We caught Ogrady just after 7km and the group of riders slowly shrunk to 4 athletes including 3x World Champion Craig Alexander, Braden Currie, Mark Bowstead and myself. It was supposed to be a hot and sunny day but instead the first 45km we were greeted with a constant drizzle. After the first 45km the clouds started to break up and the sun was finally starting to show it's face. I managed to have the fastest bike spilt of the day and lead the trio behind me into transition. The run started off like a 10km race and the first few kilometres were blistering, I had to pull the reigns back and just try and run my own tempo hoping I would catch up later on. Heading onto the base track around Mount Maunganui I was in 4th but managed to pass Craig and Mark half way around and by the time we completed the first lap I was 17seconds behind the flying Braden Currie. At the 13km mark Craig ran up to me again but I was unable to stick with him and he surged up to Braden and caught him a kilometre later. I was stuck in forth gear and just couldn't find the extra push to bridge up to them and the positions stayed that way until the finish with Craig taking the tittle with Braden 2nd and myself in 3rd. The next few days I will be trying to get my legs right for this weekends Asia-Pacific 70.3 Championships in Auckland, it should be another fast furious race! Port of Tauranga New Zealand Half Ironman Championships, Tauranga. 2km swim, 90km bike, 21km run Pro Men 1st  Craig Alexander Australia, NZ 6 23:02 4 1:59 2 2:07:31 4 1:11 2 1:14:20 1 3:48:03 1 (swim, T1 transition, bike, T2 transition, run, finish time) 2nd Braden Currie Wanaka, NZ 4 22:58 1 1:54 4 2:07:50 3 1:10 3 1:15:20 3 3:49:12 2 3rd Cameron Brown Auckland, NZ 7 23:04 8 2:08 1 2:07:19 7 1:13 4 1:15:50 4 3:49:34 3 4th Mark Bowstead Waiuku, NZ 3 22:54 2 1:54 3 2:07:46 6 1:11 5 1:19:39 5 3:53:24 4 5th Ryan Sissons Cambridge, NZ 5 22:58 6 2:06 5 2:13:39 1 1:06 1 1:14:01 6 3:53:50 5 6th Simon Cochrane Auckland, NZ 8 24:09 9 2:09 8 2:14:01 16 1:40 9 1:22:04 7 4:04:03 6 7th Oliver Shaw New Plymouth, NZ 10 24:49 16 2:22 10 2:14:18 2 1:09 8 1:22:04 8 4:04:42 7 8th Jamie Black Melbourne 11 25:25 17 2:27 9 2:14:07 8 1:18 10 1:22:39 9 4:05:56 8 9th Chris Sanson Palmerston North, NZ 19 30:50 11 2:14:57 9 1:21 6 1:19:42 10 4:06:50 9 10th Hamish Hammond Greytown, NZ 2 22:53 3 1:58 6 2:13:49 5 1:11 14 1:27:20 11 4:07:11 10   READ MORE

TRACK PROTOTYPE DEVELOPMENT

08 January 15: Congratulations to Zach Williams and Jeremy Presbury of Cycling NZ track team for taking 1st and 4th place respectively in Australia’s oldest track race, the Austral Wheel Race dating back to 1887, in Melbourne late last year!   Read more on Cycling NZ. READ MORE

Katy Perry and her custom Avanti ride

16 December 14: We spend a lot of time choosing the colours on our Inc road bikes (ahem, yes they’re mostly black) but this custom paint job from Brisbane-based Paint My Bike takes colour to another level. BikeRadar reports that Sydney’s Allphones Arena teamed up with the custom paint company to create something special for Katy Perry to celebrate the end of her Prismatic World Tour, and we’re chuffed to see the bike of choice was the Avanti Inc 2! Avantiplus The Valley worked with Paint My Bike to build this bike, incorporating a few changes to suit the theme.  See more on BikeRadar READ MORE

Haig signs with Orica Green Edge for 2015

20 November 14: Jack’s signing comes off the back of a successful season split between Australia and Europe. The first half of the year saw him collect the best young rider jersey at both the Tour Down Under and the Herald Sun Tour (3rd Overall) followed by 3rd at the Tour de Korea before heading to Europe. 2nd overall and the young rider jersey at the Tour of Alsace in July followed by a strong supporting role for Rob Power at the Tour de l’Avenir confirmed his potential and also earned him a ride in the Australian team for the World Championships. “There was a lot of interest in Jack” said team manager Andrew Christie-Johnston. “I think it’s a great move for him and for Green Edge. Shane Bannan has an eye for talent and has made a wise investment. To have another rider make the step up to WT is great for us, for Avanti and the rest of our sponsors. It makes all the hard work and long hours we put in worth it.” Long time coach and team High Performance Director Mark Fenner was understandably excited by Jack’s elevation to the big time. “Jack is the ultimate professional; he’s meticulous in every aspect of his cycling regime. I’ve looked after him from his days on the Torq MTB Team all the way through the Avanti program so I’m stoked that he’ll get the chance to fulfill his potential as a professional cyclist” he said. “He’s been up at the Watts Factory this past week fine tuning his set up and position and is as focused as ever, just raring to get going.” When asked where he sees Jack strengths Fenner had no doubt that his long term progression would lead to the grand tours. “He definitely has the potential to be a contender in the future. He can TT, climb and has fantastic bunch position and bike handling skills, he’s the whole package.” Haig’s signing brings Avanti Racing Team’s WT Alumni to seven and comes hot on the heels of the announcement that World U23 TT Champion Campbell Flakemore will ride for BMC in 2015. READ MORE