The 5 Directions’ Journey
what is the 5 directions’ journey?
Just a few days before the kick-off of Open Bike Fest, five groups of riders of different disciplines, ages, genders and backgrounds will each tackle the route of a major cycle route, starting from Ljubljana, Munich, Salzburg, Santa Maria di Leuca and Turin.
Five itineraries in the footsteps of ancient Roman roads, telling as many stories, and destined to meet others along the way: those of those who will choose to join the journey and cycle towards Treviso and Open Bike Fest.
Treviso and the Veneto Region are important national and international cycling hubs; significant reference points for the cycling movement and for anyone who recognizes himself in its culture and values.
FIVE ROUTES, ONE DESTINATION: TREVISO
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santa maria di leuca treviso
Ljubljana is the meeting point of Slavic and neo-Latin culture. Ljubljana is not only the capital and largest administrative center of Slovenia, but also a cultural, scientific and economic hub.
It is an ideal city for cycling, where this mode of transport is becoming increasingly popular. It is no coincidence that the city is increasingly expanding its network of cycle paths (currently 230 km long), focusing its efforts on sustainable development.
The route from Ljubljana to Opendream first runs through the heart of Slovenia, passing through the Slovenian part of Venezia Giulia and the town of Postumia, famous for its caves of the same name and Lueghi Castle, two of Slovenia’s most important tourist attractions.
Postumia also lies halfway between Ljubljana and Trieste. A border town par excellence, Trieste geographically fits harmoniously between the Adriatic, the rocky plateau of the Karst and the Slovenian border.
From Trieste-Portopiccolo to the famous Lignano Sabbiadoro there will be a short transfer by van, followed by two new stretches to be tackled by bike, leading respectively to Duna Verde, a tourist resort in the municipality of Caorle, and on the fifth and final day to Opendream, with a route that winds its way north of the Venice Lagoon and then inland towards Treviso.
As the most important city in southern Germany, Munich boasts numerous parks and green areas, as well as cultural and traditional influences from the nearby Alpine region. Famous for its Oktoberfest, the beer festival, Munich is a tourist destination in all seasons.
Munich is the starting point for a cycle route, the Friendship Cycle Route, which winds through the Alps, linking the Bavarian capital with Venice. The dream of cycling tourists is to see the entire route transformed into a single cycle path connecting Germany and Italy.
After departing from Munich, the travelers’ first destination is Bad Tölz, the bike town par excellence. Then the route crosses the Austrian border and heads south towards Innsbruck. This part of the route will be covered by bike to Maurach and then by van.
Cycling is at home in Innsbruck: home of the World Championships in 2017 and several times start or finish of stages of the Tour of the Alps, the capital of Tyrol offers many possibilities to those who visit it by bike: from MTB trails to big climbs to tackle by road bike, to cycle paths.
The Italian border is not far from Innsbruck, and a transfer by van is planned as far as the town of Pieve di Cadore. It is from Cadore that the final part of the itinerary starts, crossing the fascinating Veneto Dolomites and leading the travelers into the Marca Trevigiana, first to Conegliano and then to Opendream.
SALZBURG – treviso
Salzburg is one of Europe’s cultural capitals, not only because of its musical tradition (Mozart was born here), but also because of its artistic and monumental heritage.
The city is known worldwide for its Italianate Baroque architecture. It is no coincidence that it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Salzburg is also a city of sport and cycling: in 2006 it hosted the World Championships won by Paolo Bettini and can boast 1800 km of cycle paths, not all of which are protected but which wind along roads with low traffic.
The first part of the route runs through Salzburg, towards Sankt Johann im Pongau and then Bad Gastein, both welcoming towns and renowned winter and summer tourist destinations.
At that point, the route heads towards Carinthia and the town of Villach, located on the border with Italy and characterized by a complete tourist offer: from cultural and urban tourism to shopping and outdoor activities. From Villach to Tarvisio the step is short: The Italian border is crossed by bicycle, while the Tarvisio-Conegliano section will be covered by van.
The final stage of the itinerary is common to the journey number 2: about fifty km from Conegliano to Treviso, with a total distance of 50 km from Conegliano to Treviso, and then Opendream.
Santa maria di leuca- treviso
Wild and characterized by rocks, promontories and unspoiled nature, Santa Maria di Leuca is the southernmost point of the Salento and the boundary between the Adriatic and Ionian Seas.
In the past, the Capo di Leuca was even considered “Finibus Terrae”. “End of the world” is also the name of a cycle route that allows you to discover Santa Maria di Leuca in all its splendor, pedaling through the spider’s web of little streets that link villages steeped in history and hidden treasures such as the Salignano Tower or the medieval Castle of Giuliano.
The route from Santa Maria di Leuca to Opendream is very extensive, so several transfers by van are planned on the way. On the first day, the route winds its way through the Puglia region to Lecce. On the second stage, the riders will reach by bike Ostuni, home of the 1976 World Cycling Championships won by Freddy Maertens over Francesco Moser.
From Ostuni, the itinerary includes a stop in Alberobello, famous for its trulli, followed by a van transfer to Vasto, a town in Abruzzo that sits on a promontory overlooking the Adriatic Sea.
At that point, the trip includes a stop in Pescara, to discover the Costa dei Trabocchi, famous for its trabocchi, ancient fishing machines on stilts. From Pescara, another van transfer is planned to Marzocca, while the passages to Rimini and Cesenatico, the town of Marco Pantani, are planned by bike. After a 200 km van transfer from Rimini to Padua, the riders will only have to tackle the final part of the route towards Treviso-Opendream.
Turin is the third largest economic-productive complex in Italy and is one of its major university, artistic, cultural and tourist centers. The city is located by several Alpine valleys, such as the Val di Susa, so the area is very much linked to the mountains and summer and winter tourism.
A protagonist of the ‘bike revolution’ triggered by the pandemic, Turin has been awarded by FIAB for its bike-friendly policies. In May, the Piemonte capital will also host the great start of the Giro d’Italia. Italy’s first capital is also the finishing town of the world’s oldest cycling competition, the Milan-Turin.
The route between Turin and Treviso is a journey of discovery through the Po Valley, which is crossed from west to east for almost its entire length. The Po cycle path marks the start of the route, as far as Crescentino, while from Crescentino to Valenza the riders will travel by van.
The route continues eastwards towards Pavia, crossing the Via Francigena, and then Piacenza, one of those cities where you can combine the liveliness of the city with the relaxed times of the province, discovering the rich surrounding area on a bicycle.
From Piacenza, we cycle across the Lombardy border to Cremona. This is followed by a motorised transfer to Mantua, one of the main centres of the Italian and European Renaissance. From the city of the Gonzaga family there is another van transfer to Piazzola sul Brenta, at which point cyclists will be introduced on the Treviso-Ostiglia cycle path, all the way to the gates of Opendream.
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Born from emotional tourism specialists’ experience, Open Experience is a tour operator focused on high-end experiential cycle tourism. Open Experience offers bicycle travel experiences to discover the territory in a sustainable and “slow” way. The beauties of the places unfold in harmony with nature and respect for local traditions.
The routes start from BikeMeHub, the service center for two wheels on the outskirts of Treviso where Open Experience has its home: here the traveler can get out of the car and enter a new dimension, starting a sensory and “green journey.” At 360 °, studied in detail by the Open Experience team.
Open Experience has mapped out the routes, organized the logistics of the 5 Direction Journey, and takes care of the entire cycling experience program in the area proposed during the three days of the event.