Start off in Sostro
Start off towards Sadinja vas at the stop of the city bus no. 13, between the Pri Kovaču Inn and the Church of St. Leonard , . Your first goal is Lipoglav, so turn left in Podlipoglav. This is a very popular cycling route in all seasons. In summer, in sweltering heat, it's pleasantly cool near the stream running through the shady valley, the road is ideal and traffic not too heavy. You'll be greeted by a mill called Dolenčev mlin on your right . Not quite warmed up yet, you'll find yourself in Selo pri Pancah, where you'll turn slightly right towards Lipoglav (signpost) into the valley, which narrows down to the width of the road and stream.
Let's fill our lungs
The road gradually ascends; there are a few short hairpin bends, just enough for you to fill your lungs with some fresh air from the surrounding forest, before you reach the top of the hill at a crossroads with signposts. On your left, there's a renowned cycling snack bar in Pance ; along the road going straight ahead, you'd get to Dole, but instead turn right towards Mali Lipoglav. One and a half kilometres of slightly ascending meandering through the forest and you're there. Stick to the main road and drive past the fire station on your left. After some 100 metres, the road starts descending. At the Šmarje - Sap signpost, turn perpendicularly left and then stop in the centre of Mali Lipoglav to prepare for a descent. This time, Šmarje - Sap isn't your goal, so turn left at the first intersection (at a transformer) towards Zgornja Slivnica. A beautifully renovated homestead in the centre of the village is the most eye-catching, and well worth stopping and taking a look.
After the village, a beautiful landscape and road as if created for cyclists appear. Keep descending towards the village of Perovo through the forest and if you aren't one of the most courageous, brave and fast cyclists, your brakes will be very warm by the time you reach the village. At the end of Perovo, turn left onto a wider road and then right onto an overpass above the Dolenjska motorway; you're at the beginning of the industrial area in Grosuplje.
As quickly from Grosuplje as possible
At the first crossroads , turn left towards Jerova vas; this is the shortest path through Grosuplje from this direction, but it's quite busy and thus not very cyclist-friendly, so you probably wish to get out of the town as quickly as possible. You're at the crossroads, where it may take a while before you can turn left towards Ivančna Gorica. At the roundabout which you'll reach after 100 metres, go straight ahead (direction Trebnje, Višnja Gora). The town is behind you now and you can take a break from the hustle and bustle of the town, although you're not exactly alone on the road towards Višnja Gora either.
The road towards Spodnje Blato is quite busy. In the village, an ascent starts. In some places, asphalt gets worse. You need to avoid a hole or two, but not too many, if you don't want to turn into Spodnje Brezovo. Drive straight on through the forest. In Peščenik, turn left towards Višnja Gora since you don't intend to compete with snails in Polževo (Snail's place), do you? Before reaching Višnja Gora, you're in for a well deserved descent. In Višnja Gora, go past the Auersperg Mansion to the Main Square (Glavni trg) . Once past the Main Square, you'll begin descending towards Ivančna Gorica.
A little boring
Cycling through urban places along the motorway isn't really enjoyable for some of you. To spice it up a bit, the Podsmerka Manor is on your left on the other side of the motorway before a big quarry which has eaten up almost the entire hill. Such a sad sight! Because of the quarry, the manor built in the 16th century has lost its hill, its hinterland so to speak. No wonder it's becoming more and more neglected.
From Dolenjska towards Zasavje...
Before reaching Ivančna Gorica, you can check out the old post office called the Fedransberg Manor on your left, just by the road in Malo Hudo. It was built in the 18th century and has remained virtually unchanged. In Ivančna Gorica, you'll be greeted by the Krjavelj Inn and Pizza Restaurant, located on your left. It's true that you've only left behind one third of the route, but your mouth is probably dry. At the crossroads in the centre of the town, there's an almost 2000-year old Roman milestone . You can turn left here to make a short detour to the Stična Monastery (two kilometres) or just drive straight on and, at the end of the village, turn left onto the main road towards Radohova vas. In Radohova vas, the signpost will direct you to the left towards Litija , . Drive through the pleasant, nicely arranged villages and settlements, where nature seems sun-lit even on a cloudy day. You'll reach Selo pri Radohovi vasi with a large equestrian property . Perhaps you should stop at the old Štorovje Inn . People are friendly, too. Really beautiful – for the soul and eyes , and the body as well. Push forward in hedonistic style. The Valvasor Path is one of the most popular and beautiful. Firstly, because of its excellent carriageway and diversity of the route, and secondly, because of the indescribable beauty of the surroundings of places the route runs through. Shorter, less pleasant sections through larger towns will be quickly forgotten.
