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VIORCAM KH-7 team faces the Titan Desert 2019 with Trail Bike

A few days ago our Champion, Melcior Mauri, told us how he prepares his team, VIORCAM KH-7 for the Titan Desert. Now you can finally meet them…

 

This year, Melcior Mauri along with August Pascual, lead the biggest team so far to conquer Titan Desert 2019. With 35 racers and a technical team of 6 professionals, the members of ESTEVE KH-7 are ready to go for their place at top of the podium. Their chances a good this year, with Sylvan Chavanel, former professional cyclist (2000 and 2018), Josep Betalú, winner of the last three editions of the Titan Desert and Anna Ramírez, winner in the women’s section in 2015 and 2017.

Professionals and Amateurs

Team VIORCAM KH-7 is a mix between professionals and amateurs, where most of them will be using the TwoNav Trail Bike during this multiple stage race. Among the Pro cyclists, Abraham Olano and Sylvan Chavanel, are the rest of the team who together pursue a personal and epic experience.

For Olano, this will be the third time he participates in the Titan Desert. Chavanel, who holds the title of the largest number of participation’s in the Tour de France, debuts in this adventure after his recent retirement last December 2018.

Preparation is the key factor

The training and preparation for such an ambitious challenge is not easy. In this video we tell you how Melcior Mauri prepare the ESTEVE KH-7 team for last years edition.

Titan Desert, the desert by stages

The Titan Desert is an ambitious race that has been held since 2006 in the Sahara desert. This year’s edition (14th edition) will take place from April 28 to May 3 and has a record participation of 675 registered cyclists.

STAGEDATESTART AND FINISHDISTANCESLOPE
1Sunday 28 April 2019Merzouga > Merzouga109 km800 m
2Monday 29 April 2019Merzouga > Ouzina105 km731 m
3Tuesday 30 April 2019Ouzina > Merzouga118 km1555 m
4Wednesday 1 May 2019Merzouga > M’ssici199 km1031 m
5Thursday 2 May 2019M’ssici > El Jorf125 km1535 m
6Friday 3 May 2019El Jorf > Maadid64 km259 m

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Good luck to the whole team, see you at the finish line!

Titan Desert 2019
www.titandesert.com
28 April – 3 May 2019
Desert of the Sahara (Morocco)

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This year, TwoNav will again be at SeaOtter, the European Bike Show

Today, we can announce exclusively that TwoNav will be at southern Europe’s fair for cycling enthusiasts.

For the third year in a row, Girona (Spain) will host SeaOtter 2019 from 31 May to 2 June. For those unfamiliar with this fair, SeaOtter combines the industry’s best-known brands with exhibits, contests and activities for all ages. A unique weekend for all cycling fans.

2018 Exceeded all expectations, get ready for 2019

The 2018 edition of SeaOtter was a resounding success: 26,000 m2 of exhibits, 200 stands, 380 sports brands and over 50,000 visitors. If you weren’t able to make it to the 2018 event, don’t miss out on what TwoNav has in store for the 2019 edition:

– GPS: Try our new TwoNav GPS units, all our models will be there (Velo, Horizon Bike, Trail Bike and Aventura). See them and get all your questions answered.

– What’s new: See all the new features we have set up for the next season in GPS devices, software and apps.

– Opinion: Your opinion matters and we want to hear from you. If you have any suggestions, just let us know!

If you can, drop by the TwoNav stand. We’d be delighted to meet you and hear your concerns!

SeaOtter 2019
www.seaottereurope.com
From 31 May to 2 June, 2019
Girona (Spain)

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Melcior Mauri: “Having a Velo on my bike is a source of pride”

A few days ago, Melcior Mauri wrapped up his 2019 Campus. Today we’re speaking with the winner of the 1991 Vuelta a España so he can tell us the highlights of his Campus and his future plans, including Titan Desert 2019.

Melcior, tell us how the Campus went this year. And how did the addition of Roberto Heras as an expert go?

The campus went great, with 70 participants of different nationalities, Spanish, French, English… Everyone was very happy and enjoyed the three days filled with rides and informative talks. You don’t always get the chance to ride with two pros. As you said, Roberto Heras was the star attraction of this edition, and I must say that Roberto interacted very well with the participants to the point that he was just one more rider. Mission accomplished.

Why did you pick the TwoNav GPS for your Campus? How did the other riders like our devices?

