Matajur – Matadown

Country: Slovenia
Mountain: Matajur
Length: 34,5 km
Elevation gain: 1480 m
Maximum elevation:  1640 m
Technical difficulty: 4/5
Download GPS Track: Matajur_Cyclotrail
Date of ride: 05.08.2019.
Suitable for E-bike: Yes

Matajur is a 1642 meter high mountain in Julian Alps on the border of Italy and Slovenia. It is located between Soča Valley and Italian mountain region known as Venetian Slovenia, with views over Adriatic Sea. I rode this route few years ago,  with the difference that I started in Livek (Slovenia), this time I made a little change so we started in Savogna (Italy) because it is better to finish a ride with descent than on paved ascent.  At Savogna, near the parking spot, there is a well. Even though the sign at well says “non potabile” we drank that water :). After Livek, begins nice views on surrounding landscapes.

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MTB Stol – Karavanks

Country: Slovenia
 Mountain: Stol/ peak Veliki Stol/Hochstuhl
Length: 33 km
Elevation gain: 2200 m
Maximum elevation:  2336 m
Technical difficulty: 5/5
Download GPS Track: Veliki Stol_Karavanks_CycloTrail
Date of ride: 20.06.2019.
Suitable for E-bike: No

When I first got gpx file from  one of the members from dropbike forum, I knew what to expect. 2200 meters of elevation gain in less than 35 kilometers, this will be one though ride, and first few kilometers on steep paved ascent are “easy” introduction. After this 5 km on paved road we left Javorniški Rovt and reached the part of unpaved road.  4.5 kilometers from Javorniški Rovt village we entered into pasture Pusti Rovt filled with herd of cows and for the first time on this ride experienced Alps atmosphere (one of the many to come).


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MTB Tolminske Ravne – Razor

Country: Slovenia
 Mountain: Razor
Length: 38,5 km
Elevation gain: 1550 m
Maximum elevation:  1427 m
Technical difficulty: 4/5
Download GPS Track: MTB Tolmin_Tolminske ravne_Razor_Cyclotrail
Date of ride: 04.08.2019.
Suitable for E-bike: Yes

Three years ago, I was in Tolmin and biked there for four days and explored local mountains by bike. This year I decided to go back with frends and ride again. Razor was, and still is one of my favorite rides. Our route starts in Tolmin (very popular destination with tourists interested in outdoor activities) city near Italy. We parked our car on very big parking spot with no entrance fee. From that parking spot starts our ride. First part of the route is on narrow paved road which leads to Tolminske Ravne pasture. From Tolminske Ravne starts ascent to Razor hut, at some parts ascent sections were too steep, so sometimes we had to get off our bikes, and give it a little push (after cca 1 km from Tolminske Ravne there is a spring well).

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