So how do we set up a route?
We usually start by analyzing the geographical features of the area. You can picture us silently contemplating a paper map or loudly discussing in front of a monitor. Either way, we focus on finding the perfect route format to express an area's characteristics. Should it be a loop or a one-way course?
Step two is selecting the highlights we'd like to feature and the best way to connect them, which brings us to the second but equally important topic: gravel or MTB? The territory's orography and the riding surfaces help in the choice. In Slovenia, for example, singletracks are dedicated to hikers, and we need to rely on dirt roads or double tracks. The route then naturally takes advantage of the smooth gravel of the Primorška and Kraška regions.
We don't discriminate tarmac first. Sometimes it's a helpful tool to eliminate unnecessary hike-a-bike sections and reduce tiredness! However, we prefer choosing its off-road alternatives where's possible, thus avoiding road traffic's potential dangers.