Slovenian cycling route and Juliana Bike
Cycling in the mountain world, called touring cycling, is becoming an increasingly popular mountaineering activity. As an additional incentive for its development, the PZS Touring Cycling Commission has prepared a circular cycling route called the Slovenian Touring Cycling Route (STKP), which bypasses all major Slovenian mountain groups, measures around 1,850 kilometres and overcomes 50,000 meters of altitude difference.
With it, we want to contribute to sustainable mobility and it is one of the largest projects in the field of cycling and mountain trails in Slovenia. The trail was created in close cooperation with local mountaineering associations, local communities and other organizations in the field of mountaineering, tourism and catering. We opened the trail on the Day of Slovenian Mountain Adventures on June 18, 2016.
The basic route of the trail is not technically particularly demanding, because we want to attract a wide circle of touring cyclists, but in some places, it is necessary to push the bike (but not carry it). The trail leads along non-traffic side roads, forest roads and trains, and field trails. It is run in such a way that it often leads past railway stations, with which we want to encourage visitors to use public transport to and from starting points.
And where does it take place? The route is circular. We will start in Ljubljana, from where we head towards Gorenjska, across Vršič to Primorska, across the Karst to the Coast, towards Snežnik and Kočevska, to Bela Krajina and along Gorjanci towards Kozjansko, through Haloze and Slovenske Gorice to Maribor, across Pohorje to Koroška, to the Savinjska valley and finally in a large arc through Zasavje back to Ljubljana.
Along the way, cyclists will get to know the diversity of the Slovenian highlands and many important mountains, ethnographic and technical history (Pocar's homestead, Slovenian mountain museum, Kugy monument, TNP Dom Trenta Information Center, Javorca, Idrija mine, tourist mine and Mežica museum, etc.).
The route passes 112 checkpoints, and the cyclists will prove their visit by stamping them in the STKP Diary. The trail also offers an opportunity to many smaller tourist providers in some remote, but not less interesting parts of Slovenia.
Cyclists orient themselves on the route with the help of markings, maps, GPS tracks and descriptions in the online guide (stkp.pzs.si), and Planinska založba also published a stamp diary.
STKP in the Julian Alps almost creates a circle, which prompted us to develop an independent tourist product called Juliana Bike. It is intended for cyclists who want to get to know the world below Triglav in a week, who are ready to cover a good 40 km a day and overcome the 1200 m altitude difference.
We start the trail in Bohinjska Bistrica, ascend past the lake to Pokljuka and descend to Radovna, continue towards Mojstrana and the Vrata valley, along the Upper Sava Valley to Kranjska Gora, ascend to Vršič and descend to the source of the Soča, continues along the Soča to Bovec and ascend below Krn, past Javorca we descend into the Tolminka valley, into Tolmin and Most na Soči, ascend to the Šentviška plateau, continue below Kojca and Porezen, descend to Podbrdo and then return to Bohinjska Bistrica via Soriška Planina. A strenuous, almost 300 km long circle with an 8500 m altitude difference, but in a beautiful environment, in contact with nature and cultural heritage, on a path that promises exceptional experiences.