Andrej Zalokar

Aug 262021
 
KOLONCE - first applied team from Slovenia

KOLONCE – first applied team from Slovenia

Today, August 26, 2021 at 4:30 pm, from the GMain Square in Kranj, 7 teams consisting of members of the Rekreatur association will set off on a 230 km long journey through Gorenjska. At the same time, they will overcome as many as 2540 m of ascents and, of course, descents. Cycling is beginning of the promotion of the cycling product “Kranjska kolesarska roža”, prepared by the Institute for Tourism and Culture Kranj. Of the six product routes, cyclists will cover three and the fourth one quarter.

Today they will start with the prologue, which mostly takes place along the route of Jezerjanka, tomorrow they will go along Ločanka, on Saturday along Tržičanka and on Sunday they will end on Kamničanka. On the way, they will stop at 4 checkpoints, which are also included in the “interesting points worth stopping” of the ‘Kranjska kolesarska roža’ product. O

f course, I should especially emphasize that the vast majority of routes run along the Gorenjska cycling network, which is a regional product of 18 Gorenjska and 6 neighboring municipalities. What should be at the end of this record – clearly IT HAS BEGUN!

Jul 182021
 

img_5435This days we checked whether the routes of the prologue and the 1st stage are right for this year’s Rekreatur. Due to the works on the roads in Šenčur, the PROLOG route is delayed (see it here), but the fact that it is flat and beautiful does not change anything. What is good for us is that a new bike path has been built from the Brdo Estate towards vilčlage of Kokrica. This is another step that brings the Municipality of Kranj closer to the cyclists PERFECT organized municipalities in Slovenia. That is also why we took the PROLOGUE route here.
However, when we checked the route of the 1st STAGE (here it is), we were of course received by the “Recreatur” weather conditions. When we reached the planned checkpoint at the upper station of the Stari Vrh cable car, it poured and washed us all the way to Kranj. This is also why the video of the route is a bit simplified as we hurried to the dry shelter at home. The route of the 1st STAGE will definitely be slightly changed, as the ascent to Stari Vrh is too much.

Jul 142021
 

rr2020_promo_slovenia_9The first FIVE teams consisting of members of Rekreatur association applied for this year’s Rekreatur. Among them are both winners – wearing orange shirts – last year. These are the Okrepčevalnica Nace and Kolonce Teams. The two Dutch teams are also together again and I sincerely hope that this year’s “Delta Covid 19″ does not happen to us as it did last year. To those who are still hesitate for join us  let me give you some encouragement. For the first time and probably the only one in Slovenia, our event will be the promotion of “The fantastic bloom of Kranj” – cycling products prepared by the Institute for Tourism and Culture Kranj. This means that there will be a greater emphasis on the events in the checkpoints that we have chosen where the points are also worth visiting ‘fantastic bloom..’ Of course, it on every Rekreatur there are surprises, so one of the stages will be a little different than we outlined it on our website. Which one? Well..you have to join us and you will see what it will be and what we have prepared for you.

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Jun 162021
 

rr2020_promo_slovenia_526 – 29 August 2021 / Kranj and Preddvor and Zapreval and Visoko and Podbrezje and Draga and Vočji Potok and on top of that – The Flower of Kranj.
We believe that every crisis will pass and that the “Covid 19″ that has plagued us for a good year and a half will also pass. When we set out again on the routes of this year’s Rekreatur, it will certainly not be the same. For the sixth time in a row, Kranj and Glavni trg will be the center of the Rekreatur, where the prologue and 3 stages will start.

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Jul 192020
 

rr2020_promo_slovenia_16We obtained a positive opinion from the National Institute of Public Health regarding the ‘New Coronoa virus – Covid 19′ implementation to the Rekreatur. In addition to all measures to prevent the transmission of Covid-19, it is essential that under the current government decree, the maximum number of visitors to a public event is limited to 50. Since we do not know how long the measure will last or whether more participants will be allowed, decided to limit the number of registered cyclists to Rekreatur to 50.

According to the information that has reached our ears, we intend to register four more from Slovenia and another from the Netherlands. If these wiretaps come true, we will have to put the last registered team into waiting room. There she will wait until the government decree is changed.

Due to logistics as well as traffic safety, we slightly changed the routes of Prolog and the 1st Stage. The prologue is 1 km longer, 1st Stage is 8 km shorter. We moved the starting point to Cerknica. In total, Rekreatur will be 240 km long, we will do 2569 m of ascents and 2382 m of descents. The mathematical difference is 187 m in favor of the ascents. But they will be beautiful and in just the right places, well … except on legendary Jelen slope in Kranj – the last 300 m before entering the Finish line in the 3rd stage.

