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.

The swim stage started offshore at 5:08 am
The swim stage started offshore at 5:08 am

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 did not finish the race due to these difficulties and stopped at the bike course, three more competitors had to abandon their race at the final run part.

X-BIONIC® supported six athletes with full race equip and the whole event as official partner. Every finisher also got an X-BIONIC® finisher shirt for the race. Finally the winners of the male and female category were one of these equipped athletes: Markus Stierli (CH) and Emma Pooley (GB) showed an outstanding performance at the hard course and won the race in their category. Emma just finished as 6th overall only 50 minutes behind Markus, what a great effort! Check out the first three athletes of the main categories men/women:

  1. Markus „Toro” Stierli 11:29h
  2. Rafael Wyss 11:53h
  3. Andrea Zamboni 12:05h
  1. Emma Pooley 12:39h
  2. Andrea Huser 13:53h
  3. Julia Nikolopoulus 14:46h
Emma on the bike leg
Mac Huber
SWISSMAN Xtreme Triathlon
Emma Pooley, Winner female category
Overall SWISSMAN winner Markus Stierli
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The last finisher arrived at the Kleine Scheidegg after midnight and got a warm welcome too. All athletes could perform quite safely and had no traffic or organizational problems during the whole race. The  full result table of the SWISSMAN 2013 has been published at the official SWISSMAN finisher page, where you can find all details about the race splits and finishing times. Check out the great results of all X-BIONIC® supported athletes (overall finish in brackets):

  • Markus Stierli 11:29h (1)
  • Emma Pooley 12:39h (6)
  • Martin Frei 14:37h (19)
  • Roger Sendlhofer 15:53h (27)
  • Mac Huber 17:02h (41)
  • Benjamin Müller (DNF)
Overall winner of the SWISSMAN Xtreme Triathlon 2013 Markus Stierli
Overall winner Markus Stierli

The SWISSMAN will keep alive, not only because of the perfect organisation of the race, also because the triathlon scene wishes more of such challenging events, all competitors were happy with this new and extreme triathlon. Markus Stierli, who already finished the NORSEMAN at the 2nd place, said: “It was one of the hardest triathlons I`ve ever made. The final run part nearly killed my legs. But X-BIONIC® gave me a good feeling during the whole race so I didn´t need to care about my gear, it simply worked in all conditions!”

Winner of the female category Emma Pooley
Winner of the female category Emma Pooley

Emma Pooley, the best women finisher mentioned, that her gear was perfect for the race: “I always had a comfortably feeling with X-BIONIC®.” At the beginning of the race she was a little bit confused about her ranking: “I didn´t realize that I was the first women after the swim part, so I always asked the spectators, how many women were in front of me… I knew that the bike part would be my power discipline, so I could overtake a lot of the male athletes. Finally at the run part I knew, that the second women behind me was far enough away and I even catched up the runner in front of me, unfortunately it didn´t work but I am so happy with my 6th rank. My personal summary of the event is: A really great race, thanks to the SWISSMAN organizers! What I need for such a hard triathlon is more experience, I think I will return next time.”

Markus will keep his shape until the NORSEMAN 2013 at the 3rd of August, the inspiring event for the SWISSMAN. Emma and the second male winner, Rafael Wyss, earned a slot for the NORSEMAN 2014 because of their great results. We wish all athletes a good recreation time and good luck for their upcoming sports events. Finally enjoy our our video about the SWISSMAN Xtreme Triathlon 2013:

The Swiss TV station SRF sent a report about an editor of their own who competed at the race, check out their video (with German comments). You may also have a look at out our pictures of the race, check out our Flickr gallery.

SWISSMAN 2013 links

Official Website Facebook | Twitter | YouTube


*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:

© SWISSMAN Xtreme Triathlon:
© SWISSMAN Xtreme Triathlon
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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 and passed it´s highest point on 2436m above sea level at the Furkapass. Until the athletes arrived the transition zone to their running part, they will have gained lots of elevation.

The final run track was another big effort: starting from 567m above sea level the finishing line at the Kleine Scheidegg is located at 2061m above sea level. Due to the hard race course, every finisher will be a winner. Beginning with the start, you can follow all athletes live with the tracker. You can also check out the official roadbook for this event to see the schedule. With X-BIONIC® the SWISSMAN got a reliable partner for the official outfits.

