Sibiu and North East Hills

Sibiu and the North East Hills

A tough but rewarding and extremely scenic ride around the hills surrounding historic Sibiu. A very worthy 100km ride in the amazing Romanian hills.

Cycling in Romania is a delight. There is so much history around you and the beautiful landscapes. Sibiu is at the heart of cycling in Transylvania and Romania, sitting beneath the Carpathian Mountains, it has some of the best road cycling and best mountain biking in Romania and indeed in Europe.


Sibiu Road Cycling

Distance and ascent: 67 km and 843 metres of climbing

Route

  1. Head north from Sibiu and climb through Sura Mare and Sarba.
  2. Continue on the route 14 to Slimric. At Sieca Mare turn off the 14 onto the minor rural road 141A towards Metis, where the road steepens as you climb to the high point of the ride.
  3. Descend to the road junction with the A106, turning right, through Altana and roll through beautiful countryside and meadows back towards Sibiu.
  4. There’s one finalshort climb near Bavaria Stadt before you descend back to Sibiu and coffee.
  5. Now head back into historic Sibiu and enjoy the evening 🙂

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Sibiu and its Parks

Sibiu and its Parks

 This is a superb evening or morning ride around the outskirts of this historic city, taking in the beautiful city park.

Cycling in Romania is a delight. There is so much history around you and the beautiful landscapes. Sibiu is at the heart of cycling in Transylvania and Romania, sitting beneath the Carpathian Mountains, it has some of the best road cycling and best mountain biking in Romania and indeed in Europe.

Sibiu Road Cycling

Distance and ascent: 37km and 416 metres of climbing

Route

  1. Start from the centre of town and ride to Aleea Calaretilor and through towards the Zoological Gardens and park.
  2. Ride along before joining the road at the 106A, then turn right and ride to Poplaca, before heading back towards Sibiu and again into the park.
  3. Repeat part of the circuit, before turning off the road on the 106D towards Cisnadioara.
  4. Ride through Piata Noua and back to Sibiu via Sevis.
  5. Now head back to historic Sibiu and enjoy the evening 🙂

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Romania and the Transalpina

Romania & The Transalpina


Larisa Chinces, deputy editor

Another superb climbing route by Larisa Chinces, close to historic Sibiu in Transylvania, this route takes in the famous Transalpina road, with its epic twists and turns, testing the very best of climbers.


Sibiu to Start of Transfagarasan


Distance and ascent: 75.91 km and 1206 metres elevation reached

Route

1. This ride starts in the small town of Meircurea Sibiului, to the west of the city of Sibiu. Ride west along the E81 and turn off onto the DJ106f road signed to Gorbova, a town famed for its hill top church.

2. In Garbova, follow the road right, as you see another spired church with a clock ahead of you, and ride over the small multi-coloured bridge, staying on the main road in the direction of Calnic (signed). Calnic is reached after 17km and the rolling roads start to become more testing.

3. At Calnic take the DJ670C road just before the small village green, signed to Sasciori. Riding in open country,the road climbs steeply, before dropping through the village of Dumbrava as it twists and turns to Sasciori. At Sasciori turn left and join the famous Transalpina road and start the journey to the higher hills.

4. Climbing steadily now, at the 38km point of the ride, a junction left is signed for the town of Jina. Take this and follow the road as it continues to rise and the road reaches Dobra at the 45 km point. The climbing now steepens to epic proportions as the tight bends guide you up the famous climb.

5. Heading through the town of Jina, the legs will be tiring, and trees are reached, with beautiful high country meadows on either side of the road too. Finally the summit is reached and the sweeping descent begins, with an initial few kilometres of gentle descending, before the awesome and technical speedy fall to the valley below. All that’s left is to enjoy the epic ride to its conclusion, and find a coffee shop back in historic Sibiu, to relive the awesome route with friends.

