Trupejevo poldne – Jepca

Country: Slovenia
Mountain: Western Karawanks
Length: 32,6 km
Elevation gain: 1450 m
Maximum elevation
:  1795 m
Technical difficulty: 5/5
Download GPS Track: Poldne_Jepca_Cyclotrail
Date of ride: 13.06.2020.
Suitable for E-bike: No

This is one of the epic routes that we ride maybe few times per year where we get our boundries examined in detail both in term of fitness and technical riding. For our effort we were rewarded with beautiful views.
Start of the route is in Belca settlment in the Municipality of Kranjska Gora in the Upper Carniola region of Slovenia. We parked our car and from there followed bike lane that goes along river Sava (here in Slovenia Sava has karst riverbed, in Croatia Sava is muddy river). After about 6 km, we turned right on the main road in Gozd Martuljek, and from there followed ascent to Srednji vrh.  At the beginning, ascent is on paved road with views on Julian Alps.

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Kuželjska stena

Country: Slovenia
Mountain: Kuželjska stena
Length: 23 km
Elevation gain: 737 m
Maximum elevation
:  874 m
Technical difficulty: 3/5
Download GPS Track 1: Kuželjska stena_Cyclotrail
Download GPS Track 2: PM and AM trails_Cyclotrail
Date of ride: 11.06.2020.
Suitable for E-bike: No

Although this route is short and there is enough time to hike & bike on Kuželjska stena in one day, Andrej and I decided to go in Kuželj one day earlier to spend some quality time with our friend Vjeran who has cottage located near creek Velika Belica, surrounded with hills. In nightime during clear sky from there you can see all the stars in the world. Since korona virus lockdown Vjeran spent his time over there working from “office”, and during lunchtime building MTB trails. Two trails named PM and AM are finished and have everything that mtb trails should have: jumps, bents, steep, exposed and root sections. Access gravel road starts in front of his house, and both trails end near his backyard. So, if you find yourself in the neighborhood of Brod na Kupi, be sure to plan bike&hike ride on Kuželjska stena and PM and AM trails near cottage. Fun fact is that Horvat, who made Horvat ladders (Horvatove stube), famous hiking trail in Zagreb, is Vjeran’s ancestor, so there is some trailbulding skills carved in his blood.
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Dinara – Sinjal

Country: Croatia
Mountain: Dinara
Length: 60,66 km
Elevation gain: 1850 m
Maximum elevation:  1831 m
Technical difficulty: 5/5
Download GPS Track: Dinara_Sinjal_Cyclotrail
Date of ride: 23.05.2020.
Suitable for E-bike: No

2016. for the first time I rode exactly the same route. I had a bike less suitable for this kind of trip, and I wasn’t in good shape as nowadays but I still managed to finish the ride. This is circular route that starts in Knin near fishpond, and there we parked our car. Gojsi and I met with a friends from Pelješac peninsula (Dalibor and Marko). Dalibor is admin of Pelješac Mtb Vibes  page and we also rode together on st. Ilija few years before. Our route starts in Knin near fishpond on crossroads of Knin – Bosansko Grahovo road and the road coming from Krčić canyon.  We parked on the side of the road, on the gps track you can se our starting point. from there we turned right to Bosansko Grahovo.  After 2 km is another right turn, and from there you can see unpaved road in the direction to the Kninska Dinara – Brezovac Hut. The road proceeds to the Suvo Polje plateau where is the crossroad and the resting place named Markov Grob. Paved road is very wide and not so steep, great for introduction for later. Downside is that there is no shades, so it is very hot on the road during sunny days.

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