Want to take advantage of your vacation to improve your technique? In Wild Bucovina MTB Tour & Camp you will work your technique in a relaxed way, while sharing an adventure crossing the Carpathians with local riders.
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Itinerary Wild Bucovina MTB Tour & Camp
The aim of the tour is to combine the pleasure of biking with the direct experience on the carpathian nature and the romanian village lifestyle. The first 3 days we will make bike routes as in our standard Transylvanya tours I have introduced concepts of piloting technique and we will finish in the Bucovina region coinciding with the deer bellowing spending another 3 days in one of our well-known Bike Camps.
We choose different places in some of our favorite areas and combine learning sessions with the exploration of unique places.
Our Bike Camps are open for local and foreign cyclists, so an interesting cultural exchange is favored.
Pick up at the Cluj-Napoca International Airport or at the hotel. Transfer to Transylvania, Maramures or Bucovina. depending on the bike camp where we finish the tour that will determine the starting point. Bicycle assembly, a short warm-up tour of the local trails, dinner and detailed presentation of the route.
After breakfast and before leaving on the road we usually do some basic tips on ergonomics of the bike and a review of basic driving concepts while doing the digestion and preparing, to do the first route of the tour.
We will continue with the same dynamic, a little technique in the morning and we will go on the road throughout the day stopping at noon to have a picnic and taking advantage of the singularities of the route to apply driving techniques, getting a little better every day.
In the afternoons after the route and depending on the location we can do different activities such as a bath, a walk to visit a viewpoint, a visit to a local monument or just a bit of relaxation in the environment of the rural house where we stay.
Every day we try to change the intensity of the routes according to the needs of the group, our guide ratios are usually 1/5, so if necessary some days we separate the groups a part of the day doing programs of different physical requirements.
This also allows us to customize the learning lessons according to the needs of each biker.
During the day we feed with energy foods and easy to digest, which allows us to take full advantage of the sporting day.In the afternoons after the route we make proper hydration with isotonic drinks and seasonal fruits.We usually make dinner soon for replenish energy and it’s time to enjoy the overwhelming local cuisine. We will make dinner most of the days in rural houses or in restaurants that serve traditional dishes with local and organic products.
After a traditional breakfast, we will make a theoretical explanation of the theme of the day and practice about 45 minutes in a circuit designed to improve our skills on the bike. During the next 3 days we will work on the balance, the technique of ascent, techniques of descent, tracing of curves, passage of obstacles … Next we will make a circular route in which we will all leave together and that will have two variants of free choice, a shorter and a longer one to adapt to the different levels of the participants. During the excursion we will take the opportunity to apply the knowledge acquired in different real situations.After the routes and a hydration based on fruits and homemade isotonic drinks that we will learn to prepare, we will learn and practice stretching exercises directed by a monitor that will help us to our state of cycling health.
We will ride in the morning on a farewell tour around the accommodation and make the transfer to Cluj after the farewell meal. There is also the option to explore Cluj-Napoca, before or after the trip depending on flight schedules. Cluj is an interesting multicultural city that is worth visiting. If the flight leaves on Monday we can spend the night in Cluj (not included, we can take care of reservations)
Overview Wild Bucovina MTB Tour & Camp
• Price: 1250€ (special prices for groups)
• Duration: 7 days
• Overnights: 6
• Riding days: 5
• Level: medium to advanced
• Total length: 240 km
• Avarage per day: 48 km
• Total climb: 7020 m
• Lowest point: 581 m
• Highest point: 1582 m
• experience the archaic romanian country side, with ancient old customs and traditions
• wild and pristine forests, roaming with brown bears, wolves and linx
• Rodnei Mtns. National Park
• The Lake of the Faires – natural reservation area
• Sections of the ancient Roman Road
• Colibitza Lake –sunbathing, swimming, sea kayaking posibilities
• Tihutza mountain pass with the Dracula Hotel, located in the area where the Bram Stoker’s story of Dracula is taking place
• Delicious traditional natural and homegrown food
• The remote mountain villages of Ciosa and Poiana Catunenilor
• The Piatra Fantanele Monastery, dating the beginning of the 20th century
• views over Bucovina and Transylvanian mountains
What’s included Wild Bucovina MTB Tour & Camp
• Transfer from/to Cluj-Napoca Intern. Airport
• 6 overnights in localy own guesthouses
• All meals included: breakfasts, sandwiches for lunch and dinners (except for one lunch at Dracula’s Castle )
• Transfer of main luggage from one basecamp to another
• Guiding for every day of riding
• Technical assistance
• Small bike backpack (arround 15 litres)
• Sportbag for transfering your stuff from one location to another
• 2 or more bike jearsey, 2 or more bike pants, underware, socks, bikeshoes, gloves
• Sunglases with interchangeable lenses
• Rain resistant biking jacket and pants
• Warm clothes for evenings (temperatures can drop as low as 5 degrees Celcius even during the summer in the evenings and mornings or on the mountains)
• Hydratation systems or botles
• Suncreams if you have a sensitive skin
• Basic firstaid kit
During summer time weather in Romania can be very warm to hot, with short periods of cold rainy days and with regulary summer storms with lightnings and thunders during afternoons. Temperatures during summer can vary from 5 degrees Celsius in the morning to as much as 35 degrees at noon (even 40 degrees in the southern part of Romania).
Romania, a country from the east part of Europe is a place little known for the rest of the World, but wich has a lot to offer.
Romania’s mountains are considered to be one of the last wild places in Europe beeing home of more than half of Europe’s large carnivores like bears and wolves.With almost half of its population living in the countryside, Romania and its villages is the place where you can still experience the rural lifestyle, in its true sense, witnessing ancient old traditions and customs, wich are extinct in other parts of Europe. People are still working and living from the land, using their own hands and animals for this. They still use horse drawn carts for carrying stuff and colecting hay in the old ways.But this fragile paradise is facing extinction due to globalization, Eu regulation (Romania entered European Union in 2007) and young people migration to urban areas and to foreign countries in search for a place to work.Also, other danger that Romania is facing is deforestation. Tourism and income from it could be an alternative to distruction of the wild habitats. It can also add an income to the local economy, helping to preserve the fragile way of life of the local comunities.The best moment to visit the wild and archaic Romania was 20 years ago, the second one is NOW !!!