Jun 302020
 

oranjeWe just got another team from Netherlands registered for Rekreatur 2020. ARJEN ROBBEN with eight team members therefore outnumbers for the first time all the Slovenian members which makes it very interesting. The name of ARJEN ROBBEN comes after a world known football player Arjen Robben who holds a silver medal from the FIFA World Championship in 2010. The team was inspired to participate at Rekreatur 2020 by Gerald who had been a member of ORANJE MULLEN team at Rekreatur 2017. When asked why the new team has chosen a name after a football player he replied: “Dutch people are crazy about three things – football, cycling and the riding in a headwind”.

ARJEN ROBBEN team is coming from a town called Harkstede (NL). It is located close to Groningen which is university and cultural center of Northern Netherlands with a population of 200.000 people. The city is with its extraordinary infrastructure and system THE BEST city for cyclists. No wonder it earned the name of THE WORLD’S BEST CYCLING CITY. 61% of all trips in Groningen are made by bicycle. We are really excited to have this team on board!

The current number of all RR participants is 34 and I believe it can easily reach 50.

Some Groningen bicycle details:

kolesarsaka garaža na železniški postaji Groningen

Central railway station Groningen

Tovorno kolo po nizozemsko

‘Klompen’ cargo bike

Kolesarnica od blizu

Close up of biycle garage

kolesarji  v vse smeri naenkrat

Cyclists’ only crossroad

transportna kolesa so za zaprta mestna jedra zakon!

Cargo bikes are ewerywhere!

Muzej moderne umetnosti

Museum of modern art

 

May 052020
 
KOLONCE - first applied team from Slovenia

KOLONCE – first applied team from Slovenia

Despite uncertainty about the organization of events such as Rekreatur, there was an obvious gust of wind among his ‘followers’. The optimism of the organizers was joined by the first three teams with applications. According to tradition, here are the Dutch ORANJE  TULPEN with two teams joined and also the first Slovenian team KOLONCE from Logatec.

I invite you to take a look about this year tracks and maybe join us with your application.

We are still waiting for the instructions of the governement and responsible institutions regarding the organization of major excursions or events, including Rekretaur, but we believe that its implementation will be possible in the form as we know it.

VIDEO - Amsterdam Loves Bikes

VIDEO – Amsterdam Loves Bikes

We are especially pleased to announce the second Dutch team Het JONGE ORANJE TULPEN, which is a kind of ORANJE TULPEN baby team. It is led by Masha, who is a purely Dutch-born woman of Slovenian descent. She is featured in a promotional bike video of the city of Amsterdam.

Mar 232020
 

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1.COVID-19
is successfully flooding country by country and hence our modern world has practically stopped. I am certain that no single person has expected the situation to come this far nor that it is even possible. I mean, wow…can we not go to the shops every day? Are we not allowed to sit and hang around where ever we want to? And the things that we believe are URGENT to us, strangely they are now not accessible the moment we desire them.  I mean…what is happening?! We have to spend 24/7 with our children and partners. Our meetings are limited to indoor virtual meetings. And we have finally accepted that the product delivery can actually be a bit delayed and that is OKAY. In all that, I believe the time has stopped for majority of people. Everything slowed down a bit. But is that really so bad?

Look at the politicians. All of a sudden all their meetings and ‘agreements’ can be reached fairly quickly, online and in most cases, for a change, for the better of all (health-wise). They are proving that laws can actually be agreed faster with no typical elements of postponing and avoidance. Well paid EU politicians have video-conferences instead of normal face-to-face meetings. They do not need to fly in first class and spend the night in some 5-star hotels. The same goes to all other world organizations run by ‘wanna be’ almighty leaders that have lost their sense of the humanity long time ago.

EVERYTHING I stated above are the GOOD THINGS coming out of so called crazy current situation. Politicians, who we voted for, are proving that everything can actually be done….if ONLY there’s a strong will of course. In saying that, I truly hope that ALL CURRENT ACTS will not be forgotten in the future after we finally beat COVID-19 and return our lives back to the old tracks.

klik za Film REKREATUR 2017

klik za Film REKREATUR 2017

2. REKREATUR 2020 is happening IF circumstances allowing of course. Hopefully current situation returns back to normal as soon as possible. We want to hope for the best and stay POSITIVE. To the all the new prologue and the three stages  that we have already prepared, we will be taken to by bus (as the previous year). We have updated and prepared all the price packages  and have also opened the  application. We already have our first team applied– which to no surprise is the team from NETHERLANDS.

Take your time (that’s one you have in abundance now ) and read through our offer. Maybe you will get that buzz again and join the charms of Rekreatur 2020.

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.