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Our Staff

Thursday, February 8, 2018


Matt & Melissa Hopper (Owners) 

Matt and his wife Melissa opened Avanti Plus the Valley in 2009. The family owned business started after Matt retired from a 10+year professional triathlon career that saw him race on the ITU triathlon circuit against the world’s biggest names, narrowly missing out on the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Matt and Mel have seen the shop grow into the largest Scott/Avanti retailer in Australasia all from humble begins in 2009. Come in and see what makes this family owned and operated bike shop one of the best in Australia.

Geoff (Mechanic) 

Geoff is our head mechanic here at Avanti Plus the Valley he has been working as a professional bike mechanic since 2010 and has since up skilled him self at the SRAM Technical University. Geoff’s love for all things bikes is all apparent in all this work, and has a passion for wheel building. Geoff his here for all your bike issues big or small, from Road to MTB and everything in between. 

Steph (sales) 

Steph has been working in the bike industry for 10years originally at Avanti Plus Rockhampton. Steph has now been with us since 2015 since moving to Brisbane. Steph spends a lot of her time with stock control and imputing of stock and is our go to Track cycling expert here in store. Come see Steph for all your women’s specific cycling needs.

Calum (sales) 

Calum has been working in the Brisbane bike industry for over 10years, and is well known in the Brisbane cycling community. Calum has extensive knowledge in all things cycling and triathlon and will be able to help you start your cycling or triathlon career. Whether if its your 1st or 10th bike Calum will be able to point you in the right direction.  


Ben A (Sales)

Ben has been working with us since 2016  and is the newest member of our sales team. If its on two wheels and pedalled powered high chance Ben has ridden it. From Cross, Road, MTB Ben can help you out. Ben is a lively character that will be sure to give you the right advice and a great experience when buying your first or last bike. You will find Ben racing across the Brisbane road, mtb and cyclecross events throughout the year.

Taylor (sales)

Taylor has been working at Avanti Plus the Valley since 2012 and has seen the shop grow and expand over the years. Between work hours you will find Taylor competing in the Brisbane road cycling scene and domestic and international triathlon events. Taylor will be happy to help you start your Triathlon journey and has knowledge across all aspects of beginner to elite cycling events across Brisbane. 

Ben W (mechanic) 

Ben started his bicycle mechanic apprenticeship here at Avanti Plus the Valley in 2016 and has now moved on to a full time roll here at the shop. Ben completed his SRAM technical university course in 2017 and is progressing as a mechanic every day. Bens attention to detail is something that you as a customer of ours will notice in his work.  

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