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. Now, Avancini has one main goal in his mind: to represent his country and bring home that coveted gold medal in front of a home crowd at the Rio de Janiero Olympic Games this summer.