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11 tips for Cycling in the rain: advice from experienced Slovenian cyclists

Will it rain on our bicycle tours? Maybe. Are we going to cycle anyway? Most probably we will. Whether you’ll enjoy it, or the rain will spoil the experience, it is up to you 🙂

Proper preparation transforms rainy rides into exhilarating adventures, elevating your cycling skills and confidence. Skipping the outdoor ride during a downpour might disrupt your training rhythm. Instead, gear up for the challenge and enhance your rainy-day rides. Adopt these essential tips for a safe and successful bike trip, ensuring both you and your bike are rain-ready.

Dive into our tips for cycling in the rain curated by expert tour guides and let the drizzles redefine your cycling experience.



#01 Follow the weather forecast


Like if mountain climbing or sailing, it is wise to monitor the weather forecast not only for a few hours but two or three days ahead. It is very likely that each of you has a weather app installed on your smartphone that will also cover Slovenia, while all our guests also get an app with links to the general weather forecast in each of the destinations on the cycling route.

In the event of possible extreme weather forecasts, we also provide real-time warnings to all guests on the bike tour via the same mobile app. For everyone on a self-guided tour, following the forecast is very important, while on guided tours weather monitoring (and possibly ordering a honey schnapps at the destination) will be taken care of by our experienced local guide.


Here’s a very useful website – the rainfall radar animation is useful to observe where the rain is spreading from. Similar, even better rainfall animations are also offered by the Windy application (recommended).


#02 Look up! And listen to the locals


Clouds after the rain in Slovenia.


In the era of smart pocket weather forecasts, people sometimes overlook very clear hints that something is happening with the weather: mountain peaks in clouds, a sudden change in wind strength, darker clouds (in the western part of Slovenia, rain clouds usually, but not necessarily, come from western directions). We will not write about the clouds on the top of which mountain almost certainly mean rain and what kind of wind the locals call the ‘peeing wind’. But yes, a local person, for example, the caretaker of a mountain hut, CAN be smarter than your smartphone.


#03 Take advantage of the ‘dry window’ opportunity


A group of cyclists in the rain in Slovenia.


Based on the information from the previous two points, find the time of day when there will be no rain, or it will be more moderate. It is very rare that it rains continuously all day, so take advantage of this ‘dry window’ and during this time cycle as long as possible without stopping at tourist attractions, lunches, etc. You can use the time when you are waiting for departure or after arriving at your destination early to visit the WWI museum in Kobarid, go wine-tasting in Goriška Brda, relax in the pool or sauna in Thermana Laško, or simply rest.


#04 Stay dry (and warm!)


A cyclists wearing rain jacket in Slovenia.


You know what they say: There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad equipment. That’s why mandatory equipment on the bike throughout the whole cycling tour is a waterproof jacket that covers the upper body. YES, even on a hot summer day, and NO, it’s not useful in the suitcase at the hotel!

The hood, if you have one, will probably need to be placed under the helmet or the water will run down your neck. In practice, it turns out that affordable jackets from some sports equipment supermarkets (like Decathlon) are just fine. In case of prolonged rain and lower temperatures, you will also appreciate waterproof trousers and/or gloves. Some also use outer socks, which are put over the shoes. Be aware that when cycling, water can also come from the underside (if the bikes do not have mudguards – e.g. mountain bikes). Sometimes it is possible to improvise: if you make holes for the head and hands in the garbage bag, the thing can be quite effective. It’s important that you stay warm, therefore, an additional layer of warm clothing under the rain gear will also come in handy.

Important: In our agency, we rent bicycles, helmets, some bags, navigation equipment, and more, but you will have to take care of rain jackets yourself. Don’t expect the guide to lend it to you because he/she needs it for him/herself 🙂


#05 Keep your equipment dry


A very cheap solution: wrap things that should not get wet (phone, wallet, spare clothes, food) in an additional bag, in case of emergency the one for fruit. Even waterproof bags/backpacks are not miraculous.


#06 Pay attention to what’s under the tires


A cyclist in Slovenia looking the Soča river from a bridge.


The most dangerous is the first rain after a long dry period. That’s when there’s the most dirt on the road, including oil, and that’s when it really gets slippery. Pay attention when riding over old cobblestones (for example when descending from Vršič mountain pass or in the city centers), painted parts of roads (crosswalks), low curbs (between the bike path and the sidewalk), wet wood (MTB riders, you’ve learned that, right).

On a bike, especially a road bike, the rear tire loses grip faster, while it will be more difficult to solve the skid of the first tire in the rain. In short: adapt the speed of cycling and performing other maneuvers to the conditions. Better late in the hotel than fast in the hospital.


#07 Stay visible


A cyclist in a yellow jacket waiting for the rain to stop.


