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Slovenia to Italy

After a grueling 5 days, day 6 dawns in Ljubljana with a challenging 78 mile route crossing Slovenia to Italy. Finishing in Trieste, the finish line will be drawing closer after an ascent of 1686 metres.

1686M
78 miles
15°C
Slovenia: After some serious climbing and descent, the route becomes much flatter before passing into Italy.
Italy: A short series of ascent and descent en route to Trieste.

Journey Update

The fifth day of the 777 Challenge promised to be one of the toughest on the tour, consisting of a 103 mile leg from Zagreb in Croatia, up into Slovenia and on to the capital Ljubljana, surrounded by the mountains that make up the very Eastern edges of the Alps.

Having arrived in Zagreb the night before in 22 degrees and sunshine, it was a bit of a shock to be greeted with heavy rain, leaden skies and a temperature in single figures. Gary didn’t mind, “It’s just like being at home in Salford!”. The rest of us were less impressed.

Having battled their way out of Zagreb in the rush hour, the awesome foursome were glad to reach the border with Slovenia after about a hours riding. The weather was getting better too, with rain abating and even some glimpses of blue sky overhead. A quick change of clothing at the first rest stop, and the lads were ready for some great cycling country, surrounded by Alpine meadows and riding on quiet, well surfaced rural roads. For the first time on the tour, the wind was at their backs, which kept spirits high, even when being chased by a large hairy dog in one of the many villages.

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The route tracked up one of the main rivers, and as the boys headed up into the hills, the scenery just got better and better. Stopping for lunch in the medieval village of Zuzemberk (complete with impressive castle), we found ourselves in a very friendly restaurant in the main square. The boys ordered their staple “road fuel” of lasagne and chips, which looked the part but tasted a bit weird and seemed to contain some very questionable meat. Undeterred, and energised with some excellent coffee, the boys headed on, taking on a five mile gravel road section over a pass at the top of the valley. Fortunately it was well graded and they survived without any punctures or crashes (unbelievably, we’ve had none of either so far).

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From there it should have been a fairly straightforward 20 mile run into Ljubljana, however some road works to build a new roundabout seemed to close off the entrance to a tunnel that would save the boys a stiff climb. No to be beaten by a few road signs and a small barrier or two, and with no road workers around, we simply hopped over the kerb, and then had a fantastic run down through the tunnel on our very own closed road.

Hitting Ljubljana at rush hour on a Friday night was not ideal, but we eventually worked our way to the hotel on the outskirts of the city. A fantastic meal followed, replacing lost energy and preparing the lads for the run to the Adriatic coast and Italy on Day 6.

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What of the Neg Box I hear you cry? Well I’m pleased to report that the day went so well, that everyone (yes, including the big fella) stayed neg fine free. So to keep our charity challenge on track, we need you to dig deep. Thank you for your ongoing support.

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The Route

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Starting Line

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Stage 1: Czech Republic to Slovakia

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Stage 2: Slovakia to Hungary

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Stage 3: Hungary

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Stage 4: Hungary to Croatia

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Stage 5: Croatia to Slovenia

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Stage 6: Slovenia to Italy

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Stage 7: Italy

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Finish Line

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