The anniversary edition: 100th Tour de France 2013

Every year in summer starts the biggest yearly sports event: Tour de France. This year the three weeks lasting race starts on Saturday 29th of June at Corsica. All fans and spectators celebrate the 100th edition. X-BIONIC® supports Team Colombia since last Giro, which is already planning for the 101st edition.  The last Giro d’Italia in May earlier this year was a great event for the Team Colombia and X-BIONIC®: the riders achieved very good results and kept up with the best cyclists during the heavy mountain stages. The best rider of the team, Darwin Atapuma finished at the 18th place with a gap of 28:56 min to winner Vincenzo Nibali at the final ranking. Fabio Duarte finished 2nd at the heaviest mountain stage close behind the strong Nibali. These were promising efforts that make the team looking forward to the Grande Boucle in 2014. Team Colombia, especially climber Jarlinson Pantoa, love ...

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Hard, harder, SWISSMAN Xtreme Triathlon

A great weekend full of an extreme kind of triathlon in the Swiss mountains is over: The SWISSMAN Xtreme Triathlon 2013 became history and a remarkably competition for the race calendars  in the next years. 50 athletes started at 5:08 am in the early Saturday morning near Ascona to the first SWISSMAN ever. 3,8 km swimming, 180 km cycling and 42 km running at the extreme race course had to be completed by all competitors. The last one of finally 44 finishers arrived after nearly 18 hours hard fighting with the elements after midnight. Not only the stiff ascents at the bike and run part but also the weather conditions made the race even harder: Rain and windy conditions turned the competition into an epic effort. The temperatures were below 5 degrees at the highest points of the bike part Gotthard and Furka, this made the downhill session down from there very difficult. Three athletes ...

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SWISSMAN 2013

*Update 23.06.2013 Two X-BIONIC® athletes won the race: Markus Stierli and Emma Pooley won the premier of the race in the male/female category, congratulations! The missing results of the other X-BIONIC® with finishing times and a full race report will follow soon. Check out the first images of the finish at Kleine Scheidegg: One of the hardest Ironman competitions started on Saturday 22nd of June 2013 in Ascona (CH): The SWISSMAN Xtreme Triathlon. A regular triathlon over 3,8/180/42 kilometers is hard enough, but if you have a look at the SWISSMAN´s race course, you understand the additional name Xtreme Triathlon. The start to the race was at 5 am in the early morning and began with the swim part in the Lago Maggiore near Ascona. After the 3,8 kilometers the athletes started their cycling leg over 180 kilometers. The start of the cycling part was located at 196m above sea level ...

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X-BIONIC® meets Tour de Suisse 2013

Every year in June the international road bike professionals compete at the Tour de Suisse. For most of them this race is a good preparation for the upcoming Tour de France two weeks later. This year´s edition of the Tour de Suisse  passed Wollerau at it´s 6th stage, where the home of X-BIONIC® is located. We decided to watch the Tour de Suisse racers live and supported them while riding uphill. It was a big pleasure to us when the field came up to Schindellegi, where we supported the riders with lots of other spectators. The front of the race had a gap of 13 minutes to the main field and nearly kept this until the finish in Meilen. Gregory Rast | Petit Brun via Compfight The local hero from Switzerland Gregory Rast finally won the race with a sprint of the four runaways. Peter Sagan won the mass sprint of the main field about ...

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#hashtag us on Facebook!

On Wednesday 12th of June 2013 Facebook introduced one of the best social media features there is: hashtags. This conversation tool has a long tradition in other social media networks like Twitter, Instagram or Google+. Hashtags are available for users to mark their content with specific tags to become part of public conversations. A #hashtag is a word starting with the symbol „#“ followed by a word, for example „#xbionic“. See our first Facebook article with this feature: If you click on one of the hashtags #fotoshooting or #xbionic, a popup window opens with search results, that contain all articles with the hashtag you clicked on. That means an article gets more visibility in different public conversations if it has more hashtags. You can also search for hashtag conversations with the regular Facebook search tool above the content. That works also on Twitter and Instagram and has the same effect ...

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