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.