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Slovenian cycling enthusiasts flock to Kranjska Gora to honour the “Pony”

Slovenian cycling enthusiasts flock to Kranjska Gora to honour the "Pony"

Kranjska Gora cycling Cyclists who take up the challenge on their Pony bikes are going to feel every bump as they head from Kranjska Gora…

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Kranjska Gora cycling Cyclists who take up the challenge on their Pony bikes are going to feel every bump as they head from Kranjska Gora up Vrsic. (Photo credit: AFP) Adding a revival and carnival atmosphere to the event, participants are invited to dress or wear outfit from the period when the Pony bikes were produced

It is most cyclists’ first time but they believe they "will make it to the peak"

Nearby, 64-year-old pensioner Franci Valas, with a pair of old soccer boots and a ball, is ready for his seventh race

Thousands of Slovenian cycling enthusiasts flocked to the mountain resort of Kranjska Gora on Saturday to honour the "Pony", a formidable 20-inch-wheel foldable bicycle, in an uphill race that has little to do with the country’s world cycling champions. The little city bicycle was produced in Slovenia — the home of Grand Tour winners Tadej Pogacar and Primoz Roglic — between 1965 and 1985 with millions sold throughout the former Yugoslavia. "At the time it was the only small wheel bicycle available and everybody had it, anyone over 40 must have had one," Tomaz Kosir, one of the organisers of the Goni Pony uphill race, told AFP.

"The idea was to put together this legendary bike and the legendary Vrsic pass," said Kosir.

It is an imaginative idea although perhaps not an obvious marriage — a gearless bike with tiny wheels being asked to flog up the highest mountain pass in Slovenia, indeed the highest across the Julian […]

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