The last runda this winter. It’s spring slowly penetrating into our land, the daylight is longer, long enough for a quick after work ride, and we are simply runing short on runda courses too.
We would ride Goriška pentlja already in december, but some weird bug on RGT server that day ruined event that evening for everybody. No one was able to finish the ride that day.
Goriška pentlja it self is one of the hardest runda courses in entire serié. All the roads IRL are wide, very rolling, but the terrain is all the time a bit up & down. No sleep this time. With 63km and nearly 700vm of ascent it has a lot of volume, and IRL fastest time never exceded 39 km/h average. Expect between 90-120 min for this ride. The first climb comes relatively soon at around 6km mark, but it’s not steep nor is long. Going into the red to survive makes a lot of sence, since you will gain easy ride until main climb of the day, Cerkvenjak climb. Coming after 27km, with 3min30 for fastest IRL times it will split the bunch apart to many pieces.
There is an interesting youtube clip available here where you can get a bit familiar with the roads we will be riding this week.
Do you remember beautyfull Vipavska walley and Palba runda from this january?
Well, we will ride in this part of the world again. Only this time in a counter clockwise direction, and on much bigger loop which will include so scenic (IRL) Kras region.
This is a beautiful IRL course featuring most popular roads on Kras. Right now it’s exactly the time of the year when these roads are very popular for continental riders due warm mediteranic climate and rolling terain perfect for gathering of early spring base miles. Do not expect any long and straight flats here. This is a landscape made for rolling and twisting roads. Yet, do not expect crasy wild climbs and descends either. This is simply constantly waving form of riding on the roads that are constantly in a slight curve left or right or up or down. Time flies here fast.
The course is relatively easy until kilometer 65 when we hit the main climb of the day, Stjak climb. It’s a nice, regular 5k @6% climb. Not the hardest on the world, yet long enough for climbers to attack and try to shake off from heavier and punchier riders. However, even if selection will be made there, there is still some distance to cover until finish line, and if by some scenario groups come together before the end it will be an uphill sprint to the line. Namely, our fondo ends in a super scenic Kras village named Vipavski Križ.
Unfortunately we won’t be able to see it in RGT, so here is a picture to imagine the place and to put it into your list of must visits this summer.
Here comes the ugly, the bad, and the brute. TopFit Flanders. Real annual event of local cycling club called TopFit.
The one for the strongmens. Real classic, just like real tour of Flanders. Running entirely in the walley between two alpine chains, yet all but flat. Uper photo captures the landscape perfectly. Like real Flanders, TopFit course is circling forth and back, left and right, riding over every single hellingen or local hill in the walley. Most of them are short and punchy, too short for pure climbers, these can be grinded over with pure force and brute. Just look at the profile below and count those dark red strips. There is enough of them to bite into the legs of even the strongest of the fittest. The one who wants to win this, has to be strong enough to survive until end and very punchy to finish first a top of the Bled castle.
One of the protagonists and main motor in TopFit gang, Miha Kosmač – Kosi, who spent tremendous effort to edit this twistling-knotted course for perfect RGT user experience, has prepared special table with all climbs along the course. He gave them star rating, similar to Paris-Roubaix pave rating with one star for the easiest and five stars for the hardest. Anyone challenging the course can have a proper information what was done, whats coming up, and whats still left to ride. Here is the list of “gorenjska hellingens”:
Helling voorbij Legenda
De Kerk Heuvel
Gobovce – Podbrezje
Muur de Žeje
Onder de Brug Dobruša
Breznica Climb (Edelweiss)
Grot Zaka Climb
Triglavska cesta (Na Planiko)
With 1.640m of altitude gain in 98km it is third hilliest course in this serié. As already mentioned, the climbs here are not very long, and those longer 1.5-2.0km are not that steep on average, but they are numerous, dispersed throughout the course and most of them include some painfull steep ramps. Think of climbs like famous Patterberg or Oude Kwaremont in Belgium, these are like this. The entire fondo is like later part of real Flanders. With one exeption, the finish line. No flat run in here, instead you can expect 75 seconds long, burning, smoking, painfull grind up the Bled castle.
After fairly flat Šentjur power runda, its time to climb again. Osmica (eight in english) is similar runda to Barjanka which was the second runda riden in early november 20′.
Althought not flat, its easy ride for most until km 27. At this point we start to climb for some 5 kilometers, with 3.5km of pure Smrečje climb, just shy of 6% gradient average. Not the hardest in the world, but hard enough to split the front group and try to finish in front of heavier trailing panzer wagens. What makes this weeks runda attractive is the clash between climbers and more classic riders. There is just enough long and steady downhill road, for heavier guys having a chance to catch back those running goats upfront. All they need is a bit of coordination and cooperation.
Heading to charming Dolenjska region this weekend. The land of famous Cviček wine, the one that makes people happy and smiling. No where else you can get so much hospitality and warmth on countryside as in Dolenjska.
Back to our medio fondo course. It’s one of the easiest parcours’s in this serié. With just 850vm along the route, this isn’t particulary hard one, albeit it’s not that flat at all. Because of undulating terain all along the way, it’s actually very open type of race, where it’s hard to predict what type of rider will excell. Definetly sprinter won’t be in a big trouble by climbing on this one. The longest climb of the day, Oštrc climb, was already featured in wednesday Dolenjska runda few weeks ago, and has been proved to be easy to survive, since the average is only around 3-4% and there are no steep ramps at all. It is only last 15km that provides some short and steep ramps where puncheurs could attack and succeed, else where its simply open to a wide array of riders. All they need to do is, to manage to be in the break away of the day and finish over the line first.