Not Slovakia or Sardinia but Slovenia! It might not have been around for long but it does exist and is worth exploring…
As counties go Slovenia is a newbie. If you do anything before 2019 book to visit here next year, it is wonderful.
…ideally book on our next Cycle Tonic Tour!
Our Tour of Slovenia started in Murska Sobota, in the North East. Originally Yugoslavia's northernmost city, and throughout history it has shifted across borders between Slovenia, Yugoslavia, and Hungary.
The riders were all met by our driver in the City of Ljubljana and transported by mini bus up to Murska Sobota.
With 68 miles to get behind us on day one it was a relief to wake up to a dry day with the sun trying to burn through. Reunited with the bikes we set off at just gone 9am to began the 7-day, 500 mile ride to the coast.
Leaving the city behind we began to get a hint that Slovenia had a great deal to offer us as we cycled through villages, forests and vineyards on quiet, well maintained ‘rolling’ roads.
Cycle touring quickly creates a real bond between the riders (and support). You soon develop a real team feel to the adventure and our two support drivers (Fletch and Rach) did a sterling job of keeping us fueled up each day.
I’ve had a desire to own a van for decades and love our T5 which has been purpose built with the help of Bruce at Suffolk Campers , Eric and my own handy work. It’s been built to carry the bikes securely and offer catering during the tours. As the week went on it was obvious everyone had fallen in love with the van (Stan) which stopped to refuel us every 25 miles with Munchy Seeds, BeetIT bars and Veloforte Bars to name a few - I’m sure it wasn’t just the tasty contents which sparked the love affair with Stan!
Amazingly, as small as Slovenia is it offers the keen cyclist a bit of everything with varying, breathtaking landscapes everyday. Aside form the rural roads we enjoyed turquoise lakes, immaculate vineyards, spectacular mountain climbs (and descents), fast flowing rivers, bustling cities and quaint villages... I could go on…
After testing our quads as we climbed the highest mountain pass in the Eastern Julian Alps at 1,611m (Vrsic Pass) we enjoyed a long descent in to the Soca Valley where the day finished.
With the knowledge of a shorter day on the road to follow we enjoyed some local beers and wine at the hotel. The following morning some recovered with a massage while others took to the water for some white water adventures!
Accommodation was excellent with a range of hotel and local guest houses. Hospitality was always wonderful and welcoming, it really is a super friendly country.
In general roads are in good condition but we did have to cross some unsealed sections of road. They were short sections but my cyclo-cross past certainly came in to its own!
We finished on the coast after 7 wonderful days of cycling with a meal together sharing our stories of the week. A week of making new memories, friends and falling more in love with exploring a country by bike (and Stan the Van!)
If you are planning a Cycle Tour next year make this the one. You will not be disappointed. Book before the 1st December 2018 to take advantage of our discounted rate of £995.
We are limited to 8 bikes in the van on a first come, first served option. We can arrange for bike box storage or bike hire.
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We look forward to exploring some amazing places with you…