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Cycling event L’Etape Slovenia by Tour de France, a licensed event of the largest cycling race in the world – the Tour de France – is intended for recreational cyclists and is coming to Slovenia next year. Continental, which is one of the main partners of the Tour, will also be a partner of the recreational event L’Etape Slovenia by Tour and will award the first 150 entrants with a very special edition of cycling socks.
Photo: A.S.O. Pauline Ballet

Continental, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year – has been participating in the Tour de France for many years, where it is one of the main partners in the race. In addition to being a partner of stage victories (each stage winner receives a unique Continental “Stage winner” medal), he also equips the entire fleet of official vehicles and several cycling teams with tires. Continental will also expand its cycling activities to the L’Etape Slovenia by Tour de France event, which will be a real cycling festival on the sunny side of the Alps. The event will take place on September 3 and 4, 2022 in Kranj, where the start and finish of the recreational race will be. On Saturday (September 3, 2022), the day will be dedicated to the youngest cycling enthusiasts and families, and the main race will take place on Sunday (September 4, 2022), when cyclists will set off on the route at two different distances. For fame, prestige and legendary T-shirts (from yellow and polka dot to green), cyclists will take part in the king’s stage, which will be about 135 km long and slightly shorter, with a length of about 70 km.

Continental will award unique cycling socks to the first 150 applicants to L’Etape Slovenia. Hurry up and sign up HERE.

Special Edition Continental – L’Etape Slovenia cycling socks

Continental, the main partner of the famous Tour de France, prepared a series of video interviews for the cycling enthusiasts “On the road” to the this year’s annual race. The guest of the first interview was the director of the race Christian Prudhomme. The Frenchman and former sports journalist is the head of the Tour de France for the last 14 years. Less than two months before the most prestigious cycling event in the world, he talked about the magic of the Tour and the this year’s route and, of course, touched on the Slovenian champions Tadej Pogačar and Primož Roglič, who determined the last year’s outcome.

Would you like to spin the pedals in the company of Slovenia’s top cyclists in the comfort of your own room? The I Feel Slovenia Virtual Tour of Slovenia is intended for people from all over the world who would like to discover the beauties of the country which gave the two recent Tour de France and La Vuelta winners. Continental will join the action as a partner of the five-stage event and as the official tire of the Virtual Tour of Slovenia. A number of Grand Prix 5000 bicycle tire sets will be distributed among the participants as well.

In co-operation with the Sport Media Focus agency and the Slovenian Tourist Board, the Adria Mobil Cycling team is setting up the first Virtual Tour of Slovenia for recreational cyclists, who will be joined by some of Slovenia’s best pro cyclists.

Cycling has been a whole-year-round sport for quite some time now. The cycling season has extended to the whole year thanks to the indoor bike trainers which allow cyclists to ride on attractive cycling routes from the comfort of their own home.

We witness a growing popularity of virtual cycling platforms which, using the indoor bike trainer, simulate features of actual races on cycling routes. The I Feel Slovenia Virtual Tour of Slovenia will be underpinned by the Rouvy platform, which has the remarkable advantage of allowing the cyclist to observe the surroundings of their route by means of an actual video recording.

The I Feel Slovenia Virtual Tour of Slovenia will take place between 27 February and 27 March 2021 and feature 5 stages on five consecutive Saturdays starting at 7 PM CET. In the first four stages, recreational cyclists will have the opportunity to compete live with four world-renowned Slovenian cyclists: Primož Roglič, Matej Mohorič, Jan Tratnik and Jani Brajkovič.

The stages:

  • 27 February 2021: Cerklje – Vrh pod Krvavcem (13.8 km)
    Special guest: Matej Mohorič (Bahrain Victorius)
  • 6 March 2021: Črnomelj – Novo mesto (42.3 km)
    Special guest: Jani Brajkovič (Adria Mobil)
  • 13 March 2021: Izola – Šmarje – Koper (39 km)
    Special guest: Jan Tratnik (Bahrain Victorius)
  • 20 March 2021: Bohinj – Bled – Pokljuka (40.3 km)
    Special guest: Primož Roglič (Jumbo Visma)
  • 27 March 2021: Time-trial on the streets of Ljubljana (17.6 km)

A simple registration is required if you wish to participate. Please visit the link below to find the I Feel Slovenia Virtual Race and register. Link for the registration: race.rouvy.com.

