Vzpon na Mangart Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

12.5
FIETS
9.9 mi
DISTANCE
4,443 ft
GAINED
8.5 %
AVG. GRADE

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One of the most beautiful climbs we have ever had the honor to ride.  We rank this the second most scenic bike climb in the world.  See our World's Most Scenic Climbs page for more glorious cycling climbs!
Average grade is 8.5% - ride 16 kilometers gaining 1,354 meters with zero descent.  7% of the climb is at 0-5% grade, 73% is at 5-10%, and 20% is at 10-15%. 

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Roadway:  The road is two lanes with a center broken white line for the first five kilometers and narrows to two lanes without a center line just over the bridge at kilometer 5.  Soon after the bridge, the road narrows to barely two lanes.  There is no shoulder on any segment of the road and the pavement is in fair to good condition - for nearly all of the last 10 kilometers the road is in very good condition.

Traffic:  Minimal. 

Tunnels:  There are a couple tunnels, one about 100-150 meters long and so dark as to be disorienting - bring a head light and taillight. 

Parking:  We stayed in Bovec and road from our Hotel Mangart to the start of the climb.   There are two parking spots on Log pod Mangartom on the right just across the bridge about 50 meters from the start (MapStreet View). 
Provisions:  There are a couple hotels where it seems you could get water in Log pod Mangartom at the start of the climb.  There are no spots for food or water along the climb.  The closest food and water that we know of for certain is in Bovec, 10 kilometers southwest of the start of the climb (Map). 
We staid at Hotel Mangart 10 kilometers from the start of the climb.  The rooms were good, the complimentary breakfast was exceptional, and we were only 10 kilometers from the climb start (Google Map + Reviews).   Here are some reviews of the ride and park area where you can hike: Google Map + Reviews

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Cycling Vzpon na Mangart - Mountains, sky, clouds

One of the most beautiful climbs we have ever had the honor to ride.

World Top 10 Most Scenic Bike Climb

Cycling Vzpon na Mangart - sunrise - mountains, blue sky, meadow 

We began the climb at dawn.

It is simply so beautiful at times it does not even seem real - we LOVE Vzpon!  This is a road bike climb in the Julian Alps (named after Julius Caesar)  - the mountains in this area are Limestone and provide the backdrop for some of the most scenic climbs by bike in the world.

     Bicycling Vzpon na Mangart - cyclists on roadway, mountains

It’s beauty is almost equaled by its difficulty - it is nearly 10 miles in length, gaining 4,430’ over that distance at 8.5% average grade with the steepest ¼ mile 12.5%, ½ mile 11.4% and a double digit mile at 10%.

We begin the climb in Log pod Mangartom, population 139 as of 2002, but it did seem more populated when we visited in 2017.  We stayed at Hotel Mangart which is 10 km / 6 miles from the start of the climb.  The ride from the hotel (which we highly recommend - see Google Streetview widget below) is delightful, particularly in the early morning when we began - pre-dawn in an effort to get our free breakfast when we returned, and, boy were we glad we did!!!!  

Biking Vzpon na Mangart - breakfast

The road is bordered by forest at the lower level

Biking Vzpon na Mangart - breakfast

There are 4 tunnels (if we are remembering correctly) along the top ⅓ of the climb.  One is about 300m long and so dark we were disoriented in it and weaving a bit in the middle.  We recommend you bring a headlight and taillight, although there is not much traffic along the way. These are also the best Photo-Opportunity tunnels we have ever encountered - in fact, we are still kicking ourselves for missing a shot with the rider about 50 yards ahead coming out of the extremely dark tunnel with an extraordinarily beautiful scene beyond perfectly framed by the mouth of the tunnel - we will pay you for that shot!!!!  Free vector graphic: Photographer, Man, Taking, Picture - Free ...

Climbing by bike Vzpon na Mangart - bicycle in tunnel

    Biking Vzpon na Mangart - tunnel framing trees and mountains beyond

The road gets extremely narrow at the top, although it is in good condition and there is minimal traffic and that traffic drives very slow, by our observation.

Climbing by bike Vzpon na Mangart - roadway, steep moss covered mountains   

 Bicycle ride Vzpon na Mangart - roadway below steep rock walls

We did not realize it at the time, but the finish of the climb is literally a stone's throw from the Italian border.

biking up Vzpon na Mangart - cyclist on roadway 

“CILJ” is “Goal” in Slovenian and we made ours!

    Cycling Vzpon na Mangart - pjamm cycling john johnson at finish with bike