The rain jacket should be of a visible color (yellow, fluorescent, white) and never black. Also, turn on your front and rear lights so that you can be seen by other drivers.


#08 Wait for the worst under the roof


A group of cyclists in Slovenia waiting for the rain to stop.


While cycling can be quite pleasant in light rain, in a storm it pays to wait somewhere dry; maybe under the roof of the bus station, even better in a restaurant while slurping hot homemade mushroom soup.

Summer storms or heavy downpours in Slovenia usually last no longer than half an hour, an hour at the most. Also, keep in mind that road problems can happen after extreme weather. For guests on our guided and self-guided tours, we check this as quickly as possible and inform all cyclists along the way. If needed, see next tip No. 9.


#09 Explore alternatives


Depending on the weather forecast, choose a shorter/faster route already in the morning. That’s why our tours have different route options (usually CLASSIC and HARD, or CLASSIC and EASIER). This is especially important for our MTB tours because you don’t want to wait out the storm somewhere high in the mountains and then go down on a muddy track.

If the forecast is very bad or there is someone in the group who is afraid of rain or does not have suitable equipment, they should put their bike on the train or bus, in the worst case the locals will help you with transportation.


#10 Dry wet equipment


Ask for a dryer at the hotel at the destination. Believe us, they’d rather help you than let you run a hair dryer for hours while drying your socks in your room. This is dangerous and wastes energy.


#11 Keep your spirits up


Two Slovenian cyclists smiling in their rain gear.


You simply cannot learn this from articles like this. People are different and sensitive to natural phenomena in different ways. Basically, if you follow the rest of the tips in this article, cycling in the rain isn’t that bad. Keep in mind the dinner that awaits you at your destination, perhaps a shot of homemade schnapps might help to prevent the cold. Different situations (not only rain but also heat, wind, flat tires, …) make up a colorful mosaic of a cycling adventure.

We can provide well-maintained bikes and excellent guides, but unfortunately, we have no influence on the weather.


When we at the Visit GoodPlace agency plan guided and self-guided cycling tours in Slovenia and the surrounding countries, we try to find dates that would spare guests numb fingers from the cold (when crossing the Julian Alps on the Trans Slovenia 01 MTB tour in April, for example) or the worst heat (if riding the Istria Gourmet Cycling Route in the middle of the summer).

Check out top 5 MTB trails in Slovenia

Slovenia is full of hidden gems, unique experiences, and picturesque adventures. No one knows them better than our Visit GoodPlace experts and that’s why they’ve curated a list of activities, trails, sights, and roads that you should visit during your mountain biking in Slovenia.

Thanks to its dynamic landscape, beautiful Alpine scenery, abundance of superb single trails, and excellent bike park infrastructure, Slovenia continues to build its reputation as one of Europe’s top mountain biking destinations. It is therefore no surprise that many Slovenians are enthusiastic mountain bikers, myself included. I’m very proud of our well-connected and active MTB community.” – Matic Klanjšček

Single Trail Park Jamnica

Jamnica is a somewhat unusual park, as it falls under the category of »trail bike parks«. It includes 9 all-mountain and enduro trails and in total around 25 kilometers of marked, mostly natural trails suitable for all levels. Trails are interconnected with a special path made specifically to ease your return to the top. During the summer months, the forests of Slovenian Carinthia are full of sweet blueberries, which is another reason why this location is amongst our best MTB trails in Slovenia.

Downhill from Matajur

The stunning two-hour downhill ride from Mt. Matajur towards Italy is pure single trail fun and it’s definitely one of the best MTB trails in Slovenia that has a natural flow. The 12-kilometer trail is very clean, so you can ride through the woods fast. During the 1400-meter descent, you can admire some great views over the Friulian plains and the surrounding mountains. This experience has been described in the media as the MTB »ride of a lifetime« and I couldn’t agree more.

The natural oasis of Pohorje

This location offers one of the best MTB trails in Slovenia and even though I oftenly bike around the world, I always keep coming back to the lush spruce forests of Pohorje, a medium-height mountain range situated in north-eastern Slovenia. The main highlight of this place is surely Bike Park Pohorje. It invites three trails intended for different levels – red line, family line, and the legendary world cup black line for the bravest.

Along the ridge of Stol

There are two mountains with this name in Slovenia. While the Stol in Karavanke is really nice for hiking, the one close to Kobarid is especially attractive for mountain bikers. This scenic ridge offers gorgeous views of the Julian Alps and Soča Valley. The 7-kilometer trail demands some technical skills but still flows with no interruptions. It involves biking on different surfaces, from dirt and rocks to roots. One of the reasons why this ride is one of the best MTB trails in Slovenia is the fact, that at the end of the trail, when you reach the valley, you can refresh yourself in Nadiža or Soča river.

