Speed freaks

ByComm Unity Posted Jan 8, 2016

Speed freaks

Last month we met again some fans of X-BIONIC® at the Velodrome Swiss in Grenchen for another track cycling workshop. Like in our two previous events there, experienced guides showed us how to ride on a wooden indoor cycling track. Track cycling is a great alternate sport for the indoor season here in Europe when the streets are wet or frozen. The average temperature inside the Velodrome is always above 20 degrees.

Before the cycling fun started, our workshop guides introduced the basic steps of track cycling. Especially the bike without breaks and gears looked quite interesting.

Before the cycling fun started, our workshop guides introduced the basic steps of track cycling. Especially the bike without breaks and gears looked quite interesting.

For this event in Grenchen, we also invited a special guest: European Ultracycling Champion and Race around Ireland winner Bernhard Steinberger talked about his great experiences at the green island last year. He showed some impressive pictures and videos of his great success. You can read our race report and an interview with Bernhard here: LINK.

Bernhard explains the RAI course and how difficult it was to win this race.

Bernhard explains the RAI course and how difficult it was to win this race.

After the theoretical part, the workshop continued at the cycling track. Each participant received a test set and the prepared track bike for the ride. X-BIONIC® TWYCE, X-BIONIC® for Automobili Lamborghini and X-BIONIC® THE® TRICK bike wear were handed over for the test session.

Three colors, three technologies and one approach: getting the best performance on the bike.

Three colors, three technologies and one approach: giving you the best cycling performance!

Before the ride started, the guides explained us how to start and to stop with a track bike.

Before the ride started, our guides explained us how to start and to stop with a track bike.

Listen to the guide: ride a track bike safely.

Listen to the guide: how to ride a track bike safely.

After some laps, each participant enjoyed the fun and could increase his bike handling the more laps he rode. The most important thing about track cycling is to be attentive what happens before and behind you. On a track bike, you also need to ride a minimum speed of about 25 kph to get through the stiff turns and not to slip downwards. This is the first thing you learn when you ride a track bike.

Follow me: the closer you ride behind another cyclist, the less power you need.

Follow me: the closer you ride behind another cyclist, the less power you need.

The workshop lasted three hours at the track and everyone enjoyed it. Special thanks to our guide René and his mates, who did a great job again for a safe ride. If you want to ride on a cycling track, you need to attend the basic lessons before you can join public training sessions, you can find more information here.

We will return to the Velodrome this year, stay tuned!

As a cyclist, you need to get this experience at least once in a lifetime, you won't regret!

Happy cyclists: you need to get this experience at least once in a lifetime, you won’t regret!

ByComm Unity Posted Jan 5, 2016

How to get fit in 2016

Every new years eve people make plans for the upcoming year and set personal challenges. In many cases they want to stop smoking, drink less alcohol, eat healthier or get fitter. All these personal intentions are hard to realise in the daily routine and most people stop with it short after they had a motivated start into the new year.

But with some simple steps it is easier than you thought and you can change your life very quickly. For example some training programs or challenges that are easy to realize and adaptable for every grade of fitness. Just try darebee.com challenges or workout programs and improve your fitness really fast. All these tutorials are for free and you don’t need a gym or other expensive equipment. You also don’t need to spend much time for it, just 15 to 30 minutes every day.

You can download all of them on your mobile or tablet and start wherever you want, here are two good examples, the Jurassic workout and the Batman challenge:

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There are tons of such guides around the web, you can also browse such visual guides at Pinterest, just try one of them and repeat it regularly. All you need now is your personal motivation and some good fitness clothing, buy it directly at www.x-bionic.com and start your workout soon! Check out the X-BIONIC® crossfit crew members at their last workout session:

Stop making plans – Start your workout today!

ByComm Unity Posted Dec 2, 2015

A lifetime passion: Irenes 3rd Ironman Hawaii

X-BIONIC® fan Irene Gambaro from Zurich is one of the most successful Swiss female triathlon athletes. This year she became the vice world champion of the Half Ironman and took part for the third time in the legendary Hawaii Ironman, the long-distance World Championship for professionals and age groups. Irene had her sights set on a top ten finish in this year’s World Championship. In spite of some difficulties, she ultimately landed a sensational eighth place in her age group – once again a top result this year!

