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Long distance mountainbiking loop around and accross the Julian Alps

Juliana Bike

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The Juliana Bike Mountain Biking Loop is the younger sister of the Juliana Trail and part of the Slovenian Mountain Biking Route. Seven stages run counter-clockwise and together form a circle along the edges of the Julian Alps. With access stages from three directions, this trail shares similar panoramas and views of life in the Julian Alps to the footpaths along the Juliana Trail. The marked mountain biking loop takes you along local roads, biking trails, forest trails or unpaved roads and also demands respect for nature, plants, animals and other sensitive natural habitats, as well as the local people who live sustainably in the protected UNESCO – Man and Biosphere natural environment and Triglav National Park.

  • Total length: 290 km
  • The total difference in altitude: 8.500 m
  • Total number of stages: 7 (+ 3 access stages)
  • Average stage length: 40 km

Mountain biking loop for long-distance bikers

Bicycle Touring · Julian Alps
JULIANA BIKE - overall trail
recommended route Difficulty moderate Multistage route
Distance 296.1 km
Duration 41:15 h
Ascent 8,206 m
Descent 8,206 m

THE JULIANA BIKE MOUNTAIN BIKING LOOP is the younger sister of the Juliana Trail and is basically the part of the Slovenian Mountain Biking Route; ...

from Julijske Alpe,   The Julian Alps

THE JULIAN ALPS BOOKING CENTRE

Soča Valley Tourist Board
Rupa 17, Bovec
T: +386 (0)5 30 29 643
E: booking@juliana-trail.si

JULIANA BIKE STAGES

Juliana Bike is designed on the north-western section of the STKP route, which is artfully woven into a ring that can be cycled in a circular and fully contiguous manner. The section from the Vrh Ravni crossroads above Zakojca, over the Otavnik mountain and along the steep forest trail below Porezen to the descent to Podbrdo links the STKP into one of the most beautiful rings of long-distance mountain bike routes. Here it is also possible to ascend on foot to the hut on Porezen and descend along the northern branch of the STKP straight to Petrovo Brdo. The attraction of the Juliana Bike also lies in the access stages and its long-distance biking network of the Julian Alps Association: the Juliana Bike Network. This project is the remarkable result of long term cooperation at all levels.

Juliana Bike starts in Bohinj: along the Sava Bohinjka to Lake Bohinj, then uphill to Pokljuka

The slow start of the stage is perfect for an idyllic morning warm-up on the bike through the Bohinj valleys, but you'll have a few challenges ahead of you as you climb to Pokljuka.

From Bohinjska Bistrica, follow the cycle path along the left bank of the Sava Bohinjka to Lake Bohinj and see the monument to the first climbers of Triglav in Ribčev Láz - don't miss the iconic view of the lake from the bridge by St. John's Church and, if you can, look out for the white devil in the famous church - maybe there's more than one!? In Stara Fužina, visit the Alpine Museum, then climb to the high mountain plateau of Pokljuka, dotted with picturesque mountains and high moors.

From the embrace of the mighty spruce forests of Pokljuka, you descend into the Radovna and Krma valleys.

We stop and listen to stories about the old days in Pocar's homestead and then in the Slovenian Mountain Museum in Mojstrana, which takes us on a rich exploration of mountain worlds.

On the road along Pišnica to Vršič, we come across the famous Russian chapel, a tribute to the dead Russian prisoners, and then we head through Vršič to the Trenta valley, where we can turn off to the source of the Soča River. In Trenta, you should visit the centre of the Triglav National Park and the botanical garden, and then drive along the emerald Soča River through Čezsočo to Bovec.

The stages lead us further into the Krnsko mountains to the Kuhinja mountain and the Church of the Holy Spirit in Javorca.

First, the trail goes along the Soča River, then up through the villages below Krno to the sunny Kuhinja mountain, then up the difficult climb to the Pretovč saddle, where we then descend through the Zatolminské mountains and then along the Tolminka River to Tolmin.

The next interesting stage takes us first steeply uphill to the Prehod Pass, then on foot to Porezen, and then downhill to Podbrdo.

From Zakojca, we head to the Vrh Ravni saddle and cycle past the sunny Otavnik mountain to the Prehod Pass. Then climb on foot to the scenic Porezen. After that, it's a long, initially steep, descent to Podbrda in the Baška Grapa.The ascent and descent from Baška Grapa via Sorica and over Soriška planina into the Bohinj basin - from Primorska to Gorenjska.