Each stage will count as an individual race and at the end of each stage the winner will symbolically be awarded the virtual green jersey. For those who will participate in all five stages, the green jersey for the winner will be awarded in the men’s and women’s categories in four age groups: up to 30, from 31 to 45, from 46 to 60 and over 60.

How to win tires?
A company with a very active presence in cycling – one of the main partners of Tour de France among other things –, Continental has prepared several prizes for the participants of the virtual Tour of Slovenia, which will certainly come in handy once cyclists leave the indoor trainers and head for the roads. Five sets of new premium road bike tires Grand Prix 5000, made with a secret “ingredient” (rubber compound) Black Chili, also used in car tyres, await new owners.

One set will be awarded via the official Facebook profile Tour of Slovenia, another two sets will be awarded as a prize during the virtual event, and the remaining two sets will be raffled to a female and a male cyclist from all participants who will complete all five stages, regardless of the result.

In the last year, we have looked back to the past and prepared a review of work and activities implemented as part of the Gripworld.

The document includes the most important activities of Continental in the Adriatic region in recent years. We selected the best practices, emphasized platforms that were the carriers of individual actions and key activities on individual events. It was beautiful and fun and sometimes very demanding. But noting beautiful comes easy.

Searching interesting stories and suitable collaborations is not always an easy task; however, it is crucial that we find the right partners to spread the message of the brand.

Check out the entire document HERE.

We firmly stand behind providing the best grip for you. In the car, on the bike or while running. This is why we believe in our products and, at the same time, spread awareness of sharing the road, while being careful of all the players involved and following the rules.

We hope that this collection of the most interesting activities represents our work in the previous period. We will try to make the next five years at least as active and successful as the past ones!

Continental!

#ShareTheRoad #GetTheGrip #GetYourGrip

Now that Tour de France is over, we have gathered some interesting facts and figures about this three-week long spectacle.

The organizers have prepared no less than 20 different images for the yellow jersey this year. The jersey of the leader of the general classification, worn by Primož Roglič (Jumbo Visma) for more than a half of this year’s edition of the race, might look the same from the distance every day, but it is not. The finish of each stage, that is the host town or municipality, contributed its own image, a silhouette, for the yellow jersey. Roglič therefore exchanged eleven different images on the leader’s jersey, while Pogačar only wore one: the one with the Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile.

Foto: A.S.O. Thomas Maheux

Slovenia is only the 15th country with a win at le Tour. In the 117 years of history of the race, it was the hosts who collected the most wins (France has 36 wins), followed by Belgium (18), Spain (12) and Italy (10). Slovenia, along with Germany, Denmark, Ireland, Australia and Columbia, has one win.

The average speed at this year’s tour was 39.59 km/h. This is around one km/h slower than last year. The average speed at the previous five editions of the race is also slightly higher than this year’s (40.09 km/h).

Foto: A.S.O. Pauline Ballet

At this year’s edition of le Tour, the riders used around 45,000 water bottles, most of them collected as souvenirs by the spectators along the route.

On average, each rider has burnt 124,000 calories over the course of the three weeks, that is from 5,000 to 6,000 calories per stage. In food or beverage, this amounts to 200 bottles of champagne, 500 croissants or 155 full English breakfasts.

From the start in Nice to the finish in Paris, each rider made almost 500,000 pedal strokes. At the average 90 revolutions per minute, the final number is 490,000 pedal strokes.

Foto: A.S.O. Pauline Ballet

The peloton of this year’s edition of le Tour, with 176 riders at the start (and 146 crossing the finishing line) and 3,470 kilometres covered, has used 850 bicycle tyres in the three-week race. Beside six (cycling) teams which ride on Continental tyres, all the official vehicles of the tour are equipped with Continental tyres as well.