Shortly after her finish on Big Island, she gave us an interview and told us what it was like for her crossing the finish line. In her personal race report from Hawaii, she further details the difficulties she had to overcome during this year’s tournament. You can see her impressive report from Kona after the interview in the info box. Enjoy the read!

Multi-sports talent Irene Gambaro joined our fitness X-PerienceDay in Wollerau last month

Multi-sports talent Irene Gambaro joined our fitness X-PerienceDay in Wollerau last month

Irene, what was it like crossing the finish line in Kona for the third time this year?

It was by far the toughest race there: waves, a strong current, a tropical storm with gusts of wind, heat, the like of which has not been felt for decades – Peter forgot the tailwind or has saved it for next year!

What was your goal when you travelled to the Hawaii World Championship this year?

Very ambitious: top five if everything went well, otherwise definitely top ten. Thankfully I achieved the second objective!

What is so special about the World Championship in comparison to other triathlons?

Hawaii is always full of surprises, and driving on a highway through the lava desert is spectacular. The wind comes from all sides and is completely erratic and the finish line pure goosebumps!

Did you do any special preparation for Kona?

Yes, once I qualified at the start of June, in particular with long runs for the marathon and 5 to 6-hour bike rides.

How long have you been doing this sport, and how did it come about?

Irene Gambaro Hawaii 2015I was always a runner, eventually I progressed to marathons, then to Gigathlons as a pair with another lady. Then I wanted something special for my 50th birthday, an Ironman, which I did in Taupo, New Zealand, and where I also qualified for Hawaii.

What role does equipment play for you, in training and in competition?

Clothes are the be all and end all, if they’re not right, then the entire competition will suffer. The bike must be well-adjusted, pedalled by the athlete, and the shoes – they also are extremely important and must be worn in well.

You wear X-BIONIC® during your training sessions, what has your experience been so far?

I love wearing clothes, which adapt to the body, don’t flap but at the same time don’t restrict you. X-BIONIC, therefore, fulfills all my requirements, I am very satisfied!

Which X-BIONIC® product do you particularly like? (…will end up shortly in your wardrobe?)

Long-distance clothing is at the top of my wish list, I love long-distance running and good trousers in particular are very difficult to find. I have a few from different retailers, but none fit me properly – they always slide over the bum! What I like about X-BIONIC® in addition to the great fit is also the large choice of colours!

Triathlete with heart and soul: Irene Gambaro

Triathlete with heart and soul: Irene Gambaro

What other sports do you also do? What hobbies do you have aside from sports?

I also do cross-country skiing, alpine skiing, mountain hiking and diving. Other than that I love photography, ornithology, and I am committed to marine mammals.

What are your sporting goals for the next year?

I wanted to defend both my European Championship titles for the short distance and Olympic Games, but as this competition is already in May, I can’t participate in Lisbon due to holidays. I am also unable to defend my Half Ironman Vice World Champion title as Mooloolaba in Australia is too far away and quite simply ridiculously expensive.

I will definitely participate in some long distance competitions, some Olympic triathlons, and almost definitely in the Half Ironman in Luxembourg, and then of course there will be other unplanned races. I will definitely also take part in the Swiss Championship again, ultimately I will participate in far more competitions than originally planned! I just really enjoy it and I am the competitive type! I will definitely compete in the circuit (which is seven Olympic Triathlons) and I also hope to win them again.

What advice would you give triathlon beginners?

Competing in three disciplines one after the other is incredible fun, regardless of whether you are fast or not. Taking part is the motto and age does not matter. It is important to master the crawl to some degree, breaststroke hinders other athletes and requires too much energy from the legs, which you of course need afterwards for the cycling and running.

Thank you very much for the interview!

Irene's achievements in 2015Her personal review: Ironman Hawaii 2015Links
  • Swiss champion 10k street running
  • Winner Triathlon Wallisellen (CH), short distance
  • Winner Aix-en-Provence 70.3 Triathlon / Qualified for the 70.3 WC
  • Winner short distance in Genf /European Champion
  • Winner Kraichgau 70.3 / Qualified for Hawaii
  • Vice World Champion at the 70.3 Championships, Zell am See (Austria)
  • 8th rank in her age group at Hawaii

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See all achievements of Irene: [LINK]

WORLDCHAMPIONSHIP IRONMAN HAWAII 2015

A race report from Irene Gambaro

Yeeess, the big day, 10 October 2015, is over! An unforgettable and tough race with many highs and lows! Let’s start from the top!