The TwoNav experience is always very nice. This time, we took advantage of the campus to introduce to a potential and direct audience all the possibilities of the Velo, the TwoNav GPS for road cyclists. For me, having the Velo on my bike and having all the Campus guides show it to interested cyclotourists is a source of pride. The experience was very rewarding and the riders reacted to it very well.

 

What does TwoNav provide that other brands on the market don’t?

As a professional cyclist, I’m familiar with lots of GPS units, and I push them to the extreme. Of all the TwoNav features, I’m always impressed by the quality of their maps above other GPS units. With Velo I can see my location in real time on highly detailed maps. And the new connectivity options you’ve added to the new generation of GPS units are really useful. For a professional cyclist, a workout is as important as the analysis afterward. With Velo I can upload all my workouts to the GO Cloud and from there send them to other social networks, like Strava, where I can share them with other riders. That’s a great feature!

What new things can we expect for your next event, the Melcior Mauri Costa Brava Campus?

The campus will take place from 19 to 22 September. This year the routes will be different, since we’ve changed the location of the campus, which will be held in Lloret de Mar (Girona). I’m very pleased to announce that Laurent Jalabert will be there. Laurent won the Vuelta a España in 1995 and was my teammate on the ONCE team. He was a great sprinter who became an all-around rider. I’m sure the campus participants will benefit greatly from his presence.

By the way, Titan Desert 2019 starts on 28 April. We know you’re going to take part. How are you getting ready for this adventure?

This year, I’ll be leading the VIORCAM KH-7 team. I’m looking forward to this challenge since in order to take part in Titan Desert, you need to prepare well. You need to build up endurance, so each week I’m planning 1 or 2 workout days to gain endurance. The rest of the week we’re doing moderate workouts. Each rider will have a Trail Bike GPS. I chose the Trail Bike because it’s a device with a bigger screen and long battery life. This is important because each Titan Desert stage is expected to last 6 to 8 hours. The Titan Desert race has no specific route. Once organisers send us the official tracks, that’s when I’ll start planning the route that the riders will take. As with every year, the route has to go through the waypoints required by the organisers. To find shortcuts, I normally use Land, which gives me the shortest route possible. Once the routes are laid out, I send the GPS tracks to each rider. After that, all we can do is trust in ourselves!

Campus Melcior Mauri 2019
www.campusmelciormauri.com
From 28 to 31 March, 2019
Cambrils (Tarragona, Spain)

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Tips for improving the battery life of your GPS

Battery life is one of the most frequent problems facing outdoor enthusiasts. Below are some tips for extending the battery life of your GPS device for as long as possible.

 

Although technology is constantly evolving, battery limits continue to be the Achilles heel for many technology products. It’s happened to all of us. Who hasn’t been affected by this at least once? What can you do when current technology holds you back? Keep reading!

 

Turn off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi

As is the case with smartphones, one of the highest drains on the battery are the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections. The vast majority of GPS devices automatically connect to both networks, and before you know it, the battery is draining by leaps and bounds.

We recommend turning off Bluetooth and/or Wi-Fi when you don’t need it. For example, after you’re done transferring your tracks to the GPS, turn off Wi-Fi. If you use the GPS unit to get in shape, at the end of the workout, turn off Bluetooth so it stops receiving data from your sensors. If you use a TwoNav GPS, press the status bar for the option to turn Bluetooth and Wi-Fi on and off whenever you want.

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Adjust the display brightness

An overly bright display, in addition to being counterproductive, can have a considerable effect on battery life. For example, at dawn,twilight or when it’s pitch black out, too much light can be uncomfortable. We recommend adjusting the screen brightness whenever you need to. The option is there, you just have to remember it.

In addition to being more comfortable, you’ll also extend the battery life. And if you turn on Night mode, your device will know what time it is and automatically change the screen brightness. The screen on your GPS will dim and show an interface with darker tones that are less bothersome to the human eye. Adjust the screen brightness on your TwoNav GPS from the Main menu > Settings > System > Display and brightness.

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Turn on the intermittent GPS connection

One of the least-known TwoNav features is intermittent signal recording. What does intermittent recording mean? It may seem like a hard concept to understand, but it’s not. By default, the GPS signal is recorded continuously, meaning the unit records data during the entire itinerary.

If, however, you turn on intermittent recording, TwoNav will turn the GPS off every so often to save energy. The track will still be recorded, but the position will not be calculated until the GPS connection is reestablished. This will reduce the accuracy of the track recorded, but your device won’t use as much battery. Turn on the intermittent GPS connection from the Main menu > Settings > System > GPS settings.