This year’s winner, Tadej Pogačar (Team UAE Emirates), received a cash prize of 623,930 € for his victory, including all stage, mountain and intermediate sprint wins. Most of the money will be distributed evenly to his teammates.

Around 1,800 journalists were issued press passes and the tour was broadcast on 100 TV stations all over the world. On average, 6.3 million French people watched the stage 15 with the climb on the Colombier, and as many as 40 million, that is almost two thirds of the inhabitants, have watched at least a part of a stage in this year’s edition of the race.

Foto: A.S.O. Pauline Ballet

In Slovenia, le Tour achieved the highest rating during the penultimate stage – the time-trial, when the finish and the competition between Tadej Pogačar and Primož Roglič took place. At 18h10, 17.5 percent or 332,400 spectators watched the race on TV Slovenia 2, which is more than 60 percent of all TV viewers. The final stage as a whole had the highest rating. On average, 11.5 percent or 218,900 spectators watched it, which is 41 percent of all TV viewers during that time slot.

The official website letour.fr recorded 14.5 million unique visitors during the three-week race, and the picture of Primož Roglič and Tadej Pogačar hugging at the end of the time-trial at stage 20, which was posted on the Tour’s official Instagram profile, collected more than a million likes.

At the door is a new, this time already the 107th edition of the most resounding and prestigious annual sporting event in the world. The Tour de France is not merely a cycling highlight of the year and not just a search for the best cyclist on French roads, it is a sporting highlight of the summer with the longest tradition and stories that can be written only by the drama of endless miles, ups, downs, falls, affairs, tears of happiness and sadness, each time most often expressed at the finish line on the famous granite blocks of the Champs-Élysées in the centre of Paris.

The Tour is a trademark of France, the most touristy country in the world, similar to the Eiffel Tower, cheese, champagne, Napoleon or Asterix. The Tour is also, more than anything else, an exceptional mixture of passion, enthusiasm, the adrenaline of – both competitors and spectators. And of course, the most prestigious bicycle race in the world, which time and time again serves up amazing stories, records, anecdotes and scandals.

It has been like this since 1903, when the then journalist of the sports newspaper L’Auto (later L’Equipe) Geo Lefevre, with the support of his editor Henri Desgrange, gave the initiative for organizing the first cycling race, which had six long stages (the longest Nantes-Paris as much as 471 kilometres), and was won by the Frenchman Maurice Garin at an average speed of 25 kilometres per hour (today it is about 41 km/h). Garin also won a year later, but after a week the organizers took away his victory because he had travelled half of one of the stages by train. Yes, also affairs have always been an integral part of the Tour de France.

Last year’s winner, Egan Bernal, a Colombian, became the youngest in the Tour history to cross the finish line in the yellow jersey at the age of 22, but he is still not the youngest winner of the Tour de France. How is this possible? The famous yellow jersey was introduced on the Tour as late as 1919, mainly to make it easier for both the competitors and spectators to see the current best in the race, so that the youngest winner, the 19-year-old Frenchman Henri Cornet, was not yet in yellow in 1904. However, Cornet was also green and pale that year, as his rivals later admitted that they had added a sedative to his food during dinner at a roadside inn in the last two stages. But neither the sedative nor the tacks sprinkled on the road in the last stage (because the villagers were angry that the turmoil was on their local road), which caused him to drive the last 40 kilometres with punctured tires, prevented Cornet from winning 116 years ago.

Tour de France has served up countless anecdotes over the years, but has also most certainly developed professionally, and, in recent years, became one of the most attractive sporting events in the world in terms of media, economy and sponsorship. In the past, the riders had raced every man for himself, in the first years certainly without escorts, without service vehicles, without teams, only individually. Accordingly, there were also more either funny or tragic incidents.

