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
From 28 to 31 March, 2019
Cambrils (Tarragona, Spain)


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.




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.




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.



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.






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.




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.



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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GPS TwoNav 4.5: Here’s what’s new

TwoNav’s latest software update is out now, offering new and exciting features for your GPS among a host of bug fixes. Read below to find out more:



– New Multi-touch gestures (applies to new version of Velo and Horizon GPS). [MORE INFO]

– New distribution and layout of online routes. [MORE INFO]

– You can now access and download your GO cloud routes directly from your GPS. [MORE INFO]

– Sort through your route list more easily with new options. [MORE INFO]




– Access to top Status Bar has been improved in the capacitive screen devices (Velo and Horizon GPS).

– As requested by many, time is displayed on initiating device and not only on receiving a GPS signal, as before.

– Improved WiFi connection.

– Improved display of battery charge percentage. When fully charged, the device no longer drops in charge percentage when left connected to charger.



Get the most out of your TwoNav GPS and consult the user manual of your device:

GPS Hiking


GPS Cycling

Horizon Bike
Trail Bike

GPS Motor

Aventura Motor

New in

GPS TwoNav: New Multi-touch gestures

If you have a new generation TwoNav GPS with a capacitive screen (Velo, Horizon or Horizon Bike) you can now interact using Multi-touch gestures.

Multi-touch gestures means that you can perform the following gestures with both fingers at the same time. Learn how this can be used with your GPS:

– Spread: Zoom in when viewing 2D and 3D maps to see more detail.

– Pinch: Zoom out when viewing a map to see more territory.

– Rotate: Turn the orientation of the map directly on the screen.




Get the most out of your TwoNav GPS and consult the user manual of your device.

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GPS TwoNav: Downloading online routes just got easier

Ever needed to download an alternative route with shortcuts during your activity? With this latest update, now you to access your routes stored in GO cloud


New distribution and layout of online routes

Up until now if you wanted to download an online route to your GPS, you could do it via ‘Main menu > Routes > Routes online’. As of the TwoNav 4.5 version, we have improved ‘Online routes’ by dividing it into two distinct sections:

– My online routes: Access to your personal user space where you can store or download your own routes (GO cloud, IGN Rando, OS Maps…). This account is linked to your user account.
– Discover online routes: Access to public routes from route providers and specialised websites (GPSies, TraceGPS, LaTrace, Utagawa…). Any user can access and download these routes.

How to Update my TwoNave GPS


Access and download your GO cloud routes directly from your GPS.

With the latest version of TwoNav 4.5 you can now download any route stored in GO cloud via WiFi directly to your GPS (remember to configure GPS access to your GO cloud first). To do so, go to ‘Status bar > Cloud GO’.

Once connected to a WiFi network, download any of the routes stored in your GO cloud by accessing your list from ‘Main menu > Routes’, then press ‘More options’ in the bottom bar and select ‘My Online Routes’. If you have your GPS configured to automatically synchronise your activities with GO Cloud, this will not be affect by the update. Once your route is finished, it will be automatically uploaded to the cloud as before.


How to Update my TwoNave GPS


Get the most out of your TwoNav GPS and consult the user manual of your device.

New in

GPS TwoNav: Choose how you visualise your routes

Find your routes quickly and with ease by visualising them in the order that you want. 


Up to now you could only filter routes by name. A new ‘Sort by’ option has been added to the routes list, allowing you to choose the order of the displayed routes. 

Now you can sort the route listings by:

– Date

– Activity

– File Name (default sort)

– Proximity

– Distance

– Ascent

– Duration

– Speed




Get the most out of your TwoNav GPS and consult the user manual of your device.

New in

Land 8.6: Here’s what’s new

Land software version 8.6 is out now, offering new and exciting features. Read below to find out more:



– New simplified Toolbar [MORE INFO]

– Easier to create Waypoints [MORE INFO]

– Create tracks more intuitively [MORE INFO]

– More precise tools to edit tracks [MORE INFO]

– Quickly create Roadbook points from the track editor [MORE INFO]

– Transfer routes to your TwoNav GPS via Wi-Fi [MORE INFO]



– Fixed losing opened objects during last session. Now, on reopening Land, last objects that were open during your last session will show up again.

– Fixed a problem that prevented adding and removing tracks from ‘My Activities’.

– The magnet tool for creating track points or waypoints is now working.

– Solved the problem of reading in tracks with assigned times.

– Fixed bugs that prevented reversing track direction during editing or creation.

– The data fields ‘Ascent’ and ‘Descent’ no longer appear empty during the analysis of sections.

– When inverting a track, ‘Start’ and ‘Arrival’ icons and text are exchanged correctly.

– In the list of track points, the order of the ‘Description’ field is now working correctly.

– Improvements when opening a new map window.

– Improved iPhone/iPad device connectivity via Wi-Fi to avoid crashes.

Land for Mac: Fixed error that prevented map from opening on starting the program for the first time.

Land for Mac: You can now add calibration points to a map.



Get the most out of Land and consult the user manual.