“Do what you love and do it with a smile”

Danny Vogel participated at the Joberg2c, a 9-day mountain bike adventure. The 36-year old sports nut, from Mainz in Germany, told us about his project in late January 2016, to participate at this big race. Hence, he was looking for high-tech bike wear.
Danny is not a professional cyclist, he just wanted to achieve his personal goal! To spice up the entire challenge he decided to compete with a single-speed bike. His objective was to show that it is possible to achieve something great, even with simple means. Considering the South African trails it was definitely a tough target.

The Joberg2c consist to 99.5% of off-road paths – on rarely used or yet even unused trails! The riders are covering 900km and 13’000m of altitude difference on their way from the start in the south of Johannesburg to the finish at the KwaZulu-Natal coast!
His idea to start at this tough mountain bike race just with a single-speed bike sounded adventurous to us and it was the perfect occasion to test our new X-BIONIC® TWYCE collection!

Day one - Karan Beef (Heidelberg) to Frankfort Sports Grounds

Joberg2c_Day1The first stage led from Heidelberg to the Frankfort Sports Grounds.
Danny had to accustom himself to the single-speed first. Therefore, it was challenging at the beginning. It took him 5 hours and 15 minutes for the 116km. His mantra “Do what you love and do it with a smile” helped him through the tough sections.

Facts
Distance: 116km
Descent: 867m
Ascent: 855m

Day two - Frankfort School to Reitz Showgrounds

Joberg2c_day2.1It is more than 93km and about 1000m of elevation from Frankfort to Reitz through the eastern part of Freestate. Here, you’re still riding through South Africa’s granary. On these endless straight paths between enormous corn fields, you can get an idea of the country’s infinite wideness. The inhabitant’s warmth is perceptible along the way and you always feel welcome.
Unfortunately, the first two days of the Joberg2c on the single speed are rather tough for me as it is very flat and I just have to find a good rhythm pedalling quickly to ride, at least, reasonable fast. But day 3 should promise a hilly stage profile and on day 4 we’ll face the real mountains.

Facts
Distance: 93km
Ascent: 1001m
Descent: 916m

Day three - Reitz to Sterkfontein Dam

Joberg2c_day3With 122km and roughly 1100m of elevation, day three was one of the longest days. We rode from Reitz to one of South Africa’s biggest freshwater dams, the Sterkfontein Dam.
The first 100km of the day are quite easy and fast through infinite fields and magnificent stream landscapes. With the ascent to the top of Mount Paul, the stage’s difficulty only started after about 115km. After already 5 hours in the saddle, this was a real challenge for every participant, no matter whether with gearshift or without. But, on the other hand, the reward was waiting at the top: a stunning view back to the dam and towards the finish! Despite sitting more than 6 hours on the bike, this was one of the most beautiful days for me.

Facts
Distance: 122km
Ascent: 1188m
Descent: 1082m

Day four - Sterkfontein Dam to Emseni
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At day 4 the Joberg2c participants started at the big water reserve “Sterkfontein Dam”. The stage started with a steep climb at the Kerkenberg. Later on, Danny drove through real African bush land enjoying the Serengeti single-tracks.
Arriving in Emseni he enjoyed a scenic view with the Drakensberg in the background!

Facts
Distance: 93km
Ascent: 1100km
Descent: 1706m

Day five - Emseni to Clifton Nottingham Road

Joberg2c_day5On day five the scenery changed significantly. So far, the temperatures have been warm and the landscape was mostly green and overgrown. Now Danny feels the mountain air. The thermometer only showed 13 degrees and rain was accompanying the riders throughout the majority of the stage. He really had to fight riding the trails on his single-speed. Children along the course gave him motivational boosts and mentally pushed him through the day.

Facts
Distance: 122 km
Ascent: roughly 2241m
Descent: roughly 1757m

Day six - Clifton – Nottingham Rd to Glencairn Farm – Sani Pass Road
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Day six was a very tough day!
The backcountry tracks and trails have never seen a rider before. They led through isolated regions, which are inhabited by Zulu people. These technical single-trails included as well the so-called “Gumtree climb”, which is the steepest climb at the Joberg2c. The stage contained everything: scenic landscape, breathtaking views, warm-hearted people and challenging trails. Danny recapped this remarkable day that “it is a real privilege to be able riding through this stunning landscape and experience the people in this region. Actually, it is priceless.”