At 07.10 am a cannon shot announced the start of the women’s race. As I am not one of the fastest swimmers, I went towards the back. This enabled me to find a good rhythm without fighting and scrambling. As always it was quite turbulent and beautiful colourful fish accompanied me. I was with women of roughly the same strength and soon reached the turning point at 1.9 kilometres, but I was not as fast going back. The current was quite strong, to the extent that I took nearly 10 minutes longer than usual.

Nevertheless, I had managed the first 3.86 kilometres and I looked forward to the bike course. And off we went. Cheered on by the many people, I shot up Palani Road! I felt so fit during the first 50 kilometres. Great, I thought, I’m going to make great time. But it was not to be.

Soon a different wind was blowing, a headwind: from the side again more headwind – but not from behind, clearly Peter forgot that at some point! After about 70 kilometres the climb to Hawi began and then it happened: A tropical storm with rain, it was pelting down, and add to that wind, wind, wind, rain…it was hard work up until the turning point in Hawi, I could barely stay on my bike. Then finally, the 90 kilometres were completed and I was looking forward to the return leg. The asphalt quickly dried, I still believed I could achieve an acceptable time, but I continued to battle the long, unending 60 kilometres with a strong headwind, just headwind! Hellooooo, tailwind, where are you?

Irene Gambaro on her bike during the heat at the Ironman Hawaii 2015

Irene Gambaro on her bike during the heat at the Ironman Hawaii 2015

It got hotter and hotter, the heat was extreme, like it hadn’t been for decades! The asphalt reflected incredibly strongly onto Highway K, it felt like 50 degrees. Although I fed myself well and cooled myself with the water from the aid station, it just wasn’t to be. I pedalled and pedalled and lost an incredible amount of time, the altitude of 1772 metres and the180.3 kilometres appeared endless. But I finally reached the goal.

I dismounted from my bike, just about managed to stand straight and realised that I was unable to jog. So I walked into the transition zone, grabbed my bag to move over to the running track, went into the changing tent, sat down and then it happened: an incredible pain in my back, I could no longer move.

Irene Gambaro Hawaii 2015 09Helpers rushed over and asked me what was wrong, whether I had had too little salt. I said no, but they still gave me three salt tablets. Then I wanted to stand up, but my left leg let me down. I could no longer move, the pain in my back was so great. Three of them held me up as I did not want to go to the medical tent. I thought that this would lead to a disqualification.

So I tried to march off but my left leg failed me once again,and I fell into the arms of a helper. Three of them dragged me to the medical tent and tried to ease my cramp and back pain with a massage and physiotherapy. After an endlessly long 30 minutes I ventured out onto the running track, inspired by all the many helpers and spectators, with a huge ice pack on my back. Our youngest daughter was shocked when she saw me limping. I reassured her that I wanted to finish even if it took a long time.

After approximately 2 kilometres I attempted a jog, it got better and better so that I was finally able to run the marathon to the end, never stopping, thinking only of the Ali’i finish line. There I then enjoyed the spectacular and wonderful finish line and in spite of all the obstacles I made the top ten, 8th place, in my age category!

It was a race of superlatives and a roller coaster of emotions! But at the end I was so proud to receive my third finishing medal!

Irene Gambaro Hawaii 2015

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ByComm Unity Posted Nov 12, 2015

Fitness training with X-BIONIC®

Last Saturday we organized our first fitness X-PerienceDay in collaboration with Swiss fitness coach Daniele Pauli. He is a powerlifter, fitness expert and manages a lot of VIP’s. About 25 guests joined our exclusive event and came from Germany and Switzerland to improve their own fitness.

Fitness coach Daniele Pauli

X-BIONIC® fitness expert Daniele Pauli

Before we started the training session, the X-PerienceDay began with a short meet and greet and a little breakfast in our office. After that, our participants got some interesting and exclusive insights to our development department and learned a lot about X-BIONIC®’s latest technologies and products.

X-PerienceDay Fitness | 07/11/2015

Bo talked about interesting details of our latest technologies and products

In the other workshop that we prepared, fitness expert and personal trainer Daniele Pauli talked about useful ways of training and healthy nutrition for different kinds of sportsmen. The participants also received a printed booklet with all the information and tips Daniele gave them during the seminar.