...a bit uphill and a little less downhill to Bogenšperk
The Temenica Valley follows next with numerous neat homesteads, and then, after Sobrače, the road ascends a little. Its steepness is just right for your legs to feel it and get something from it. You'll soon reach the top with a turning towards Suhi Javor and go back down the hill towards Litija. You won't stop until the Renaissance Bogenšperk Castle , , a former estate of the godfather of this route, Baron Johann Weichard Freiherr von Valvasor.
Šmartno pri Litiji
From Bogenšperk Castle, you'll continue descending towards Šmartno pri Litiji, and probably think again about the ascents you'll have to make and when. At the first crossroads, turn towards Litija at the mighty Church of St. Martin , . If you're thirsty and hungry, there's the Pri Mačku Inn on your right, 50 metres from the church . The second crossroads is decisive, however. The priority road turns right towards Litija, but you need to turn left towards Zavrstnik in the direction of the Besnica Stream (signpost).
Another beautiful valley of the Reka Stream and settlement
Next up is Zavrstnik, and you're happily cycling on enjoying the tranquillity of natural beauty. If you haven't done this before, you can stock up here at the inn by the road, because you aren't getting another chance. Short hairpin bends announce the arrival of the bill for all descents; but first, best cycling pleasures offered by a drive along the beautiful valley with the stream await . Indeed; soon after Štangarske Poljane, the real thing starts at the intersection to Volčja Jama. As picturesquely put by our cyclist friend when he has to shift into lower gears, we shift gears to the end and push those pedals.
From Trebeljevo back to the valley
In the other section of the ascent, you'll probably want to stop and take a look around quite a few times . The views really are fabulous . You can see far and to both sides but that's just an excuse. You really only wanted to take a break. And, as we like to console ourselves, everything bad comes to an end; also this road straightens up at the crossroads where you need to turn right towards Prežganje, which means you'll carry on much easily along the main road towards Veliko Trebeljevo (the signpost pointing towards Ljubljana). First homesteads and holiday cottages are a sign that the top isn't far away . The path goes steeply down the hill again and, especially at the beginning, brakes have a lot of work, while there isn't much work for your legs. As you approach the Besnica Stream, the descent becomes more gradual. On your left, there's the renowned Marolt Inn and Fishery just below the road . From here, the path continues along the Besnica Stream to the village of Spodnja Besnica, which you'll reach like a bolt out of the blue so to speak. At the end of the village, turn right towards Zalog . The road descent is just right so you don't have to push too hard. Ahead of you is just another short stretch through Podgrad, which is slightly unpleasant because of the narrow carriageway, then you'll dash under the railway, turn left and drive along the priority road to Zalog.
From Zalog to Sostro
Traffic is indeed heavier here, but cycling along the River Ljubljanica is nonetheless pleasant. At the beginning of Zalog, cross the Ljubljanica and drive along the cycle lane to the grain elevator you can see in the distance. Just in front of the grain elevator, turn left across Zaloška Road onto the Rosna pot (Dewy Way - whoever thought of this name?) and dash to Kašeljska Road. Don't worry – if you're too fast, you'll get stopped by the speed humps. At the crossroads, pick the right road and then turn left onto Mazovčeva Way along which you'll cross the Ljubljanica again. The narrow asphalt road will bring you to Sostro. As houses become scarcer, join the main road which turns right at the next turn, while you drive straight on towards the church, where today's route finishes. After the route behind you and after having driven 82 kilometres, which you can feel in your legs, the question you're asking yourself is: should I go straight home or perhaps visit a nice innkeeper , to get something homemade, which will compensate for my burnt calories. The choice is yours!