From the tight Baška Grapa, we leave the Primorska world and head up the vast slopes of Sorica, up to Soriška Planina and through the vast forests and down through the mountains to the Bohinj Basin.

Access stages to the Juliana Bike Loop

When designing the route, we have also thought about the possibility of accessing the route by bicycle from places that are a little more remote, but still well-known as tourist destinations, in three access stages: Radovljica - Bled - Gorje - Radovna, Žirovnica - Jesenice - Mojstrana and Goriška Brda - Tolmin.

 

recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 1
Distance 31.6 km
Duration 4:15 h
Ascent 1,075 m
Descent 318 m

Along the Sava Bohinjka River to Lake Bohinj and upwards to Pokljuka

from Julijske Alpe,   The Julian Alps
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 2
Distance 67.7 km
Duration 6:10 h
Ascent 1,089 m
Descent 1,524 m

From Pokljuka in the valleys of Radovna, Krma, Vrata and upstream the Sava River to Kranjska Gora

from Julijske Alpe,   The Julian Alps
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 3
Distance 61.6 km
Duration 7:00 h
Ascent 1,410 m
Descent 1,852 m

Over the Vršič Pass to Trenta and along the emerald Soča River to Čezsoča and Bovec

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Bike Riding · Julian Alps
JULIANA BIKE - stage 4: Bovec - Tolmin
recommended route Difficulty difficult Stage 4
Distance 52.4 km
Duration 7:50 h
Ascent 1,595 m
Descent 1,794 m

To the Kuhinja pasture in the Krn mountain range and to the Church of the Holy Spirit in Javorca.

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recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 5 closed
Distance 30.6 km
Duration 4:50 h
Ascent 1,179 m
Descent 654 m

Alone the Soča and Idrijca Rivers uphill to the Šentviška planota plateau and below Kojca

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recommended route Difficulty difficult Stage 6
Distance 18.5 km
Duration 3:35 h
Ascent 858 m
Descent 1,058 m

Steep uphill ride to Prehod Pass, walk to Porezen and downhill to Podbrdo

from Julijske Alpe,   The Julian Alps
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 7
Distance 29 km
Duration 4:25 h
Ascent 882 m
Descent 881 m

From Baška grapa to Sorica Village and over Soriška planina to the Bohinj Valley

from Julijske Alpe,   The Julian Alps
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 24.4 km
Duration 2:20 h
Ascent 466 m
Descent 246 m

This access stage connects one of the most beautiful medieval towns –Radovljica – with one of the most popular tourist pearls, Bled.

from Julijske Alpe,   The Julian Alps
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 19.6 km
Duration 1:35 h
Ascent 215 m
Descent 106 m

You can start the stage in Žirovnica by visiting the birth house of Matija Čop(the first Slovenian literary historian) and then continue over the ...

from Julijske Alpe,   The Julian Alps
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 48 km
Duration 6:45 h
Ascent 1,211 m
Descent 1,259 m

The southern access trail to Juliana Bike from the Goriška Brda hills opens anew view to the connection of the Mediterranean with the alpine world.

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Mobility in the Julian Alps

No matter whether you arrive by train or bus. The Julian Alps are well connected. Read more about mobility options in the Julian Alps and about the benefits cards provided by some destinations for your convenience.

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Promotional branded merch for the fans of the Juliana Trail and the newly opened Juliana Bike. 

The entire route (except for the access stages) is well marked: blue arrows directing you to the next characteristic point with written information (distance to the point, altitude of the board and the logos of the Julian Alps Association and the STKP (Slovenian Touring Bike Route) and sometimes also the Trans Karavanke), blue signposts and blue & white mountain biking markings marking the route.

For detailed information, click individual stages (or overall loop description). There you can also download the GPX track, print out a stage map, see a 3D flight (PRO feature) and possible updates or detours when applicable.  

Although the Juliana Bike route was only opened in June 2021, the experienced cyclists who have already cycled the entire route, rated it as potentially one of the most prestigious touring bike routes in Europe, if not the world. It has everything a touring cyclist would want in an adventure: outstanding scenery, remoteness, relatively strenuous course, but still close to friendly and hospitable people and with adequate tourist infrastructure, just right to keep the traveller on the safe side. 

