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Old 07-21-17, 02:12 PM   #1
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Ciclovia Alpe Adria Radweg

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My wife and I are pondering this route from Salzburg over the Alps and down to the Adriatic, wondering if anyone has done it? Looking for information on road surfaces/time of year/weather:

https://www.alpe-adria-radweg.com/en/
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Hi;
My wife and I are pondering this route from Salzburg over the Alps and down to the Adriatic, wondering if anyone has done it? Looking for information on road surfaces/time of year/weather:

https://www.alpe-adria-radweg.com/en/
Hi Randall, I did that route last year in September time. I followed the route to Grado, then Venice & Verona & back over the Alps at the Brenner Pass, down to Innsbruck & back to Salzburg.

Fantastic route! Easy to follow. I camp, so there were issues in Italy because the campsites are really only in the resort areas. I wild camped a couple of times.

Weather was fine at that time of the year, although there were a couple of serious mountain thunderstorms.I'd imagine summer time would be a lot hotter.

Road surfaces were pretty much all hard surfaces and mainly dedicated cycling tracks. There was certainly no off roading (unless I went looking for it &#128512

One thing I loved was that pretty much every village had a public drinking fountain, meaning fresh, cold water was just down the road.

Can't recommend the route highly enough.

Frank
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Thanks so much, Frank! I would be on 32mm x 700c tires, my wife on 28mm x 700C in front, 25mm x 700c in back (but she would be traveling with no baggage - that's on me) I think we'd be doing September 2018, Lord willing.
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The route is constantly being improved, so what was a tough piece 2 yrs ago, could be new and easy, today.
It's a great route, and passes through some incredible areas. I have 3 warnings though:
There are some parts that take gravel roads, so be sure your tires can handle it.
The route winds around quite a bit and many times you're doing up to 50% more km than what the road would be. But that's just me.
Many people also walk on the path, so have a bell.

Going through Udine can be a little hairy, but once you've passed that, it's quite bicycle friendly.
September is a good time, it is still warm enough and tourist traffic has decreased.
The route also takes you near the Collio wine region, if you enjoy wine, definitely worth a detour and an overnight.
The website is very informative, but the maps are sometimes slow to update.
Enjoy!!
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Thank you, Marcus!
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We almost did this route last year (2016). The logistics seemed challenging, though, as we were touring on our triplet (three-seater) bike and I wasn't sure about getting it on trains, etc. Still high on my list. Following this with interest!
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My wife and I have been looking at YouTube videos put out by folks who recorded the ride, get some good sense for road surfaces and such. Also bought the Bikeline book for the Alpe Adria Radweg at:
https://www.bookdepository.com/searc...e=1#pagination
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Sounds like you're getting fully prepared, just don't overload. The Route was designed to be slow and easy. Their guides consider 50-60 km day adequate. They suppose that you will stop at all points of interest and bar/cafe along the way. Which is fine, but putting some road behind you always feels good.
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