A logical continuation of TransSlovenia 01—but with a completely different character. Unlike TransSlovenia 01, TransSlovenia 02 (or TS02) has almost no singletrack, or you have the option of easily avoiding them. TS02 is technically easier, but the stages aren longer than TS01. It is recommended for e-bikers.
The tour starts at Baško Lake (Faaker See), across the Karavanke Alps entering into Slovenia. TS02 then connects the famous Bled and Bohinj Lakes across the Pokljuka Plateau and continues through Soriška Planina Mountain to Cerkno. During the winter, this area turns into a popular family ski resort. The next stage is through the Idrija Mine, a UNESCO World Heritage site. While in Bohinj, you’ll still be cycling within the Alpine region. In Cerkno and Idrija, the trail passes through the pre-Alpine region.
The Idrija trail follows into the town of Ajdovščina—and again through a completely different environment: The Dinarides. Moving on from Ajdovščina you find yourself in a karst landscape, where the trail passes by the Škocjanske Caves, another World Heritage site, and one of the most beautiful karst phenomena in the world. Soon you’ll be riding through Istria, where you will finish your journey in one of Slovenia’s beautiful Adriatic towns: Piran.
This trail combines many famous Slovenian tourism spots, yet manages to avoid roads with traffic. You’ll only pedal on remote gravel roads.
This adventure is both exceptional and exciting. The Trans-Slovenia affords cyclists a chance to see places they could never go by car and to understand culture here in Slovenia on a completely new level.
By Uli Stanciu, pioneer of Bike magazine, Trans Alps tourism, BIKE Festivals Riva del Garda and Willingen and owner of www.bike-gps.com