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

Davison Avanti's Last Kiwi Signing for 2015

10 November 14: Davison first came to the attention of Avanti Racing Team manager Andrew Christie-Johnston when he placed third in the NZ National Road Championships to Pro riders Hayden Roulsten (Trek) and Jack Bauer (Garmin) in 2013. “I saw the result and though gee he must be good to hang with those two.” The 24 year old has represented New Zealand in World Championships and Commonwealth Games but feels that five years as professional triathlete is enough and it’s time to give road cycling a real go.  “We’re happy to have Tom. He has great natural talent and clearly has the desire to succeed. It will be a steep learning curve but we’ve had some pretty raw but talented triathletes before in Nathan (Earle) and Richie (Porte) so we know it’s possible.” Said Christie-Johnston “We’ve done a bit or research and had a look at some of his Strava times in Europe, his times are better that some big name professional riders, we think he has a big future.” Davison recently competed in the tough Tour of Southland and finished a strong 6th overall only two minutes behind his soon to be teammates Mitch Lovelock- Fay and Joe Cooper. READ MORE

Gough and Christie add even more horse power to Avanti

05 November 14: Fraser Gough and Jason Christie are the latest signings to the Avanti Racing Team for 2015. The team has been busily recruiting Kiwi riders after announcing its intent to register in New Zealand next year. Having already released news of some high profile signings in recent weeks, the addition of Gough and Christie looks to have all bases covered. Christie is a journeyman of sorts and has spent the last few years racing in the UK and Asia while Gough has been plying his trade in Belgium with Doltcini Flanders Continental Team before hooking up with 3M for the later half of 2014.  Gough is also the reigning NZ U23 National Time Trial Champion and only yesterday confirmed his versatility taking out a stage in the Tour of Southland on New Zealand’s South Island.     “Despite being only young both Jason and Fraser have a lot of experience. They are both strong against the clock and good in a crosswind and after looking at their data there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be able to climb either. We’ll get a better idea of what they are capable of at the first training camp in December when we let Fenz (Mark Fenner – High Performance manager) loose on them.” Said team manager Steve Price. READ MORE

Brown wins BMW Ironman Taiwan 70.3

03 November 14: "Race morning dawned with fantastic weather and a no wetsuit swim for the professionals with the water temp hitting 25c. I had a great swim to be out of the water in the leading group of 5 athletes which included France's Jonathan Tryoel, South African Stuart Marais, Sweden's Fredrik Croneborg and Kiwi Guy Crawford. It was a quick 400m run to Transition but Jonathan was on a mission to establish a big lead and he took off on the bike. The 90km bike featured two undulating laps and a great section along the Kenting coast line. I rode with Croneborg, Crawford and Marais, we were still loosing time on the flying Tryoel and were hoping he may pay for it on the run. As we entered T2 we faced a 4min deficit to the French man, I didn't want to loose any more time so it was a quick change to put on the Nike's and fuelbelt on and I was out and chasing with only Marais joining me. We quickly ate into Tyroel's lead and by the 6km we had passed him. The run was a 21km point to point leg along the coast line to the race hotel, both Marias and I were running shoulder to shoulder with each other and also trying to see if we could break each other! The temperature was now around 30'c and the aid stations were a welcome relief! Finally at the 18.5km mark I was able to get a small break so I pushed the pace for the next few kilometres and the rubber band finally broke to Marias. It was a great win and it has capped of a fantastic year of racing in 2014. I'll now have a short break and then it's all go for the New Zealand season! Thanks again for your support this year."     2014 BMW IRONMAN 70.3 TAIWAN MALE PRO TOP 101. Cameron Brown (NZL) 4:05:442. Stuart Marais (RSA) 4:06:383. Fredrik Croneborg (SWE) 4:12:214. Guy Crawford (AUS) 4:13:485. Victor Debil-Caux (FRA)6. Jonathan Tryoen (FRA) 4:21:117. Iain Veitch (HKG) 4:23:238. Deak Zsombor (ROM)9. Hiroyuki Nishiuchi (JPN) 4:33:3010. Daiki Masuda (JPN) 4:38:22  Pro Women 1. Dede Griesbauer (USA) 04:34:492. Dimity-Lee Duke (AUS) 4:41:563. Kate Bevilaqua (AUS) 4:45:514. Michelle Wu (AUS) 4:46:315. Shiao-Yu Li (TWN) 4:53:166. Emi Sakai (JPN) 4:59:307. Maki Nishiuchi (JPN) 5:03:338. Yausko Miyazaki (JPN) 5:07:28   READ MORE

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