Emma Pooley, World Champion 2010 and Olympic Silver Medalist, Beijing 2008 in Time Trial: “SWISSMAN is a supremely challenging race in the most beautiful setting possible. A course like that is my dream come true! I’m so glad to be able to take part, and really”looking forward to it.

Dag Oliver, General Manager Norseman Xtreme Triathlon: “Norseman Xtreme Triathlon’s reputation as the ultimate triathlon has always been down to our love of the sport. Norseman is happy to welcome SWISSMAN into our family of events that honor the basic values of triathlon; unique experiences, true competition, a friendly atmosphere and spectacular surroundings.”

X-BIONIC® athletes at the SWISSMAN 2013

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Emma Pooley
Emma Pooley
  • Professional cyclist
  • Date of birth: 3rd of October 1982
  • Weight: 48 kg
  • Height: 1.57 m
  • Team: 2013 Bigla Cycling (CH)
  • Results: Olympic silver medal time trial 2008 in Beijing, British and world champion time trial 2009, Flèche Wallone winner 2010, Giro d’Italia Femminile 2nd place overall 2011 & 2012 (source: Wikipedia)
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Markus Stierli
Markus Stierli
  • Date of birth: 1975
  • Personal highlight: 2nd place at the Norseman 2011
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Mac Huber
Mac Huber
  • Date of birth: 1962
  • Personal highlight: Trans Swiss Triathlon
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Martin Frei
Martin Frei
  • Date of birth: 1962
  • Personal highlight: finishing the Inferno Triathlon & Hawaii
  • Homepage: www.calis-coaching.ch
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Roger Sendlhofer
Roger Sendlhofer
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Benjamin Müller
Benjamin Müller

Latest updates and photos of the event

Check out the latest images of the event in the following gallery. You can find the pictures at our Flickr channel too.

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SWISSMAN 2013 links

Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube

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 RastGregory 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 10 minutes after the winner. Now just watch and enjoy our photos from the race!

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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:

Hashtags on Facebook
Hashtags on Facebook

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 in these networks. See the examples with the hashtag #xbionic:

Hashtags on Twitter
Hashtags on Twitter
Hashtags on Instagram
Hashtags with #xbionic at Instagram
Image by ramlekrub

Google+ launched hashtags only a couple of weeks before, see the following example with different clickable hashtags:

Hashtags on Google+
Hashtags on Google+
Image by pi mo

With rolling out hashtags on Facebook, this cool feature finally arrived in all important social media networks. That makes it easier for you to find the content you are searching for and to discover the whole content from another point of view.

Now it´s up to you: Mark your content with #xbionic, #xsocks or #xnutrio to show us your daily activities with your favorite brand!

Instagram images with #xbionic:


Instagram for beginners

Instagram is an image based social network. One typical feature of all uploaded images is, that they are all square shaped and often added with a special color filter. Every image can be tagged just like Twitter posts with hashtags. That makes it easier for users to find images with a special content or topic. A lot of our fans add the hashtag #xbionic to every image they upload. These pictures can also get likes or comments from other users. Here is an example photo from our own stream:

X-BIONIC® at Instagram
Photos with the hashtag #xbionic displayed at Instagram

For a better usability you may also use Statigram at your desktop computer, it is an Instagram web viewer for a better experience and handling in a web browser. Instagram was primarily developed for mobile devices to take pictures and upload them instantly. Statigram is the better way to browse and search through the images at Instagrams at home on your PC or Mac. Here is the same image from above displayed at Statigram:

Photos with the hashtag #xbionic displayed at Statigram
Photos with the hashtag #xbionic displayed at Statigram

If you want to get a complete step by step guide, how to use Instagram, read this extensive article by Mashable.

If you want to download the app for your mobile device, just visit your appstore:

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iOS Appstore

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Windows Phone Appstore

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If you own a Windows phone, check out the best unofficial apps for Instagram, presented by CNET.


Finally check out the photos that were taken by Instagram users, who added the hashtag #xbionic: