Recreational events all about cycling ascents this week

Log pod Mangartom, 15 August - Recreational events of note this week include three cycling events that involve difficult ascents to Slovenian mountains and hills and two running events in north-eastern Slovenia, including around the country's largest lake.

Mountain bikers.
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The 17th Ascent to Mangart will start in Log pod Mangrtom at 10 AM, and end at Mangart Saddle at an elevation of 2,072 metres. The route is 14.7 kilometres long, with an altitude difference of 1,260 metres.

"Those who are well prepared, primarily those who are able to conquer inclines of up to 16% with their bicycles, will take part in a tarmac road ascent to Mangart on the third Sunday in August," the organisers say.

In addition to the more difficult ascents to Mangart and Vršič, the traditional ascent to Rogla near Maribor is also a challenge for recreational cyclists.

The 25th Ascent on Rogla will take place on Saturday, starting at 10 AM in front of the Zreče sports hall. It will take the participants on a 16.6 route with an average incline of 7.8%, and an altitude difference of 1,100.

The 4th Pšajnovica Time Trial is meanwhile the only mountain biking time trial for recreational cyclists in Slovenia, with the first two kilometres of the race taking place on a tarmac road.

Saturday's race starts in the village of Vaseno near Kamnik and ends after a series of descents and ascents above the village of Laseno at an altitude of 790 metres.

Runners are meanwhile invited to the 23rd Kranjska Gora Tenner, which is a "traditional and increasingly popular run with a mass start in the main square in Kranjska Gora," according to the organisers.

The event taking place in north-western Slovenia on Tuesday will take the participants along the local ski slopes and the cycling part to Rateče and back, the organisers say.

You can also participate in a memorial 11-kilometre run around Bohinj Lake, Slovenia's largest lake, on Saturday.

The 20th Run of the Four Brave Men will take place in memory of the four individuals who first climbed Mt Triglav, Slovenia's highest mountain.

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