Well the summer season is pretty much coming to and end, we had our last guests a couple of weeks ago. Some have already been in contact to book next years holiday with us, we must be doing something right!
Now we are getting ready for winter, but before the snow arrives we have been out in the search of more new trails to ride next year. I just visited the town of Ajdovščina which lies at the bottom of the last big mountains before you reach the south of the country and the coast. I had heard of this place a lot from Slovene riders, so had to check it out. If you want somewhere to ride here in the winter, but cannot because of snow, you head south, and this place is usually somewhere at the top of the list, of places to go. When you arrive, you know straightaway where to head, there is just one long wall of hanging rock that dominates the town. This is one of Slovenia’s main wine growing regions and you can see an Italian influence everywhere, neighbouring Italy is only 30km further west. Even speaking to the locals, with my not so great Slovene was a little challenging, as their dialect is a little different to what you find more northward.
There are some nice downhill tracks here between 10 and 15 minutes long, that you can do your own shuttles on. But I was here to explore the all-mountain possibilities. I have a friend that once stayed here for a month, he rode pretty much every day and reckons he did not ride half of the trails on these hills.
The trails we found mostly started from the ridge line and descend from there. The riding here feels different to the more alpine north of the country, there is an abundance of flowy singletrack, through ultra dry pine forest with smooth limestone boulders thrown into the mix, it really keeps you on your toes. We were quite taken with the trails here and will be back very soon!