Cooper Creates History

28 October 14: Despite a relatively slim margin to second placed Tim Roe heading into the final round in Grafton, Cooper followed the game plan to the letter, marking Roe out of contention to come away with the series win. "This is one of the biggest highlights of my cycling career,"said the 2014 Oceania time trial champion. "I’m just so glad we got it done today." The win came courtesy of a great start to the season with Tour wins in Perth and Battle On The Border before a broken pelvis sustained in a crash at the Tour of Toowoomba saw Cooper out of action for three months. Cooper left no stone unturned in his rehabilitation spending numerous hours in a decompression chamber and with the help of his physiotherapist girlfriend Miranda Laidlaw managed to come back close to his best with a stage win in Gippsland a nice present for all the hard work. Such was the strength of Avanti this season they finished with six riders in the top ten rankings and won the overall teams title by a whopping 77 points from second placed Budget Forklifts.Joe’s win is a credit to him and to his teammates, in fact to the whole organization. It takes a lot of work to keep this team on the road and performing at their best so it’s a great reward for everyone in what has been another great season for Avanti Racing – Steve Price Photo credit - Mark Gunter   READ MORE

Stings at Ironman Malaysia

29 September 14: Cameron Brown was forced to quit Ironman Malaysia due to the stinging effects of multiple jellyfish. "It was a tough day in the heat at Ironman Malaysia, probably one of the hottest races I have ever done. The water temperature was a toasty 29c and felt like a bath and the heat index on the bike and run was around 38c. About half way along the first leg in the swim I hit some Jellyfish and got some pretty bad stings, coming back I got hit again and this was across my face and arms. Coming out of the water I started to feel the stings get worse but with the race unfolding I quickly got on my bike and was off chasing the leaders. At the 120km mark I was in 4th about 4mins down but started to feel really bad and my body started to shut down with the reaction to the stings, I could no longer push any speed or power at all and was struggling to push 20km/hr back to Transition. I got off the bike and my body went into complete shock and I went straight to the medical tent, I was feeling tingles all over my body and face and had a IV to help. After about 90mins I was finally let out but even after 24hrs I'm still feeling the effects of the stings. I will have a shout break before the training begins for Taiwan 70.3 on November 2nd, a race I'm looking forward to doing." Words: Cameron Brown   READ MORE

We’ve Won A World Championship!

25 September 14:   The affable Tasmanian more well known for his selfless tractor work towing his teammates around stepped out of the shadows at the world road championships in Spain this week when he stole the show in the U23 Mens Time Trial. Flakey measured his effort over the 36km course showing a maturity that perhaps wasn’t there last year when he had to settle for 4th. At the first time check he was 20 seconds down on Irelands Ryan Mullen, unusual as he’s know to come out of the blocks fast. At the second time check he was still 20 seconds down, no change. Was that it? Was that all he had? On the climb was where the critical point came and the deficit started to fall. 18 seconds… 17 seconds… 15 seconds but was it fast enough? Coming into the final corner he was still 5 seconds down and he was rapidly running out of road. Out of the seat and back up to speed it looked as though he was going to fall agonisingly short but a last desperate push to the line saw him cross a mere .48 seconds in front of the Irishman and in doing so take the U23 World TT Title! After the dust had settled Flakey revealed his strategy “I was 20 seconds down at both the checks, but I kept a lot in the tank for the last climb,” he said. “It was super wet out there, so I took all the roundabouts cautiously, and the last downhill with caution, but it was the same for everyone.” he said. “This was my goal, what I wanted, I thought I could achieve I knew it would be close,” he said.  “I knew if had a good ride I would definitely be there.” The Avantii Racing Team is set up for the sole purpose of developing riders. This result is a great reward for a hard working, talented and humble young man. Words: Steve Price – Director, Australian Performance Cycling Network Inc. Avanti Racing Team READ MORE

Avanti Supports BikeNZ Classic and BikeNZ Cup

16 September 14: Competing for UCI points are New Zealand world and Commonwealth team sprint champions Sam Webster, Ethan Mitchell and Eddie Dawkins, alongside Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Matt Archibald. The women’s sprint team will also be on show, as will New Zealand’s top under-19 riders, fresh from the World Championships in South Korea earlier this month. Teams from Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Canada and the USA are in the running to attend with final confirmations due in the coming days. This international event will be the first of many at this world-class venue and Avanti looks forward to seeing more cyclists participate and get involved in these events. Purchase tickets here > READ MORE

Another Silver, this time against the odds.

