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There are 7 reasons why is Maribor-Pohorje a cycling paradise. It offers cycling routes of various lengths and difficulty levels. Every lover of cycling can find something for himself:
- Cycling routes for families: 9-km-long route along the Dravinja River, out of the way of busier roads.
- Cycling for pleasure: 14 various routes, 13 km – 99 km long, mostly of medium difficulty level with uphill/downhill runs, in some parts more difficult due to ascents. But there are few easy. These routes run mainly over local, asphalt roads and well fortified macadam paths. Some of them are part of international trails. Most attractive is the 129-km-long Drava Cycling Trail through 4 countries: Italy, Austria, Slovenia and Croatia.
- City bike routes: 6 various routes, 5 km – 24 km long, through the city of Maribor, Bresternica Lake, parks and surrounding forests. Mostly of easy difficulty level, with few ascents. The routes run over cycle trails, partly on less busy asphalt streets and roads, also on pedestrian zones, and a little bit on macadam.
- River cycling route: the Drava Cycling Trail is a part of the international cycling route which beginns at the source of the Drava River in Dobbiaco in Italy, continues via Austria into Slovenia, through Dravograd, Maribor, Ptuj to Croatia. The 129-km-long marked route through Slovenia is of medium difficulty level and it runs mainly on local asphalt roads. There is tough climb between Podvelka and Lovrenc on Pohorje. It is suitable for tourist recreational cycling with trekking bikes. Although, the Koroska section of the trail is better suited to more experienced cyclists.
- Road cycling: route of the 2nd Maribor Eco-Marathon, 70 km long, from Maribor, through Kungota wine growing region, along the Slovene-Austrian Cycling Trail, with a 3-km-climb into the Kozjak/Possruck hills to the 530m-high peak. The route continues with the descent into the Drava Valley, crossing the Drava River via the bridge at Lovrenc. After the last climb to Cinzat the route ends in Maribor.
- Mountain biking: 6 various routes, 28 km – 75 km long, more demanding, mostly of medium to challenging difficulty level. These diverse cycling routes take you through wine-growing and woody landscape, which extends above Maribor all the way. They run along a dense network of forest roads and cart tracks with a number of waterfalls, across the ravines of countless streams and other natural pearls which can be explored on Pohorje. All routes are marked.
- Bike Park Pohorje: Suitable for experienced cyclists as well as for those seeking first experience. There are: a low-difficulty Blue track Flow Line (7 km), medium-difficulty Red track Freeride for very good riders and Black track World Cup (3,2 km) for very good riders and professionals. Starting point: Upper station of the Pohorje cable railway.
Would you like an individual cycling tour in the company of an experienced cycling guide? Contact INLANDIA. We will be happy to assist you in organizing an unforgettable cycling experience!
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