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Alpe Adria – MTB Transalp through Slovenia to the Mediterranean Sea

Holger S.

Alpe Adria – MTB Transalp through Slovenia to the Mediterranean Sea

Mountain Biking Collection by Holger S.

6-13

days

3-6 h

/ day

225 mi

29,400 ft

31,175 ft

Crossing the Alps by bike is the dream of many passionate mountain bikers. While the most popular routes often end at Lake Garda, this one takes you farther east. You follow historic trails from Carinthian lakes in the Austrian Eastern Alps to Slovenia and follow the Soča Valley to the Italian coast near Trieste. You can expect a wonderful mix of challenging climbs, great panoramas and relaxed trails. Along the way, you come across war paths from the First World War and former bunkers and lookout posts, as well as beautiful landscapes, wild nature, exciting museums, rustic huts, and crystal clear rivers and lakes. You can tuck into plenty of culinary delights – from Carinthian Kasnocken (pasta dumplings covered in cheese) to traditional Slovenian dishes and Italy’s Mediterranean cuisine.

Route description
My version of the Alpe Adria route is primarily aimed at mountain bikers with a good fitness level. You should also be comfortable on trails up to category S2 and have a spirit for adventure. Some of the trails are less used than in other regions you know in the Alps. Because of this, the trails might be overgrown and not cleared of debris and branches for some time. Compared to some other Transalp, however, the share of single trails is manageable. Nevertheless, you can expect long and technically challenging trails. If you find them too difficult, I usually mention alternatives to the planned route in the comments.

Overnight accommodation
All of the recommended stage locations have a good selection of hotels, inns and guesthouses. It’s a good idea to reserve your accommodation in advance. In Slovenia, you should definitely not miss out on the beautiful campsites. At some of them, you can also rent a small hut if you don’t have your bivvy or tent with you.

If you adjust the stages a bit, you can also spend each night of this Transalp at a hut. In this case, I recommend splitting the days as follows:
Day 1: Wiesenhütte at Goldeck (half day stage)
Day 2: Kohlröslhütte
Day 3: Refuge Oisternig
Day 4: Poštarski dom na Vršiču
Day 5: Rifugio Casoni Solarie
Day 6: Gorizia or an inn/guesthouse along the continuing route to Trieste

Arrival/Departure
Your multi-day Tour starts in Spittal an der Drau, which is conveniently located and easy to reach by both public transport or by car via the Tauern freeway. Returning from Trieste to Munich central station takes about eight to ten hours. As a faster way to return home, there are specialised companies that offer a shuttle service back to your starting point or to a conveniently located station.

You can find information about this here: alpeadria.bike/index.php/transfer

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Alpencross Alpe Adria – Von Kärnten durch Slowenien bis nach Triest

225 mi

29,450 ft

31,225 ft

Last updated: November 10, 2021

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    Etappe 1: Von Spittal an der Drau zum Weissensee – Alpencross Alpe Adria

    Difficult
    04:21
    26.9 mi
    6.2 mph
    3,325 ft
    2,050 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Spittal an der Drau is the urban center of Upper Carinthia. Centrally located, between Drautal, Mölltal and Millstätter See, the place is a great starting point for your alpine cross. The transport connection is perfect: On the one hand you can travel stress-free by train or car, on the other hand you

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    08:00
    37.1 mi
    4.6 mph
    6,500 ft
    6,875 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The adventure really begins on the second day of your alpine cross. The landscape becomes wilder, the paths and trails more demanding. Long, sweaty climbs await you, which reward you at the end with incredible views and rustic huts. At the Carnic main ridge you cross the border to Italy and from there

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  • Difficult
    07:52
    50.6 mi
    6.4 mph
    5,525 ft
    6,700 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Change of scenery: From the border triangle Italy-Austria-Slovenia and the southern flanks of the Carnic main ridge you reach the rugged, partly untouched mountain regions of the Julian Alps. Magnificent mountain lakes and one of the most beautiful rivers in Europe await you. On the way there is the

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  • Difficult
    05:58
    30.1 mi
    5.0 mph
    4,725 ft
    5,425 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    On the fourth day of your Alpencross you will immerse yourself in the eventful and moving history of the region. Exciting paths lead you to fairytale waterfalls, a secluded mountain ridge and finally back to the banks of the Soča near Kobarid.

    About three kilometers away from Bovec is the picturesque

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  • Difficult
    06:37
    39.4 mi
    6.0 mph
    5,950 ft
    6,425 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The lesson in European history continues. Following the border between Slovenia and Italy, you will reach the two-part city of Gorizia / Nova Gorica, your penultimate stage location. World War I scenes are once again omnipresent. Museums and places of remembrance can be found at the peaks of Kolovrat

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  • Difficult
    06:30
    41.1 mi
    6.3 mph
    3,350 ft
    3,675 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    At the end of your Transalp there are some exciting highlights to see, winding paths to discover and at the end to experience the Adriatic metropolis of Trieste. The city combines the lively life of Italy with the historical ambience of the former Habsburg monarchy, which ruled the city for more than

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    225 mi
  • Duration
    39:19 h
  • Elevation
    29,400 ft31,175 ft

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