REGION

STATERA means balance in Latin. We chose this name because we believe in balance in everything. Good and evil, work and play, strength and wisdom, but also body and spirit. Mountain biking is not just a sport for us. It is a symbiosis of machine, man and nature. Get to know our region not only as a keen sportsman but also as a lover and protector of nature.

Geography

Banská Bystrica is an ancient town with a rich mining history. It lies in a basin surrounded on all sides by mountains and national parks. It is close to everywhere. The geographical centre of Slovakia lies 15 km to the east and the centre of Europe 15 km to the west. Kremnické vrchy, Veľká Fatra, Nízke Tatry or Poľana, each of the mountain ranges has its own distinctive character. The rugged relief and variety of scenery make the whole area extremely attractive for mountain biking.

The peaks of the mountain ranges reaching up to 2,000 m above sea level are mainly meadow-like. The lower areas are richly wooded with many streams and clearings. The landscape is interspersed with a dense network of well-traveled dirt and forest roads and paths. Connoisseurs will enjoy the frequent natural singletrack trails. The trails have a distinctive elevation profile. Up, down, up, down. We don’t ride flat.

Tourism is well developed throughout the area. The region was part of Upper Hungary in the Middle Ages. The local gold, silver and copper mines were among the richest in Europe. This tradition is still present in many towns and villages today. Banská Bystrica, Kremnica, Banská Štiavnica (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) or Špania dolina are the top locations where history literally breathes on you. If you want to relax after a hard ride, you can do so in several thermal baths or well-known spa resorts.

Nature lovers will also find something to their liking. In the surrounding mountains, you’ll find a wealth of well-marked hiking trails. An interesting attraction is the 3 km long Harmanecká cave with rich stalactite decorations or rafting down the Hron River. There are some of the best Slovak areas with well-maintained paths for rock climbing.

There are many smaller and two large ski resorts in the region, which are equipped with facilities and services of Alpine standard. In 2016, Jasná was the venue for the women’s World Cup downhill races. There are excellent conditions for ski mountaineering and freeride skiing. The local athletics and downhill and cross-country skiing are at a high level. Players from Banská Bystrica are making music in the American hockey NHL.

There is enough accommodation capacity. From luxury hotels to ordinary guesthouses to simple cottages or private apartments. If you don’t want luxury, you can easily find very decent accommodation for 10 – 15 euros/person/night. Google won’t let you down.

For a delicious lunch you can pay from 4 euros (simple menu) to 7 euros in a better restaurant. There are excellent beers of various brands on tap everywhere, you’ll pay 1 – 1,5 euros for half a liter. Coffee 1 -1,5 euros, half a deciliter also around 1,5 euros. Of course, on our trails you’ll be drinking mainly in the backwater pubs of small mountain villages, and there the prices are half the price.

Banská Bystrica is a university town and therefore full of young people. By the way, Slovakia is world-famous for beautiful women. The centre of nightlife is on the main square, full of restaurants, cafes, bars and dance-clubs. The real disco “Ministry of fun” can be found in the Europe shopping centre.

Our proven cycling tours

The routes we included in our selection were chosen by bikers for bikers.

63 km
↑ 1.500 m ↓ 1.500 m
On the edge of a vulcano. Maybe you won't see a bear, but you will see it's shit on the path. Epic downhill.
63 km
↑ 1.650 m ↓ 1.650 m
Death mountain - White Killer. Beautiful mountain sceneries. A must for all bikers in our region.

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