Rekreatur (RR) 2014 will be based at this amazing gateway to the Julian Alps. The Hotel Lek in Kranjska Gora will be the meeting point and where all the “social gatherings” will take place. As well as a diverse entertainments programme at the start and finish areas, we really did our best to devise a beautiful and fascinating route, which runs beyond Slovenian borders for the first time.
The race starts on August 21st with the 30km long prologue. This will be one of the safest prologues ever as it mainly follows the D2/Rateče – Obrežje cycle path. The Prologue goes only until Mojstrana and Dovje. The evening’s entertainment will take place at the Hotel Lek in Kranjska Gora with a RR 2013 movie premiere, dancing and lots of fun.
The next day at 9am the real cycling begins. The course for the 1st stage goes into Italy (Friuli – Julian March) and is mostly along local cycle lanes. This stage also has the highest Rekreatur point (Sella Nevea – 1160m). When we cycled this route in 2013 our meters showed 130km and so the 105km stated in the brochure is only approximate. The day will then progress into the evening-entertainment (dancing is included, of course).
What goes up must come down, so the 2nd stage course will be the steepest descent! From Wurzen or the Koren mountain pass you will enter Austria and follow roads where some sections have a 25% descent! You will then go through the villages where most of the Carinthia Slovenians live and these lovely people will be our hosts for the entire stage. The course then continues over Thörl into Italy to Tarvisio and from there follows the 1st stage road a little back to Kranjska Gora. Evening fun, is guarunteed (dancing is included, of course).
The last day of RR is always something special. Suddenly the average cycling time accelerates to almost professional levels. Everyone wants to win. To be honest, it was quite tricky for us to select the 3rd stage. We have cycled around the Gorenjska region so many times and we all have different ideas about the routes we prefer the most. So we made a great compromise. The road will lead to Bled and pass ‘the balcony of Gorenjska’ (the road from Begunje to Bistrica pri Tržiču) and to Kranj, where you will enter the old city centre from the obligatory Jelen-hill side!
If you are missing info about checkpoints, we should tell you that negotiations on the details in Italy and Austria are still in progress. The tourist offer will be out by the end of May 2014 and we can reassure you this will certainly satisfy your expectations.