Prince George will take his first bike home from New Zealand â€“ an Avanti Lil Ripper 12â€ bike with a bespoke design.
The Avanti Lil Ripper was gifted to the Duke of Cambridge by Avanti New Zealand founder John Struthers at the official opening of the Avantidrome – an indoor cycling track for all types of cyclists – from beginner enthusiasts to professionals.
The bike features a bespoke design by Shane Hansen, one of New Zealandâ€™s leading contemporary artists.
John Struthers, Avanti founder, said it is a privilege to gift one of Avantiâ€™s popular childrenâ€™s bikes to Prince George on his first visit to New Zealand.
â€œWeâ€™re sure, as with all new parents, it will be exciting for the Duke and Duchess to see their son riding his first bike. We understand a childâ€™s first bike has always been a significant event in any family.â€
â€œIt is a pleasure to be part of the official opening of the Avantidrome. Avanti is committed to cycling in New Zealand and to continually designing bikes with leading edge technology, for family recreation through to high performance cycling teams. We are excited that this new world-class facility will cater to these groups,â€ he said.
The Avanti Lil Ripperâ€™s lightweight alloy frame, wheels and no pedals is perfect for teaching balance and confidence in the early years of learning to ride, said an Avanti spokesperson, in a statement. Integrating bespoke artwork personalised the bike for the Royal family and will be a reminder of their time in New Zealand, the statement said.
Artist Shane Hansen said the Big Adventure design was aptly named because a bike signified a â€œbig adventureâ€ for young and old alike.
â€œThe design was created to represent Prince Georgeâ€™s first visit to New Zealand and in a bigger context, his future journey through life.
“Maori motifs signify the planting of seeds, the nurturing and growing of relationships and connection to the people of this land. The flowing nature of the design creates movement, helping to carry Prince George forward and negotiate lifeâ€™s ups and downs, with a balanced approach,â€ he said.
A replica of the Princeâ€™s bike has been made as a reminder of the Royal visit and will be on display at the Avantidrome.
Avanti has a long and strong association with cycling in New Zealand and Australia. This includes more than $1m to develop the platform of bikes that will power the Avanti Racing Team during 2014.