JULIANA BIKE NETWORK: SECONDARY GRID

  • Number of routes: 32
  • Total length: 655 km
  • Total elevation gain: 17.72O km

Explore and experience the rich diversity by pedalling throughout the Juliana Bike Network - the secondary grid with more than 600 km of mountain bike routes in the Julian Alps.

The official routes will take you along the existing side roads and trails. While they are not signposted in nature, each of the trails is fully digitised on our website. Check details, GPX tracks and other important information to plan a tailored combination of trails for your next outdoor adventure in the Julian Alps. 

RADOVLJICA E1: TIC Radovljica – TIC Bled

Kolesarska tura vodi iz mestnega jedra Radovljice v dolino reke Save, od koder se po makadamih in kolovozih približate Bledu. Prvi del poti vodi ob Savi Bohinjki, nato pa čez slikovite travnike v Svetju.

RADOVLJICA E2: TIC Radovljica – TIC Bled

Kolesarska tura vodi iz mestnega jedra Radovljice v dolino reke Save, od koder se po makadamih in kolovozih približate Bledu. Dobršen del poti vodi ob Savi Bohinjki nato pa se skozi vasico Ribno povzpnemo do Bleda in skozi slikoviti in najstarejši del Bleda – Zagorice dosežemo TIC na Bledu.

RADOVLJICA E3: - TIC Radovljica – TIC Žirovnica

Kolesarski tura, ki vas po makadamih in lokalnih cestah vodla iz slikovitega starega mestnega jedra Radovljice po radovljiški deželi in prečudovitih okoliških vaseh v deželo pod mogočnim gorovjem Karavank, rojstne hiše Frana Saleškega Finžgarja, čebelnjaka Antona Janše vse do TICA-a v Žirovnici ...

RADOVLJICA I1: TIC Radovljica – TRANS Karavanke

Gorsko-kolesarski vzpon za prave kolesarje, ki uživajo v premagovanju višine in vožnji po gozdu. Na tej poti vas čaka odlična spust po enoslednici in vsaj enkratni razgledi pod mogočno Begunjščico. 

ŽIROVNICA E1: TIC Žirovnica– TIC Bled (čez Lesce)

Iz Žirovnice na Bled boste preko dveh markantnih točk Poti kulturne dediščine dosegli prelepe vasi Studenčice, Hraše in Lesce. Iz Lesc pa udobno preko kolesarske steze Bled –izhodišče za vaše nadaljnje dogodivščine.

ŽIROVNICA E2: TIC Žirovnica – TIC Bled (čez Piškovco)

Kratka in prelepa tura vas bo preko Save Dolinke, vasi Zasip in Gmajna popeljala iz Žirovnice na Bled, kjer boste lahko skočili v prijetno Blejsko jezero ali pa nadaljevali vaše raziskovanje okoliških krajev s kolesom na eni izmed lokalnih tur.

ŽIROVNICA E3: TIC Žirovnica – TIC Begunje

Izlet vas popelje pod vasi pod Stolom mimo rojstne hiše Matije Čopa, preko prelepe »Cesarske ceste«, mimo vasi Vrba, Rodine ter Poljče na Begunje na Gorenjskem – izhodišče za lepe pohodniške in še lepše kolesarske ture.

ŽIROVNICA E4: TIC Žirovnica – Jesenice (Stara Sava)

Tura vas bo popeljala iz Žirovnice preko, gorskim kolesarjem zelo znanega, jezu v Mostah, neskončnih travnikov Blejske Dobrave vse do starega železarskega središča na Jesenicah  - Stare Save.

ŽIROVNICA E5: TIC Žirovnica – dolina Završnice

Kratka povezovalna pot od TIC-a v Žirovnici in rojstne hiše Matije Čopa do parkirišča v dolini Završnice – izhodišča za ture v pogorje Karavank ter začetka Kamniško-Savinjskih alp tako s kolesom kot tudi peš.

JESENICE E1: Jesenice - Mojstrana

Pristopna trasa do Juliana Bike z Jesenic do Mojstrane je ena najenostavnejših in obenem najlepših ob strugi Save Dolinke. Vodi po daljinski kolesarski poti D-2.

JESENICE I1: Jesenice - Dom Pristava

Z muzejskega območja Stare Save se povzpnemo do Javorniškega Rovta, kjer se priključimo na traso Trans Karavanke.

