On Sunday August 18th, 2019 I will start my fourth PBP. What is PBP? A legendary cycling event is with 1.200km the longest running cycling event that is still organised periodically, every four years to be exact. 12 years have passed since my first one, but I still remember it like yesterday, A beautiful cycling event in a beautiful country, where people love cycling and treat cyclists accordingly. Everyone of 6.000+cyclists that tackle the legendary event is treated like a hero. The atmosphere at PBP is awesome and indescribable. 

To get to know the feeling, you have to try it yourself. Join us in 2023 first at the qualifying brevets in Slovenia and then in Paris in August! I am enclosing a few photographies from PBP 2011 and 2015.

To je bila Markova deseta udeležba na Race across kot tekmovalca. Do sedaj je dirkal osemkrat kot posameznik in enkrat kot član dvočlanske ekipe s Tomažem Perčičem. Z doseženimi tremi tretjimi in enim drugim mestom, je eden izmed najuspešnejših kolesarjev v zgodovini dirke, cilj letos pa je bil ponovno boriti se za zmago, vsaj tisto v kategoriji nad 50 let in potegovati se za rekord trase v taisti kategoriji.

In a few days another great adventure begins, we call it Race Across America = RAAM. This will be Marko’s 10th participation since his first in 2003 and in the first nine, he has had three 3rd places and one 2nd, so the only thing missing is a victory. We are going for it again next week!

As usually Marko has spent the last days in Borrego Springs, preparing for the heat expected during the race, which is supposed to be from 100-112F for the first couple of days. The photos are from Borrego where a large number of RAAM/RAW competitors gather to acclimatise to the heat.

It is not a secret that I love cycling and the Race across America. It is the race that has changed my life. I participated in it nine times as a competitor and two times in another role (once as a crew chief and once as an official). On every one of those races I have learned something new about the race and myself. I want to use that knowledge to improve my best result in the race. My best time is 9 days and 2 hours and I am certain that despite my age I am still able to improve on my best result. My goal is to join an elite group of ultra-cyclists that managed to finish the race in less than 9 days. Can I win? All I can promise is that together with my crew, we will do our best. RAAM victory certainly would be the highlight of my cycling career.

So, we are going to RAAM, my 10th participation in the toughest cycling race in the World! I will do my best to have my best race ever and to show the young lads how it is done.

You can be a part of my RAAM, too. Help me raise the needed budget by sponsoring one of the RAAM Time Stations. Check the details HERE. Thank you!

Odločili smo se, da organiziramo novo ultra-kolesarsko dirko v Sloveniji - SLOULTRA. Prva izvedba dirke bo organizirana 25.-26. maja 2019, s startom in ciljem v ljubljanskem BTC Cityju. 

To do the Bike Sebring 12/24/Century Ride/RAAM Qualifier was a last minute decision, in part due to the freezing winter in Slovenia and part that it is sort of my traditional preparation race for #RAAM.

 

 

I drank 23,2l of fluids, more exact 31 bottles of 7dcl and 3x5dcl of water.

 

The calorie intake:

Together 9.100kCal

 

The calories burned:

15.600kCal (source TrainingPeaks)

As a preparation for his 10th RAAM 2019, Marko organizes the 14th Indoor Cycling for a Charity! This year the funds raised will be use to buy bicycles for kids that otherwise could not afford it, through Zveza prijateljev mladine Moste-Polje. Join Marko on Zwift and make a donation through DONATE link on Marko's website or through PayPal to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


You can find Marko on Wattopia from Friday January 25th at noon until Saturday January 26th 2019 at noon.

Livestream here

Supporters: Vzivo Prenos * jrobic.com * BTC City * Zveza prijateljev mladine * Hervis 

It's t-shirt fundraiser time! Front of shirt has Marko's logo "BalohCycling" and on the back is his RAAM racing number #279, mention that it will be his 10th RAAM & his website.

The price for a T-shirt is 20€.

Need it shipped? No problem add 5€ for International shipping, 3€ for Slovenia, message me!

 

 

The 24h World Championships race was a late edition to my season, as I thought I just couldn’t afford it with all the resources going for RAAM 2019. But my sponsors decided to help me out with the expenses, so I was in, a couple of months prior to the race. Winning the Tortour in Masters Category while also challenging for the podium with the young guns in August, left me thinking I should probably be able to add another 500+ miles result in Borrego. It would be my 4th time in a row doing 500+ miles in 24h.

Pretekli vikend je Marko nastopil na Svetovnem prvenstvu v 24-urnem kronometru v Borrego Springsu (ZDA). Na dirki, ki pomeni zaključek sezone za ultra-kolesarje, se je zbralo skoraj 200 tekmovalcev. Konkurenca je iz leta v leto močnejša, letos so bili prisotni tekmovalci in tekmovalke iz 16 držav, na čelu s petkratnim zmagovalcem RAAM-a avstrijcem Strasserjem. Dirka poteka s startom in ciljem v središču Borrego Springsa in poteka 22,5 ur na 29km dolgem krogu, v zadnji uri in pol pa tekmovalce preusmerijo na krajši krog dolžine 7,7km.

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