Jamnica, as a town, is so small that it’s hard to find it on the map. However, in the biking world, this place is becoming more and more well known. All thanks to the great network of biking trails, which as one of the few places in Europe, was hosting the world’s largest enduro MTB event the Enduro World Series, and in year 2020 Jamnica trails are again on it’s calendar!
Before I went there, I’ve heard a lot about the whole region of Koroska, which, as the Slovenians claim, is simply the perfect place for biking. We got to Jamnica after a visit to nearby Mezica, where we were riding bikes underground on the “Black Hole Trail”. On the way to the trails we could admire amazingly idyllic landscapes. Huge expanses of fields and forests on relatively small hills, and between them single farm houses, and a winding gravel road that leads us straight to the heart of bike trails in Jamnica, the Ecohotel Koros.
Single Trail Park Jamnica is a place designed primarily for advanced enduro bikers, especially those who love to ride on natural paths. We will not find there smoothed flow trails with large bands, but we will have amazing ride on winding paths, between roots or rocks. Trails are built and maintained without any excavators or other heavy equipment. Everything is built by hand and keep up in good shape by Bike Nomad Team. Thanks to this, paths perfectly blend into the idyllic landscape of the entire place.
The whole network of trails in Jamnica is currently over 20 km of prepared paths. It consists of a lot of short sections that can be freely combined with each other. Unfortunately, I personally had a limited time and a bit of a “not so good” weather, but on the first day I managed to take a full ride from the highest point of the trails to the valley. And I must admit that it was a really long and interesting downhill. However, the next day, having less time and seeing the approaching storm, I spent time on exploring shorter trail variants located in the lower part of the complex. What’s important, here we need to go up on our bikes. In the lower part we have a special uphill trail, and in the upper part we have to climb on not very steep gravel road.
There are so many trails that it’s hard to describe each one of them, but I have to admit that the area is very diverse, and the building team have great skills in drawing the trails in to the terrain so that they are interesting and have a good flow. I have ridden most of the trails only once, and even when riding them “on sight”, I was able to keep a good speed and have good fun. The biggest impression on me, made a relatively short section located next to the Ecohotel and marked as difficult. In the narrow forest it was just a winding path down, but on the other hand, despite the tight corners, it has a nice flowy rhytm in it and gave me a lot of fun when trying to keep up the good speed.
Riding here on the trails, we have the impression that they are not only accidentally routed paths. The greatest appreciation for the builders is the fact, that a few years after building this trails, the most important enduro event in the world, the Enduro World Series, took place here. And what is important, in 2020 the best enduro riders on the planet will again come to Jamnica to compete in EWS.
It is an old farm converted into a hotel. The place is beautifully situated and the bike trails is strarting from it pretty much in every direction. Everything is prepared here especially for cyclists and has its own unique atmosphere. For example, the bike service and storage room are made in the old barn. You can sleep here in the rooms or camp in the garden. They offer great local food which mostly comes from what has been bred on the farm or its surroundings. The place is made primarily in mind with sustainable development. In the summer season it is very difficult to get here a free spot, but on the other hand, the owners do not want to expand the farm more. Mostly they want to keep in good contact with everyone who visits their place. Nowadays, it is very rarely to see such an approach, where it is more important to maintain balance, and not a continuous rush for even greater profits. This amazing atmosphere of both the farm and the trails, mostly lies in the people who make sure everything is as it should be. And they are …
The main founder, and creator of the trails and hotel in Jamnica is DIXI, who is the true legend of the Slovenian bike scene. It was him who for many years was involved in the organization and promotion of everything related to mountain biking. He founded his first hotel, which was focused mainly on cyclists, already in year 1994! His son – Anej, who is also a licensed bicycle guide, is now helping him. He also looks after the trails in Jamnica and takes care of the nearby bike park in Petzen. What’s more, Anej recently created the world’s first official underground enduro trail, called “Black Hole Trail” which runs thru a former mine. Bike Nomad is also a whole group of bicycle guides who can take us to other singletrails in the area. The offer also includes a shuttle bus, professional training in biking techniques, bike service, bike rental, and a bicycle clothes shop for all weather. In summary, I reccomend to spend a few days here, because we have: single trail park Jamnica, right next (15 km away) there is Bike Park Petzen, where is one of the longest flow trails in Europe and for dessert (or rainy day) we can go to the old mine in Mezica and ride the “Black Hole Trail”. If you want to spend time in this area, the team from Bike Nomad will really take a good care of you!
- You ride the trails at Your own risk
- in May 2019, 20 km of prepared sections were available, and the difference in height between the highest and the lowest point is 515 meters
- trails are open all year long
- riding on the routes in Jamnica is free, but donations are welcome for their maintenance ;)
- the most of trails are intended for advanced bikers
- bikes with Trail or Enduro characteristics are the best choice here
- we go up on our own, with a special uphill trail or a gentle ascending gravel road
- all trails at Jamnica are mostly natural and we will find mainly roots and rocks on them, no specially built jumps or big berms
- it is worth coming here for longer and also visit the Petzen Flow Trail, and the “Black Hole Trail”
- in the area there is much more ideal paths for enduro biking than on the map, but to find the best we recommend a guided tour
- Ekohotel koros is the heart of the paths and we can find here all the information about them and maps, and if we need it, there is also well-equipped bike service and bike rental
- Jamnica is a very small town located in the northern part of Slovenia near the border with Austria, to find it at all, for example in Google maps, it is best to enter: “ecohotel koros jamnica”
- All current information about the trails in Jamnica is available at: bikenomad.com