Maribor MTB DH World Cup – Ride & Cheer

Maribor MTB DH World Cup – Ride & Cheer


The world’s best downhill racers are returning to the legendary venue of the Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup (Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Maribor) and what better reason to join us for three days of mountain bike fun.

The package includes a mountain bike skills workshop, guided rides on local singletrack, watching and cheering at the timed training and race and lots of fun.


April 25 – 28 2019


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Arrival day

We meet you at the evening in your hotel in Maribor. If your not arrive with a car, transfers from the airports Ljubljana, Maribor, Zagreb, Trieste, Venice, and Klagenfurt are possible upon request and subject of surcharge.

For information about transfers and prices please phone +386 68 147 467 or send an email to:

Day 1 – Friday 26 April

09:00-09:30 Meet up at the bottom station of the Pohorje Gondola – Maribor

10:00-13:00 First day of riding on Pohorje begins with a mountain bike skills workshop on the tracks and trails of Bike Park Pohorje. Making the rides better, safer and more fun will be instructors Kristjan Vreček (former successful downhill racer) and Tomaž O. Rous (keyboard player for rock group Siddharta and member of our guiding team).

13:00-14:00 Lunch stop at Luka Hut, just next to the start of the Maribor MTB DH World Cup.

14:00-17:00 After the break Kristjan and Tomaž will do some coaching sessions to work on the few details separating you from confident and loose riding for maximum flow on your mountain bike.

17:00-… Apres Bike Party in the most mountain bike bar at the foot of Bike Park Pohorje – Gondola Fun Bar.

Day 3 – Saturday 27 April

08.30-9:00   Meet up at the bottom station of the Pohorje Gondola – Maribor

09:00-13:00 Guided ride from Maribor accross Pohorje to Areh and Ruše and back. The Pohorje gondola will make sure we skip the grueling morning uphill part. From the top of the gondola we descend down secret trails towards Ruše, take a short rest and then board a bus back to Areh and again descend down towards the Luka Hut.

13:00-14:00 This time it’s a BBQ lunch at Luka Hut.

14:00-17:00 After lunch we again take to the open tracks and trails of the Pohorje Bike Park and stop at designated spectator areas to check out official training runs at the Maribor MTB DH World Cup.

17:00-… Friday’s Apres Bike Party at the Gondola Fun Bar repeats …

Day 4 – Sunday 28 April

Watching the Sunday race is pretty much mandatory, but you can still squeeze in a few solo runs at Bike Park Pohorje. Alongside the Pohorje Gondola pass we also provide passes for the spectator seating area at the finish line of the Maribor MTB DH World Cup.

  • The Luka Hut near the downhill track start line will then again host a BBQ party for us at an agreed time.

  • After finals and medal ceremony there will still be some time left for one last beer, chat and goodbye until Maribor MTB DH World Cup 2020.
The price of MARIBOR MTB DH World Cup – RIDE AND CHEER includes:
  • One day skills workshop led by experienced and licensed instructors

  • One day guided trip on trails between Maribor and Ruše

  • 3 x bed and breakfast accommodation in a *** hotel (Arena, Bellevue, Bolfenk, Draš, Betnava or Bau)

  • 2 x BBQ lunch at Luka Hut

  • 3 x day bike pass for Bike Park Pohorje
  • Local bus transfer (Ruše – Areh)

  • 2 x welcome drink at the Gondola Fun Bar
  • Passes for the grandstand area in the finish arena on race day

  • 20% discount at the Extreme Vital Maribor bike shop (conditions apply*)
  • Presentation and option of testing CE-BE helmets and eyewear (Friday 26 April)
  • Event organization and logistics assistance

  • Welcome package

Listed package price is per person staying in two person room.