04 September 14: After a week that you wish upon no crew, we raced our way to a World Championship Silver. Like the old days of lightweight racing, it was a battle over a few metres all the way down the course. Great Britain not allowing Denmark and us to take all the limelight, each taking a bite out of each other seeking that advantage of being the leader. None of us too willing to give it up. The Danes pushing it up another level in the final 500m which none of us could join and taking the crown of World Champions for another year. Ourselves, narrowly holding off Great Britain to gain our prized Silver medal. James Lassche succumbed to a season ending back injury in the Heat which brought in the green and talented Alistair Bond (brother to Hamish) his World Championship debut. It wasn’t an easy transition… The day before the Semi Final, we rowed in the morning with Linda Mathews (female reserve) then had a midday row with James Lassche which ended in agony. This was followed by a post dinner row with Alistair who had raced a Semi Final in the Lightweight Double only hours before. This World Champs was not going according to plan. Rowing is not like rugby, we don’t bring in reserves for impact, reserves are there for plan “E, F and G”. Our crew has created a unique signature in our rhythm over the past 2 years and for someone to change theirs and copy ours in just a few k’s of rowing under the pressure of the pinnacle race of the year whilst every muscle is screaming at you to stop, is just a massive credit to him and our crew. James Lassche will be back soon, some recovery and treatment will surely see him ready to start training again come September. A special thanks to Linda Mathews for lending her skills to help us keep our rhythm and Adam Ling for sacrificing his Final by allowing us to have Alistair in our boat. For now, it’s time to enjoy the details in life that we have passed on up over the last few months, time with people and the tastes of the great world. We are truly enthusiastic with our Silver. Gold was most definitely the closest it has ever been for our crew, within our grasp and we let it slip away. We have and will grow from this experience, become a tighter, more robust and stronger team. We are a better crew for it now and Rio is still the ultimate goal for us. We have a lot to be thankful for; my fiancée, family, friends, supporters, crew, coaches, support staff, training partners and sponsors. Deloitte; Horleys, 2XU, Avanti Bikes, Adidas Eyewear and 2 Degrees. Alongside High Performance Sport New Zealand, Rowing New Zealand and Bankstream. As well as my ambassador roles with The Pinnacle Programme, New Zealand Olympic Committee and Outward Bound. I can’t go without writing about how much of a stellar regatta it turned out to be for New Zealand, our best ever in rowing history. Taking home 6 Gold medals, 4 of which were in Olympic Class boats, 2 Silvers and a Bronze. Putting our small nation as the best in the world. May the in-house competition be as fierce as ever when we hit the water again in October. Thank you all for a great 2014.   Words by Peter Taylor READ MORE

Avanti Racing Team Focus on Stage Wins in China

01 September 14: A sprint heavy squad will head overseas for the UCI Tour of China 1 & 2 while the team competing at the Tour of Gippsland will feature current NRS 1st and 2nd ranked riders Brenton Jones and Joe Cooper. The team’s last visit to China was in 2009 at the Tour of Qinghai Lake. From a sporting level it wasn’t a good experience with altitude and food poisoning combining to cripple the team and seriously undermine the rest of the season. This time the team will head across with their eyes wide open. Race doctor Tim Devlin has left no stone unturned in preparing the squad for the challenges they will face with particular attention paid to nutrition and personal hygiene. The tour which starts this Saturday will also be raced at “normal” altitude taking place in Xian region, 1000km inland from Shanghai. Despite not having a general classification contender in China the squad is still focused on results and will target the flatter stages and sprints with Neil Van Der Ploeg. Van Der Ploeg will be supported by Jack Beckinsale, Sam Davis, Aaron Donnelly, Anthony Giacoppo and Tom Robinson. The Tour of Gippsland starts Wednesday and once again promises to be a fiercely fought affair with Budget Forklifts, Charter Mason and African Wildlife Safaris all fielding strong teams. Brenton Jones will look to collect more points and could be a chance at the overall while Joe Cooper will hope to find his form again in his first race back from a broken pelvis.   READ MORE

Brown wins Metaman Iron distance race

25 August 14: The race is renowned for it's heat and humidity and we certainly had plenty of that. I had a good swim to be out with the leading group which included Sweden's Fredrick Croneborg, Defending champion Courntney Ogden of Australia and German Stefan Schmid. The 180km bike is like a roller coaster and undulates the entire way and is a very tough ride. We all rode together for the 1st lap before the heavens started to open up with a some huge down pours. I was very happy to see the sight of rain but not like this! It mean't cooler conditions but we were extra cautious on the corners now which were now like a skating rink. Four had now become three and as we reached T2 with Stefan Schmid leading us off the bike, I had a quick transition and found myself in the lead but was soon caught by Courtney at the 2km mark. The run was 6 laps of 7km with half on hard packed sand and the rest on the road, we both traded the lead and tried to break each other with little surges.   I was finally able to get a small gap at the 21km mark which grew to over three minutes by the finish line. I was ecstatic at the finish to win and take the $30,000 US 1st place winners cheque, not a bad pay day! I will now have a short break before my next race which is Ironman Langkawi, Malaysia on September 27th. It was another kiwi on the podium in the womens race with Gina Crawford taking home the tittle!!   READ MORE

Success at the Desaru Half Ironman

18 August 14: The race took place at the beach resort of Desaru a 90mins car trip from Singapore on the Eastern side on Malaysia. Being so close to the equator this race is renowned for being one of the hottest races on the planet but we were fairly lucky that we had cloudy conditions most of the swim and bike. With the water temperature at 27°c it was of course a non wetsuit swim. I took the lead from the gun and had my old training and racing mate Jamie Hunt on my feet, it was just like the old days when we raced as juniors on the circuit. We had had a sizeable lead coming out of the water and wanted to increase it even more on the 95km bike ride, the course was fairly flat and fast and apart from the odd monkey it was a great ride. I managed to lead off the bike to hold a 8min gap, the run course would be tough with the temps now in the 30's and the humidity in the 90's. The course reminded me of the Hawaii Ironman run with it's very own Pit (a out and back section with a steep nasty hill to run three times. I tried to run at a steady pace and just survive the course without hurting myself to much as I will be racing again this week in the Metaman Triathlon(3.8km, 180km, 42km) on the Island of Bintan in Indonesia, a 1hr ferry trip from Singapore. I managed to finish in just over 4:18hr to take 1st place. I now have a few days in Singapore to recover from yesterdays race and then head to Bintan on Wednesday.   READ MORE