Facts
Distance: 98km
Ascent: 2022m
Descent: 1997m

Day seven - Glencairn Farm – Sani Pass Road to Mackenzie Club
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Yeah – rest day for the participants of Joberg2c!
Of course, not really. But nevertheless it almost felt like one after the previous stages. It was an easy ride for Danny and the other participants, as the stage was just 82km long. The trails were especially prepared for the race. The highlight of the stage was the crossing of a floating bridge. That was fun!

Facts
Distance: 82km
Ascent: 914m
Descent: 1356m

Day eight - MacKenzie Club (Ixopo) to Jolivet (Highflats)
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Day seven was just the calm before the storm, though. Stage 8 was promising to be one of the most exhausting stages of the Joberg2c! 1,705m of altitude difference had to be climbed and the sun was blazing. After the brutal climb, the riders dropped down 35km into the scenic Umkomas Valley. This scenic downhill section was followed by another tough climb for about 65km.
This stage was very challenging for Danny and he fought through agony. But the experiences and views along the course were compensating for all the struggle.

Facts
Distance: 99km
Ascent: 1705m
Descent: 2163m

Day nine - Jolivet (Highflats) to Scottburgh

Joberg2c_Day9It’s time to head to the coast! Compared to the previous days, it was an easy roll out. Nevertheless, with a lot of mountain bike trails. The day started with trails through sugar cane farms and ended with an exhilarating finish at Scottburgh Main Beach at the Indian Ocean. Here, at the finish line, families and supporters were already waiting for their riders.

Facts
Distance: 84km
Ascent: 854m
Descent: 1551m

Joberg2c – a really tough mtb race with a lot of up and downs but also a lot of fun and happiness – Congratulations, Danny!

But, How did Danny feel in our X-BIONIC® TWYCE Outfit?
Danny answers by himself:

The TWYCE series was perfect once again. Especially under this constant strain over nine days with various weather conditions. No matter, whether heat, dust, cold, mud or rain. In particular, the cushion of the pants as well as the perfect fit were highly satisfying and I never felt uncomfortable wearing the X-BIONIC® TWYCE. I was neither overheated nor cold. And I also realised that they’re odour neutral. Especially at stage races you have to wear the clothes twice as you can’t always wash them after each stage. The clothes had to endure the training in Mauritius, the extreme Cape Epic as well as nine tough days at the Joberg2c, but, nevertheless, everything still fits perfectly as before. Nothing is worn through or frayed and also, the stitching still looks like new. I’ve worn various cycling clothes in my past 15 years on the bike and the high-quality X-BIONIC® clothes are without a doubt the best and most unproblematic I’ve ever tried.

Shop Dannys Joberg2c TWYCE kit here -> www.x-bionic.com/twyce-running-and-biking

Pippa Middleton with X-BIONIC®

Last weekend, Pippa Middleton joined the legendary Inferno-Race in Switzerland and was dressed in X-BIONIC®. The sister of Kate – wife of Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge – had a lot of fun during the event and gave a short statement about the race and why she wanted to participate there. She finished the 9.5 kilometres long race at the 97th rank of 196 women and was happy with her result.

Check out the video of the Swiss magazine Sonntags Blick:

 

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New colours for the X-BIONIC® Energy Accumulator EVO: Melange

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The X-BIONIC® Energy Accumulator EVO Melange will be available from the new  winter season 2016/17. There will be two versions with round neck and turtle neck with four new colours*: Grey Melange/Orange (men), Blue Melange/White (men), Light Grey Melange/Raspberry (women) and Lake Blue Melange/White (women).

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X-BIONIC® Energy Accumulator EVO Blue Melange/White
X-BIONIC® Energy Accumulator EVO Light Grey Melange/Raspberry
X-BIONIC® Energy Accumulator EVO Lake Blue Melange/White
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*The shown colours in this gallery might be different from the real product, we will update them soon.

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