Road cycling

Ride with us

If you want to experience Slovenia by bike, then a stay at the Hotel and Glamping Ribno on Lake Bled is the right choice. This cyclist-friendly hotel lives and breathes cycling and you and your bike will be in good hands.

As a member of the international association “Roadbike Holidays”, we meet the standards of quality and service required by road cyclists. We are experts for your road bike vacation!

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What do we offer?

Competences

We know how to take good care of everything – for individuals, groups, and cycling clubs.

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’.”

And for cycling clubs:

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Highlights and attractions

As a specialized cycling resort, we offer everything for unforgettable cycling pleasures. Before, during, and after the ride. Starting from a good breakfast onwards…

Those who love cultural sights can take a carriage ride around the lake, a pletna boat to visit the church on the island, or a view of the castle that rises above the lake cliff.

There are many things to visit or experience in our area. And many places are accessible by bike.

Cycling tours

The cycling tour starts in front of Hotel Ribno and goes in the direction of Bled (2km). We ride along the lake to the Bled Regatta Centre, which has twice been the venue of the World Rowing Championships. We ascend to the village of Gorje, where we turn into the valley of the Radovna River, our most beautiful and cleanest river in Gorenjska, which also supplies the whole of Bled with drinking water. After about 10 km of beautiful driving through the valley along the river, we turn into a short (500m), but extremely steep hill, which leads us above Mojstrana, where the Slovenian Mountaineering Museum is located. After a short descent, we arrive in the village that was the starting point of the first mountaineers who conquered our highest mountain, Triglav, in 1778. From Mojstrana, we continue along a cycle path for about 20 km through idyllic countryside to Kranjska Gora, the venue of the annual Alpine Skiing World Cup for men. Here we are about 40 km from Hotel Ribno. Here you can choose:

Whichever option we choose, we have covered about 50km on the turn. Then we return along the same route, which is now less difficult, as most of the way is slightly downhill.
The tour takes the average cyclist in the group:

We start the cycling tour in front of the hotel and we go in the direction of Bled (2km). We ride along the lake to the regatta center, which has been the venue of the World Rowing Championships twice. Then we turn towards Bohinj. Bohinj is the common name for a valley with a few hamlets and a beautiful lake. First, we reach Bohinjska Bistrica, and a few km later, we reach the lake, above which is the Vogel ski resort. Here you can choose to visit the Savica waterfall. This adds about 20 km and an easier climb before the waterfall. An alternative is to turn off at the lake through the upper valley towards the climb to Pokljuka. This starts at the village of Jereka, where you turn left to Pokljuka. After 5 km, a moderately difficult climb (average approx. 8%) leads to Koprivnik, where the path flattens out for a few km. After about 5 flat and scenic km we reach village Gorjuše, a mountain hamlet where the last ‘čedra’ (special smoking pipe) maker lives. There begins the last, rather steep part of the climb (10% gradient), which lasts about 3 km. At the top of Pokljuka, we turn towards Rudny Polje, which is about 10 km of gentle ascent (1-3%). Rudno polje is the annual venue of the Biathlon World Cup. In February 2021, the Biathlon World Championships will also take place there.

From there, it’s about 25 km downhill, more or less steep, back to Bled. Through the village of Gorje, you will get back to Lake Bled, from where you will only have 2 km to Ribno Alpine Resort.

The tour for an average cyclist takes:

The cycling tour starts in front of the resort and goes through the nearby village of Bodešče to the cycling track towards Lesce. Through Lesce we arrive in Radovljica, where we can see the old part of the town, where one of the biggest chocolate fairs in the world takes place every year. Through Begunje, we rise slightly and ‘under the mountains’, passing through three villages with an amazing view of the whole valley, all the way to Ljubljana. We descend to Tržič, from where we drive to Kranj, the capital of the Gorenjska region. Here, too, you can take a short drive through the old part of the town before crossing the Sava River and passing the ski jumps center where several Slovenian champions made their first jumps. After a short climb through the extremely beautiful valley, passing through Besnica and other villages, we reach Jamnik, a place where a small church stands on a remarkable lookout point. There is great energy here, and you can see three valleys far and wide. From there, the descent leads to Kropa, our blacksmith center, where you can see the old part of the town as you drive. We have about 20 km of beautiful, peaceful driving left to Lancovo below Radovljica, where after a short macadam section (2 km) we reach the bridge over the Sava River. A shorter climb (1 km) takes us to the village of Bodešče, from where we drive back to our resort.

