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Bled, SloveniaBled, Slovenia
Wed 19th August 2020
Our packages include return airport transfers, half board accommodation, and rides each day. Four night packages in August, taking in the best rides off the beaten track in the Julian Alps in stunning Slovenia.
This region shares similarities with the Dolomites, with beautiful rock structures and green pastures. We stay for 3 nights in Bled, where there is one of the most photographed lakes in the World - a perfect base in the foothills of the Julian Alps - and one night in the mountains in Bovec, with a great mix of rolling rides and cracking climbs.
Empty roads, cobbled climbs, peaks over 2,000m and stunning scenery. Slovenia is just waiting to be discovered by the cycling world - get there before everyone else discovers it!
Day One - Wednesday
Arrival day. Our main transfer leaves Ljubljana at 11.15am to get to Bled for 12pm. Our mechanic is on hand to fit rental bikes, or help build your bikes. At 3pm we head out for a short 50km coffee spin to make sure the bike (and legs) are working fine. We will be out for 2 hours, including a short climb. Dinner is at 7pm, when we run through the itinerary for the weekend. Ride Distance 50km.
Day Two - Thursday
Breakfast is from 7am to 8.30am, and we roll out promptly at 9.30am. We take in a classic loop from Bled, with some rolling hills on this 120km route. We set up feed stations every 40km with bars, fruit and water and stop for lunch at a cafe, getting back to the hotel for 5pm.
Day Three - Friday
Bled - Bovec
The Queen Stage. We leave at 9am today for the main ride of the weekend, 128km over both the Vrsic Pass and Mangart Saddle. Both climbs are absolutely spectacular. We have lunch in Bovec before hitting the 22km Mangart Saddle and then descending back to Bovec where we spend the night. The ride has a full 3,500m of elevation, topping out at over 2,000m, one of the best days riding in Europe.
Day Four - Saturday
Bovec - Bled
Today we explore another part of Slovenia as we complete our loop of the North West of the country. The final ride takes us the other way back from Bovec to Bled over rolling terrain. The ride today is mostly through forest with some amazing views. We aim to get back to Bled for 4pm where we spend the night and have one last dinner all together. Ride Distance 126 km.
Day Five - Sunday
Departure day. After four good rides, have a lie in before a late breakfast. Time to stroll round the lake, or visit the famous island before our transfer departs at 1pm to Ljubljana. We arrive at 2pm so book flights after 4pm.
Climbs over 2,000m are not limited to France, Italy & Spain. We ride the Mangart Saddle at over 20.8km and 2000m, and the most famous climb in Slovenia, the 11.3km Vrsic Pass goes to over 1,600m, with some steep (12%) sections and cobbled corners. Classic climbs and a unique and beautiful challenge.
- 4 Night Breaks
- Dates available: Wed to Sun in August
- Total distance: Avg 105km per day
- Total elevation: Avg 2,050m per day
Included in your booking
- 4 Nights Accommodation in 3* hotels
- Return airport transfers from Ljubljana
- All breakfast & dinners
- Daily Guided Rides
- Mechanical support, feed stops & ride nutrition
Not included in your booking
- Drinks with dinner
Airport collections are from Ljubljana (LJU) and the drive to Bled takes around 30 minutes. If you cannot find flights to match our times please get in touch and we should be able to collect you for no extra cost.
We will meet you in arrivals and give you a number to call if you are delayed. Arrive before 10.45am for 11.15am transfer
We leave Bled to get to Ljubljana with plenty of time for you to check in with your bike, grab a last minute gift and have a stress free return flight. Depart after 4pm (transfer arrives at Ljubljana at 2pm)