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Daniele during his training and nutrition workshop

When the workshops were done, we handed over the test sets: THE TRICK® running shirts & pants for men and women. The fitness training was planned to take place in a gym hall  inside the Erlenmoos building. But the weather was perfect for an outdoor training session, so we decided to go outside. Sunshine and temperatures above 20 degrees made the test day perfect. Daniele pushed us to our limits, but everyone enjoyed the workout and had a lot of fun.

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You can find more event pictures in our Flickr gallery, just click here → [LINK]

The event ended with a healthy lunch we organized at the restaurant Erlenmoos. The participants gave us some great feedback: they were absolutely happy with the workout and whole event!

We are now looking forward to the next X-PerienceDay in December: track cycling at the Velodrome Suisse!

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ByComm Unity Posted Oct 16, 2015

Red Bull X-Alps 2015: Chrigel Maurer wins again

The worldwide best paraglider and X-BIONIC® athlete has won the Red Bull X-Alps, the hardest Adventure Race in the world, for the fourth time in a row.

Chrigel means eagle in the dialect of the Bernese Oberland, and Christian Maurer has had this nickname since his youth. The triple World and European Champion and fivefold Swiss Champion managed to win the Red Bull X-Alps race again this year. In only 8 days, 4 hours and 37 minutes, with a lead of 110 kilometres over the runner-up, he covered the adventurous route between Salzburg and Monaco without any breaks. (Note by the Editor: This international competition was first held in 2003 and has been won by Swiss people only.)

Chrigel Maurer during the X-Alps 2015

Chrigel Maurer during the X-Alps 2015

5 questions to Chrigel

When did you discover your passion for paragliding for the first time?

My father started with paragliding when I was 4 years old and it has fascinated me from the very first day. I took off for the first time when I was nine and was captivated right from the first moment.

What was the greatest challenge in this year’s Red Bull X-Alps Race?

A good and reliable team and suitable equipment are most important. During the race, I try to concentrate on my capabilities so that I am not subject to any external influence, i.e. stress. As the race continues without any breaks, I had to fight to keep awake since the middle of the race. I had to muster all my concentration to make the right decisions.

Chrigl Maurer of Switzerland performs in front of the Matterhorn at the Red Bull X-Alps, Zermatt, Switzerland on July 10 2015.

Chrigl Maurer of Switzerland performs in front of the Matterhorn at the Red Bull X-Alps, Zermatt, Switzerland on July 10 2015.

How do you prepare yourself physically and mentally for the X-Alps Race?

I prepare myself with a specific power workout programme and several hours of walking carrying a 10kg rucksack.

How important is your equipment during this Hike & Fly Race?

The equipment is a very important success factor. I depend on highly functional clothing because of the extreme physical challenges, like walking uphill at great speed, and the flying at an extremely cold high altitude.

Paul Guschlbauer (AUT1) and Christian Maurer (SUI1) perform during the Red Bull X-Alps at the Grubigsteinhutte above Lermoos, (turn point 4) Austria on 6th July 2015

Paul Guschlbauer (AUT1) and Christian Maurer (SUI1) perform during the Red Bull X-Alps at the Grubigsteinhutte above Lermoos, (turn point 4) Austria on 6th July 2015

Will you be on the starting line again at the next Red Bull X-Alps Race?

There is nothing that speaks against a participation in the next competition in 2017.

Adventure Red Bull X-Alps 2015

In 8 days from Salzburg to Monaco covering 1500 m ascent by foot or flying over the Alps. A 100 minutes lasting multimedia show about the ups and downs during the way to the 4th victory presented by serial winner Chrigel Maurer.

  • Frutigen (BE)
    • Wed 11 November 2015
    • Sun 15 November 2015
    • Mo 23 November 2015
    • Wed 16 December 2015
    • Sun 20 December 2015
  • Thu 26 November 2015 Eschen (Lichtenstein)
  • Wed 3 February 2016 Luzern Südpol
  • Thu 4 February 2016 altes Spital Solothurn
  • Thu 18 February 2016 Volkshaus Zürich

More information at www.chrigelmaurer.ch

Christian Maurer of Switzerland arrives in Monaco at the Red Bull X-Alps, France on July 14 2015.

Christian Maurer of Switzerland arrives in Monaco at the Red Bull X-Alps, France on July 14 2015.

Text and Interview by Sabine Hauptmann / Image credit by Red Bull

Links

ADAM – The Magazine

Website of Christian Maurer | Red Bull X-Alps

German version on page [2]

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