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Daia Romana Circuit

Daia Romana Circuit near Sibiu

Larisa Chinces, deputy editor

This is a superb route, with some excellent climbs thrown in. Sibiu sits in the midst of some beautiful hills and mountains, and this ride, from our deputy executive editor, Larisa, draws on her cycling knowledge and experience to explore the climbs to the west of this historic city.

Cycling in Romania is a delight. There is so much history around you and the beautiful landscapes. Calnic fortified church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and well worth a stop off and visit.


Sibiu to Start of Transfagarasan

Distance and ascent: 85km and 2960 feet of climbing

Route

1. Starting from Cunta, take the road signed to Drasov. Follow this road as it heads to Vingard, and after Ghiroom, take the road that swings around and climbs to Hapria.

2. Stay on this road as it twists left at Teleac, passing Drambar, to the junction with the bridge at Haţegan Octavia. Turn left onto the E81 towards Sebes, where you turn off right on the local road 67C towards Petresti and stay on this to Sasciori town.

3. Pick up the 670C localroad and climb through the countryside towards Calnic, home to historic Fortress Câlnic. At Calnic take the 106F, through Garbova, before you rejoin the E81 and head left back to your start point.

Now head back to historic Sibiu and enjoy the evening 🙂

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Transalpina

Sibiu and Transfagarasan Highway

Sibiu to Transfagarasan


Larisa Chinces, deputy editor

I’m not an expert of cycling, neither road cycling nor mountain biking, but one thing I am sure about and that thing is that I love cycling from the depth of my heart! I became addicted to cycling 4 years ago. I started with mountain biking and I immediately fell in love. After 1 year I hopped on the road bike and loved it too. Starting cycling was a life changing experience.

Cycling in Romania is a delight. There are a lot of beautiful trails or roads in the mountains and in the forests. The nature is wild, and not modified by mankind. I live in the heart of Romania, Transylvanian region, in a small town named Sibiu. The city is surrounded by mountains which are not so far away and very accessible to get there by car or bus.

We believe that this is one of the great rides in Europe. We’ve split the gpx files,so that if you want to, you can simply ride out to the start of the climb. Adding the two files together will however produce an awesome road cycling trip.


Distance and ascent

  1. Sibiu to start = 46km climbing to 335 metre elevation
  2. Trasfagarasan itself = 83km rising to height of 2262 metre from start

Once you arrive at the base of the road for the Transfagarasan itself, the journey ahead is up to you; here’s the route profile for the climb (below).


Sibiu to start of Tranfagarasan

Tranfagarasan climb

 

Route

My favorite climb is on the Transfagarasan road to Bâlea Lake. This spectacular ribbon of road was built between 1970 and 1974, and has some of the most historic tourist attractions in Romania nearby. The fortress of Poienari at 1480 metres was built in the 13-14th centuries, extended later by Vlad the Impaler, also known as Dracula. Next is the famous Vidraru Dam, one of the largest dams in the world and in several movies. The glacial lake of Balea,freezes in the cold season, when a church and a hotel made of ice are built each year.

The road itself is approximately 90km long, and it’s a great attraction for tourists, due to it’s breathtaking landscapes, being totally sublime and spectacular for visiting. The route is very special, due to the scenery encountered, with so many dangerous curves that twist and turn and challenge you, high level differences, cliffs and gullies as well as steep waterfalls. The road climbs to an altitude of 2,042 metres (6,699 ft), making it the second highest mountain pass in Romania after the Transalpina.

Riding from the centre of Sibiu, taking in the road and the lakes and forests, makes a great ride of over 140 km, very challenging for a real two day adventure, as part of a Romania Bikecation.

It's a winding road, dotted with steep hairpin turns, long S-curves, and sharp descents. The road is usually closed from late October until late June because of snow. Depending on the weather, it may remain open until as late as November, or may close even in the summer. However, whenever you visit it, the scenery will always be beautiful - it's my spectacular home, my Romania, so visit soon.

Tranfargarasan Road Larisa Chinces

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Sibiu to start of climb


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