Before the First World War, the riders have been known to smoke a few cigarettes before each stage, thinking that nicotine would help them in their uphill struggles, and they had also accepted help from roadside spectators on more than one occasion. The Algerian Abdel-Kader Zaaf was thus listed at the top of the anecdotes in 1950, he had built up a lead over his rivals of more than half an hour in the scorching heat, but had ran out of water and grabbed a bottle offered to him by a spectator alongside the road near Perpignan. He quickly took a few sips and found out too late that there was wine in the bottle. According to the eyewitnesses, he soon started zigzagging across the road, he then put down his bicycle, laid down in the shade of a nearby tree, and fell asleep. After 20 minutes, the spectators eventually woke him up, the confused Zaaf jumped on his bicycle and drove off – in the wrong direction. After a few kilometres, when the majority of riders were already very close, he became ill and ended up in a nearby medical centre and resigned. The Frenchman Napoleon Paoli also did not make it to the finish line in 1920, as he crashed into a donkey on a curve during his descent and broke his bicycle. Then he mounted the donkey and headed towards the finish line, but was disqualified for accepting unauthorised outside assistance.

Nowadays, of course, such anecdotes are nearly impossible, as the race is organized at the highest possible level, but scandals still accompany it throughout all its long years. In recent years, the most high-profile affair was most certainly the one of the serial winner, the American Lance Armstrong, who won seven times in a row between 1999 and 2005 but was later stripped of all his victories due to the proven use of banned performance-enhancing drugs.

This year’s Tour de France, which will start on 29 August on the Côte d’Azur and end on 20 September in Paris, will most certainly be different from all the past ones due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The competitors will be in some kind of a bubble the entire time, therefore, highly isolated from the outside world, regularly tested for Covid-19, and the Tour will end not before mid-September for the first time. In the caravan of 22 professional teams, there will be as many as five Slovenians, including officially the best in the world, Primož Roglič (Jumbo Visma), who is considered one of the favourites. Also participating will be Tadej Pogačar, Jan Polanc (both UAE Team Emirates), Matej Mohorič (Bahrain McLaren) and Luka Mezgec (Mitchelton Scott).

Continental, a long-time partner of the Tour de France, will supply as many as six teams this year with their tires, hand-made in the German city of Korbach. Continental will also supply all the race’s escort vehicles, and will once again be the official sponsor of the stage finish lines, as the winner of each of the 21 stages, shall be handed over a Continental trophy on the podium.

We continue our fruitful collaboration with Soča Outdoor Festival in 2020 as well and despite this year’s main event being limited for known reasons, another milestone has been reached. In the future – following successful adaptation of the legislative framework and regulation of the situation in the Soča Valley – the mountain biking marathon will be back. After having helped lay out the running trail, Continental helped the organizers lay out the mountain biking trail as well.

Twenty-five volunteers pitched in at the volunteer work party on Saturday, and fifteen people, all linked to the cycling story of the Soča Outdoor Festival in some way, were invited to an unforgettable outing with e-bikes the following day. Among the participants were the mayors of the Tolmin and Kobarid municipalities, and representatives of organizations such as the Soča Valley Tourist Board, Alpine Association of Slovenia, Tolmin and Kobarid Mountaneering Societies, Pot miru Fundation. A representative of Continental also participated at the event, and was joined by the known Slovenian influencer Ciril Komotar.

The participants of this campaign, which is a long-term commitment, much larger than one single outing, all share one wish. They wish to find a good balance between conservation of nature and forests, and their use for recreation in the Soča Valley, which is the main Slovenian outdoor destination in the Julian Alps and the Triglav National Park. In the past ten years mountain biking has undoubtedly began to flourish and develop in the region, partly thanks to the Soča Outdoor Festival, even though legislation and infrastructure are not keeping up. A great effort, knowledge and in-depth understanding of the situation have contributed to overcoming several seemingly insurmountable obstacles. With the cooperation of all the stakeholders, the route of the XC mountain biking marathon has been traced outside any sensitive natural areas, and complies with the environmentally acceptable routes as defined in the management plan of the Triglav National Park. All this because the fundamental idea is to ensure long-term and inclusive development of biking activities in this region. Continental has helped by contributing to the project, including setting-up service stations for cyclists. The first service station should soon be set up at Planina Kuhinja.

