For the second year in a row at the end of June the alpine part of Slovenia hosted the Trans Julius - a 4-day mountain bike adventure. The young and small team of Trans Julius that takes care of the organisation of the competition, prepared more than just a bike event for 89 competitors from 10 different countries. The dates for the next edition of Trans Julius are already set: next year the mountain bike adventure Trans Julius will take place from the 20th to the 23rd of June!
“Trans Julius was created in an effort for mountain biking to receive something special and complete; mountain bikers admire nature, a great culinary experience and love to hang out,” says Primož Ravnik Figaro, one of the founders of the Trans Julius Institute, that is focused on adding it’s part in the mosaic of developing mountain biking in Slovenia. After last years premiere of the competition, this year most of the competitors came from Slovenia followed by Croatia, Hungary, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Great Britain, Denmark, New Zealand and Germany.
The mountain bikers started the competition on Thursday in Kranjska Gora, where they tested out last years newly opened trail “Robe Twist”. On Friday morning they moved to Bohinj where they were challenged with the ascent toward Soriška planina and Sedlo Bača and the descent to Podbrdo. The return to Bohinjska Bistrica was a fun bike train ride with Slovenske železnice railways.
Bohinj also hosted the main concert of this year’s Trans Julius, by the young Slovenian indie rock group Koala Voice, and the locals closed down the central market and parking just for this occasion in an effort to make it one of the social gathering spots in the future. The competitors and the visitors in Bohinj had a chance to taste the special edition Trans Julius beer brewed by the local microbrewery Lintvern.
On Saturday morning the competitors took the car train towards Most na Soči, where they were awaited by a challenging stage from the Tolminski Lom into the Soča Valley. With almost 1000 vertical meters in height difference, it was the hardest test of the 4-day event. The locals of Most na Soči provided the local culinary experience with their traditional “frika” and “tolminski štruklji”.
The last day of the event the competitors tried out one of the youngest Slovenian bike parks - Cerkno, where they were met by three stages, the last one a mass start, considered as a very special experience among mountain bikers. The fastest of the four-day event were two Slovenians – Nejc Huth stepped down from the top spot after last years win and his successor was Tadej Razpet, with Max Dupois coming in third.