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Turn off the display when not using the device

This is as simple as it is effective: turn off the display when not using it. A lot of time, the GPS screen is on for hours, even if you’re not using it. This is the main source of battery drain. Remember that you can lock the display at any time with a long press of the Lock button on your TwoNav GPS.

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If you’re the careless type, don’t worry. You can set up your TwoNav GPS to turn the display off automatically when the unit isn’t active. For example, you can set the screen to turn off automatically after one minute if you don’t interact with it. Set up the automatic time-out for your TwoNav display from the Main menu > Settings > System > Display and brightness.

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Use spare batteries or additional chargers

If the above tips don’t do it for you, there’s always the option of being extra cautious and taking additional accessories with you, like external chargers. You can buy everything from wall chargers that you can use as soon as you reach the next shelter, to power up AA chargers that you can easily connect to your GPS in any situation.

And if you’re an Anima, Horizon or Aventura user, remember that your device has a removable battery. Take a spare battery with you and you’ll be able to double the battery life on your device by swapping out the batteries.

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Now it’s your turn! The next time you go out, remember these tips and put them into practice. Combine any of these tricks and enjoy doing what you love for longer.

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Gift an Experience this Christmas

Winter is here, and one of the best places to enjoy the snow, chilly air and cold-weather sports are the mountains. Whether you like to hit the slopes for some off piste skiing or explore by hiking through thick forests, there’s plenty to do when it’s cold outside.

That said, you should never compromise on safety. This Christmas, whether it’s for yourself or a gift for that someone special, discover the advantages of having a specialised GPS for mountain activities.

And if all that is not enough to convince you that a TwoNav GPS is the perfect gift this Christmas, we are releasing some exciting software updates very soon that will change the way you use your GPS… so stay tuned!

A quick reminder about our  Christmas Offer, in case you missed it. For any purchase of a GPS, you will receive a gift voucher worth 35€ on maps. As planning your trips and adventures takes time and precision, this offer has no expiry date! We are giving these vouchers out for all GPS purchases made up until the 31 December 2018, so you can enjoy it whenever you want!

Missed out on Black Friday? Don’t worry, we’ve got something special for you! We put down our prices for our Anima range just in time for Christmas. Anima now retails for €249 and Anima+ for €279. Hurry, while stocks last!

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Want to know which GPS is best suited to your type of hiking activity?

David Albert, Product Manager at TwoNav, kindly agreed to answer a series of questions about the new line-up of TwoNav hiking GPS units. If you’re still unsure as to which device is best suited to your activity, read on as David tells us the difference between them.

 

David, thanks for granting us this interview. Of all the GPS units for hiking, Horizon, Aventura and Trail, which is best suited to each type of activity?

First of all, it’s important to note that these devices are designed to satisfy the needs of all types of hikers, whether they are amateurs or experienced. The Horizon, Aventura and Trail all include TwoNav’s software, so it’s their physical characteristics that make the difference and determine which are more suited to a given activity.

 

 

Let’s start with Horizon. What’s its target consumer?

Horizon is the evolution of Anima, which in turn was derived from the old Sportiva. Horizon maintains the same look as its predecessors but it’s adapted to current needs. Horizon is an affordable solution that meets the needs of casual hikers and of those who are just starting out. Horizon is the GPS for nature lovers who are interested in doing medium or longer routes.

 

 

The name of the second device may be familiar to many TwoNav users, it’s the Aventura. What makes it unique?

That’s right! The first Aventura model was marketed in 2009. Many of our readers no doubt have an Aventura, it was a very successful GPS. Well, now we’re presenting the new generation of Aventura, one that’s much more technically advanced while keeping the essential aspects that worked so well in the first model. Aventura is an extreme GPS designed for mountain climbers. If you like to practise mountaineering in severe conditions, Aventura is the GPS for you! Aventura features exceptional worldwide coverage, which is very useful for getting around in unknown places knowing that you won’t get lost.

 

What can you tell us about Trail? How is it different from Horizon and Aventura?

Trail is an intermediate GPS between Horizon and Aventura. You could call it an affordable version of Aventura since it offers the same features but with fewer accessories. Trail has a larger display than Horizon, which is perfect for those who like to interact with the screen on the GPS. It’s also designed for specialised hikers who are used to going out more often. In other words, for enthusiasts who are actively involved in different types of hiking, both morning outings and more demanding activities, like treks lasting several days.

