Thus, let us all take a moment to show appreciation of our bicycles and let them mingle with others at the upcoming bicyle events!
There are cyclists: professional and amateur ... And there is the rest of us who do not consider our loyal steel companions as objects of enjoyment that get us to the finish line but rather perceive them as means of necessary evil, preying on us in our bicycle sheds/garages/parking lots, eating at our good mood in the morning. But what if one day, your bicycle was missing from this same place that you are getting to so grumpily in the mornings? Oh, wretched!
The Franja Marathon celebrates the 42nd cycling event of its kind, named by Tone Fornezzi (Tof), Zvone Zanoškar and Rog's cycling team. When taking a rest during the riding of the then marathon route back in 1979, their eyes caught sight of the signpost for the former Franja Partisan Hospital which brought about the idea of naming the marathon after it.
The more than 400 kilometers long beauty trail, which is now a part of the eight best cycling marathons in the world under the auspices of the International Cycling Union UCI-Golden Bike and is regarded as the biggest recreational cycling event in Slovenia, consists of five routes that can be traversed on Saturday, June 10, and Sunday, June 11.
The 72 kilometers long route, which can be ridden on Saturday, June 10, winds between the meadows of the Ljubljana Marshes and the flourishing fields of the suburban Ljubljana, and does not boast its second name for no reason. The so-called Cycling Experience in the middle of the Ljubljana Marshes is actually a part of the Franja Marathon, but deserves a special mention, due to its luscious green beauty.
Barjanka is a memory of the past days, when marathons were held on unpaved paths of remote places, and cyclists were able to observe the beautiful landscape and breathe clean air while doing something useful for their body and soul. The route may now run along more paved paths, but it still runs along the same beautiful landscape, beginning at the edges of the City of Ljubljana and continuing through the suburbs of Brezovica, Log - Dragomer, Vrhnika, Borovnica, Ig and Škofljica - all of them being excellent starting points for active holidays in nature.
Tour of Slovenia
The Tour of Slovenia will warm Slovenian soil between 14 and 18 June. The participants of its 29th edition will also cycle through Ljubljana and numerous cities of the Central Slovenia region: Ig, Rakitna, Škofljica, Vrhnika, Grosuplje and Ivančna Gorica.
The International Cycling Union (UCI) has classified the race in the UCI HC (Hors Class) category, which is the top competition rank in road cycling for the World Tour series. With its inclusion in the Eurosport TV programme and broadcast on RTV Slovenija, the race is usually followed by more than 35 million viewers.
The Tour of Slovenia is definitely attended only by the most prudent cyclists. Those who do not consider themselves to be one of them: do not fret! If you want to rest your eyes on something beautiful while cycling and still feel the fresh breeze in your hair (but with no leg cramps), the solution offers itself in the shape of various cycling routes that run through Ljubljana and the pertaining region. And not just in June, but throughout the year.
Sightseeing tour of Ljubljana by bicycle
Discover the most important sights of Ljubljana outside the city centre in an environmentally friendly and active way.
Compared to other capitals, Ljubljana is very compact, very green, and very cyclist-friendly, which makes it a great place to explore by bicycle. You and your guide will travel by bicycle towards the Ljubljana Old Town and cycle the the Ljubljanica River embankment to the Špica (pointed-tip), a popular meeting point for residents and visitors of Ljubljana. Your journey will take you across the Gruberjev prekop (Gruber canal) to the Ljubljana Botanic Garden, which is one of the oldest gardens of this type in Europe. Afterwards, you will go to Krakovo, a small gardening pearl in the middle of Ljubljana, and then to Tivoli Park which will make sure you end your sightseeing in the greenest way possible.
Book a cycling tour of Ljubljana online. Tours are available on:
- Saturday, 10 June at 15:00
- Sunday, 11 June at 10:00
- Monday, 12 June at 15:00
- Tuesday, 13 June at 10:00
- Wednesday, 14 June 15:00
- Thursday, 15 June at 10:00
- Friday, 16 June at 15:00
- Saturday, 17 June at 11:00
Let's be green - but not with envy
Why not show your support for a sustainable lifestyle, love of nature and a cleaner environment, to which we also contribute by regularly using a bicycle (which is an excellent substitute for motor vehicles), by going to all the mentioned events with a bicycle and/or in green clothes - even if you are just an observer and not a participant in the competitions.
Let's be green - inside and out - in the best possible manner.