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

Racing time again for Cameron Brown

14 August 14: My first race is this Saturday in the Desaru Half ironman, the race takes place only 90mins from Singapore by car but is in Malaysia. It's sure to be incredibly hot and after riding in 13°c yesterday with 4 layers of clothing on I'm glad to be leaving winter behind for two weeks. After the race I head back to Singapore for a few days before getting on a ferry to the Island of Bintan, Indonesia( a short 1hr ride) for the Metaman Triathlon which is a full long distance Triathlon of 3.8km, 180km and 42km. I was on a training camp there two years ago so I know the Island and course, again it will be a super hard race with the extreme conditions. Hopefully I can survive and try and win some of the prize money on offer which is over $140,000USD. READ MORE

The New Zealand Team's fleet of Avanti Bikes are heading to a New Home

07 August 14: With 30 Avanti Inc’s and Metros given to the New Zealand team to ride during their stay at the Glasgow Games Village, Avanti has been honoured to be able to show their support and commitment to the New Zealand Team.  Avanti and the New Zealand Olympic Committee would like to say ‘thank you’ to the host city Glasgow, not only did they host a wonderful Commonwealth Games but they also showed fantastic support to the Kiwi Team, and embraced the values of the Commonwealth Games Federation; Humanity, Equality and Destiny.    During the games the Avanti bikes have been whizzing around the 35 hectare village by the Kiwi athletes.  The New Zealand Team were proud to be the only team in the village with their own designated fleet of cycles!  But the time has now come for these bikes to find new homes. During the planning stages with the New Zealand Olympic Committee to have this fleet of Avanti bikes available at the Games village, Avanti was keen to ensure the 30 bikes, Volta helmets, locks and tools would be to be donated to a deserving charity in the region, when the 2014 Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games came to a close.  Hence Avanti and the New Zealand Olympic Committee are delighted that The Bike Station have collected 30 Avanti bikes, Volta helmets, locks and tools.  The Bike Station is a Glasgow based charity who do amazing work in the local community promoting and encouraging mental and physical health through cycling, a philosophy that fits well with the values of Avanti Bikes. As CEO, Steve Paraskevas stated, “Here at Avanti Bikes we’re delighted to be able to assist the Glasgow Bike Station in the outstanding work they achieve.  The charity shares a similar ideology to us; we’d love to see everyone – from wee adventure-seekers to tea and scone-makers, Sunday coffee cruisers to medal-chasing racers, all sharing in our passion for cycling and letting loose on a bike.  The process behind our Avanti Design Technology means every bike in our range is crafted with the rider’s purpose and enjoyment in mind, and are built to be taken on a journey.  And what better place for this journey to start than with our kids, so we support local bike clubs in an effort to make cycling accessible to all. We believe in the freedom and enjoyment that cycling brings and are honoured to be able to share this with riders across the globe”. The Managing Director of The Bike Station, Gregory Chauvet, is delighted to be receiving these bikes and explains what the plans for the new Avanti fleet are.  “We are very honoured to be receiving this kind donation from the New Zealand Olympic Committee and Avanti Cycles. It will be a huge boost in helping us deliver our services to the people of Glasgow. Some of the bikes will be used to provide cycle training sessions that encourage the Glasgow public to get around by bike and we also plan on selling some in a charity auction. All funds raised will go towards promoting cycling in our local community and making it more accessible for everyone. This includes our work with nurseries and schools and our Bike Swap scheme, which gives children from disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity to upgrade their old bikes for free. By getting children engaged with cycling from as young an age as possible, regardless of their circumstances, we hope to create a future generation of cyclists. This will be our Glasgow 2014 Legacy.” Photo  – Victoria receives an Avanti Metro from Rob Waddell, Chef de Mission for the New Zealand Summer Olympics and Commonwealth Games Teams. READ MORE

