Andrej Zalokar

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


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.
Apr 122019


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 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.