The protagonists of these cycling adventures are, without a doubt, the mountains. For the latest edition of Amongst the Giants (ATG) we travelled to the glorious Julian Alps in Slovenia. The reason for this choice was an episode of the Netflix series Chef’s Table. We marvelled at the promising landscapes that were shown on screen and immediately started investigating this beautiful country’s cycling opportunities.
The people are wonderfully welcoming, the scenery is absolutely breath-taking and there are wild and isolated roads to be found. The Soca Valley, Lake Bled, the Kranjska Gora domain and Triglav National Park are just some examples of localities that will dazzle anyone visiting. And we could name many more. Slovenia is a great country to explore, perfect for cycling and enjoying postcard-perfect alpine backdrops.
The Vrsic is a demanding pass with an elevation of almost 1.000 meter. Starting from Trenta, it averages 8% and includes 25 switchbacks. In our case, we had to face this climb on our second day, after we had been riding for 130 km already. It was the toughest endurance test of the trip. The next day we climbed up the same pass again, but starting from the other side, from Kranjska Gora, which is simply stunning. The road climbs with gradients that go up to 16% and includes 22 cobbled hairpin turns that make this a unique segment.
Mangart perfectly embodies the essence of Among the Giants. It is a hard, long and demanding pass through the different environments of this giant of a mountain. The Mangart is a pass that test the limits of every rider and gives them a view they will never forget.
The entire area surrounding this beautiful Lake is simply amazing. On our way there we had the opportunity to do some routes on hidden backroads. We rode through lush forests from where we reached the Goreljek, also known as the Slovenian Mortirolo: a 8 km slope with gradients between 10% and 18% that will knock out any cyclist.