 

 

At the hardware level, what are the differences?

Horizon only weighs 125 gr. It’s a light and compact GPS measuring 60x105x23 mm, perfect for carrying in the hand or pocket. It has the same physical characteristics that were already used in Anima and Sportiva, namely the two side buttons. Aventura and Trail, on the other hand, weigh more than Horizon due to their much larger screens (3.7”). Another difference between Aventura and Trail with respect to Horizon is the buttons; both devices have four front buttons, two side buttons and a joystick, perfect for using the GPS even with gloves on.

 

 

How long does the battery on each device last?

Horizon has a removable battery that last 8 hours, which can be doubled with a spare battery. As for Trail, it has a built-in 20-hour battery. This completely weatherseals the unit and keeps mud and water from coming into contact with the internal circuitry. Aventura has a 24-hour battery life, the longest of all three. Its removable battery can also be replaced with a spare. Aventura is especially designed for climbers who travel for days or weeks and are unable to recharge the GPS.

 

David, what maps come with Horizon, Aventura and Trail?

All the units come with a base map and a topographic map of the user’s choosing. The maps are very accurate and provide a good land-based reference for finding alternative routes on any outing. Aventura also includes a TomTom road map, which turns it into a useful in-car navigation system.

 

 

Can you load more maps?

Yes, the internal memory on the devices is accessible so you always have the option to load more maps into the device. Horizon has an internal 8-GB memory and you can add a microSD card with more maps (topographic maps, road maps, satellite images, etc.). Trail doesn’t have a microSD card slot but it does have twice the internal memory of Horizon, so Trail lets you load up to 16 GB of maps. As for Aventura, it too has a 16-GB internal memory, which you can expand with a microSD card with maps of other countries.

 

David, we appreciate your time and thank you for giving us more insight into each GPS.

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Take one step further and discover more!

The holidays are finally here! With an energetic start, I decide to take my new bike out and enjoy the surrounding nature, taking the opportunity to visit new towns and trails along the way.

First steps… prepare my itinerary with Land, as the last thing I want is to get lost while out cycling. The software has many features and is intuitive to use. I more or less know the area I want to explore, so I mark the waypoints, define the route, then transfer to it to my Trail Bike.

The next morning, I get up at dawn to have an early start to the day, which during the hot summer days is highly recommendable! Making sure I have everything I need to spend a day out in the mountains, I grab my backpack and my Trail Bike. With the easy quick lock, I attach the GPS to my bike and begin my adventure!

What I love most about setting off this early in the morning is the silence and knowing that I have the entire day ahead of me! It’s also slightly cooler during this time of the day. I start pedaling, while my Trail Bike shows me the route that I have to follow. The track takes me to a small town full of colour in which I note a sweet smell of lime… taking me back to my childhood. I decide to keep moving forward, as there is much more to see.

I arrive at a dirt road and Trail Bike automatically displays a map adapted to the new terrain. Now the hard part begins! “Come on Marie, you can do this!”, I tell myself. As I keep going, from time to time I check the data to know the unevenness of the terrain and other values ​​that help me get an idea of ​​what lies ahead.

Suddenly a waypoint warning sounds! My Trail Bike is telling me that I am approaching one of the landmarks that I marked in Land… wasteland in the middle of the mountain. I rest here a few minutes and find a freshwater fountain. The green landscapes surrounding me are spectacular.

While leaving the forest, I approach a crossroad and wonder whether I should turn left or right? Luckily Trail Bike indicates the way and I quickly turn to the left. The last stage of my itinerary is a stoney path, making it difficult to handle the bike, however my GPS withstands the impacts and shaky terrain.

After several hours of pedaling, I can finally see the Romanesque church of Sant Llop d’Hortsavinyà. A few meters away from the church I let my bike rest and I start to walk through a field. The view is amazing from here, where the sea and the mountain come together in the same space!

A feeling of well-being takes over, I can not help but smile and admire the nature that surrounds me… what a wonderful way to spend my day off! Suddenly Trail Bike notifies me that I just synchronized my adventure with GO Cloud. I take advantage of the Wi-Fi connection to analyze the track I recorded from my space in GO. I decide to take the opportunity to share my experience and journey with friends.

I enjoy a few more minutes of the view, and finally I am ready to go home. Tomorrow another adventure!

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