The Tatra Mountains offer a rich, yet undiscovered tapestry of scenery to explore by bike
Tatra Mountains, Poland & Slovakia
12th – 16th June 2019
11th – 15th September 2019
4 days riding / 4 nights
The Tatra Mountains make up the highest part of the Carpathian range that stretches in an arc from Czech Republic, through Slovakia, Poland, Hungary and the Ukraine all the way down to Romania.
The Tatra’s are rugged mountains with high cols and precipitous faces. The wall-like nature of them forms a natural border between Poland and Slovakia with only a few places to pass through them.
– Small groups of 6-8 riders
– Kraków 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)
– BBQ & Drinks on the final night
Roadventure Doesn’t Include…
– Lunch and snacks
– Alcoholic drinks with meals
– Travel insurance
– Incidental expenses
– Genesis Bike hire; steel & carbon bikes available (upon advance request)
Warm Up, 42km, 630m
You will be collected from Kraków airport, transferred to our mountain base in Niedzica. 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. A buffet-style dinner will follow in the base.
Roma Roads, 105km, 1,630m
The first full day in the mountains will bring a favourite ride of ours; a loop crossing the border into Slovakia. It has featured in Podia articles and the first Podia film.
The day will be supported by a service car with mechanic, ride food and drink. Our ride guides will be riding with you at all times.
A buffet-style dinner will follow in the base.
Giant’s Shadow, 92km, 1,700m
The second day brings the chance to sample the quick descents of the Tatra Mountains as well as the picturesque surroundings of the small village of Osturňa.
Dinner will be served in a special location where a metal sculptor has spent the last decade working on every detail of the restaurants décor.
The Boars Pass, 120km, 1,680m
The final day in the mountains and a further opportunity to explore some of the roads around the Pieniny National Park as they wrap around the Dunajec River.
To celebrate four days of riding we will finish the day with a traditional BBQ feast during which you will have a chance to fill up on local food and drinks.
Transfer back to Kraków as per individual travel arrangements. Sightseeing or late departure from Kraków to the airport possible upon request.
**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.
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. With this in mind we have found a traditional mountain base in Niedzica where we have reserved exclusive access to a large traditional log cabin.
Located next to a lake and a medieval castle, our traditional Polish mountain base is part of the 19th century complex originally built in the nearby village and now moved and renovated to modern standards. Each guest will be provided with comfortable double occupancy en-suite bedroom (single available upon request) and bike storage.
Accommodation & Food includes…
– Picturesque mountain base location in Niedzica
– Traditional Polish accommodation and restaurants
– Double occupancy en-suite bedrooms
– Single occupancy upon request
– Buffet breakfasts
– Buffet style dinner for first two nights (alcohol not included)
– Friday evening dinner in a special location (alcohol not included)
– BBQ and drinks on the Saturday night
Roadventures was certainly on top of the list in terms of personal highlights. Breathtaking landscapes, camaraderie, excellent organisation and lots of laughters made it the perfect trip. I’m hoping to go on another Roadventure in the futureJochen, FranceTatra Mountains June 2016
Thank you so much for a great roadadventure, the team worked hard to deliver a great experience, and it truly was. Thanks for plotting a lovely route back to Krakow, a cherry on the cake.Glenn, UKTatra Mountains June 2017
An amazing playground for cycling! Lost roads surrounded by beautiful landscapes, perfect organisation and assistance during the rides.Philippe, BelgiumTatra Mountains June 2016
Thank you so much for a great week in Poland and Slovakia. I look forward to joining another Roadventure soon.Wojtek, GermanyTatra Mountains June 2017
The border area between Poland and Slovakia promises unusual bike adventures with charm, empty roads and impressive panoramic viewsRoadBIKETatra Mountains, June 2017
Thanks Max, Magda, Michał and Roman for organising such a great Roadventure and showcasing how much this part of Europe has to offer. Fond memories of riding through stunning scenery on quiet roads in good company, all from a relaxed base camp. Looking forward to the next one.Adam, UKTatra Mountains June 2017
The Tatras are challenging and steep at times, but the support of Podia team and other riders turned it to fun. The thought of cold polish beer and good food at the end of the day made the Roadventure exceptional package of challenge, fun and relaxationBen, GermanyTatra Mountains June 2016
Many thanks to the Podia Team for making the trip very enjoyable. An amazing opportunity to explore the origins of Poland and Slovakia on two wheels. It was an amazing 4 days of adventure with a friendly bunch!Matthew, SingaporeTatra Mountains 2018
It felt like a group of passionate people who wanted to share and let me explore their local roads. No pressure, just an amazing adventure.Michał, PolandTatra Mountains June 2016
The experience turned out to be much more than just beautiful roads and spectacular scenery, I also got to meet and ride with a group of exceptional cycling enthusiasts from all over EuropeEric, Hong KongTatra Mountains June 2016
Thank you for having me. I really enjoyed the whole trip. Would love to come back to explore new roads. Just downloaded the photos. Love them – they are the perfect souvenir.Tim, GermanyTatra Mountains May 2017
Thank you for a great week. It was fantastic experience. My highlight would have to be the descents.Scott, AustraliaTatra Mountains June 2017
Thank you for the amazing bike trip. Fun, challenging and perfectly organized!Yannick, BelgiumTatra Mountains June 2017
Thanks a lot for a great few days, we have thoroughly enjoyed it and hope to be back some day! Big thanks as well for the very professional organisation and for the early morning taxi ride. Hope you survived the day well.Wim, BelgiumTatra Mountains 2017
We had a blast. We could not have wished for anything else on the trip. Great riding, good group and fantastic hosts.Tom, UKTatra Mountains June 2017
12th – 16th June 2019
11th – 15th September 2019
To book and confirm your place pay €310 deposit by 14th June 2019 the latest. Receipt of your payment and reservation will be confirmed by email. You will later be asked via a separate email to pay the remaining sum of €740 by 12th July 2019 the latest. The total price per person per trip is €1,050.