Previous week’s Savinjska runda was a a very smooth, straight, fast and relatively easy runda. The first group managed to average more than 41kmh of average speed and it was possible to cruze with front group with less than 3 w/kg on average at this speed. Of course, the only climb demanded pushing more than 6 w/kg to survive, but every thing else was a butter smooth ride.
Nothing like this is on the menü this week. Goriška pentlja is arguably the hardest runda so far. I beleive it’s harder than Donački krog, since it runs on much more waving roads and undulating terrain. All the roads IRL are still 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.