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Julian Alps

The Julian Alps; a taste of alpine cycling with the unique flavour of Eastern Europe

 

 

Julian Alps, Slovenia & Italy

2020 Dates Coming Soon

Start:

Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport

Base location:

Kranjska Gora

Duration:

4 days riding / 4 nights

Avg Distance:

110km

Avg Elevation:

2000m

Difficulty:

4/5

Location

Bordering Austria, Italy, Hungary and Croatia; Slovenia is a country of only around 2 million people. The last remnants of the Alps can be found here in the form of the Julian Alps. The highest peak is Triglav Mountain standing at 2,864m located in the centre of the Triglav National Park.

Ride the numerous lost and forgotten roads as well as the infamous Vršič Pass. The epic road to Mangrt forms the culmination of a fantastic weekend in the saddle.

Roadventure Includes…

 

– Small groups of 6-8 riders

– Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport transfers

– Four nights single & double occupancy accommodation

– Four days of riding

– Breakfast and evening meals

– Ride guides with in-depth local knowledge

– Ride support with mechanical assistance

– Ride photography

– Routes designed around experiencing the local area

– Ride nutrition and hydration provided by Chimpanzee

– Wahoo GPS devices for test rides

– Brooks saddles for test rides (special sale prices available)

Roadventure Doesn’t Include…

 

– Flights

– Lunch and snacks

– Alcoholic drinks with meals

– Travel insurance

– Incidental expenses

– Genesis Bike hire; steel & carbon bikes available   (upon advance request)

Itinerary

Warm Up, 45km, 730m

You will be collected from Ljubljana airport in Slovenia and transferred to our mountain base in Kranjska Gora. Transfer by mini-bus will take less than an hour.

After settling at the mountain base, there will be the first opportunity to explore the area by bike. A short ride will help stretch the legs after the travelling and give you a taste of what is to come.

Tracking the Border, 95km, 1,900m

Easing ourselves into a weekend of climbing we will head south close to the Italian Border in an area steeped in history.

After a quiet and very scenic climb we will reach the ridge of the Trinski Vrh which saw some of the worst fighting during the Great War. Remnants of the battles can still be found at the museum as well as gun placements along the ridge.

The Great Seat Loop, 105km, 2,300m

We will venture across the border into Italy as we increase the distance and elevation of the ride. Winding climbs with beautiful descents and breathtaking views of the Triglav National Park will be on the agenda for the whole day.

Mangrt & Vršič, 115km, 3,090m

The finale of the weekend will be the chance to cycle to the top of Mangrt and then across the Vrśić Pass. These are some of our favourite places to cycle in Europe with terrain that you won’t find anywhere else.

Departure day

Transfer back to Ljubljana airport in the morning ready for individual travel arrangements.

**Routes are subject to change and can be extended in length or shortened due to weather conditions as well as the ability of the group. With two ride leaders per group, we also have the option to split groups depending on ability.

Partners

To help make your Podiaventure an unforgettable experience we have teamed up with some of the best cycling companies around.

Our ride guides and support vehicles use the great tracking features of the Wahoo ELEMNT GPS computer. A wireless GPS bike computer, with easy to access side buttons and large screen displaying all necessary data and route maps.

Wahoo ELEMNT GPS connects with your smartphone, allows you to customize settings and links to your favourite cycling apps and wireless sensors.

Our guides use it to navigate the routes. We also have a unit in our service vehicle, so the driver can always track down location of the group. Guests of Podiaventures can test Wahoo ELEMNT GPS during rides.

British bike brand which debuted in 2001 with the Day One bike under the Ridgeback brand. Due to its snowballing popularity, Genesis broke out in its own right in 2006. Since then it’s bike range has expanded and now includes road, mountain, cyclo-cross, gravel, and kids bikes.

Genesis is well known for their use of steel tubing and an ethos for function over form. It supports a UCI Professional cycling team Madison Genesis, which races on their steel Volare and carbon Zero machines.

We have teamed up with Genesis and have a fleet of their bikes ready for rent. If you do not feel like traveling with your own bike for the Podiaventure, we will be able to offer you a Genesis machine tailored to your needs.