Golovec trails

One might think that, by leaving the mountains and approaching the capital city of Ljubljana, the MTB opportunities would be lost. But the truth is quite different. Ljubljana is in fact the only European capital that has direct access to some of the best MTB trails in Slovenia, including Golovec trails. When you try your skills on various trails, exciting turns, and jumps, you will feel like one of the locals.

Author: Matic Klanjšček, head of guides and cartography expert

Being a geodesist by profession, Matic had been active in the field of cartography and marine hydrography for a long time. From his youth, he was active in sports. He started with athletics, later on, he held a strong passion for alpinism which was eventually replaced by cycling.  In recent years, Matic has been focused on mountain biking – in his free time as well as professionally at Visit GoodPlace.  Spending a good portion of his time on bike trails, he knows all the best trails and he had a hard time picking a selection of the 5 best BTM rides in Slovenia. Have a look at his choices.

Down the TransALP Adria epic tour [photo story]

Let’s continue with a short photo presentation of an otherwise long and epic mountain bike tour, which will soon become public after many working days spent in the field with maps and behind computers!

The TransAlp Adria tour, starting in Bad Kleinkirchheim, took us to Villach on the first day, after many kilometers and sharp turns of the longest flow trail in Europe. Only the beginning of the next day is similarly relaxed, when we head towards the Karavanke massif along the river Zilja. Then it starts for real! The second day takes us over the aforementioned Karavanke ridge, steeply on the other side into the mountain biking paradise of the Slovenian part of the Julian Alps.

On the third day, we head from Kranjska Gora over the highest Slovenian road crossing Vršič, enjoying the many breath-taking views and cycling trails surrounded by the precipice walls of the high mountains all around. Steeply up and deeply down, all the way to the source of the emerald river Soča and further along its upper course to Bovec, the Slovenian cradle of adventure and adrenaline sports. More to follow soon!

1. The front wheel view we like most!

2. From the triple border between Slovenia, Austria and Italy on the top of the Karavanke ridge, enjoying a wild ride down towards Kranjska Gora

3. Through the upper Sava valley, with many mountain views and packed with traditional Slovene haystacks

4. Crossing several small alpine streams just before climbing up to the Vršič pass

5. Through the Krnica valley, approaching the climb

6. The golden colours of autumn just below Vršič

7. Adrenaline ride on the other side of the mountain

8. Crossing the emerald river Soča, sometimes flowing peacefully …

9. … and sometimes flowing wildly with many rapids, which are interesting for water-sports enthusiasts from all over the world


If you enjoyed this photo story from our TransALP Adria tour, you will also enjoy these tours:

Trans Croatia Mountains to Islands group of bikers

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two men biking trans slovenia trail in beautiful nature

Trans Slovenia 02

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First view of the new TransAlp epic MTB tour [photo story]

Few weeks ago, we managed to explore the first section of our new upcoming TransAlp epic MTB tour! It was a very nice ending of the working week indeed. This time we moved our office a bit further, all the way to Austria, to the Bad Kleinkirchheimer Flow Country Trail. 

The up and downhill altitude meters added up quickly by “cheating” with cable cars a few times, but also by adding quite an amount of our own driven power we managed to do a thorough research of the MTB trails on both sides of the mountain. We finished with a pleasant 35 km ride all the way to the old city centre of Villach, where we ended the day with a pint of beer and replaced the lost calories with delicious Sacher cake.

1. First early morning round

TransAlp - Austria - biking - MTB

2. 12.5 km of fast entertainment

TransAlp - Austria - biking - MTB

3. In winter on skis, in summer … on mountain bike, of course!

TransAlp - Austria - biking - MTB

4. One curve to the right …

TransAlp - Austria - biking - MTB

5. Another to the … right again

TransAlp - Austria - biking - MTB

6. Views you will enjoy on TransAlp MTB tour

TransAlp - Austria - biking - MTB

7. To the other side of the hill

TransAlp - Austria - biking - MTB

8. Nice and natural trails – just like they should be when biking across the Alps

TransAlp - Austria - biking - MTB

9. Into the green

TransAlp - Austria - biking - MTB

10. Tyre washing machine

TransAlp - Austria - biking - MTB

11. The “jungle” section

TransAlp - Austria - biking - MTB

12. Exemplary coexistence

TransAlp - Austria - biking - MTB

13. Feld am See, a romantic finish on the south side of the hill 😊


TransAlp - Austria - biking - MTB

14. Well-deserved rehydration in the old centre of Villach

TransAlp - Austria - biking - MTB

14. What a great working day was that!

If you enjoyed this photo story from our upcoming TransAlp MTB tour, you will also enjoy these tours:

Trans Croatia Mountains to Islands group of bikers

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Trans Slovenia 01 Kolovrat mountaing biking

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Trans Slovenia 02

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