Bike Route XX – Hardcore!

Parameters: Length: 159 km. Ascent: 2988 meters. Terrain: paved, unpaved, gravel. Recommended bike: MTB. Difficulty: 5. Estimated time: 10 hours. Start: Liptovsky Jan

This is route for very experienced and well trained cyclists on the one side it requires riding technique and on the other side also big amoung of physical ability to go trhough in a one day. Of course, route is designed so, that you can drop off some parts and shorten total distance, but ride it whole is a challenge.

At the beginning we make a circruit on a singletrails around villages Liptovsky Jan and Zavazna Poruba. Then we continue from Liptovsky Jan with ascent on the hill Kastielske Lazy, compared to other hills on the track this is just a warm up, so keep panic ;). We downhill through Vislavce to Liptovsky Hradok, downhill is partly on a wide forest road and singletrails, but it is technically demanding, so be aware. Along the bank of the river Bela we continue to the town district Dovalovo where we climb via former ski slope to the top of the hill above village and we can enjoy awesome view on the High Tatras and Upper Liptov Region. First 26 kilometers are behind us so, its time to relax a little.

Through some up and down dusty roads we get to village Hybe and from there we cross the river Biely Vah and continue on a forest road to the railway station Vychodna. If we are here during the week we can refill our bottles and buy some refreshments. In the front of us is 6 kilometer long steep climb to Saddle Muransko, but mainly leads on a paved forest road so, no technically demanding.

What is technically demanding is downhill from the Saddle Muransko to lower reservoir Cierny Vah and same named forestry settlement. It leads by a blue-marked tourist path so it is narrow and steep. As we reach settlement, we climb above the Valley Ipoltica and on the parallel road with walley we reach Valley Dikula at which end follows ascent to hill Panska Hola. However, the whole track to Panska Hola from the settlement is more or less uphill with lenght 11 kilometers.

From the top of the hill we get into Valley Benkovo and downhill 14 kilometers down the valley. We are again in the settlement and now continue through the Valley Ipoltica, but now at the end of this valley we do not turn left to Valley Dikula, but right to Valley Raztoky. 14 kilometer long climb to the Saddle Pod Velkym Bokom follows, the beginning is mild, but the ending is steep with few serpentines.

In the front of us is technical downhill to the Valley Hodrusa, from where we get to Maluzinska Valley and then to local pond. This roller coaster sections leads on a paved roads so nothing technically demanding can not surprise us, but only physical exhaustion. Do not worry, follows 8 kilometer long downhill and village of Maluzina where we can take a break and get some lunch in local motorest.

In front of us are only 30 kilometers, but two high hills. First challenge is climb to Svidovske Saddle followed by the hill behind the Cottage “Pred Bystrou”. In total 17 kilometer section with 12 kilometers of climbing and 5 kilometers of downhill between hills. Here we get to the second highest point of the route and from now on only 10 kilometer descent to Liptovsky Jan follows.

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