Mountain Biking in Slovenia
Julian Alps - Gorenjska and Soca Valley, South, Central and North East
By Rob Houghton
Guidebook to 35 full-day and half-day mountain biking routes in Slovenia. The routes, which are graded, range from 12 to 59km, taking in Gorenjska, Soca Valley, the South, as well as Central and North East Slovenia. Includes a Slovenian glossary plus all you need to know about getting there, getting about, bikes, equipment and accommodation.
Seasonsmost of the routes can be tackled from Spring to Autumn; a few in the more clement south could be tackled in Winter
CentresBled and Bohinj; Bovec, Kobarid and Tolmin; Ajdovščina; Postojna; Kamnik; Maribor; Doljenske Toplice
Difficultyvast majority of routes technically require only a reasonable amount of competence to complete; however, they often require a good level of fitness as most will include a climb that can go from stiff to brutal; there are also rides included that anyone should be able to complete and a few with a higher technical grade
Must SeeLakes Bled and Bohinj; the high Alpine pastures of the Julian Alps; beautiful River Soča; caves of the limestone Karst; Predjama Grad - the castle in a cave; vineyards of the South and East; historical sites from both world wars
Guidebook to 35 full and half day mountain biking routes in Slovenia. The graded routes, which range from technically not difficult but requiring a reasonable level of fitness to highly technical, requiring a high level of fitness and confident bike handling skills, vary in length from 12km to 59km. Routes are located in Gorenjska, Soca Valley, the South, as well as Central and North Eastern Slovenia.
Full route descriptions are accompanied by gradient profiles and 1:75,000 mapping, together with practical information such as getting to and around Slovenia, travelling with the bike, arranging accommodation and dealing with emergency situations. A handy Slovenian language glossary is also included.
Showcasing a remarkably diverse landscape, Slovenia is an idyllic (and incredibly, little known) mountain biking destination. From the towering peaks of Gorenjska and the stunning riverside trails of the Soca Valley to the tremendous limestone caves of the Karst region and the forests of the Nanos plateau in the country's south, there is endless opportunity for tough climbs, long descents and technical trails - as well as slow, scenic trips lakeside and through vineyard-laced landscapes - making it a perfect travel destination for the avid mountain biker.
When to go
Food and drink
Using this guide
Route 1 The high alpine at Uskovnica
Route 2 In the foothills of Črna Prst
Route 3 Across the Jelovica Plateau
Route 4 To the Crone’s Tooth
Route 5 Grahovše circular
Route 6 Lake Zgornje
Route 7 Peč and the three borders
Route 8 Kranjska Gora circular
The Soča Valley
Route 9 Kobarid and the River Soča
Route 10 Stol epic
Route 11 Kobarid and the River Nadiža
Route 12 Stol and the long descent
Route 13 Planina Razor
Route 14 Most na Soči Široko
Route 15 The war memorial at Trnovo
Route 16 The dark forests of Trnovo
Route 17 The industrial heritage of Črni Vrh
Route 18 Javornik
Route 19 The Wine Region of Kras
Route 20 Komen and its surrounds
Route 21 Postojna classic
Route 22 Lake Cerkno and the caves of Rakov Škocja
Route 23 Lake Cerknica circular
Route 24 Dolenjske Toplice and the Partisans’ forest
Route 25 Dolenjske Toplice and Soteska
Central and North-East
Route 26 Velika Planina
Route 27 Menina Planina
Route 28 Jesenovo and Krvavica
Route 29 The churches of Čreta
Route 30 The nature reserve of Pohorje
Route 31 Maribor and its surroundings
Route 32 The Maribor downhill park
Route 33 The Najevnik Linden Tree
Route 34 The three valleys route
Route 35 Peca
Appendix A Slovenian language
Appendix B Accommodation
Appendix C Useful information
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[The author's] enthusiasm for the activity permeates every one of the 208pp. While there are innumerable spots all around Europe that might be deemed suitable for the cycling community, Slovenia has a particular relevance to mountain bikers, mainly because of its outstanding mix of biking routes, some of which are truly Alpine spectacular.
Having read all about it, now I want to try it personally and this practical guide will accompany me.
Mountain Biking in Slovenia retails at £16.95 and you may well come to know a new fact about Slovenia for every penny spent on the book. Furthermore, Rob Houghton has led expeditions on five continents and has been a keen cyclist for a decade, so you will be guided expertly to a different and perhaps more untouched part of Europe.
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Rob Houghton has been an outdoor instructor, leader and educator for more years than he cares to remember and he has led educational expeditions on five continents. For as long as he can remember, Rob has always been a cyclist and his first bike was a Raleigh Striker back when they had fake suspension forks on the front. He only took up mountain biking ten years ago after a friend first took him around a trail centre in Wales. He was hooked.