Pokljuka Climb, Slovenia

This is a Catagory 1 road climb in Slovenia starting from just outside Lake Bled and rising up through Triglav National Park to the Triglav Pokljuka Sports Centre and also a ski resort near the top.

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As it winds it’s way up the mountain, the road rises for over ten miles and 2500 feet at an average gradient of five percent. There are a couple of signposted 12% and 18% sections and a max gradient of 20 percent. Triglav Pokljuka Sports Centre has a cafe at the top, but there’s not much of a view.

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Lake Bled is a fantastic base for road cycling, mountain biking, hiking or just lazing around the incredibly fairytale-like lake. There are also plenty of other adventure sports such as white water rafting and paragliding available to book from the town.

On the day I cycled traffic was minimal and the road surface smooth apart from some damage repair closer to the summit. My attempt was on a mountain bike I hired in Bled so I really, really must get back to Slovenia one day with my road bike. There’s plenty of other challenging climbs through the Julian Alps I still need to ride!

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