I drove across the Slovenian border to Boveč (450m) and started the 20km warm-up to Trenta. It's a gorgeous secluded ride along the Soča River, surrounded by forested mountains. At Trenta you enter Triglav National Park, and begin the climb. It features a couple of dozen tornanti scaling the steep slope, with lengthy stretches of 13-14% and short bits even steeper.
At the summit it was quite cold, with a surprising number of mountain bikers. Not so many road bikes. Plummeting down the tornanti was fun, and I was well-refreshed for the rolling ride back to the car. This is a challenging climb with wonderful scenery- check it out.
Edit: surprised to see this video about the Soča River on TV this morning:
|Warning of things to come|
|Panorama to the west|
|Close up of Mangart (2679m)|
|Slovenian for |
"No poseurs allowed next 22km"
|The headwaters of Soča River|
|The Soča flowing through narrow gorge-|
a sign said water levels rise 10m during spring snowmelt!
|Took this from a shaky suspension footbridge over the river|
The twisty climb
|9% average gradient for 9km|
|The steepest stretch|