Posted on August 14 2019
Après Vélo Racing, also know as AVR, is more than just a race team. AVR is a “family" of unique personalities and close mates who have each others back, both on and off the bike. Camaraderie, solidarity, community, and respect for each others talents, strengths and weaknesses are part of the teams DNA.
Consisting of 10 Aussie mates, AVR will compete in some of the biggest races on the NSW criterium and road racing circuit.
Their mission - inject an X factor into the NSW racing scene whilst always having fun along the way.
AVR is not just about racing and winning. AVR is about embracing what Living the Ride is all about…as mates.
Andrew Ballas aka Bullet
Bullet may be small in stature, but packs a powerful sprint. Once he hits the afterburners he tends to leave the opposition in his dust.
Andrew Schotte aka Chopper
Chopper brings a large engine and loves chopping off on the front of a peloton, whilst putting his fellow riders into the hurt box. He loves the thrill of towing his teammates to the line as quick as possible.
Brad Hooker aka Boss
Boss is the Team Manager who doesn’t beat around the bush to get things done. 3 decades of racing at all levels, commissaire, coach, and a top 5 finalist in the NSW Sports Administrator of the year award in 2017. As Team Manager, Brad will provide the team with direction, but also as a rider where his role will be to drive it hard on the front and lead out the sprinters.
Daniel Schwartz aka Schwartzy
Schwartzy is a punchy rider who loves to sneak up on those short sharp climbs and onto the podium steps with a stealthy sprint. Breakaway specialist, lead-out man and sprinter.
James Gilmore aka Happy
Happy is an A grade rouleur with 30 years of racing experience who loves to tackle the long open roads. Breakaway specialist, team workhorse and lead-out man.
Levi Johns aka Leroy
Leroy is a 22 year old powerhouse time trialist who has loved cycling since racing BMX as an 8 year old. Breakaway specialist and lead-out man ready to sacrifice himself for his sprinters and protected riders.
Matthew Hooker aka TheHundoHooker
TheHundoHooker a fast kicking sprint specialist who still serves it up to the younger lads.
Nicholas Johns aka Jonzy
Jonzy is a fast finisher who believes a good ride should always end at a coffee shop with a selfie!
Peter Ryan aka Ryno
Ryno is a rouleur with a special liking for hurting riders on hills and breakaways. You will find Ryno on the front from the gun and mixing it in the final lead-outs or sprinting to the podium.
Robert Car aka The Pilot
The Pilot is a rouleur with power to burn who loves to sit on the front and drive all day!
APRÈS VÉLO RACING are proud to be sponsored by Après Vélo – connecting people through their shared passion for cycling with an individual sense of fashion, style and humour.
The AVR cycling kit has been proudly produced by Après Vélo in Italy harnessing the latest developments in fabric performance and technology.
The AV Signature cycling kit is the "brother kit” to the race-red official AVR kit and is identical in all respects. Italian made and crafted for racing and the comfort of everyday riding.