Mountain Biking

MTB Membership and Category

As “Mountain Bike Holidays“ members are we the experts for your mountain bike holiday!

The hoteliers of the hotels & regions selected and approved by "Mountain Bike Holidays" constantly create new offers in order to accommodate their guests’ wishes. They accompany their guests on tours every day and know that the requirements are just as varied as they are different. Founded in 1996, the quality of the facilities and services for mountain bikers has made ”Mountain Bike Holidays“ the market leading company in Europe. The high standards are ensured by, TÜV Austria certified, annual inspections.

The categories Classic, Elite and Pro refer to the total of available bike services, i.e. services provided by qualified guides per day and week.

We have been approved by “Mountain Bike Holidays“ and have been certified as category Classic.

Category

The category Classic offers the following total of available bike services with qualified guides:

  • 2 guided bike services on 4 days per week, accompanied by guides who are especially trained in the respective offer.
  • At least one of the guided tours in the week programme includes a visit into the neighbouring region. Transfer is arranged, i.e. the tour’s starting and finishing point is situated outside the village/town.
  • There is even a tour on the day of departure.

Bike competence

If you want to experience Slovenia on your bike, then staying at Hotel and Glamping Ribno near Bled is the right choice. This bike-friendly hotel lives and breathes cycling and you and your bike will be in good hands. The owner of the hotel is a cycling enthusiast himself and this is reflected in the cycling-related services offered by the hotel and the wide range of expertly guided bike tours we offer around the variety of scenic bike trails in the region.

You will be taken care of by three qualified bike guides with expert knowledge who will be able to give you all the advice you need.

Matija, the owner of the hotel, a local and a keen cyclist knows all the hidden gems worth visiting in the local area. He likes to have a chat with guests, listens to their needs and provides helpful advice. But most of all, he loves cycling and enjoys joining his guests on a bike ride.

Have you ever experienced being guided by a professional cyclist? Tadej Valjavec was among the top 10 at the Tour the France as well as the Giro d'Italia before he moved into a career in tourism. His speciality now is guiding cycling tours and he will be happy to share with you his expert knowledge about just anything related to cycling. He says: “Sports and cycling above all are my way of life. My motto is U2's 'One Love, One Life'.”

Would you be interested in a culinary experience besides pedalling? Aleš, who is our head chef, has been committed to cycling for a long time and he spends every spare moment on his bike. It is a perfect combination - being a food connoisseur and a cyclist, he is the person to get advice from on what and how much to eat or what wine to choose with your food. Besides guiding a bike tour, he will make sure to provide you with genuine local specialities to satisfy your gourmand taste buds.

Bike services and hotel facilities

  • Bike storage
  • Bike service corner with bike tools, repair stand, repair kit, pump, inner tube (surcharge)
  • Individual bike locks
  • Bike wash
  • Bike wash service (surcharge)
  • Drying facility for wet cycling gear
  • Regular or e-bike hire
  • Bike info corner (cycle route maps, cycle route book)
  • Weather news, advice, hospitality services
  • Xenofit energy supplements
  • The owner of the hotel is a qualified bike guide
  • Qualified bike guide Tadej Valjavec - rode in the Tour the France, the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta
  • Guided tours with qualified guides (2 guided rides a day, 4 days a week)
  • A guided ride on the day of your departure
  • Activities for non-cycling days
  • Airport, bus or train station shuttle service (surcharge)
  • ‘Stammtisch’ ride
  • Wi-fi
  • Après snack bar
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Region

Bled and its vicinity is one of the most beautiful Alpine resorts which is famous for its balmy, healing climate, thermal lake water and unique natural setting. The sun, fresh air, peaceful environment and breathtakingly beautiful mountains mirrored in the lake make visitors feel at ease with themselves and the surroundings. This mild and health-inducing sub-alpine climate ensures ideal conditions for either a relaxing or an activity-packed holiday at any time of the year. Because Bled is protected from cold northerly winds by the Julian Alps and Karavanke mountain range, its bathing season is long compared to other Alpine resorts and there is no fog in the tourist season.

The remarkable natural sights include Lake Bled with its island, the Vintgar gorge, the Pokljuka gorge, the cave under Babji zob, the Iglica waterfall and one of the oldest national parks in Europe - Triglav National Park. However, if you prefer to experience culture and history, you can take a ride round the lake on a horse drawn open carriage called 'fijaker', take a boat ride to see the charming church on the island or explore the castle, which is perched on a cliff high above the lake. There are so many places worth visiting.

Bike themes

Tour & Trail

The area provides unlimited biking pleasure on the most beautiful MTB tours. Our qualified guides will advise you on cycling techniques and show you the hidden corners of the region, the best trails and spectacular downhills. Each ride will guarantee an unforgettable experience.

Easy & Family

This option is suitable for beginners and leisure bikers who like to combine their love of cycling with the love of good food and stunning panoramic views. On themed trips, you will explore picturesque scenery and taste local Slovene cuisine. Children's bikes and e-bikes are available for hire. A family ride around Lake Bled is an easy trail but an amazing adventure.

