Andrej Zalokar

Aug 112019
 

rr19_slo-zemljevid-txAs we promised Rekreatur 2019 will be different. There will be a lot more emphasis, the laughs, the good atmosphere, but nevertheless there will still be a seriously cycling. Rekreatur 2019 will be  recycled!  The first step has just been made. We have changed the course of all stages and prologue.the routes and will be entrusted to you only before the start of each of them. We also changed locations of checkpoints and they will be an additional challenge to the teams. But bu pation – all info will be presented on taime.
Still, the team closest to the average cycling time will get an orange jersey. Only the calculation of the results will be analog and as transparent as iz is possible. The Rekreatur headquarters will still be at the Mayr guesthouse where we will announce the winners every day after the end of the prologue and stages.
The organiziners  team will accompany you in the same way as they did on the first Rekreatur – back in 2006.

May 302019
 

img_4555BACTIM the owners of Rekreatur 2018 orange jersey are the first team that applied to REKREATUR 2019. The team is a little bit modified, but after the reliable information, reinforcements are still to come. We expect that other teams who are already determined to join us will also apply soon, but weather in May encourage them to do so. On June 1st, the meteorological summer begins and we hope that the weather will be more comfortable for our cyclists than in May. But after experience, cycling starts and ends in our brains so if the view from the window just doesn’t encourage us to move on the bike, walking is also good. Everyday movement reliably strengthens our body and spirit.

 

 

 

world-bicycle-day3rd JUNE – WORLD BICYCLE DAY / The mobility needs of people who walk and cycle – often the majority of citizens in a city – continue to be overlooked, states Share the Road Programme Annual Report 2018. Even though the benefits of investing in pedestrians and cyclists can save lives, help protect the environment and support poverty reduction. Meeting the needs of people who walk and cycle continues to be a critical part of the mobility solution for helping cities de-couple population growth from increased emissions, and to improve air quality and road safety.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), safe infrastructure for walking and cycling is also a pathway for achieving greater health equity. For the poorest urban sector who often cannot afford private vehicles, walking and cycling can provide a form of transport while reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke, certain cancers, diabetes, and even death. Accordingly, improved active transport is not only healthy; it is also equitable and cost-effective.

Why celebrate the bicycle?

  • The bicycle is a simple, affordable, reliable, clean and environmentally fit sustainable means of transportation;
  • The bicycle can serve as a tool for development and as a means not just of transportation but also of access to education, health care and sport;
  • The synergy between the bicycle and the user fosters creativity and social engagement and gives the user an immediate awareness of the local environment;
  • The bicycle is a symbol of sustainable transportation and conveys a positive message to foster sustainable consumption and production, and has a positive impact on climate.
Apr 122019
 

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From this momet you can already SIGN UP to the REKREATUR 2019. For the fourth time in a row, we will discover Gorenjska region with its capitol the city of Kranj. We will start on August 22, 2019 at 17.00 with a prologue at the Main Square in Kranj. The routes we are planning to take will lead us to some new hidden places but the ‘iron repertoire tracks’ will not be able to escape.

There are 270 kilometers of beautiful paths and about 4000 m discents waiting for cyclists..ups 4000 m ascents also. Besides breathtaking wievs there are also six checkpoints that always bring some surprise and this year too will be the case.

Jan 162019
 

img_4544At an occasional ceremony at the Stari Mayr restaurant in Kranj, at the end of 2018, we were awarded orange jersey for a team BACTIM, the winners of the REKREATUR 2018. This is last action of Rekreatur 2018 and the starting point for planning the next one.

As it seems now, REKREATUR 2019 will be a little different and not quite usual. It will be accompanied by quite a few ‘pre-events’ that will end with the main one in August 2019. The this year routes are still in informational shape – the only certain thing is  – Book your time from 22nd to 25th August 2019 and be surprised.

 

 

p1090203The first ‘pre-event ‘ will be at the end of January 2019, when we will traditionally be presented at the Natur Alpe Adria fair in Ljubljana. You are kindly welcome on our stand, which will be within the framework of the Tourist Association of Slovenia. We are preparing the next one at the end of April , when we will start with the charity auction from ‘relics’ of all RKREATUR events from 2006 – 2018. There will be rare parts of  orange jersey, orange ribbons, promotional t-shirts, starting numbers and much more for buying.

 

Dec 252018
 

Anton in ekipa Rekreatur vam želimoThe year 2018, which brought us many more beautiful than bad moments is passing. The Tourist Association Rekreatur was renamed to ‘Rekreatur, the Association for Tourism and cycling developmnet’, thus emphasizing the activity that we have been carrying out since our very beginning in the distant year of 2006. Cycling in Slovenia finally gets its proper place. I do not think a professional way but a daily one. Not only the local, but also on the national level there are huge movements for cycling. And I believe that 2019 will fully confirm my claims.

This year’s Rekreatur was again just like we want. No injuries a lot of fun and competitive positive atmosphere. It is true that rain and frost were only the end of August and it was very likely that this was the result of poor donation to ANTON. But when we were with cyclists on the road, weather did not spoil anything. Rekreatur is just here and it needs to be cycled. We gave the orange jersey to the winning team BACTIM at the end of December at a gala dinner at Stare Mayr guesthouse.

What are our plans for 2019?

