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Radovljica to Zabreška planina mountain pasture + "Foreplay" on your mountain bike

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  • Mountain biking in Slovenia
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    Photo: Gašper Budkovič, Turizem Radovljica
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    Photo: Gašper Budkovič, Turizem Radovljica
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Are you an advanced mountain bike rider looking for the next adrenaline kick and some stunning views? Look no further, this trip will deliver all ot the above and so much more. 
Distance 32.2 km
4:17 h
744 m
747 m
This tour is intended for the advanced mountain biker that want's to challenge himself also on the ascend and descend. The tour will take you past the endless meadows from Radovljica to our neighbouring municipality Žirovnica all the way up to Zabreška planina mountain pasture - one of the most beautiful mountain pastures in the Karavanke mountains. After a break at the top you will be rewarded with the descend on the "Foreplay" trail back down into the Završnica Valley. From there you only need to return back to Radovljica, where you can treat yourself to your preferred beverage or even lunch - you will definately deserve it after a big day on your mountain bike.

Author’s recommendation

Take a break at the Zabreška planina mountain pasture to soak in the views of the Julian Alps, Pokljuka and Jelovica plateu, Lake Bled and even all the way up to Ljubljana.
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Gašper Budkovič
Update: July 16, 2019
S2 difficult
Highest point
1,228 m
Lowest point
483 m
Best time of year

Safety information

The tour is intended for experienced and advanced mountain bikers that are more focused on descends with fully suspended trail, all mountain or enduro mountain bikes.

Tips and hints

Soak in the views of the Julian Alps, Pokljuka and Jelovica plateu, Lake Bled and even all the way up to Ljubljana.


Radovljica CIty Centre (489 m)
46.340360, 14.176271
46°20'25.3"N 14°10'34.6"E
33T 436609 5132194


Radovljica CIty Centre


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46.340360, 14.176271
46°20'25.3"N 14°10'34.6"E
33T 436609 5132194
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


Mountain bike, helmet, backpack, personal protection (knee and elbow pads), gloves, water

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Mike Vandeman
July 17, 2019 · Community
What were you thinking??? Mountain biking and trail-building destroy wildlife habitat! Mountain biking is environmentally, socially, and medically destructive! Bicycles should not be allowed in any natural area. They are inanimate objects and have no rights. There is also no right to mountain bike. That was settled in federal court in 1996: . It's dishonest of mountain bikers to say that they don't have access to trails closed to bikes. They have EXACTLY the same access as everyone else -- ON FOOT! Why isn't that good enough for mountain bikers? They are all capable of walking.... A favorite myth of mountain bikers is that mountain biking is no more harmful to wildlife, people, and the environment than hiking, and that science supports that view. Of course, it's not true. To settle the matter once and for all, I read all of the research they cited, and wrote a review of the research on mountain biking impacts (see ). I found that of the seven studies they cited, (1) all were written by mountain bikers, and (2) in every case, the authors misinterpreted their own data, in order to come to the conclusion that they favored. They also studiously avoided mentioning another scientific study (Wisdom et al) which did not favor mountain biking, and came to the opposite conclusions. Mountain bikers also love to build new trails - legally or illegally. Of course, trail-building destroys wildlife habitat - not just in the trail bed, but in a wide swath to both sides of the trail! E.g. grizzlies can hear a human from one mile away, and smell us from 5 miles away. Thus, a 10-mile trail represents 100 square miles of destroyed or degraded habitat, that animals are inhibited from using. Mountain biking, trail building, and trail maintenance all increase the number of people in the park, thereby preventing the animals' full use of their habitat. See for details. Mountain biking accelerates erosion, creates V-shaped ruts, kills small animals and plants on and next to the trail, drives wildlife and other trail users out of the area, and, worst of all, teaches kids that the rough treatment of nature is okay (it's NOT!). What's good about THAT? To see exactly what harm mountain biking does to the land, watch this 5-minute video: In addition to all of this, it is extremely dangerous: . For more information: . The common thread among those who want more recreation in our parks is total ignorance about and disinterest in the wildlife whose homes these parks are. Yes, if humans are the only beings that matter, it is simply a conflict among humans (but even then, allowing bikes on trails harms the MAJORITY of park users -- hikers and equestrians -- who can no longer safely and peacefully enjoy their parks). The parks aren't gymnasiums or racetracks or even human playgrounds. They are WILDLIFE HABITAT, which is precisely why they are attractive to humans. Activities such as mountain biking, that destroy habitat, violate the charter of the parks. Even kayaking and rafting, which give humans access to the entirety of a water body, prevent the wildlife that live there from making full use of their habitat, and should not be allowed. Of course those who think that only humans matter won't understand what I am talking about -- an indication of the sad state of our culture and educational system.
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S2 difficult
32.2 km
4:17 h
744 m
747 m
Out and back Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical interest Botanical highlights Summit route Singletrail/Free ride


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