MTB Soteska

Country: Slovenia
Region: Soteska
Length: 23,5 km
Elevation gain: 1310 m
Maximum elevation: 835 m
Tehnical difficulty: 4/5
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Date of ride: 06.02.2022.
Suitable for E-bike: Yes

Few years before I heard about interesting trail named 888 by its nearby peak Sveti Peter 888 meters high. We parked our car in Soteska near technical museum. Soteska is a settlement on the left bank of the Krka River in the Municipality of Dolenjske Toplice in Slovenia. The area is part of the historical region of Lower Carniola.

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MTB Sveta Gera/Trdinov vrh

Country: Croatia/Slovenia
Mountain: Žumberak
Length: 41 km
Elevation gain: 1630 m
Maximum elevation
:  1178 m
Technical difficulty: 3/5
Download GPS Track: Sveta Gera_Trdinov vrh_Cyclotrail
Date of ride: 22.06.2021
Suitable for e bike: Yes

We decided to finally visit Sveta Gera (or Trdinov vrh on Slovenian). I’ve got a gpx file from Filip (on of the founders of Night riders Croatia) who recommended me to ride this trails as best of Sveta Gera. This track visits both side of border amongst Croatia and Slovenia, so you can say that this ride is illegal because there is no official border crossing. We started our ride from Sošice, it took us about hour and a half from Zagreb. Ascent from Sošice is on unpaved road at the beginning it is very easy not so steep, but as we were approaching peak, macadam became steeper and loose. It wasn’t so though for me because Ivan, Marko and Gojsi were riding E-bikes, so they gave me a boost on uphill sections.  After little rest on the peak we descended on the easy flow trail that goes along the ridge, and then we went on trails called Trdinka and Ciklama. Those trails are marked as black and red trails on trailforks, but for my website I classified them as 3/5 on technical difficulty. Ciklama and Trdinka are classic bike trails perfectly made by Slovenians, and those trails are ridden on Sloenduro competition. On the end of Ciklama trail we reached unpaved road on Slovenian side of Žumberak that leads to Sveta Gera/Trdinov vrh. This path easier than road on Croatian side, better maintained and not so steep. After reaching Sveta Gera peak for the second time, we descended once again on the flow trail that goes along the ridge and border, but after that trail end, we didn’t turned left, we continued forward on unpaved road.
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