Cyclocross / cross-country trip with Slovenian ex professional road bicycle racer Tadej Valjavec.
Good company. Wonderful nature. You won’t regret it!
Super special cyclocross/crosscountry cycling tour with the well known Slovenian ex professional road bicycle racer Tadej Valjavec. We are going to explore the breathtaking landscapes of the Slovenia’s only national park – Triglav national park. Most of the time you will be settled in the beautiful alpine plateau Pokljuka in Vila Triglav.
- SKILL LEVEL B: You have little or no experience in riding a mountain bike, mostly on gravel tracks or smooth trails. But you can already cycle.
- FITNESS LEVEL 4: You have good fitness from regular exercise and active involvement in cycling. You can ride full days in any terrain at a steady pace.
Arrival day - airport pick up
We meet you at the airport and transfer to Vila Triglav on the Pokljuka plateau situated amidst lush spruce forests in the heart of the Triglav National Park, only 20 minutes drive from both Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj. Once one of Tito’s villas, it was build in the year 1939, in the famous Plečnik style. Nowadays, aside from the luxuriously decorated rooms, the resurgent beauty offers a soothing shepherd’s style wellness, a lot of privacy as well as delicious local food. Easy afternoon and meeting with the guide for plan chat about folowing days. Overnight stay in Vila Triglav.
Day 1 - From famous Planica to stunning Bled
Transfer to Planica Valley (Planica is the birth place of the longest ski jumps and ski flying), from where the first day ride take us to town of Kranjska Gora, Mojstrana and in to Vrata Valley. Vrata is most famous and also the most popular alpine valley. At the upper end it “crashes” into the wide Triglav north wall, and a few-minute ride from the parking lot will be rewarded with a splendid view of the wall. You will feel its power even if you don’t have the intention to hike further towards Triglav, and have a look at the magnificent symbol of Slovenia from up close without special effort. On the way to Vrata we’ll stop-over at Peričnik waterfall is a must. After the brake the ride will take us back to Mojstrana and trough Radovna valley. The Radovna valley is nested between the Pokljuka and Mežakla Alpine plateaus and hides a rich history of iron working and forestry and great natural beauty. Cycling down the Radovna valley is relaxing and not overly demanding. The Trip is finished in Bled. Transfer to Vila Triglav. ( cca. 45km and 700 A – meters of climb – 70% gravel and fire roads, 30% tarmac).
Day 2 - Over alpine meadows to lake Bohinj
We start biking day from Vila Triglav, towards one of the nicest alpine meadows – Zajamniki and Uskovnica with many traditional shepherds’ huts that are nowadays transformed into idyllic holiday houses. From Uskovnica we descent on gravel road to lake Bohinj. From there, crossing iconic Devil’s bridge, we will climb up to meadow Vogar. There is a mountain hut and provides ‘first aid’ for the hungry and thirsty. The meadows, forests and views of the Julian Alps and Bohinj lake will surely captivate you. After bike tour transfer back to Vila Triglav. (cca. 45 km and 600 A-meters to climb – 90% gravel and fire roads, 10% tarmac).
Day 3 - Away and back again - Sava river
This interesting and picturesque tour leads from the Pokljuka highland via the Galetovec panoramic view point to Bled. A great view on the central Gorenjska region and the Karavanke gives us a kick to deep into this nice part of Slovenia. We pass Bled, known worldwide by the lake and the oldest Slovenian castle from 12th century above it. We head towards confluence of the Sava Dolinka and the Sava Bohinjka rivers and another historical town–Radovljica. From there we cross the Sava river (the longest river in Slovenia) and climb to the Dobrave area. We pass a few typical villages and head to the eastern part of the Jelovica highland. On the last part of the stage we will face a macadam road to Mohor. Mohor is a local hill with a nice church at the top, but much more interesting due to a great view. The Kamnik-Savinjska Alps, the Karavanke, the Julian Alps, the hills Škofjeloško hribovje and all hills in Ljubljana direction make a good reason to climb the challenging steep hundred metres to the top. We also see Kranj, the capital of the Gorenjska region. We take macadam forest road from Mohor and descent to Besnica, where we enjoy hospitality of Tadej Valjavec’s home. After a short visit of his trophy room, a nice stage will end with a barbecue. Transfer to Pokljuka by van. Overnight stay in Vila Triglav. (cca. 60 km and 850 A-meters to climb – 60% gravel and fire roads, 40% tarmac).
Day 4 - Back to the time of wars (WW1 and WW2)
After a quick descent to Bohinj, we start the climb via Kobla to Soriska planina. Climb to old mountain pass Baško sedlo is amazing and it take us on old WW1 military road. We will see some millitary barracks and bunkers along the way. After the climb we have great 800 meters long descent to Podbrdo and further to Most na Soči. Transfer to Kobarid where we stay over night. ( cca. 30 km and 600 A meters of climb, 70% gravel and fire roads, 30% tarmac).
Day 5 - Up to Kolovrat ridge
15 min shuttle to village Livek above Kobarid. We climb on tarmac to Kolovrat ridge and descent following combination of fire roads and single trails to Tolmin. We also visit spring of beautiful alpine river Tolminka. After well deserved beer, fire roads along Soča river will take us back to Kobarid for lazy afternoon. Overnight in Kobarid. (cca. 40 km and 800 A meters to climb – 50% gravel and fire roads, 50% tarmac).
