R01 National Cycling Route in Varaždin County – Drava – Mura-Drava Cycling Route02/11/2018, 10:39
The Drava Route has been co-financed through the Mura-Drava Bike Project and includes supporting infrastructure services such as signalling, cycling rest points, Bike&Bed accommodation, GPS navigation, the education and licensing of three cycling guides and promotion on tourism markets. The Drava Cycling Route, which is internationally designated as R1, combines nature and an urban environment, and its natural beauty and cultural diversity makes it one of the most beautiful cycling routes in Europe.
In fact, considering that a large part of the Route goes through Varaždin County, there is a possibility of seeing different cultural and natural sights located near the cycling paths, accompanied with rich gastronomic offerings (Križovljangrad Castle in Cestica, Arboretum Opeka in Vinica, the Zelendvor Hunting Resort and the City of Varaždin with its museums, the Old Town (Castle), Drava Forest Park and the like). The Route runs along well-maintained cycle paths and smaller local roads with reduced traffic from the Dubrava Križovljanska Border Crossing to Varaždin, where it then crosses into Međimurje County. Throughout its length the Route is marked by bicycle signs, POIs, such as accommodation, gastronomic and wine offerings, natural and cultural sights, sports facilities and service information and clearly indicated. Cycling maps with all requisite information have been printed and an online cartographic system was created for which it is possible to download GPX files for navigation devices (the locations are grouped into main categories ad contained in separate GPI files). This route is recommended for all recreational cyclists and, due to different types of surfaces, trekking or mountain bikes are recommended.
Cycling Route R01 is 26.6 km long. The condition of the road along the whole of this Route is suitable for cyclotourism activities.
In the direction Varaždin – Dubrava Križovljanska the Route is marked with 6 road markings located at appropriate locations which correctly direct cyclotourists from the start to the finish of the route. Furthermore, there are 17 signposts to indicate a bike lane and a further 4 indicating the end of the bike lane. Along the total length of the R01 Cycling Route, 19.52 km (73.4%) of the Route is equipped with a bike lane and 7.082 km (26.6%) of the Route does not have any appropriate cycling infrastructure on the road.
In the direction of Dubrava Križovljanska – Varaždin, the Route is marked with 9 road markings located at appropriate locations which correctly direct cyclotourists from the start to the finish of the route. Furthermore, there are 18 signposts to indicate a bike lane and a further 2 indicating the end of the bike lane. Along the total length of the R01 Cycling Route, 22.5 km (85%) of the Route is equipped with a bike lane and 4.1 km (15%) of the Route does not have an appropriate cycling infrastructure on the road.
Along the R01 Cycling Route there are 2 cyclotourist rest points that are marked with appropriate signposts. The first rest point (at Svibovec Podravski) is located some 11.5 km from the start of the route (the rest point can be reached if you leave the route after 7.7 km from the start of the Route and the rest point is located 3.8 km further). The second rest point (at Veliki Lovrečan) is some 15.5 km from the point when you leave the D2 road to reach the first rest point.
On the R01 Cycling Route there are three Cyclotouristic Maps. The first is located in the City of Varaždin (on the corner of Optujska ulica and Ul. Gustava Krkleca), the second one is located at the rest point in Svibovec Podravski and a third is in Brezje Dravsko.