With the mountain biking marathon, the Soča Outdoor Festival is therefore back on its track towards becoming one of the best outdoor events in Europe. Although we will have to wait one year longer, the cycling story will doubtlessly be a very important part of the offer both for the festival as well as the destination as a whole.

And the Soča Valley most certainly has a lot to offer!

If you want to read more about the story, visit the Soča Outdoor Festival website or watch the story by POP TV.

We offer an insight to the backstage of the MTB movement Trans Julius, which has been linked to Continental from the very beginning, and even this year’s adversities have not put our collaboration to a halt. Vesna Stanić, the heart of Trans Julius, wrote about how the team pushes the boundaries in their endeavour for a better tomorrow and for responsible mountain biking. With good grip on the way, of course!

Early morning, and the alpine valley was bathing in a sea of haze slowly penetrated by sunrays. The weekend eagerly awaited by many people who plan to set out on a new mountain biking adventure is only one of over thirty weekends of the year when I get up in the morning hoping to do something good for what is my way of life – mountain biking.

In the language of Trans Julius, to do something good for mountain biking does not mean only to pedal, enjoy a descent or occasionally maintain mountain biking trails. The majority of the mountain biking community knows Trans Julius as the first Slovenian multiple day stage mountain biking race. However, the name mainly stands for a search for old trails which, after several hours of shovelling, raking, and pounding with picks become suitable for mountain bikers, for communication with land owners and competent institutions, for coordination with local MTB teams regarding maintenance of trails, and for hours spent researching virtual databases, maps and land register, and filling out forms. The list of tasks is always too long and voluntary work days are always too short!

Once we map an old-new trail, hours of shovelling, raking and picking follow: we clean the trail, maintain passages and bends, reconstruct the parts which were destroyed by landslides or avalanches.

Roads formerly used to haul cannons nowadays make the most scenic mountain roads

The Trans Julius trails are in fact never newly constructed, instead they were built several decades, centuries or millennia ago. Our ancestors most frequently constructed them to haul cargo or, during wartime, military hardware. The ravages of time, along with landslides, torrential waters and windsnap, have left their mark on these roads.

Bridle paths are among the most widely known old tracks. In Slovenia, they were mainly built during World War I. These are in fact the oldest paths in the alpine region and they used to be built for a faster transport of goods. Former bridle paths over the Reschen pass on the border between Italy and Austria, and over Passo dello Spluga in Italy at an altitude of over 2000 m are the most popular among motorists.

Many of the bridle paths were not as strategically located and have been forgotten and left to nature to reshape. Some of them are now in use as hiking trails, but many still exist that are nowadays only used by wild animals.

Buried passages of otherwise drivable trails are frequent, especially in spring following the thawing of snow. In such event we inform local forest service and land owners and if necessary, help remove fallen trees.

Stubborn search for a trail: blame the double black line on the dog

The double black line was one of the most eagerly awaited tracks of Trans Julius 2019. Its name comes from its demanding second half. With over 1200 m of difference in altitude and starting at one of the most beautiful vantage points by the hut on the Ratitovec mountain ridge, it consumed more time and energy of the entire team than any other track in the history of Trans Julius. And then the Saturday of the competition came to Bohinj, along with too much rain for the ride to be carried out safely.

In comparison to the starting points on its south side, the north side of Ratitovec is not widely frequented. This is mostly due to the long slopes, making hiking less interesting. For biking, however, they are all the more fun. The first half of the track was easy to mark, it was more a pleasure than work. Even in snowy and rainy weather, numerous caves, mountain pastures and undemanding yet interesting paths recharged my batteries for the demanding part.

The second half of the trail, which ends on the right bank of Sava Bohinjka, gave us grey hair from the very beginning when we were searching for a good line. The infestation of the spruce engraver beetle led to the emergence of many new skid tracks which in some places were connected to old ones. These have steeper gradients and a less rough surface, making them much more interesting for mountain bikers. Three consequent weekends of exploration and marking of the track, which in practice means walking the same slope five or more times each day, have not given us that “wow” effect. There was always something missing for us to agree unanimously: yes, this is the line that Trans Julius competitors want.

