In the company of top cyclists on Tour of Slovenia

The Tour of Slovenia international cycling race, organised by the Adria Mobil Cycling Club, has been the greatest and most popular cycling event in Slovenia for several years. The International Cycling Union (UCI) has classified the race in the UCI HC (Hors Class) category, which is the top competition rank in road cycling for the World Tour series. With its inclusion in the Eurosport TV programme and broadcast on RTV Slovenija, the race has acquired a lot of viewers. During the five years of cooperation with Eurosport, the race was watched by more than 46 million viewers!

In the international environment, the Tour of Slovenia has strengthened its visibility and reputation, having hosted numerous world-class cyclists and teams. During its history, the tour has developed into a unique sports project that connects the whole of Slovenia through its diverse route stages, attracting numerous spectators along the road and to TV screens and as such serves as an excellent promotion of Slovenia as a boutique tourist destination.

In 2023, the Tour of Slovenia celebrates its 30th anniversary. This year's race will be the 29th, however, as it was cancelled one year due to the epidemic. The cyclists will take to the Slovenian roads between 14 and 18 June.

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Let’s pedal back

The Tour of Slovenia is more than just a cycling race. It is also a journey across a green country, offering an opportunity to discover its beauty along the cycling route. Check out some highlights from last year’s race.

Direct broadcast on Eurosport – a treat for millions of viewers

As in previous years , this year the race will be broadcast live on the Eurosport global TV network from 14 to 18 June 2023, so that millions of viewers of Eurosport 1 will be able to watch the race live and as videos of previous stages on a daily basis and follow the world’s top cyclists as they pedal through green Slovenia contending with climbs and descents as well as level terrain. At the same time, viewers can admire exceptional helicopter images of breathtaking scenery.

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Through the five stages of this year’s race

This year’s race had five stages, starting on Wednesday, 14 June, in Celje and finishing in the traditional way in Novo mesto on Sunday, 18 June. In five days, they will conquer more than 833 kilometres. 

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Stage 1 Celje – Rogaška Slatina

14 June 2023

This year, the Tour of Slovenia starts in Celje, the so-called Princely Town, on the Savinja River. The riders will begin by cycling past hop plantations as they head towards Žalec, a town which boasts the world's first beer fountain, before heading towards one of Slovenia's newest towns, Velenje, with its rich mining heritage. From here, the route will take them to Dobrna, Slovenia's oldest natural health resort, onwards to the thermal spa town of Zreče and past the historic towns of Slovenske Konjice and Šentjur. The route then passes through the upper Posotelje region to Rogaška Slatina, famous for its unique high magnesium content Donat Mg mineral water, as well as its remarkable crystal glass.

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Stage length
188,6 km
Overall ascent
1,851 m
Overall descent
1,867 m

Stage 2 Žalec – Ormož

15 June 2023

The starting point for the stage 2 of this race with its thirty-year tradition will be at the heart of Slovenia's hop-growing industry. In addition to the well-known beer fountain, there is also the Eco-Museum of Hop-Growing and Brewing Industry. The riders will once again pass by Celje, Šentjur and Rogaška Slatina, before the route heads northeast towards Slovenia's oldest city, Ptuj. This is home to the kurent, a distinctive carnival mask and a tradition that has found its place in UNESCO world heritage list. The stage 2 then passes through the picturesque vineyards of Haloze and Jeruzalem, going all the way to Ormož.

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Stage length
163,1 km
Overall ascent
996 m
Overall descent
1.043 m

Stage 3 Grosuplje – Postojna

16 June 2023

Although the start of the third stage is located at the “entry point” of the Dolenjska region, the route will lead the riders towards the Notranjska region and the Karst landscape. First, they will skirt the slopes of the Ljubljana Marshes and then head towards Cerknica, site of the largest intermittent lake in Slovenia and, according to legend, the home of Uršula the Witch. Cyclists will then ride through the green Karst: past Pivka, where the Park of Military History is located, to Ilirska Bistrica, and then back to Postojna, a town that boasts the most visited tourist cave in Europe, Postojna Cave, and the largest cave castle, Predjama Castle.

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Stage length
173,4 km
Overall ascent
1,887 m
Overall descent
1,676 m

Stage 4 Ljubljana – Kobarid

17 June 2023

If the riders have not faced much in the way of ascents and descents so far in this 2023 race, Stage 4 will provide them with just that. They will have to negotiate over 3,300 metres of ascents and 3,400 metres of descents on the route between Ljubljana and Kobarid. They will be escorted on their way via the lively Slovenian capital, marked by Plečnik’s outstanding architectural heritage, which can also be found on UNESCO lists. From here, they will cycle to another historic UNESCO heritage town – Škofja Loka, the town of the Škofja Loka Passion Play and a vibrant handicraft industry. On through the romantic Poljane valley, the route will then lead them into the Idrija and Cerkno Hills, past Cerkno and along the Idrijca valley towards the town of Most na Soči. On the way to Kobarid, the riders will ascend to the Kolovrat mountain ridge, the biggest ascent on the route with an altitude difference of around 1,000 metres, and also cycle along the Emerald Beauty, the Soča River.

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Stage length
165,6 km
Overall ascent
3.342 m
Overall descent
3.404 m

Stage 5 Vrhnika – Novo mesto

18 June 2023

To complete this year’s Tour of Slovenia, riders will head through the centre of Slovenia. It starts on the outskirts of Ljubljana, i.e. the Ljubljana Marshes, included on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The starting point is Vrhnika, and from there the riders will head towards the green Slovenian capital. Moving towards the finish line in Novo mesto, the race route will pass through the picturesque wine-growing landscape of the Dolenjska region, the land of Cviček wine and vineyard cottages.

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Stage length
142,6 km
Overall ascent
1,249 m
Overall descent
1,363 m

Postcards from the stages of the Tour of Slovenia

Take a look at video postcards from the start and finish spots in 2023. Discover their character and everyday buzz and why it is well worth visiting them even after the cyclists of the Tour of Slovenia have completed the course.

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