Banska Bystrica is an ancient town with a significant mining history. It’s located in a valley surrounded by mountains and national parks. From us, everything’s nearby. The geographical middle point of Slovakia is situated 15 km to the east and the one of Europe 15 km to the west. Kremnica mountains, Great Fatra, Low Tatras or Polana – every mountain range has its own characteristics. Thanks to an indented relief and the variety of the sceneries, the whole region is very appealing for mountain biking. The upper parts reaching to 2000 m have mainly a meadow-character. The lower parts are densely forested and are full of creeks and clearings. There are numerous rideable fields and forest paths. The connoisseurs among you will be especially delighted by the frequent natural single trails. The tours are distinguished by a strong altitude profile. It’s going up and down. It is possible to adapt the tours for the less physically fit bikers and have them car-assisted.
The once astonishingly rich city of Banska Bystrica is protected by mountains from all the cardinal points. In the west there is the majestic wall of the Kremnica mountains. Our tour goes just along this ridge. Near the highest point, we will go through a 300-yearsold tunnel from one side of the mountain range to the other and will have a look at a 80m high rock wall, secured by climbing ropes. In the end, a unique single-trail built by professionals, which is considered to be one of the best ones in Slovakia is awaiting us.
Low Tatras – Donovaly
From a popular ski resort we will directly enter the main ridge of the Starohorske vrchy. Undisturbed views to all the cardinal points and a ride through an easy, wonderful single trail alongside the ridge will always be remembered by every mountain lover. The rebelling units of the Slovakian army were fleeing from the fascists during the WW2 on this very ridge. An uninterrupted 10km downhill follows and goes on a wonderful single trail in the deep forest to the river Hron valley, which will lead us in a gradually decreasing terrain to Banska Bystrica.
We will start above Spania dolina which is famous across the whole Europe due to its rich deposits of copper. The copper from the ships’ hulls, on which Christopher Columbus discovered America came from this very region. There is only one road leading to this village and it also ends here. However, this doesn’t apply to us. In fact – we will come here from above. It will appear in front of us quite unexpectedly, just like a Slovakian Macchu Picchu. And we will leave just the same way we come – upwards. We will reach the peak of Pansky diel, where there is the best view of Banska Bystrica we can wish for. In the end, we will jump to the other peak and enjoy its south single trail downhill to the valley.
We will start at a picturesque mountain lodge located in the south slopes of a mountain chain north from the river Hron. A forest road carved in a steep slope with unbelievable views to a volcanic mountain range will lead us to an open-air folk museum of a village, which was burned down during the Second World War. An idyllic part through hilly pastures follows. We will smoothly go on to a pleasant, flat forested ridge, pass a medieval wooden water pipeline and continue to a wellknown ski resort over Banska Bystrica. In the end, a very long but simple downhill straight to the town will await us.
The Hrochot village is nowadays known mostly because of its 450 years-old lime tree. We will downhill in a pleasant and simple terrain through an open countryside to the flat lands of Zvolenska basin. On a broad ridge, we will reach the river Hron valley, where we will have a look at a unique wooden church from the 17th century, built without using any nails. We will continue on a route of one of the oldest Slovakian MTB marathons to an observatory over Banska Bystrica. From here, we will enjoy a wonderful downhill beneath ski jumps to the town below us.
If you looked at the mountain Krizna from the highway from Zvolen to Banska Bystrica, it would never occur to you that you’d be able to get up there on a bike. An impressive peak, albeit meadow-like, with a steep south slope and sharp ridges just commands respect. Knowing that on this hill, 1928 there was the most tragic avalanche in Slovakia, which buried 18 people, 15 of them children, your respect changes to awe. And knowing you’ll be downhilling the path of this avalanche, the awe changes to fear. That’s Krizna – the death hill – the white killer. But don’t be too scared – it’s a white killer and you’ll be here in summer. The hill doesn’t murder bikers. On the way back to Banska Bystrica by bus, we will visit the calc-sinter Harmanecka cave, one of the most significant ones in Slovakia.
For a group smaller than 4 persons, it necessary to set the price individually.
Group of 4 persons – 990 € per person
Group of 5-8 persons – 950 € per person
Group of 9-16 persons – 890 € per person
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