A more recent skid track covered by trees from a recent summer storm and windthrow.

A woman’s stubbornness knows no elevation gain

I am determined that the trail has to reach the lowest point, so I take another weekend to walk across every inch of the slope. In search for a trail, we always look for gentle slopes with only a gradual incline. I want to chase away boredom, so I decide to start at the top point of the plateau and descend toward the ravine. Right before the end of my third climb, as I already begin to moan loudly due to shoulder pains from having to carry my bike, my four-legged security guard starts to wag its tail and follows a scent in the direction of a steep canyon. While exploring, I spot animal footprints in the puddles on the more recent skid tracks virtually every day, and I know they do not all belong to deer. I sometimes say to myself they are most likely my dog’s footprints from many weeks ago. I delete the bear claws from my memory card, saying to myself that the bear is afraid of humans anyway.

The dog’s nose first leads me to a quite fresh deer skeleton. Great, my heart was already pounding furiously because of the climb, and now with a proof of wolves’ presence laid out before me, it was heading for a world record. While I am staring at the remains of a chamois or a roe deer, loud barking calls me to follow further into the canyon. I follow my dog, the exemplary owner that I am, and I spot, hidden under numerous tree branches, remains of a stone-built bunker with a flat roof. Then comes a surprise: my dog joyously darts out on a barely visible wavy path at the canyon’s edge. I forget about the leftovers of the wolves’ meal (and my bike) the very second. After a couple hundred meters, I am grinning from ear to ear. After the first hundred meters, the forgotten path looks a dream: gradual incline of the slope, good shape of the turns, and no large rocks or roots. Here and there I fall into a deep pile of leaves. There are quite a few sections of the path that will need thorough renovation. I count over 50 bends before the path ends. This could be the Slovenian Soelden!

What follows is months of the work that is usually not seen, nor thought about when we enjoy the descents: preparing the documentation to obtain consents, searching for land owners and reaching agreements with them, and a month of trail maintenance. We also set the rules with the wolves that we will work during daylight while they can have the rest of the days to themselves. We often come across leftovers of their lunch and notice their footprints on newly built parts of the trail. If on any given day there are not any, we start worrying that the wolves abandoned us.

The search of paths of bygone times also has its perks of finding long-forgotten views: the view of the Nomenj village in Bohinj and of the Bled Lake.

Universal weather forecast for Bohinj: rainy with a chance of sun

The weather forecast for the eagerly awaited Saturday already looked bleak in midweek. We therefore decide to cancel the Saturday stage, in which the contestants would ride the double black line for the first time. The participants would, however, be allowed to ride it in the morning before the rain. I kindly explain to all the disappointed contestants that safety comes first, despite the adrenaline that is abundant in our DNA. But the images of all the steps of the infinite search of a trail, of picking, of sleepless nights keep playing in the back of my mind. There was probably no one who wished for this stage to be carried out more than me, but nature always has the final say. And there is a good reason why.

The double black line is not only a mountain biking trail which used to serve messengers and foresters, and then lay forgotten for a while before we re-discovered it. The whole process is also a lesson, teaching us that impossible things are possible and that our goal is not to conquer the top.

The goal, the purpose of Trans Julius is to do something good for mountain biking the best we can. One person does it by riding his or her bike, another one by enthusing and teaching youth, another one again by maintaining and building trails, etc. Every one of us contributes to the mosaic in order to improve the conditions each day. The conditions are of course still far from ideal, but we make new opportunities to build a better tomorrow by collaborating, connecting people and experts, discovering forgotten paths, and encouraging responsible mountain biking.

We want to preserve the initial state of the paths as much as possible. This makes some parts a bit more difficult to ride, but we set up warning signs to advise bikers to slow down or ride more carefully.

