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To celebrate Open Bike Fest, a prestigious cycling event held for the first time in Treviso, Open Experience has organised “Viaggio delle 5 direttrici”, five different tours, and will manage all the scheduled cycling activities during the three-day event.
Five groups of cyclists of different disciplines, ages, sexes and provenance will tackle each of the routes, following some of the best cycle paths from Ljubljana, Munich, Salzburg, Santa Maria di Leuca and Turin.OPEN BIKE FEST
Find out more about the 5 routes we’ve organised
LJUBLJIANA – TREVISO
As well as being the capital and the largest administrative centre of Slovenia and a meeting point of Slavic and neo-Latin cultures, Ljubljana is an important cultural, scientific and economic centre.
It is the ideal city for bikes, a form of transport that is rapidly becoming more and more popular. As a result, the city is expanding its network of cycle paths (at the moment it is 230 km long), focusing on sustainable development.
The route from Ljubljana to Opendream winds its way first through Slovenia, then crosses the Slovenian part of Venezia Giulia into the city of Postojna, famous for its caves and Lueghi Castle, two of the leading tourist attractions in the country.
Postojna stands halfway between Ljubljana and Trieste, the second part of the journey to Treviso. A classic border city, Trieste lies in the perfect position between the Adriatic Sea, the rocky plateau of the Karst and the Slovenian border.
The leg from Trieste-Portopiccolo to the renowned Lignano Sabbiadoro involves a short ride in our support vehicle, followed by two stages on your bike; the first will take you to Duna Verde, a tourist resort in the Municipality of Caorle, and second, on the fifth and final day, to Opendream, along a route that runs north of the Venice Lagoon and then inland towards Treviso.
MUNICH – TREVISO
The most important city in southern Germany, Munich has numerous parks and green areas and is influenced by the cultures and traditions of the nearby Alpine region. Famous for its Oktoberfest beer festival, Munich is a popular tourist destination all year round.
A bike route, the Friendship Cycle Way, starts in Munich and winds its way through the Alps, linking the Bavarian capital with Venice. Cyclists dream of seeing the whole route become a single cycle path connecting Germany and Italy.
After leaving Munich, the first stop will be in Bad Tölz, a mecca for cyclists. Here, the route crosses the Austrian border and heads south towards Innsbruck. This part of the route will be by bike as far as Maurach, where we will continue in our support vehicle.
Cycling is second nature in Innsbruck: venue for the World Championships in 2017 and the start and finish of stages of the Tour of the Alps on several occasions, the capital of Tyrol offers a host of opportunities for visiting cyclists ranging from mountain bike trails to tough climbs on racing bikes and cycle paths.
The Italian border is not far from Innsbruck, where you will board our support van which will take you to the centre of Pieve di Cadore. The final part of the itinerary starts in Cadore and will take you through the enchanting Veneto Dolomites into the Treviso March, then on to Conegliano and Opendream.
SALZBURG – TREVISO
Salzburg is a European capital of culture, not only because of its music tradition (Mozart was born here) but for its wealth of artistic and architectural treasures.
The city is famous throughout the world for its Italian-inspired Baroque architecture and it is no surprise to learn it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Salzburg is also a city of sport and cycling: in 2006 it hosted the World Championships, where Paolo Bettini triumphed, and it has 1800 km of cycle paths. While they are not all protected, the roads are fairly quiet.
The first part of the route winds through the Salzburg region towards Sankt Johann im Pongau and then Bad Gastein, both towns offering a warm welcome and popular tourist spots in both summer and winter. The itinerary then heads towards Carinthia and Villach, which lies on the border with Italy. The city offers tourists everything they could ever want: from cultural and urban tourism to shopping and outdoor activities. It’s just a short distance from Villach to Tarvisio and you will cross the Italian border on your bike. The stretch from Tarvisio to Conegliano, on the other hand, will be in our support vehicle.
The final stage of the itinerary is the same as for tour number 2: a fifty-kilometre ride from Conegliano to Treviso and then our arrival at Opendream.
SANTA MARIA DI LEUCA – TREVISO
A wilderness of rocks, promontories and unspoiled nature, Santa Maria di Leuca lies at the southernmost tip of the Salento region, where the Adriatic and the Ionian Sea meet.
In the past, the Cape of Leuca was thought to be the “Finibus Terrae”. “End of the Earth” is also the name of a cycle route that will reveal Santa Maria di Leuca in all its glory, as we pedal through the warren of narrow streets that connect the different parts of the town steeped in history and hidden treasures, like the Salignano Tower or the Giuliano medieval castle.
The route from Santa Maria di Leuca to Opendream is quite long, so we have organised a couple of transfers by van. On the first day, the route takes us through Apulia to Lecce. The second stage will see us pedalling to Ostuni, where Freddy Maertens triumphed over Francesco Moser in the 1976 World Road Race Championship.
From Ostuni, we will continue on to Alberobello, famous for its ‘trullo’ houses, where we will make a stop. There we will pick up our support vehicle which will take us to Vasto, a town in Abruzzo standing high on a promontory overlooking the Adriatic Sea.
The next stop will be Pescara, where we will explore the Costa dei Trabocchi, famous for its ancient wooden fishing platforms on stilts. Our support vehicle will take us from Pescara to Marzocca and from there we will pedal to Rimini and Cesenatico, Marco Pantani’s hometown. We will cover the 200 km from Rimini to Padua in the van and then it’s the final part of the itinerary to Treviso-Opendream.
TURIN – TREVISO
Turin is the third largest business and industrial centre in Italy and one of the most important cities for university, art, culture and tourism. Turin stands on the edge of the Alps, close to valleys like Val di Susa, so the area is closely linked with the mountains, attracting visitors in both summer and winter.
Protagonist of the ‘bike revolution’ triggered by the pandemic, Turin’s bike-friendly policies have been recognised by FIAB, the Italian Federation for the Environment and Bicycles. In May, the capital of Piedmont will stage the departure of the Giro d’Italia. The first capital of Italy is also the finishing point for the oldest cycling competition in the world, the Milan-Turin.
Our itinerary from Turin to Treviso is a great way of exploring the Po Valley, as we will cross nearly the whole area from west to east. The first part of the route will be along the Po cycle path to Crescentino and then the next stage from Crescentino to Valenza will be in our support vehicle.
The itinerary continues east, towards Pavia, crosses the ancient Via Francigena road and continues on to Piacenza, a place that combines the buzz of city living with the relaxed pace of the provinces, exploring the many places of interest this area has to offer.
After leaving Piacenza, we will pedal across the Lombardy border to Cremona and then jump into our van which will take us to Mantua, one of the main cultural centres of the Renaissance in Italy and Europe. From the city of the Gonzaga family, our support vehicle will take us to Piazzola sul Brenta and, from there, you will take the Treviso-Ostiglia cycle path until you reach the gates of Opendream.