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

Breaking records is Cameron Brown’s game.

09 March 15: Fourteen years ago Cameron Brown won his first NZ Ironman, and in Taupo on Saturday he took home his 11th Ironman champion title. Not only is this quite the haul, but with this win Cameron also broke two records – becoming the oldest Ironman champion, and the Ironman with the greatest number of wins from the same Ironman event. Here at Avanti we’re proud to support such a legend and hope Cameron Brown’s achievements inspire others to push the boundaries. Anything is possible! Read Cameron Brown’s race report below: ‘Winning my first Ironman New Zealand back in 2001 was a dream come true but winning my 11th tittle a couple of months short of my 43rd birthday was incredible! I've had a great build up to this year’s event, the New Zealand summer has been amazing so it was easy to get out and train long and hard. Lake Taupo was at its best race morning calm very mild and no wind, I knew the swim would be fast with super fish Dylan McNeice in the field and it was, and it was with a record breaking 44:25 for the 3.8km swim.  I found myself 5mins down! And knew I had some work to do as soon as I hopped on my bike. Within the first 45km I had halved the lead to Graham Ogrady, but Terenzo Bozzone was now taking charge of the ride. At the 90km mark I had worked my way into 3rd position, 2mins down but I was starting to lose more and more time. At the 120km mark the lead had swollen to nearly 4mins and with the wind picking up the last 60km would be tough. I still felt good so I started to push hard into the head wind, the gap at the final turn around was now down to 3mins and with 45km to go I wanted to try and be as close to Bozzone off the bike as I could be. With 10km to go I finally caught up and took the lead into T2. The race would now come down to a foot race! As soon as we started I tried to push the pace to see if I could open up a gap and within the first kilometre I had a 10m lead, with each km my lead grew and after the first 14km lap I had a 2min buffer. I kept pushing on as you never know what can happen in an Ironman, the slightest cramp would evaporate my lead so I was keen to have a larger gap to Terenzo who was still running well. The final 4km back into Taupo is always incredible with the whole town lining the streets, I tried to really enjoy the final few km's and enjoy my 11th win here.   Photo Credit: Sportz Hub Adventure Sport READ MORE

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