Give back

by Jože

If you’ve read our cause, you will understand what we are doing. You’ve probably never heard of an old Slovenian saying ”Dober glas seže v deveto vas” – for english speakers – a good reputation goes far.

But it happened that the local group of farmers and shepherds – an agricultural society had some work to be done on the most scenic mountain pasture around – Zabreška planina where a couple of our trails begin. They asked if we would be willing to lend our helping hand. So in order to maintain and upgrade our reputation we were in. On a sunny Saturday the work took place on the pasture under Stol mountain. A group of almost 20 riders & paragliders came to offer help and we were very well received. So all the spring preparation and mandatory maintenance had to be done. Divided in different groups we helped with mending the electric fence, trimming grass under the fence. A group also helped to build a fence for a new pasture. And the next day we all got word that our help was much appreciated. The local farmers and shepherd were very grateful. It feels nice to feel gratitude. It means that you have done something right. And that is what it’s all about, doing the right thing.

Hopefully our reputation spreaded just a bit more 😀

Remember: even a 1000miles journey starts with a small step

Some love for Natalija

The title says it all – last Thursday we got together to tend to our newest local trail – Natalija. We raked all the leaves off the trail, cleaned it of the fallen branches and dry trees, reshaped the areas of the trail that needed reshaping, cleaned all the water channels, made a couple of new berms to make the ride safer and at the end created a short but sweet new line to a ridge to get a bit of more flow on the trail.

10 of us were at work on the trail and it is now ready for the next ride – all we need is for the weather to cooperate and for the sun to dry and harden it.

Really cannot wait to ride it soon 🙂


No dig, no ride

Yesterday we picked up our tools and brought a whole lot of positive energy and good will to a trail maintenance work action together with the local mountaineering society. We managed to build back more that 10 drainage ditches on one of the most popular hiking paths in the region and also covered all the ditches created by the rain in the last couple of years on the same path.

It was a great experience to work together with the mountaineering society and to contribute to a well maintained infrastructure in the region that we also frequently ride.

But the day could not be complete if we didn’t tend to our “Natalija” – so we shoved her some love as well and cleared her of the fallen trees from winter time and cleared out all the drainage ditches.

Still some work awaits – there are leaves to be raked and a couple of bends to be reshaped, but other that that she is ready to be ridden 😉

Bye, bye winter

Hell yeah 🙂 Winter is saying it’s last goodbyes here in Slovenia and we’re getting ready for some serious riding and finishing the building and shaping of our last trail project called “Natalija”.

This Thursday we rode one of the local classics and the turnout for the ride was pretty nice – people have been really looking forward for the season to begin.

Trails on the other hand, need a lot of our love – there is still a lot of damage from winter and last summer all around in the local forests. The bark-beetle has done a lot of damage in the region and also a strong and snow abundant winter did not help the already wounded nature. So next on the menu is a lot of trail maintenance by us, the mountain bikers and also other outdoor enthusiasts, from local alpine association members to all responsible users in the forest that want their trials nice and tidy.

How do you take care of your trails? Let us know in the comments section bellow and maybe we can exchange some good practice ideas 🙂