SOME INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT BOVEC
- In 2007, part of the movie Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian was shot close to Bovec.
- On 22 June 2012 the Bovec Local Tourist Organisation gained attention for having a pictogram “no homosexuals wanted” placed on their accommodation catalogue. It was a mistake, because the Bovec tourist organisation wanted to use the pictogram “homosexuals welcome”. The catalogue has been removed from the circulation and the pictogram blackened. It has also been removed from the organisation’s web page.
The 16 kilometer drive from Bovec to Tarvisio (Cave del Predil) took approximately 33 minutes. We gained three-thousand feet of vertical and lost three-thousand feet of vertical feet. We drank Super Cok and listened to Solvenian Talk Radio. Nobody was on the narrow & ancient path-like road twisting and snaking up the near-vertical dark & wooded hillside. We sped.
Near the sign-in in Cave del Predil a young man introduced himself to me. His name is Klemen Cepirlo, he is the owner operator of pici-bici.com, an online fixed gear bicycle retailer. He recognized me from a Castelli (our official and beloved underwriter and sponsor) Instagram photo in which I wore a Camouflage Poler Hat, the very same hat on my head this morning. He explained that he is a big fan of Manual for Speed, he also wished us luck with our Manual for Speed kit sales. In addition to being friendly and awesome, Klemen, who looks like any number of cyclists living and riding in Portland, Oregon on any given day, made my morning. Thank you Klemen for one of the nicest most spectacularly random events of my life. For some insight into to just how random that was here is some information about Cave del Predil:
“Cave del Predil (Raibl until 1918), pop. 390, famous from the Pre-Roman age, began to extract lead and zinc in the 1300’s. They were particularly successful between the two World Wars. The mines were finally closed down in 1919 to build a museum there.”
– FIGHT FOR PINK
That’s it, that’s all Cave del Predil has to say about itself.
After the start we drove the course to the top of Sella Ciampigotto. At the top of Sella Ciampigotto we had an two-hour-long Alpine Experience including high-centering the rental Ford C-Max in a meadow, public Oompahing and driving the World’s Most Technologically Advanced Switchbacks.