I started at Kobarid and warmed up on the road along River Soča. After Tolmin I continued on to Most na Soči (175m), where the Soča and Idrijca Rivers join, found the obscure turn-off marked Lom, and headed uphill. The first road turned out to be a deadend, so I retraced my steps and tried the other road- immediately it tilted to 20%. I stood in the pedals and ground away until it lessened to a mere 12%. From there it continues climbing unabated between 9%-15% through the forest for the next 4km. Excellent workout! Afterwards you reach Tolminski Lom (595m), a meadowy area with a few farm houses.
You soon cross into another meadowy area at Kanalski Lom (570m), with a lovely little church. There are many small farm roads in all directions but only a couple are vaguely marked. I just looked around and chose the one that looked best. Another very steep ramp of 16% carries you up out of the clearings, and then a series of sun-exposed tornanti. Thankfully around 750 meters some trees crop up and soon you're climbing through a beautiful shady beech tree forest. Still mostly around 10% but it seems easier in the shade. I came to another intersection at 885m, and on a whim chose the only road that continued to climb. At 910 meters it crossed the crest and started to head down, but I couldn't see where it was going for the trees and decided to turn around. Back at the intersection I headed for Lokovec, which descended briefly then resumed climbing to 950 meters.
From here I began descending down long switchbacks toward Čepovan, a gorgeous valley around 600 meters elevation. I only rode through the north end of the valley, but it extends for miles between tall ridges. I then descended down the long curvy road to the Idrijca valley, and then on to Most na Soči. I rode pretty quickly on the 20 km back to Kobarid, and arrived in only 50 minutes. Must have been a powerful tailwind.
This ride leaves me wanting to return for more- I'd love to try Solkan to Cepovan or Kanal to Lokovec soon.
|Most an Soči lake|
|Meadows at Tolminski Lom|
|Toward the church at Kanalski Lom|
|Kanalski Lom meadows from the steep tornanti|
|Lush meadows above Kanaski Lom|
|Looking down at gorgeous Čepovan valley|
|Map of the circuit|
|The climb and descent|
|Close up of the upper section|
|Initial 4km at 10%|
|The steep gradients|