The route is quite rugged, with several short climbs. The climb to Jamnik is the only one that is more difficult in the last part, due to the part with a high gradient (up to 18%), which is short (500m).

We start the cycling tour in front of the hotel and we go in the direction of Bled (2km). We ride along the lake to the regatta center, which has been the venue of the World Rowing Championships twice. Then we turn towards Bohinj. Bohinj is the common name for a valley with a few hamlets and a beautiful lake. When you reach Bohinjska Bistrica, turn left and pass the wood factory to the start of the climb. The climb is quite gentle until you reach the village of Nemški Rovt. From there, the more difficult part of the climb begins to the ski slope on Soriška Planina at an altitude of about 1,400 m. From there, there is a long descent through the Selška valley. At the end of the valley, you reach Škofja Loka, an extremely old town, which you can also visit. Passing Kranj, the capital of the Gorenjska region, we turn along the Sava River and return towards Bled.

The tour is demanding due to its length and the difficult climb up the Soriška Planina.

We start the cycling tour in front of the house in Kropa and go through the nearby village of Bodešče to the cycling route towards Lesce. Along the way we meet a small hotel where the film 'Pr' Hostarju 'was shot. Through Lesce we come to Radovljica, where we can see the old part of town, where every year one of the largest chocolate fairs in the world takes place. We ascend slightly through Begunje and 'under the mountains' we drive through three villages with an exceptional view of the entire valley to Ljubljana. We descend to Tržič, from where we sail to Kranj, the capital of Gorenjska. Here, too, we can take a short drive through the old part of the city, then cross the Sava River and drive past the ski jumps, where quite a few Slovenian champions made their first jumps. after an extremely beautiful valley, we drive through Besnica and other villages after a short ascent to Jamnik, a place where a church stands on an exceptional vantage point. Extraordinary energy radiates here, it can be seen far and wide in three valleys. From there, the descent leads us to Kropa, our blacksmith center, where we can see the old part of the place while driving. We still have about 20 km of a nice calm drive to Lancovo below Radovljica, where after a short macadam section (2 km) we reach the bridge over the river Sava. A short ascent (1 km) takes us to the village of Bodešče, from where we drive back to our hotel. The tour is quite varied, it has several shorter ascents. The ascent to Jamnik is the only one that is more demanding in the last part, due to the work with a large slope (up to 18%), which is short (500m). The tour for the average cyclist lasts about 3-3.5 hours.
A shorter trip from Kropa to Radovljica will take us from Kropa all the way to Brezovica, along the Kroparica river. As we drive past Zgornja Dobrava, the view of the beautifully shaped peaks of Ojstra Peč, Drnovec and Vreča looms up to our left and right. The trail leads you on through Spodnja Lipnica and Zgornja Lipnica, where you can also stop and see Lipnica Castle. We then descend to the village of Lancovo, through which the magnificent Sava River winds, offering plenty of opportunities to rest and enjoy the beautiful views of the surrounding countryside before heading to the town of Radovljica. After crossing the bridge, turn right at the next turning towards the old town of Radovljica. In the meantime, you cross the railway line and there is a slightly challenging hill into town, where you can enjoy a refreshing drink and try the famous Radol`ška čokolada /Chocholate of Radovljica.

Gravel tour

From Kropa, descend to Spodnje Lipnice, where you turn left and climb up to the Jelovica plateau, to the Goška Plateau. Keep right and continue through the forests to the village of Nemški Rovt. Here, descend to Bohinjska Bistrica and continue along the cycle path to the village Ribčev laz. When you cross the bridge, you will have a beautiful view of Lake Bohinj. The trail leads to Stara Fužina, where you turn left and start climbing up the Pokljuka plateau to Uskovnica. From here, a picturesque path leads to the villages of Koprivnik and Gorjuše, where at the end of the village you turn right and start descending to Bohinjska Bílá. Pass through the village, but at the end turn left and climb a small hill from where the path leads to the Zaka (Lake Bled). Go anti-clockwise along the lake to Mlino, through the villages of Selo and Ribno, and from there descend towards the Sava River. Continue to Lancovo, then climb and return to the starting point in Kropa. A tour that requires better physical fitness and good technical knowledge of cycling.