Day 6 - Incredible Vrsic pass
Transfer van take us from Kobarid to the end of Soča valley, where we start biking at Soča river source. An Alpine river in character, its source lies in the Trenta Valley in the Julian Alps innorthwestern Slovenia, at an elevation of 876. The road take us up to Vršič pass with an elevation of 1,611 metres (5,285 ft), is a high mountain pass across the Julian Alps in northwestern Slovenia. It is the highest pass in Slovenia, as well as the highest in the Eastern Julian Alps. The road across the pass, now known as Russian Road (/Ruska cesta/), was originally built for military purposes in the early 19th century and followed an earlier trade route. The view on the surrounding peaks will take your breath away. Descent to Kranjska Gora will take us down the old part of the road and Mali Tamar valley. Lazy afternoon at lake Jasna (close to Kranjska Gora) can recharge our batteries after long week of biking. Transfer to Pokljuka. Overnight in Vila Triglav. (cca. 25 km and 600 A – meters to climb – 50% gravel and fire roads, 50% tarmac).
After the last breakfast in cozy Vila Triglav we will take you back to the airport.
Price = 920€ / person (minimum 4 persons in a group)
- 6 days of mountain biking with experienced licenced guides
- 7 nights accommodation
- 7 days fully catered breakfast and dinner
- Transportation in an airconditioned van with a bike trailer
- Transportation from and back to the Airport (Ljubljana, Klagenfurt, Trieste). Venice and Zagreb for additional charge.
- Sight seeing as desired and information on the surrounding areas
- Use of workshop for repairs
- Second to none service with passionate staff
We use 3 star hotels, high end mountain huts or pensions for our accommodation. Price is based on double rooms. If clients want to stay in single rooms it could be booked but the price is higher.
We provide full mechanic service in our transport van. There is a lot bike shops in Slovenia in case that we need some special spare bike parts.
Where do we meet?
We will meet you in Ljubljana or pick you up at the airport. Transfers from airports Ljubljana, Klagenfurt, Trieste and Zagreb are included in the price. Transfers from airports Venice and Graz are possible but subject to prior arrangement and surcharge. For information about transfers please phone +386 68 147 467 or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
How is it with cash and expenses?
The official currency in Slovenia is the Euro – €. Additional costs you may encounter during your stay: lunch (cca. 10€/day), souvenirs, drinks in bars, massage treatments in hotels, etc. Most places allow payments by credit card, but we recommend you visit an ATM machine and pay in cash. Tipping is welcome (if you are satisfied with the service), not mandatory. The usual tip is up to 10% of the bill.
How about the food and meals?
In all multi-day trips breakfast & dinner is included in the price. Lunch is the only meal that needs to be paid separately (around 10€ per day). Breakfast and dinner are part of the half-board lodging option at each hotel. Each day includes a lunch stop at a specially selected local restaurant, serving local home made food, friendly atmosphere and range of foods characteristic for the area. Other lunch option is buying food in the grocery store. We kindly ask our guests to report any special nutritional requirements in advance (vegetarians, gluten free …) so we can notify the hotels and restaurants accordingly.
Cost and cancellation?
A 20% deposit is required upon application, the remaining 80% at least 2 weeks before departure.
- Cancelling up to 30 days prior to departure incurs a charge of 20% of the total booking value.
- Cancelling 14 to 8 days prior to departure incurs a charge of 50% of the total booking value.
- Bookings cancelled less than 7 days prior to departure cannot be refunded.
What kind of bike do I need?
The best bike for our trips is a good all mountain or enduro bike with at least 120 mm of travel. The bike should not weigh more than 16 kilos as there is quite a bit of uphill riding. Hardtails are always an option, provided your knees and back can take the punishment.
Can I Rent a bike?
Sure! We have a number of Mondraker and Trek bikes available for rent. For a full list of bikes, sizes and pricing contact us at email@example.com. Bikes can be reserved upon booking to eliminate any chance of not having a bike ready and waiting for you when you arrive. Check out our bike rental options and prices: 2017rental_link
What spare parts for my bike should I bring?
Most bicycle spares and components are available for purchase in bike shops around Slovenia (for example Positive sports in Kobarid). But, to set your mind at ease, we recommend you bring the following set of spares with you:
- rear derailleur hanger
- one set of brake pads
- chain (if your bike chain is older than 6 months)
- 2 inner tubes (with the appropriate valve)
- 2 spokes (appropriate lengths for your wheelset)
- Shock pump (particularly if you ride a Cannondale:) )
You can also do away with worrying about spares altogether and rent a bike for the week.
What clothing do you recommend?
With the exception of May and October, weather in Slovenia is rather stable and not too cold. Expected temperatures in May and October are between 10 and 25 C and temperatures between June and September are between 15 and 30 C. Packing rain gear is always good as we cannot guarantee the dry weather. Some long sleeves can certainly come in handy.
What should I pack?
Clothing and accessories:
- at least two cycling jerseys with short sleeves and one with long sleeves
- padded bike shorts
- bike helmet
- knee pads (elbow pads optional)
- bike gloves
- rainproof jacket and pants
- warm “civilian” clothing (fleeces, pants …)
- swimsuit, towel
- sunscreen and insect repellent
- personal hygiene set (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo…)
Your riding backpack should carry at least:
- 2 liters of fluid/day (hydration bladder or plastic bottles)
- 1 spare inner tube (appropriate valve)
Plus any other stuff you can’t ride without (phone, camera etc.)!
What if I want to extend my stay in Slovenia?
No problem at all! Our guides can help you find lodging and activities with dependable agencies and friends all around the country. Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
“Put the fun between your legs and ride a bike.”