MTB, Sponsoring

Buff MTB Pro Team : elite riders using TwoNav Devices

There’s no place for boredom with the Buff Mtb Pro Team. This was demonstrated in 2015 a stellar season for the team, packed with big challenges and excellent results. Now they have everything set to begin 2016 and for another year they will seek to give it their all at the most demanding and prestigious stage-based mountain bike races, and as always accompanied by their Anima+ devices. TwoNav didn’t want to miss out on the chance to continue to support this great team.

The members of the Buff MTB Pro Team

This year’s team is headed up again by Pau Zamora, serving as both a rider and team manager and supported by the two very accomplished riders Joan Llordella and Antonio Ortiz, with whom he has already competed during previous seasons. This year they are joined by a fourth member Adriá Noguera, the youngest of the squad but boasting a long athletic career and strong results in XCO and marathon events. “Having teammates you are in tune with and you can relate to is vital when you’re on teams of two and pedaling for hours together, at times facing some very trying situations. Your trust in your partner is as important as in your equipment,” Pau explained.

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The Buff MTB Pro Team and the equipment it relies on

The team will be counting on the Anima+ GPS throughout the season. In most of the races in which it will participate the use of a GPS is already mandatory and of course on all of them it is recommended. As much of the calendar is international and the team usually gets to the area a few days in advance, our devices will be of great use to them to train on site. The bicycles are also an important element and there will be changes in 2016: the brand will be BH, one that “perfectly suits the demanding levels of the competitions in which we participate.”

An exciting calendar

After Orbea Monegros Bike Marathon, TwoNav Empordà BTT Extrem, Cape Epic, Transandes Challenge, Andalusia Bike Race (and currently Transsylvania Epic), The Buff MTB Pro Team will have many other exciting journeys all over the globe.

At TwoNav we appreciate their trust in us, and look forward to the start of a new season that promises to be spectacular.

MTB, Sponsoring, Uncategorized

David Cachón… the very special TwoNav ambassador

David Cachón is a professional cyclist in the broadest sense of the term. Passion, expertise, an admirable career and a surprising ability to evolve, have made him a renowned figure in this world. Today he lives by and for cycling , and we are sure that TwoNav’s new ambassador will impress, and have people talking.

The beginnings of a great cyclist

David Cachón has been riding bikes since as far back as he can remember. Born in Zaragoza 37 years ago, although he still lives there we could say that he has become the rider he is today travelling all over the world, and that he is above all, an adventurer.

He began competing in Trial events and was twice crowned world champion in this discipline in both 1997 and 2000. During that stage of his life he also made the Guinness Book for a straight drop on a bike and his results simply couldn’t be better. Then a new modality hit the scene called Freeride, which he fell in love with and adapted his style to. David was drawn to this discipline as it allowed him to employ all his technical skills while – and this is always important for a restless soul like his – continuing to learn, and he was soon going head to head with the world’s best riders. Today he’s still there, at the top, and doing things his very own way, having created a unique style featuring a fusion of Trial, BMX and Freeride, applying it to Enduro and road cycling.

In the purest David Cachón style

To pursue this original project he has stepped away from competition and is exploiting his incredible riding skills in a different way: searching for settings with spectacular scenery, in mountains and cities, to perform his tricks and create the most beautiful pictures possible. And unimaginable ones: the idea is to be creative, to do what no one has thought of before. In a way, it verges on art.

“The good thing about these modalities is that not everything is measured by competition,” says David. He stopped competing at around age 26 or 27 when he was still at the top, going against the grain with what was a spontaneous decision. He simply decided to pursue his yearning to travel and discover, and this gave rise to this whole new approach to riding: “At the end of the day, competition is always the same, and in the same place.” In the end it turned out that his sponsors also liked the move – even more even than the excellent results he obtained during his competitive career. Who would have predicted it? By following his heart he had found the perfect way to make his passion his way of life, and he was determined to do it right. After that it was trip after trip and although he says that each one has something special and brings back extraordinary memories, he particularly remembers his trips to Japan, Greece, and his journey last year to Jerusalem and Israel.

David Cachón’s 2016 season, with TwoNav

There are various challenges slated for 2016  though no specific dates yet. The first will be in late January: he will climb a via ferrata in the Aragonian Pyrenees with his bike on his back to access to a path promising a spectacular descent. This will be the first of many adventures he will undertake with his TwoNav, which is “made up of young people eager to try new things, so we are on the same page.” For his specialty both orienteering and planning ahead are essential, so he is bound to make great use of our Anima+ and also our famed Land products.

At TwoNav we can say that feeling is mutual as we are really excited about the touch of originality that he is going to bring to the table, and of course we applaud his creativity. He is certainly going to be a very special ambassador.

Hiking, News, Sponsoring

Patagonia-bound: Marc Toralles and TwoNav

Marc Toralles lives for and from mountains. He is already a certified mountaineer, and is studying for the sport’s highest certification, determined to become a genuine sherpa. However, if experience is worth more than a degree, as they say, his is worthy of a doctorate. His next adventure will be an ascent of the Cerro Torre, a famous peak in Patagonia. There is no guarantee that he will succeed, but TwoNav will do all it can to make sure that he does.