MTB Tours

1. Bled (easy trail, technically undemanding)

We will head out of Hotel Ribno and follow a light descent to the Sava River then continue along a dirt road in the direction of Selo pri Bledu and to Bohinjska Bela. After crossing the regional road from Bled to Bohinj we will turn onto a woodland path and arrive in Bohinjska Bela in a few minutes. We will follow a tarmac road for a few hundred metres and then turn right onto a dirt road towards Lake Bled. This is the only steeper climb of the route but not a technically demanding one. After a rather easy descent we will reach Zaka campsite by the lake. From this vantage point you can admire the stunning views of Bled island and the castle. The lake is suitable for swimming from June to September. We will follow the road to the right of the lake and after crossing the Bled – Bohinj road again we will take the dirt road back to the hotel.

2. Pokljuka and Triglav National Park (difficult trail, technically undemanding)

We will start at Hotel Ribno and follow a light descent to the Sava River. We will follow the dirt road heading out towards Bohinjska Bela for 6km and then turn right to Slamniki. The first part of the climb to Pokljuka starts here. It is 3km long and it follows a tarmac road for the first kilometre, then a dirt road. After a short descent the trail climbs for 4km. About 200m before the vantage point at Galetovec we will take a steep right turn onto a pathway which will bring us to a rock face with stunning views over Lake Bled. The trail follows an 18km long mixture of woodland paths, tarmac, one-way tracks and dirt roads on the Pokljuka plateau. We will have a short break on the Zajamniki mountain pasture, the so-called balcony of the Pokljuka plateau, before riding down to the lower section of the plateau. This 2km long descent requires basic descending techniques. We will continue to Vodnik vantage point from which there is a captivating view of Lake Bohinj. There will be about 6km of tarmac and dirt road along the lower part of the plateau before an easy and enjoyable descent into the valley. The route will also take us up to the small village of Kupljenik with a 2km long climb and then the final descent down to the Sava River, leading us back to the hotel.

3. Tadej Valjavec's house

This tour will head out of the hotel following the Sava River to the village of Zgornja Besnica and back. Besnica is the home of Tadej Valjavec, the first Slovene professional road cyclist. He was in the top 10 in two of the hardest cycling races: the Tour the France and the Giro d'Italia. Most part of today’s trail (80%) follows one-way tracks and unmarked woodland paths. The terrain is interesting and varied, with beautiful views of the Karavanke mountain range and other hills in the area. On the way to Tadej's home we will ride past Šobec campsite and through the beautiful town of Radovljica, famous for bee-keeping and chocolate. Going back, we will ride through typical Upper Carniolan hamlets. In Tadej's house you will be able to have a look at his trophy room, which is filled achievements from his career. A local snack will be served in the garden.

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Packages

Package 3 with a guided tour

Valid Thursday to Sunday

The package includes:

  • 3 nights, 3 generous and healthy buffet breakfasts, 3 buffet dinners, 3 afternoon snacks
  • 1 welcome drink
  • 1 guided tour
  • 1 cycling route map of the Gorenjska region
  • 10% off massage
  • Free wi-fi in the hotel
  • Free parking
Season Price
1.4. - 30.5. 2019 and 23.9. - 27.10. 2019 218,00 €
1.6. - 22.9. 2019 294,00 €

Package 4 with a guided tour:

Valid Sunday to Thursday

The package includes:

  • 4 nights
  • 4 generous and healthy buffet breakfasts, 4 buffet dinners, 4 afternoon snacks
  • 1 welcome drink
  • 1 guided tour
  • 1 cycling route map of the Gorenjska region
  • 10% off massage
  • Free wi-fi in the hotel
  • Free parking
Season Price
1.4. - 30.5. 2019 and 23.9. - 27.10. 2019 272,00 €
1.6. - 22.9. 2019 372,00 €

Package 7 with a guided tour:

The package includes:

  • 7 nights
  • 7 generous and healthy buffet breakfasts, 7 buffet dinners, 7 afternoon snacks
  • 1 welcome drink
  • 2 guided tours
  • 1 cycling route map of the Gorenjska region
  • 10% off massage
  • Free wi-fi in the hotel
  • Free parking
Season Price
1.4. - 30.5. 2019 and 23.9. - 27.10. 2019 455,00 €
1.6. - 22.9. 2019 637,00 €

Package 3 with e-bike hire

The package includes:

Valid Thursday to Sunday

  • 3 nights
  • 3 generous and healthy buffet breakfasts, 3 buffet dinners, 3 afternoon snacks
  • 1 welcome drink
  • 1 e-bike hire
  • 1 cycling route map of the Gorenjska region
  • 10% off massage
  • Free wi-fi in the hotel
  • Free parking
Season Price
1.4. - 30.5. 2019 and 23.9. - 27.10. 2019 245,00 €
1.6. - 22.9. 2019 321,00 €

Package 4 with e-bike hire

Valid Sunday to Thursday

The package includes:

  • 4 nights
  • 4 generous and healthy buffet breakfasts, 4 buffet dinners, 4 afternoon snacks
  • 1 welcome drink
  • 3 e-bike hire
  • 1 cycling route map of the Gorenjska region
  • 10% off massage
  • Free wi-fi in the hotel
  • Free parking
Season Price
1.4. - 30.5. 2019 and 23.9. - 27.10. 2019 329,00 €
1.6. - 22.9. 2019 429,00 €
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