Warta Gravel is a 400-kilometer long ultra-distance bicycle race in Wielkopolska (Greater Poland). My first competition and the first such long distance in one go. A varied route, nice landscapes, good weather and my good result made it a very successful two days :)
Just 12 km from the border with Poland, you can have fun on the via ferrata, and during a 4-day trip, you can make a dozen or so of them. In the Czech Republic and Germany, near Lower Silesia, there are via ferratas of all levels of difficulty. They are often single, short ferratas, but anyway they offer great fun :)
Recently, I had the pleasure of taking a great 4-day trip from Jelenia Góra in Poland to Zgorzelec (Görlitz), through the Bohemian Switzerland National Park. We rode with my friend 330 km and walked 23 km, enjoying beautiful views of interesting rock formations, pleasant bicycle trails and several great descents :)
The last 115 km to our destination we traveled along the Old Railway Trail, almost entirely on asphalt, without cars. In the evening, as planned, we got to Kołobrzeg and spent the entire next day relaxing by the sea :)
From Ińsko, where we spent the night, to Kołobrzeg there was only about 100 km the shortest way, but why take the shortest, when there are so many beautiful places along the way :) Therefore, on the fifth day, instead of going as far north as possible, we turned east to pass through Drawsko Landscape Park.
On that day, the weather did not encourage long bicycle trips. Transient but heavy rains, also with hail, appeared throughout the day, so we shortened the route from the planned 114 km to 96 km and rode almost all of it on the paved roads.
The route on the third day of the trip to Kołobrzeg assumed a ride through the Sieraków Landscape Park and the Noteć Forest. The distance was not long – about 100 km, but a large part of the route led along dirt and gravel roads. There were also a lot of small climbs and descents.
On the second day of our bicycle trip to the sea, we planned to go through the Chłapowski Landscape Park and National Park of Greater Poland and accommodation at Bytyń Lake. We had the longest daily distance ahead of us, but everyone was full of energy :)
On May 15, in a 9-person team, we set off from Wrocław by bike, with the intention of reaching Kołobrzeg in 6 days. During this time, we traveled about 675 km on not very busy asphalt roads, forests and fields, passing several lakes, landscape and national parks. We were not disturbed by rain, sand or bicycle faults, and the beautiful nature rewarded the hardships of the journey.
Szlak im. doktora Bronisława Turonia (Trail named after Bronisław Turoń) is a yellow hiking trail, about 180 km long and running around Wrocław. Most of it runs on asphalt, good gravel, forest and dirt roads. It’s worth the ride!