Marc Toralles was born 33 years ago in Sant Cugat del Valles. Neither his family nor his surroundings channelled him towards his career today, so he had to achieve total independence before discovering the grandeur of the world’s greatest peaks. That was 10 years ago, and on two wheels: he and his partner wanted to take a different kind of trip, so they decided to cross the Pyrenees on mountain bikes. His connection with those towering mountain peaks was magical, but the journey was really gruelling, perhaps excessive… More than a trip, what they had done was to take on an athletic challenge. Believing that the problem was the excessive slopes, they decided to strap the bags on his bike and explore natural areas that, although distant, were more accessible on two wheels. This idea took them to remote parts of Iceland, Mongolia and India, and a series of unique experiences, but it was their first one, closest to home and also a “failure,” which had left its mark on Marc. He had fallen under the spell of the Pyrenees’ pure peaks.

He just had to return to the mountain, to the top, but to do it right. Back then he was 25. He started out with a climbing course, then joined a club, and then, realizing that his ambition went beyond anything he could find, he recruited fellow mountaineers who wanted to join him in his growth as a climber. Always combining his training with rock climbing, he started out with snow routes and later with easy grades, of about 50° or 60°, before the grades began to increase, and he was soon climbing frozen waterfalls. When he had already cut his teeth and had experience, he brought it all together on rock climbing, snow and ice walls. And his enthusiasm only grew … the mistake on his first expedition was not the mountain, but not feeling it with his own hands and feet. He travelled the world again, but this time as a mountaineer.

Last year he traveled to the Alps with fellow enthusiast Bru Busom. There they came up with a bold idea: to travel to Patagonia, a Mecca in their sport, though with potentially daunting weather, to ascend a renowned peak: the Cero Torre, surrounded by icy terrain in the heart of Patagonia. The idea soon idea blossomed into a plan and the two, Marc Toralles and Bru Busom, leave on Friday November 20 for the Americas to undertake, with TwoNav’s support, a memorable feat.

They will be very well prepared, but the weather will have the last word. In the area one day it can be 0°C, with barely a breeze, and the next it can be -20, with winds howling up to 150 km/hour. The adventure will take about 4 to 5 days; they must to hike the 40 km between their base camp, located in El Chalten, beneath the Cero Torre, climb to the summit, and return to camp, but they expect to spend between four to six weeks there, as they must wait for the forecasts to indicate a window of good weather. Even so, a prediction is only just that, and in the event of an unforeseen blizzard their two TwoNav devices will be indispensable. Marc has traveled to remote areas where maps are hard to get or not very helpful. Fissures appear randomly in the Patagonian ice, and can oblige climbers to make huge detours, so he is used to charting his own route on orthophotos. He wouldn´t dare undertaking the climb without his Twonav because, if extreme weather hit, they may have to abort their mission and retrace their steps, and in a blizzard visibility can be reduced to almost 0. In such a scenario their lives may depend on their ability to go back the way they came, and fast. He plans to make the approach with the help of the Anima, and the climb using the Ultra, because it will be much more comfortable wearing the device on his wrist when he reaches this phase. Obviously, they will bring spare batteries and a small portable charger.

Thus, this great challenge for Marc also represents one for us. We will continue to follow him closely and, whenever the Wi-Fi permits, to convey to him all our support. And, of course, we will cover this great adventure on our social networks. We’re with you all the way, Marc!

TwoNav Aventura crowns the summit of Mount Elbrus, the highest peak in Europe

TwoNav Aventura crowns the summit of Mount Elbrus, the highest peak in Europe

TwoNav is echoing the prowess and wants to congratulate the team members of the “Elbrus Project” -José Manuel Bonmatí Alonso, Isabel Vicente López, Sergio Nicolás Fernández, José Carlos Igeño Cano and Jaime Antón-, for crowning the summit of the Elbrus -the highest mountain of Europe- at 5.642m of altitude.
Our TwoNav Aventura crowned the summit at 5.642m, withstanding wind speeds of 100 km/h and temperatures as low as -20ºC.

Simply spectacular!

Twonav Aventura elbrus peak 2013

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Great moments in history

Great moments in history

Great moments in history: expeditions to nowhere, discoveries as well as legendary adventures have ended as true bestsellers. As of this week, read weekly stories about historical moments in our Facebook and Twitter accounts, find a complete compilation of all historical moments that changed the world…


Ernest Shackleton & The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition

Over a year and a half adrift Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition became the legendary. The “Endurance” crew sailed from the port of South Georgia’s Islands, on December 5th, 1914, with the objective to cross the continent for the first time. After many difficulties the “Endurance” trapped in the ice and sank on November 21th, 1915. Finally, the expedition reached Elephant Island in a small lifeboat and rescued on August 30th, 1916.

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Buff International MTB Team will ride with CompeGPS

Buff International MTB Team will ride with CompeGPS

Presentation Buff International MTB Team

In order to successfully tackle the 2012 calendar, TwoNav will sponsor the MTB’s International Buff Team during the whole 2013 season. Buff team is structured in different sports sections, one of them is the MTB international team. This will be the third year that the team will ride professionally in some of the most important events of the international MTB calendar such as Transpyr, Titan Desert or Breck Epic.

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Team

The team is made up of Pau Zamora, David Rovira, Joan Llordella, Joan Burgues and Marcel Zamora. With the sponsoring of well-known brands such as CompeGPS, the Buff International MTB Team will face next year hoping to get good results: “…with the experience gained over the past years and the inclusion my brother (Marcel Zamora) -Ironman and excellent duathlete- the Buff Team has a good feeling for 2013. We have chances to win some races and fight in order to be among the top. Let’s see what happens … ” says Pau Zamora.

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