Extraordinary gravel riding in a historically unique region
Beskid Niski, Poland & Slovakia
2020 Dates Coming Soon
A gravel bike takes the meaning ‘off the beaten track’ to a whole new level, it allows us to explore further and deeper than ever before. But finding the best places to ride can be tricky.
We have been fascinated with the history of Beskid Niski for a long time and the gravel bike makes for the perfect machine to explore this region.
Kraków, Int. Airport
4 days riding / 4 nights
Beskid Niski lies to the south-east of Poland along the border with Slovakia. The region has an interesting history and saw a significant population reduction in the 20th century.
Remnants and remains of ancient settlements and villages are nestled between mountains with tracks and trails often forgotten and uncared for.
Timber, ‘onion-domed’ Orthodox churches, many of which are now UNESCO protected, await your discovery in charming valleys.
Due to the low population and abundance of forests, the region is home to some impressive wildlife; from deer, wolves, wildcat and bears, to an array birds like golden eagles.
– Small groups of 6-8 riders
– Kraków International Airport transfers
– Four nights single & double occupancy accommodation
– Four days of riding
– Breakfast and evening meals
– Ride guides with in-depth local knowledge
– 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)
Gravelventures Doesn’t Include…
– Lunch and snacks
– Alcoholic drinks with meals
– Travel insurance
– Incidental expenses
– Genesis Bike hire; steel ‘road plus’ bike available upon advance request
Warm Up, 35km, 560m
You will be collected from Kraków International Airport and transferred to our base in Ropki,. Transfer by mini-bus will take around 2 hours.
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.
Nowica, 73km, 1,250m
After a short transfer to the start, day two will be filled with exploring the forgotten valleys where Łemko settlements used to exist. Numerous river crossings will get us into the spirit of adventure.
Dinner will be served at the base.
Ropki, 85km, 1,360m
Starting and finishing at the Ropki base, we will venture through deep forests on the finest gravel fire roads, before crossing the border to Slovakia, where we will traverse border hiking routes.
Dinner will be served at the local village Wysowa Zdrój.
Folusz, 93km, 1,710m
The final day of the weekend will see us heading east through the Magurski National Park on its numerous gravel roads through forests and river valleys.
To celebrate on the final night (weather permitting), we will enjoy an open fire grill with plenty of food and beers.
Transfer back to Kraków International 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.
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.
For the demanding terrain of Gravelventure we have selected the Genesis road plus category bike; Fugio.
It benefits from Mjolnir frame and carbon fork and 12mm thru axles front and rear. It can run with smaller 650b wheels with enough clearance to accept much larger tyres. The rental bike comes with Clement X’Plor MSO 50c rubber that will keep you comfortable regardless of the road and track condition. The build is completed with SRAM 1x Apex groupset.
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
Beskid Niski is a wild region of Poland and we have found the perfect accommodation right in the wilderness of Ropki.
A large house accessible only by gravel road with a small river running next to it. Renovated to modern standard offering perfect outdoor and indoor areas to relax after a day in the saddle.
Each guest will be provided with comfortable double occupancy en-suite bedroom (single available upon request) and bike storage.
We have also planned one dinner in a local town and weather permitting an outdoor grill on the final night.
Accommodation & Food includes…
– Secluded base in the wilderness of Ropki
– Double occupancy en-suite bedrooms
– Single occupancy upon request
– Buffet Breakfasts
– Two dinners served at the base
– Dinner in local village Wysowa-Zdrój
– Weather permitting an outdoor grill on the final night
The Gravelventure in Beskid Niski was a trip for the books. The terrain and trails in the area surely must have been specifically put on this earth for the sole purpose of gravel riding. The time and effort that went into planning the routes and scouting the (mostly un-mapped) trails before the trip were second to none, and Piotr’s knowledge of the local area is the sort of thing you simply cant put a price on.Rob, UKBeskid Niski May 2018
Technical climbs, challenging descents, rolling gravel roads, river crossings and pushing bikes up muddy mountains; that’s what “venture” in the word “Gravelventures” stands for! What a great experiance in the best company in scenic Hidden Europe.Constantin, GermanyBeskid Niski May 2018
Cycling in Lower Beskids gives an oportunity to encounter true gems of Eastern Europe: rough forest roads, thriving wildlife and traces of desolated settlementsPiotr, PolandRide Leader
I was very happy with the trip as a whole, it made me unwind and calm down as my heart rate went up on those steep gravel roads. The thing that fascinated me the most, was the very unspoiled nature and wilderness, it really gave the ride a very adventurous feeling.Benjamin, GermanyBeskid Niski May 2018
I am lucky enough to ride in many different places. The first time I rode in Beskid Niski, I knew it was something special. From that moment I knew I wanted to bring other people to see it.Max, UKPodia Co-Founder
I think the expression “off the beaten path” sums up the whole trip quite well. The sense of freedom, wildlife, mixture of conditions and terrain we rode on and especially the company of like-minded and really cool people – all these aspects added up to unforgettable experience, and quite possibly the best couple of days on the bike for me. Ever.Maciej, PolandBeskid Niski May 2018