Henrique Avancini

Every day is a day for training

Henrique Avancini rides over rocks at Nove Mesto's Vysočina Arena during XCO World Cup practice
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Hi, my name is Henrique Avancini. My discipline is MTB cross country. My friends call me Avança. I was born on 30 March 1989 in Petrópolis, Brazil. The most important person in my life is Belle, my wife. My favourite food is both Japanese and typical Brazilian food.


Henrique Avancini was born and raised in Petrópolis, in the countryside outside Rio de Janeiro, where he honed his skills on two wheels. By the age of eight he got his first bike, after his father, Ruy Avancini, recycled a large 22" broken bike frame, transforming it into a special size (12.5") exclusively for his son.

Avancini quickly found his balance and, growing up in the countryside, was able to deftly hone his MTB cross country skills. With hard work and determination, the Brazilian became the first rider in his country to win the national championship in all categories, from Junior through to Elite. Now thriving amongst the Elite on the world stage, Avancini continues to develop his skills and is always looking to push his limits, and better his results.

In 2012, he qualified for the London Olympic Games and, one year later, had his most prolific season to date, winning his tenth Brazilian title in cross country.

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Career Highlights

  1. 2016
    1. 1st Place: UCI C2 Brasil Cup

      Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  2. 2015
    1. 3rd Place Overall: Brasil Ride - Men Elite

      With Wolfgang Soares Olsen

    2. 1st Place: Pan Am Continental MTB Championships - XCO

      Cota, Colombia

    3. 1st Place: Brazilian MTB XCO Championships

      Itaipava, Brazil

    4. 1st Place: Copa Internacional Levorin MTB #1

      Araxá, Brazil

    5. 2nd Place: Cyprus Sunshine Cup - Afxentia

      Macheras Forest, Cyprus

  3. 2014
    1. 1st Place: Taça Brasil de Cross-Country – Men Elite

      Londrina, Brazil

  4. 2013
    1. 1st Place: Brasil Ride – Men Elite