Avanti Racing putting best foot forward in South Coast

07 August 14: The South Coast team oozes talent and will once again be a formidable force come Wednesday when the field sets off from Mount Gambier. Covering 565km over eight stages before finishing on Sunday in Victoria’s picturesque Port Fairy the race will be hotly contested but the team is confident the can get the job done. Brenton Jones is approaching the race like an AFL team would a Grand Final. His preparation has been meticulous and he is 100 percent focused on getting a result for the team. Neil Van Der Ploeg is another rider that comes with something to prove and should suit the tough racing that the South Coast dishes up forming an integral part of the sprint squad along with Jones, Scott Law and Jack Beckinsale that was so successful at Murray River. A big loss to the team will be the absence of previous champion Anthony Giacoppo who is still recovering form a torn hamstring sustained in Murray. “AJ is a big loss, it’s a pity he won’t be able to go for the win again but the team isn’t lacking options” said team manager Andrew Christie-Johnston. “The weather down here is always a factor so we’ll be looking to stay out of trouble, race smart and stay safe.” Filling in for AJ will be power house team Aaron Donnelly who along with Mitch Lovelock-Fay and Taylor Gunman will be the engine room the team will look to in the crosswinds and lead outs. Mark O’Brien is the only pure climber selected and will be working hard for the team while trying to hone his form for the hilly races that follow. READ MORE

3rd at Ironman 70.3 Cobra Philippines

04 August 14: This is my 6th time back to race and it's incredible how this event has grown in those years from 400 in the first year to 2500 athletes this year and another 500 people on the waiting list. Unfortunately I arrived with no bike as it missed my connections, My bike finally arrived at 9pm the night before the race, not ideal but that's travelling with a bike and I was grateful I had it and didn't have to borrow one. Race morning dawned hot and humid with the mercury already at 27°c at 6:30am! Luckily we were already in the water and on our way. I was out of the water in 6th place trying to catch the leading group of four but I wasn't feeling to flash on the bike, I didn't have any power and ended up loosing more time to Canadian Brent McMahon and Aussies Casey Munro and Sam Betten. I was hoping to feel a little better on the run and gain some time back but that just didn't happen, it's tough coming from a New Zealand winter with temps around 14-15°c and then trying to run in 35°c! My last few kilometres were survival and there was the occasional walk through the aid stations to try and get my body temperature down by throwing buckets of cold water over my head! I was happy to finish 3rd and on the podium but a long way down. Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines 1st Brent McMahon 3:59:05 2nd Sam Betten 4:07:30 3rd Cameron Brown 4:15:44 READ MORE

Sky is the limit for Avanti Racing team in Murray

24 July 14: A dominant first half of the season with numerous stage victories and overall wins at the Tour De Perth, Battle of The Border and Tour of Toowomba see the team top the national rankings in both the team and individual competitions. With the departure of Jack Haig to the World Tour Academy and Joe Cooper still recovering from a broken pelvis sustained at the Tour of Toowomba the team will look to it’s other talent to take the bull by the horns for the upcoming Tour of Murray River. “Spoilt for choice” is the term that comes to mind with the Murray River squad spearheaded by standout sprinter Brenton Jones, winner of the Jayco Bay Series and more recently two stages at the Tour of Singkarak in Indonesia. Add in Neil Van Der Ploeg fresh off a solid Tour of Korea, stalwart sprinter and lead out man Anthony Giacoppo, National scratch race champion Scott Law and the dangerously talented Jack Beckinsale and you have numerous options for stage wins and the overall. Backed by the experienced lead out train of Tom Robinson, Mitch Lovelock-Fay and Aaron Donnelly and you have a team that on paper at least, should be hard to beat. Team manager Andrew Christie-Johnston is cautious but optimistic about the teams chances “This race isn’t easy to win but we are quietly confident that we can get the job done” he said. “Losing Joe through injury is tough and with Budget keen to get some more runs on the board we know we won’t have it all our own way. We’ll approach it the same way we always do and just let our legs and results do the talking.” The rest of the team will get their chance with the tours of Gippsland and the Great South Coast still to come while the pinnacle of the national series, The Tour of Tasmania will be the icing on the cake and if everything goes to plan should see the team with an unassailable lead in the series which should allow some freedom to go all out for the win in the two one day classics, Grafton to Inverell and the iconic Melbourne to Warnambool.   READ MORE