We had some strong aspirations with winter season and Rouvy aplication and spent quite some work already on it. Unfortunately Rouvy itself is stil a work in a progress and not an easy one either for event organizing by third parties.
But it’s developing and it’s coming. We beleive it is going to offer next level experience one day. Till then, lower picture does give a preety good clue where the future might be.
Of course you do. Everybody knows what runda is. Yet, there is no definition what exactly runda is. If you ask ten cyclist what is runda, you will get ten different answers. Is it a group ride? Yes, special kind of. A very fast group ride with no merci for those who snaped of the sleepstream. Is it a race? No, it’s definetely not a race, but it’s still a fair bit competitive. It’s actually a group effort to ride as fast as possible over a standard distance or segment with a pinch of competition near the end. It ussualy ends with a sprint for a table or a sign and can be described as “race for hand shake and beer only”.
First half is ususally extremely fast all-out group ride where everyone is keen to pull at his turn, then in the second half it becomes more tactic. The group is usualy thinner there. Some might start thinking of surviving on local hill, some might calculate for the final sprint, some might simply become tired. And as always, some might be pulling like they have been obsesed by a demon. Sometimes runda can be just a leisure group ride and sometimes it may become fearsome race between friends.
No matter how you take your runda, you will always find someone to ride with. It’s always gonna give you tons of fun and you’ll always find some sore legs the day after. If you love that feeling, this is the right place to be!
We are starting late winter/spring medio fondo series with the easiest course in entire series. Starting in Ljubljana (latin Emona), the capital of Slovenia, and finishing in Ljubljana a top of the Ljubljana castlle hill.
This is probably one of two opportunities in this series where sprinter/fast finisher can win. All the other courses are much harder and contain at least some serious climbing challenges.
The route starts in the city, then heads into Polhograjski dolomiti hills where first two climbs awaits, but they are easy to survive with the group. First Zaklanec climb is realy gentle one, while the 2nd Žažar climb is ~2km @5% drag. No particular fireworks is expected here, since what follow next is simply too long to be on someones own. After cresting second hill, we will be traveling for almost 40km in counter clockwise direction on the southern edge of Barje basin (Barje=swamp in english). A pan flat land with long straight roads, which are a bit boring to ride alone, so it’s very advisable to find nice working group and share the workload through this almost one hour long section of route. The last part of fondo becomes much more interesting. Aprox. 20k’s to go the road does one short but sharp 6-8min long Repče climb to cross from Barje flats to the other side of Ljubljana basin. This is the place where race will almost certainly explode. Climber must take the advantage here, if they want to contest for the win, since finishing Ljubljana castle climb is not enough long to dislodge the punchier riders. but even if they manage to crest over the with a split, they will have to push very hard for some 15km of flat roads, before finishing climb to castle starts. Once on the Castlle climb, it’s all on pure power and how much juice has anyone left in the tank. It’s a big ring 2-3min long standing juice squeezer. If going for the win, expect some painfull sensations in your legs.
Heading from the west to the far north-east of Slovenia. We will visit Prekmurje region, already a part of huge Panonia basin flats, altho this runda does the clockwise circle mostly within Goričko hills. Goričko is a hilly lowland area with shallow hills and typical ridge setllement. Traditional old villages will be always on the top of the hill, with agricultural land on the upper parts and forest mostly in the walley. It’s a part of the world where time seams to beat less histericaly. Where people tend to be more calm. Litlle traffic you will find here, also no idiot will override you for riding more than 1m of the side, and a tractor might be sometimes more common on the road as a car.
The profile suggest a bumpy ride with quite some climbing along. Reality is different. These are beautifull roads, fast, rolling, slightly twisting along walleys, gently bumping over numerous small rises and never to be bored with never ending strights. IRL fastest times are usually around 1h30 and with well spirited field inlcuding nearby austrian riders, speeds can reach as high as 42kmh average. However, there is one sub 2min steep ramp wich usually splits the group apart. It’s called Trdkova climb. This is a nasty one, and is followed by some undulated terrain on the ridge of the hills which offers some buffering time for a attackers to build the lead. However, the second part of runda is mostly downhill on a very fast and rolling roads and a group working well together should be able to bring back home the breakaway as long it’s not too big. At the end, the road is flat, wide, pan straight to the line. A 60+km/h clash for big thights of fastmens. Who would love Runda like this?
Beautiful Vipavska walley is on the menü this week. The blossom of agricultural land, the garden of gods, loaded with fruits, vegetables, wineyards, pork. It’s an eden on earth with one and only exeption, the Burja wind!
Like with the land, so with cycling and cyclists. No where else in Slovenia, so many quality riders would be concentrated as in Vipavska region and nearby Kras. Actually there are so many cycling lunatics there, so many watts, we could export some power and be reach.
Palba runda is a fast and beutiful circular course around Vipava walley with only one climb long enough to split the group into pieces. Manče climb is ~2km long, @4.5% big ring climb, well suited for strong riders and puncheurs. It comes relatively early, only after some 10km into the ride and will split the group apart. Albeit there is enough of relatively straight and slowly descending ground afterwards, for many groups to rejoin again. But a group of three or four, working hard together, might succed in a breakaway attempt. Terain becomes more lumpy in the last 15km ofering many opurtunities for an ambush and bold attack. If not before, the race will most certainly explode in last 3.5km. Sprinters will have to bite through their handlebars to stay on the wheels there and contest the final sprint. But it’s possible, only there won’t be any big group sprinting at all. Only many small solo, duo, trio groups sprinting for the line.
After short new year break our Runda series is back.
We are starting new season with a relatively flat and fast runda course popular among local group of riders in eastern part of Slovenia. It follows mostly flat ground around Dravinja river basin. The roads are wide, nicely tarmaced, beuatufully twisted, on mostly slightly waving ground with many small rises and undulations along the way. The only climb of the day, comes very late, after almost 50km of ride and is not particulary selective. It’s 1.8km long steady drag at 4.5% (Strava segment). Very popular among pro cyclist for car or scooter pacing sessions, since drafting is very noticable here.
Because of the nature of the course, it will be very likely a fast ride in a big group. With just a bit of drafting skill many will be able to hold the speed of big group for at least first 3/4 of the course. Pure sprinters and puncheurs will very much like the course. When they see profile like this, their mood and motivation usually rises up instantly.
New Year Tour 2020 is a wrap. 7 days of grueling riding on authentic Slovenian roads is over.
209 riders has finished at least one stage during Tour, and 31 has managed to complete all 7 stages. There where actually some more, but some riders has unfortunately experienced an upgrade notion (46 in total) due too high category performance, which annuled their results for those stages. Something we hope we will improve in next edition in terms, nobody will have to get an UPG, and riders of different body shapes and abilities will be grouped together much more equally. Current linear W/kg denomination is indeed unfair to very light riders.
Many thanks to Primož, Uroš, Mitja and Matjaž, four engines behind the scenes, for making it happen. We will come back next year at the same time, with similar format, but on new roads in some other region, and with much improved category system and ruleset. Hopefully on improved RGT platform also, which should be able to replicate (if not a beauty) at least a bit of countryside around the road. They have 358 days of time until then.