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Sveta Gora

A short mountain biking trail for all those who are crazy for climbs. With two steep inclines, one from Kromberk to Ravnica and then again to Sveta Gora, you will be sure to test your grit and your physical condition.

Starting point: the heart of Nova Gorica.

You’ll start off in downtown Nova Gorica, one of the youngest towns in Slovenia, built entirely after World War II. Take the main road Nova Gorica–Ajdovščina from the center, staying straight until the sign directs you left towards Kromberk. Right after the intersection turn right and ride along the quiet road till the turnoff for Ravnica, where you will begin your ascent. After few turns you will arrive before the Renaissance castle of Kromberk, which is home to the Gorica Regional Museum. Here the road turns sharply upward to the village of Ravnica, and you will conquer 303 meters of height difference over 2.7 km. Once in the village turn left and follow the signs for Lokve. Soon you will arrive at a fork in the road, which you will take left toward Nova Gorica. The road begins to lower until the turnoff for Sveta Gora, right after the turnoff for Čepovan. Here you will begin a 13.7 % incline gradient that stretches for 2.6 km. Sveta Gora (meaning “holy mountain” in Slovenian) is a well-known pilgrimage site, and is also home to a Franciscan monastery. A view of Nova Gorica and Gorizia await you from the top, as well as Goriška Brda and the Gulf of Trieste. Head from Sveta Gora down to Solkan, where you will be met by the old railway bridge across the Soča River, which has the largest stone arch in the whole world. Leave Solkan on the main road and pedal back to Nova Gorica, where your day’s workout will come to an end.

Info

Difficulty: Hard
Length: 23 km
Duration: 2 h
Ascent: 860 m
Descent: 860 m
Lowest point asl.: 90 m
Highest point asl.: 681 m