Price of MARIBOR MTB DH World Cup – RIDE AND CHEER does not include:
  • Personal health insurance or supplementary crash insurance

  • Transfer to location

  • Mountain bike and personal equipment

  • Everything else not explicitly listed as included
  • Bike rental: from 25 €/day

  • Surcharge for single room: 25 €/night

  • Surcharge for extra night in hotel: 45/person (staying in two person room.)
Date for Maribor MTB DH World Cup – Ride & Cheer

25. – 28 April 2019


Where do we meet?

We meet you at the evening in your hotel in Maribor. If your not arrive with a car, transfers from the airports Ljubljana, Maribor, Zagreb, Trieste, Venice, and Klagenfurt are possible upon request and subject of surcharge. For information about transfers and prices please phone +386 68 147 467 or send an email to:

How is it with cash and expenses?

The official currency in Slovenia is the Euro – . Additional costs you may encounter during your stay: one lunch and dinners (cca. 15 – 25€/day), souvenirs, drinks in bars, massage treatments in hotels, etc. Most places allow payments by credit card, but we recommend you visit an ATM machine and pay in cash. Tipping is welcome (if you are satisfied with the service), not mandatory. The usual tip is up to 10 – 15% of the bill.

How about the food and meals?

Lunch on Friday needs to be paid separately (around 10 – 15€ per person). Breakfast is the BB board lodging option at the hotel. Saturday and Sunday brake includes a lunch stop at a specially selected local restaurant, serving local home made food, friendly atmosphere and range of foods characteristic for the area. Dinner is not included in the price but there are a lot of great restaurants in Maribor center.

We kindly ask our guests to report any special nutritional requirements in advance (vegetarians, gluten free …) so we can notify the hotels and restaurants accordingly.


What kind of bike do I need?

The best bike for this weekend package is a good all mountain or enduro bike with at least 120 mm of travel. The bike should not weigh more than 15 kilos as there is a few km of uphill riding on Saturday.

Can I Rent a bike?

Sure! We have a number of DeVinci, Mondraker, Trek, Pivot, Scott and KTM bikes available for rent. For a full list of bikes, sizes and pricing contact us at  Bikes can be reserved upon booking to eliminate any chance of not having a bike ready and waiting for you when you arrive.

What spare parts for my bike should I bring?

Most bicycle spares and components are available for purchase in bike shop in Maribor. But, to set your mind at ease, we recommend you bring the following set of spares with you:

  • rear derailleur hanger
  • one set of brake pads
  • chain (if your bike chain is older than 6 months)
  • 2 inner tubes (with the appropriate valve)
  • 2 spokes (appropriate lengths for your wheelset)
  • Shock pump (particularly if you ride a Cannondale:) )

You can also do away with worrying about spares altogether and rent a bike for the week.

What clothing do you recommend?

With the exception of April, May, October and November, weather in Slovenia is rather stable and not too cold. Expected temperatures in April, May, October and November are between 10 and 25 C and temperatures between June and September are between 15 and 30 C. Packing rain gear is always good as we cannot guarantee the dry weather. Some long sleeves can certainly come in handy.

What should I pack?

Clothing and accessories:

  • at least two cycling jerseys with short sleeves and one with long sleeves
  • padded bike shorts
  • bike helmet
  • knee pads (elbow pads optional)
  • sunglasses
  • bike gloves
  • rainproof jacket and pants
  • warm “civilian” clothing (fleeces, pants …)
  • swimsuit, towel
  • sunscreen and insect repellent
  • personal hygiene set (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo…)

Your riding backpack should carry at least:

  • 2 liters of fluid/day (hydration bladder or plastic bottles)
  • 1 spare inner tube (appropriate valve)
  • tools
  • pump

Plus any other stuff you can’t ride without (phone, camera etc.)!

Please note: A mountain biking is an outdoor adventure always influenced by many factors such as various group riding abilities, weather conditions, unexpected trail changes, etc. Since your safety is our main concern, our Bikegalaxy guides will constantly check these factors very seriously and make changes in itinerary when necessary. We strive to make your biking trip safe and joyful.