This Belgian brand, originally Morgan Oils, came to life in 1994 when a former mechanic of the Lotto team asked to produce oil for bikes. After extensive testing of samples, they were fine-tuned and Morgan Oils started sponsoring the Belgian Lotto and French Casino teams.

Soon after their legendary blue chain cleaner was developed and hence Morgan Blue was born. Since then the range of products extended and from 2014 it includes more than 68 items for the bike and the rider.

Everything is made in-house to exacting standards offering the highest level of performance. During Podiaventures we use a variety of Morgan Blue cleaning products to keep guests bikes pristine ahead of every ride as well as offering samples of warm up oils and massage creams for the riders tired legs.

Well-known British brand Brooks has been manufacturing with cyclists in mind since 1866.  Under their iconic logo you can find their famous leather saddles, still handmade in Europe, as well as a wide range of backpacks, cycling bags, helmets and accessories.

For Podiaventure guests we have a range of Brooks C13 saddles to test on rides.

The C13 utilises the same vulcanised natural rubber and organic cotton top of the Cambium line, yet weighs 150g less than the popular C15 model. This is accomplished through a continuous carbon rail that eliminates performance-resistant contact points and saves weight.

Additionally, we are also able to offer a discount for any purchases made on the Brooks online shop.

Nutrition and hydration during Podiaventures is included and contains a variety of food products delivered by Czech brand Chimpanzee.  We have tested all of their ranges during numerous trips, rides and adventures and guarantee not only that they taste good, but also deliver all necessary and healthy nutrition needed during any ride.

Chimpanzee is honest, all-natural, hydration and nutrition made from real foods. Free of additives, artificial sweeteners, trans fats, chemicals and GMO’s. Among their bars, chews, powders and gels are options for vegetarians and vegans as well as gluten free riders.

Many past Podiaventures guests liked Chimpanzee so much, that they would try and take home whatever was left after the trip.

Rental Bikes

Our rental fleet of Volare 853 have been specially built by Genesis. Its steel frame borrows from the developments of the 953 frame used by the UCI Professional cycling team Madison Genesis.

It features Shimano Ultegra R8000 mechanical groupset with hydraulic disc brakes and a mid-compact crankset (52-36) with a large cassette (11-28). The new Ultegra RS770 carbon-laminate wheels as well as pro PLT seat post, bars and stem complete the build.

Please let us know in advance whether you want to rent a bike. We will be able to give you rental price upon request as well as prepare a suitable bike for you.

Accommodation & Food

We want Podia Roadventures to be as much about riding in new places as experiencing the country and local region. We have searched long and hard for a suitable base location that puts us right in the middle of the best cycling of Slovenia.

We found it by a beautiful lake near Kranjska Gora, a mountain resort town, surrounded by the peaks of the Julian Alps and the Triglav National Park. 

Our base is a picturesque family-run hotel with an indoor swimming pool, Finnish sauna and small fitness area. Relax in the library room and bar with a large terrace overlooking the lake.

Buffet breakfasts will be served in the hotel and dinners in local restaurants. 

Accommodation & Food includes…

 

– Picturesque mountain base location near Kranjska Gora

– Double or single occupancy en-suite bedrooms

– Indoor swimming pool

– Finish sauna

– Dinners served in local restaurants

  • The trip was brilliant as usual – many thanks for organising. The perfect mixture of like minded people, great cycling and spectacular scenery.

    Eoin, Poland
    Eoin, PolandJulian Alps June 2018
  • Journey to Slovenia’s Julian Alps and you’ll be rewarded with some of the finest mountain roads in Europe

    Cycling Plus
    Cycling PlusJulian Alps 2018
  • We visited Slovenia unknowing of how beautiful it is. It offers amazing roads, fantastic vistas and the opportunity to show us that there are hidden gems to be found in less known parts of Europe.

    Barney, UK
    Barney, UKPodia Festka Slovenia 2015
  • I have been the driver/photographer a number of times in Slovenia and I am always so envious of those riding these climbs. They look challenging, but beautiful; the perfect kind!

    Max, UK
    Max, UKPodia Co-Founder

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Read more about the Julian Alps Roadventure in the British magazine Cycling Plus. You can find the article here.

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