THE BORDER COUNTRY
TRIESTE - LJUBLJANA
10 days / 9 nights
Slovenia is a wonderful region offering many alternative cycling routes, which are nestled in the Alps, immersed amongst pleasant hills and embedded amongst beautiful lakes. Slovenia has been part of the European Union since 2004 and has an interesting mix of Austro/Hungarian and Italian cultures that render it a truly fascinating, cultural country.
Mountains and alpine lakes will lead us to the wondrous medieval city of Lubjana: it’s not just about the riding, we’ll have plenty of time to explore the locations and what’s more enjoy the local food and wine!
Start & Finish Location: TRIESTE - LJUBLJANA
Duration: 10 days / 9 nights
Difficult level: 3 out of 5 - Intermediate
Average daily distance: 60km
Average Ascent: 600mt
Terrain: Undulating - Hilly
Main Route: 700km
Total Ascent:Approx 5500m
Recommended arrival Airport: Trieste (Italy)
Recommended departure Airport: Ljubljana (Slo)
WHO WOULD ENJOY THIS EXPERIENCE?
The experience is built for all riders able to ride for 3-5 hours. This is not a race or high intensity riding, but rather a true cycling adventure across one of the most picturesque region in the world.
We will ride as a group on the rolling terrain and as individuals or small groups on the short climbs, so that everyone will enjoy the ride. On top of each major climb we will regroup to celebrate and refill our bottles, and then enjoy the descent together. As a team, we’ll support each other during the ride and make sure everyone finishes safe and happy!
All cyclists interested in exploring a new region, learning about local culture while admiring magnificent scenery will enjoy this incredible experience!
THE TOUR INCLUDES
A fantastic tour itinerary designed by Andrea
All hotel accommodations in beautiful hotels, generally 4-star, in twin-double room
All breakfasts, 1 lunch, and all dinners except one on your own
Min. 2 professional guides on tour (1 fully qualified mechanic)
Van support throughout the tour
All in-tour transfers
Snacks and food supplements including electrolytes, gels, and energy bars by OTE Sport
1 top quality cycling kit made by DAMA (jersey, bibs, socks)
Detailed printed tour information booklet
Extra activities besides cycling: luxury picnic, Guided tour of Ljubljana, boat trip and more!
MORE ABOUT THE TERRAIN
We have selected some of the best routes offering a mix of all terrains, but the terrain will be mainly hilly with some 6-8 km climbs, but also a lot of flat-undulating sections.
The start from Trieste is perfect as it mostly flat, then route become hilly with some climbing when we cross the Alps and towards the end of the tour approaching Ljubljana.
The climbs are never hard as the gradient is always around 4-6% and when steeper, generally for short distances.
The roads are well-paved and safe, with drivers showing incredible respect for cyclists!
ON REQUEST, NOT INCLUDED
High-end rental bike
Massage at hotel
Personal Extras and Alcoholic drinks
Day One, Koper Warm-up Ride
Main Route: 40km; 27mi Total Ascent: 200m; 600ft
Activity: Airport pick up, Transfer to hotel, bike set up and ride
This is a warm-up ride to ease the legs and body into a week+ of riding. Some of you may have only recently stepped off a plane, so this ride offers a great way to “tease” out that tiredness. It will include some small climbs and offer beautiful views across the region.
Day Two, Koper loop to Portoroz
Main Route: 60km; 40mi Total Ascent: 450m; 1500ft
Today we will ride in Croatia! We cross the border and ride along the coast to Porec. After a nice walk in town we head back to Slovenia on the hilly route.
Activity: visit of Porec and Bizantine Basilica
Day Three, Koper to Postojna
Main Route: 80km; 55mi Total Ascent: 750m; 1900ft
Say goodbye to the Adriatic Sea and enter the hilly region of Postojna. We will ride up and down for the entire day, great views! In the afternoon we will explore the Caves of Postojna, some of the deepest and most scenic in Europe!
Activity: Visit the Grottoes!
Day Four, Postojna loop to Cerknica
Main Route: 70km; 50mi
Total Ascent: 850m; 2200ft
Another nice ride in the Slovenian forest, where we will admire some beautiful waterfalls and mountain villages.
Day Five, Postojna to Bled
Main Route: 100km; 60mi Total Ascent: 1250m; 3900ft
Today we will ride to the magic lake of Bled. Our longest ride with "nice" hills on the way to the famous town where will spend the next three nights. Give it all as tomorrow we have a rest day!
Activity: Visit of Bled
Day Six, Bled Rest Day
Main Route: 0
Total Ascent: 0
Activity: Rest, explore, eat and drink!
Day Seven, Bled loop to Kranjska Gora
Main Route: 50km; 30mi Total Ascent: 450m; 1900ft
Today we ride to the famous ski resort of Kraniska Gora, where every year there is a World Cup Downhill. Of course...Mountains!
Activity: enjoy Bled!
Day Eight, Bled to Lubjana
Main Route: 70km; 45mi
Total Ascent: 650m; 1750ft
Last transfer to Lubiana, possibly the most beautiful town of Slovenia.
The ride is nice and not too hard, but for sure not flat.
Activity: Explore Lubjana
Day Nine, Lubjana loop to Skofja Loka
Main Route: 150km; 90mi Total Ascent: 4000m; 12900ft
Our last ride in Slovenia will take us around the beautiful hills north of Lubjana. Forest, Lakes and a lot of up & downs on our way back to town.
Activity: enjoy a beautiful dinner in Lubjana!
Day Ten, Goodbye
Activity: Bike packing and transfer to airport