The fever is growing among sports fans before tomorrow’s penultimate stage of the Giro, when the caravan will come all the way to Slovenia. The organizers expect tens of thousands of people. 3,000 tickets for the cable car to Svete Višarje were sold out in one day.
The summit, where the destination of the mountain stage will be, can thus only be reached on foot. For visitors from Slovenia and Austria, they organized free bus transport from the arranged parking lots, for more information a mobile application is also available.
Slovenian cycling enthusiasts will be able to park their cars already in Planica or near Lake Rabel and take free buses to Trbiž. They will also drive to the foot of the funicular and Ovčje vas, where the ascent to the 1,766-meter-high Višarje begins.
Fans will be able to encourage the cyclists on the flat part of the course. On the most difficult, steep part, spectators will only be allowed access to the first and last kilometer and a half before the finish line. Member of the organizing committee of the stage in Trbiž Paolo Urbani told Radio Slovenia: “For safety reasons, out of concern for both competitors and spectators. The climbs are inaccessible and extremely steep in some places, which can easily lead to accidents.”
The mountain time trial can also be watched on five large screens, sorted from start to finish. On Saturday, 15,000 people are expected in Višarje, where a maximum of five thousand visitors have been counted at the peak of the season.
Jure Prešeren from Al Convento guest house said: “Višarje have never experienced anything like this before. I think that Višarje will go all over the world. The weather forecast is good, so the pictures will also be beautiful and this will be a great boost for Višarje.”
The organizers remind visitors who will go to Višarje to have the appropriate equipment for the highlands and to take care of the unique natural and cultural attractions.
The start of the first rider is scheduled at 11:30. On average, the hellish timer should take 40 minutes. The favorites are expected at the finish line after 5 p.m.
The Tarvisio quadrilingual mobile application provides information on the occupancy of parking lots, bus services, snack bars and first aid points.