In the era of connectivity, Magellan and Navman have launched their new Smart GPS, Cyclo 500 series bike computers including full map and the Echo Smart Sports Watch.

This launch focussed on the embracement of smartphones and how connectivity ensures users can upload their stats to their favourite sites or search and send wirelessly to their Smart GPS.

Media from both New Zealand TV stations, newspapers and specialist magazines attended.


March 12th, 2014

Coastal Challenge 2014

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Going Costal

 ”Not just high tide, a King Tide” was the call on the starting line of the 2014 TotalSport Coastal Challenge.
We crammed together on the last remaining meters of sand,  each athlete braced themselves for the 33 Kilometers of rough and tumble running. Whangaparaoa through to Devonport on Auckland’s North Shore; The Coastal Challenge tests the speed, strength and toughness of its races. And it has been on my “to do list” for some time now.

The final seconds ticked down, and to the beep of a hundred watches,we set off down the coast. Hopes of staying dry were quickly put to rest. The lead bunch all plowed into the water, doing our bes marine mammal impressions and finding it awkward to swim with shoes on.

The first few kilometers were through knee deep water and across slick rocks. Champion mountain runner Nick Hershfeld and I bartered for lead and I was able to pull away in the first mandatory swim. Swimming in shoes felt like towing a sea anchor,I panicked a flock of Godwits who took to the sky when I hauled myself  onto the sand, bedraggled.

The next swim section was a real doozy.I ran around a headland to find my way barred by half a kilometer of water. “Surely we don’t have to swim that”  I scrambled around the rocks and pohutukawas, until the safety crew in an IRB pulled alongside and yelled “You should start swimming now!”
I looked back over my shoulder to see swimmers 100 meters ahead out in the bay! I cursed myself for daydreaming during race briefing then dived Salmon-like back into the water.

 With a great awkwarness I flailed my way to the distant shore and the reassuring Terra Firma. Ahead in the distance, though figures scrambled around rocks, the chase was still on.

By the 11km mark I had reclaimed the overall lead, and was determined to keep it. Passing through the Long Bay aid station, it was good to see crowds of people watching the race and enjoying the beach.

 Kilometers gradually ticked down, and drank generously at each aid station, washing down energy gels which I had stashed in my shorts. Nutrition and hydration are key to a good performance, and I had chosen not to carry water.

 Insided the final 10km Nick was closing my lead down. Quick glances over my shoulder confirmed that he was less than 20seconds back .Nick is a top trail runner and could match my speed across difficult terrain, so my only option was to open the throttle on the beaches and hope the Coastal Challenge finished, before my energy reserves.

Inside the final 2km and I was breathing hard. Each step on the soft sand sucked more energy. For once I was relieved to be running on pavement. Compared to sand, the pavement seemed to acutally propel me forward! I rode the wave of added momentum along the road and up the finishing chute, to where a cold Speight’s was awaiting my arrival.

The Coastal Challenge is an absolute must do for anyone who likes their races rough and tough. The people of Totalsport deserve a big pat on the back for hosting such a classy event. The impending Coastal Challenge National Series is sure to be a cracker too, so bring a friend. 


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Magellan GPS  is thrilled to announce it is supporting world-record breaking adventure runner Richard Bowls on his next endeavours.

The brand is a leader and innovator of fitness and outdoor GPS products and the sister-brand of Navman technology.

“When we heard about Richard’s incredible world-first trail running achievements which have seen him running though crocodile infested waters on the world’s longest marked trail, to running around the base of an erupting volcano in North Sumatra, we were more than impressed by his tenacity and thirst for adventure. His passion for running is one we also share at Magellan,” said Paris Basson, brand manager, Magellan Australia.

“But even the boldest athletes need a little help sometimes so we couldn’t pass on the opportunity to help Richard track his running progress and stay safe by arming him with a range of Magellan outdoor and fitness devices. He is currently using a Magellan Switch Up multi-sport watch to track his running stats and a Magellan eXplorist 610  outdoor GPS to ensure he stays on path in his wilderness pursuits.

Richard holds several national and world records for trail running including being the first person to run the Bicentennial National Trail along Australia’s Great Dividing Range and the first to run the Te Araroa Trail in New Zealand.  He writes monthly segments for three international running publications, is the host of his own online running show and is also responsible for the operations of the Melbourne Trail Runners body. In another world-first, Richard will attempt to run the Heysen Trail in the Flinders Range in May this year.

“The most interesting thing is that I don’t like running that much, but what I love is adventure. You learn about yourself, what drives you what scares you and how far you can really go, says Richard Bowles.

“My new Magellan products will provide me with accuracy, reliability and safety. In particular my Magellan eXplorist because whether I’m out in a thick forest or a snow capped mountain top I need to know where I am and where I’m heading. I needed a device that won’t let me down no matter where I am and no matter what I’m doing – it’s these things that keep me safe in the great outdoors.”

About the products Richard will be using:

Magellan eXplorist 610: The water resistant Magellan eXplorist 610 arms Richard with the most accurate topographic maps into the palm of his hand. It includes ultra-advanced features that can help Richard and serious outdoor sportspeople get to the top of their game. The eXplorist 610 has a built-in 3-axis Electronic Compass and Barometric Altimeter which combined, gives super accurate positional information. Preloaded on the eXplorist 610 are the Summit Series Australia/New Zealand Topographic Maps which are detailed maps displaying contour lines that can be zoomed in and out and will provide Richard with advanced information such as elevation information for assessing terrain difficulty which will be especially helpful when Richard tackles the Flinders Range. The devices hold very useful point of interest information such as food, restrooms, petrol stations, camping grounds and even shopping locations. RRP $479

Magellan Switch Up: While Richard will be using this device to track his running stats such as distance, time and pace, this one device can also record other sports activities such as  cycling and swimming and includes a multisport mounting kit. The Switch Up’s Activity Pacer will even let Richard know how hard he needs to push himself to reach his fitness goals. The device can even log transition times in the process. RRP Magellan Switch Up RRP $199 with HR Monitor RRP $249

 For more information see

Magellan’s Echo Fitness watch has been featured and reviewed by Women Love Tech. To see the review, click here.

Magellan’s Echo Fitness watch has been featured and reviewed by Tech Radar. To see the review, click here.


Magellan’s Cyclo 500 series has been featured and reviewed by AMB Magazine. To see the review, click here

Magellan’s Cyclo 500 series has been featured and reviewed by ITWire. To see the review, click here

Magellan GPS is now sponsoring the 2014 version of the The Dirty Grand Fondo at Wandong, Victoria. To read Media release click here

Magellan’s Cyclo has been reviewed by The Australian . To see the review, click here.


Magellan’s Echo Fitness watch has been featured and reviewed by PC & Tech authority. To see the review, click here.