JESENICE I2: Jesenice - Plavški Rovt

Z muzejskega območja Stare Save se povzpnemo do Plavškega Rovta, kjer se priključimo na traso Trans Karavanke. Pot nas vodi po stranskih slikovitih ulicah Jesenic in po dolgem klancu do Plavškega Rovta.

DOLINA SOČE I1: Log pod Mangartom - Bovec

Lep kolesarski spust z Loga pod Mangartom do Bovca ob Koritnici mimo slapu Fratarice na levi in Možnice na desni strani doline ter trdnjave Kluže popeljal do Bovca.

DOLINA SOČE I2: Bovec - Stol - Kobarid

Atraktivna celodnevna tura, ki jo vsak turni kolesar lahko vknjiži kot trofejno.

DOLINA SOČE I2A: Robidišče krog

Krog po Breginjskem kotu in vzpon do najbolj zahodne vasi v Sloveniji. 

DOLINA SOČE I3: Kobarid - Kolovrat - Tolmin

Iz Kobarida se povzpnite visoko nad Sočo, na razgledni Kolovrat, mejnik med Benečijo in Posočjem. 

DOLINA SOČE I4: Kanal - Kal nad Kanalom - Most na Soči

S Kanala ob Soči, trga, ki ga krasi staro mesto jedro in most čez Sočo vpeto med gladko skalovje, vas bo pot vodila skozi vasi vpete v pobočja nad levim bregu Soče. 

BLED E1: TIC Bled - Radovna

Trasa povezuje Bled s traso Juliana Bike Traila, če jo kolesar namerava prevoziti nasprotni smeri urnega kazalca, proti Kranjski Gori.

Bled E2: Bled - Juliana Trail Radovna

Trasa povezuje Bled s traso Juliana Bike Traila mimo Vintgarja, če jo kolesar namerava prevoziti nasprotni smeri urnega kazalca, proti Kranjski Gori.

BLED I1: Bled - Pokljuka

Tura povezuje Bled in traso Juliana Bike s stičiščem na Pokljuki, če se jo odločimo prevoziti v smeri urinega kazalca, torej v smeri proti Bohinju.

BOHINJ I1: TIC Ribčev Laz - Rudno polje - planina Zajavornik

Kolesarska tura, ki vas bo popeljala od bohinjskega jezera vse do čudovite planote Pokljuka.

BOHINJ I2: TIC Ribčev Laz - Pokljuka

Kolesarska tura, ki vas bo popeljala od bohinjskega jezera vse do čudovite planote Pokljuka.

BOHINJ I3: TIC Ribčev Laz - Rovtarica

Kolesarska tura, ki vas bo popeljala od bohinjskega jezera vse do gozdarske koče na planoti Jelovica.

BOHINJ I3A: Rovtarica - Kupljenik - Bled

Čudovita kolesarska tura, ki vas bo popeljala preko planote Jelovica in njenih planin do magičnega bisera Slovenije, Bleda.

BOHINJ I3B: Rovtarica - Goška Ravan - Radovljica

Čudovita kolesarska tura, ki vas bo popeljala preko planote Jelovica in njenih planin do rojstnega mesta najbolj znanega slovenskega dramatika Anotna Tomaža Linharta.

BOHINJ I3C: Rovtarica - Dražgoše - Radovljica

Čudovita kolesarska tura, ki vas bo popeljala preko planote Jelovica vse do njenega vzhodnega dela.

BOHINJ I4: TIC Ribčev Laz - Soriška planina

Kolesarska tura, ki vas bo popeljala od bohinjskega jezera vse do prelaza Bohinjsko sedlo.

GORIŠKA BRDA E1: Šmartno – Plave

Spust iz Goriških Brd v dolino prelepe Soče.

GORIŠKA BRDA I1: Šmartno - Kambreško - Solarji - Tolmin

Kolesarska tura, ki vas bo popeljala iz magičnih Goriški Brd v dolino Soče do Tolmina. 

GORIŠKA BRDA I2: Šmartno - dolina reke Idrije - Lig - Kambreško - Solarji - Tolmin

Na pot se bomo podali sredi dežele vina in češenj, se čez gričevje spustili v dolino mejne reke Idrije in po njeni tesni, po robu Benečije dvignili na razgledni greben med Sočo in Idrijo ter mu sledili do Kolovrata, od tu pa se strmo spustili v Tolminsko kotlino.

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