  1. In January we will present ourselves at the Alpe-Adria Fair, where together with the Slovenian Cycling Network we will organize a conference on remote bicycle connections;
  2. In February, we will carry out a charity auction of relics of Rekreatur, which has been greatly shaken in these 13 years;
  3. preparations for our new SavaTOUR product will start, which will see the light of the world in 2020 and will present everything and more of the good that we learned in the Rekreatur;
  4. we will carry out ‘Cycling Day under Storžič’
  5. Rekreatur 2019 will be back in August but this time in a slightly different form. What kind? for now we are not betraying it to you yet.
  6. we will actively participate in the activities of the European Mobility Week in Kranj.And there are many other activities that will accumulate … SO WE WISH YOU ALL THE BEST IN 2019!
May 202018
 

zmagovalciOranje Tulpen, Oranje Klompen and Kranjska klobasa team application have doubled the number of teams seriously preparing for this year’s Rekreatur! The Dutch team, Oranje Klompen, last year’s orange jersey winners, apparently decided to defend the flattering title. According to unverified information, they are seriously training along the Nederlands northern shore of the North Sea, as there is always a strong wind in the cyclist’s chest (my personal experience) and the best terrain for serious slope training. Serious slope is waiting us in the 2nd Stage when we will climb to Šenturška gora under Krvavec.

More than half days passed in May almost as much as our preparations for this year’s Rekreatur. Now we are finishing definitive trails of Prologue and three stages. There will be no big changes. Perhaps the biggest will be on Prologue as there is teh new highway overpass in Šenčur the first in Slovenia intended only for cyclists and pedestrians. Also, the 3rd Stage will have minor changes in the area of city centre Ljubljana.

Feb 222018
 

P1080298The BACTIM team, who has registered as third team, has a member Miran, who participated in all of the Rekreatur events and it makes him a ‘LEGEND’. Does this mean that together with Jambor teams they will take over Rekreatur? If this really happens, we will be the most satisfied organizers. Teams will not need escorts at all, as they know everything – how and when it’s wise to get into the Check Point, which slope is better to go around and what do you need to get through the Finish at the right moment.

But Rekreatur is a serious event and of course this will not happen. We the organizers also know some tricks and surprises to are prepare them on the tracks. If you would like to know what kind of a surprises it will be, then they are not a surprise? So it will be necessary to collect friends and apply as a team  and simply be there.

Current statistics:  men 64.3% : women 35.7%

Feb 202018
 

rr-nedelja-129Legends returned! The Jambor team, known as ‘Rekreatur legends’ was the first to apply for Rekreatur 2018. Even more, enhanced with some team members of ‘HK’ TASTAR’ team they have applied as two teams! The Jambor No ONE consist of female cyclists and the Jambor No TWO is the male part of the aforementioned teams.
We ask ourselves what kind of tactics they will choose because none of them haven’t won the Rekreatur orange jersey yet. Their base camp is in Srednje Bitnje village right next to the organizers’ headquarters, and we can only hope that we will withstand the possible pressure to reduce the slope of the slopes, which are waiting for us this year in the first, but especially in the second stage.

The first application also gives us an immediate signal that Rekreatur 2018 started. Irreversible!

Feb 082018
 
Rekreatur 2017 / video

After  Rekreatur 2017 / video

After TEAM APPLICATIONS  the tracks of Prologue and three stages of this year Rekreatur are known. They are about 270 km long with aproximately 2600 m of ascents and descents. Mybe there will bo some changes on them because we haven’t cycle them yet. And they will need to be changd as there are some parts where our bikes hasn’t touch them  yet.
Checkpoints will be chosen in next step but we already know that we have taken the routes where the locals will warmly welcome us.

Which stage will be the most beautiful? Perhaps the third, if we succeed in the ideas that we have with visiting Ljubljana the Slovene capitol. Perhaps 1st stage will be nice with it’s ups and downs? The 2nd stage will be unique as we will climb below the Krvavec mountain and have the whole Ljubljana basin in front of our eyes. After all this year Rekreatur will be again beautiful, interesting, strenuous and fun.

Now we are working on good accommodation offers in Kranj. This is always the hard part as we don’t know how many of you will attendt this year Rekreatur. We hope that at least as much as last year when we had a good time. You can see the Rekreatur 2017 atmosphere on VIDEO, made by our cameraman Bogdan.

Feb 042018
 

rr18_natour_krpanFrom today (04/02/2018) on, you can already  apply on Rekreatur 2018. We have prepared two packages – Rekreatur BASIC and Rekreatur FULL. The only difference beetwen them is the fact that in ‘BASIC’ there are no warm meals by prologue and three stages and a promotional T-shirt Rekreatur. Everything else is unchanged. And that include interesting routes, rich offer at checkpoints, unexpected experiences and plenty of laughter.

We still calculate whree to put the tracks for prologue and three stages, since we cycled almost whole Gorenjska region. But believe us we will find more beautifull and hidden routes.

This year we also took part in NATOUR Alpe Adria fair. Famous book heroes Martin Krpan, His Majesty the High Emperor and Minister Gregor have traditionally visited us. The hall in which we were placed is occupied by societies that are the our members of the Tourist Association of Slovenia. Many of them were presented offer in some of the control points of the previous Rekreatur events. You can think the atmosphere in the hall – a culinary rich and sound living.