TRANS JULIUS – from the first multiple day stage MTB adventure to a movement for responsible mountain biking

Trans Julius was formed four years ago with the objective to connect the small Slovenian towns in which mountain biking has been the leading sport for many years: Cerkno, Most na Soči, Sorica, Bohinj and Tržič. We add new places on the map of the mountain biker Julius Caesar, which Trans Julius was named after, every year. These locations have one thing in common. They are all far removed from all the hustle and bustle of cities, and they provide breath-taking views in previously forgotten places. Ever since we first started pedalling under the name Trans Julius, we have been collaborating constructively and responsibly with nature conservation organizations, forestry authorities and agricultural communities, and with their experts, while at the same time encouraging mountain bikers to enjoy nature responsibly through different events and socially responsible initiatives and campaigns. Today, Trans Julius stands for all mountain bikers who, with their bike, enjoy nature responsibly and prudently.

The current situation has unfortunately led to the cancellation of some of the Continental Trekking League events, but we firmly believe, that the spread of the COVID-19 virus will only be overcome if we strictly follow the new measures and stay at home. In the spirit of staying at home, we have conducted an online interview with the founder of the Trekking League, Mr. Šimun Cimerman. He has been bringing trekking fans together since 2003 and last year, after several years of cooperation with Continental, the company has been named the official Trekking League partner.

Šimun is a passionate runner and has been participated in a number of runs, such as the Eco Challenge Morocco 1998, Radi Gauloises Vietnam 2020, Desafio de Los Volcanes Ande and many more ultra-trail events. He has co-organized over 150 sports and tourism events spread over 4 countries and set in more than 40 different locations in the last 20 years.

There are 14 planned events in the 16th Trekking League season, which was renamed last year to the Continental Trekking League, two of which are partnered events.

Between March and November of this year, the 14 planned events will take place in four different countries. The majority are placed in Croatia, one is placed in each Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro.

The Soča Trail will take place in the valley of the river Soča on July 4th, the Sutjeska Trail, a novelty this season, will take place in Bosnia and Herzegovina on the 1st of August. One of the two partnered events, Durmitor Vertical, is set to take place in Montenegro on the 8th of August. The season was initially set to begin last weekend, but the event on the island of Pašman was cancelled, due to the new regulations concerning preventing the spread of the Coronavirus. Thus the new season will begin on March 28th on the island of Pag with the legendary event “Life on Mars”.

All of the venues have new routes, which will definitely mean that even those, who have tried out on the previous routes will have a somewhat new experience this year,” stated Šimun Cimerman, the founder and organizer of the Trekking League, who is most proud of the fact that the number of women competing last year surpassed the number of men for the first time. “We should also mention that there were about 100 kids under the age of 14 competing at each event last year,” he added.

SCHEDULE | Continental Treking liga 2020:
👟 🚲 Event 🗓️ Date 📍 Venue
CANCELED | Škraping* March 7, 2020 Pašman (CRO)
POSTPONED | Continental Life on Mars** March 28, 2020 Pag (CRO)
Adria Spring Trail April 18, 2020 Njivice, Krk (CRO)
Zagorje Trekk May 9, 2020 Zagorje (CRO)
Brač SupeTrail May 23, 2020 Supetar, Brač (CRO)
Velebit Trail June 20, 2020 Velebit (CRO)
Soča Outdoor Festival July 4, 2020 Posočje (SLO)
Sutjeska Trail August 8, 2020 Sutjeska (BiH)
Zrmanja Trail September 5, 2020 Zrmanja (CRO)
Continental Life on Mars September 19, 2020 Pag (CRO)
Rab Trail October 3, 2020 Rab (CRO)
Krk Trail October 17, 2020 Krk (CRO)
Papuk Trail November 21, 2020 Papuk (CRO)
Partnered events 2020:
👟 🚲 Event 🗓️ Date 📍 Venue
B2B Trail April 25, 2020 Baška, Krk (CRO)
Durmitor vertical August 8, 2020 Durmitor, Žabljak (MNE)

* The event has been canceled due to coronavirus.
** The event has been postponed to September 19, 2020 due to coronavirus.