Ever since his childhood, Ales was known for his adrenaline junkie persona. He soon developed an interest in all different kind of sports. However, he lost his heart to the mountain bike. Eventually, Aleš got his first professional MTB in 2001, joining the bicycle club “Pazin“. As no way was too far for him to train on his beloved bike, he took the loss of cycling countless kilometers to and from training in another city.
Since then, Ales took part in various races and competitions and became a member of the Croation national mountain bike marathon team due to his hard work in 2009. To find out about his achievements, just have a look below!
When Ales turned 28, his wish to ride a bike from Buzet in Istria to Buzet in France finally came true. In only 10 days, he traveled 1800km, visited countless towns and villages and ate tons of excellent French Pain-au-Chocolate. Arriving in France, he enjoyed a warm welcome and was greeted with wide open arms by the people of French Buzet. Until today, he considers this trip to be a “once in a lifetime“ adventure.
Encouraged by his trip to France, Aleš decided to open up his own company “Outdoor Mania“ to pass on his experience and knowledge to all interested local and foreign tourists, lovers of nature and, of course, cycles in 2014. His deep knowledge of the area, his love for the Istrian countryside is omnipresent in all his tours. Being on a bike thereby gives everyone the chance to see and experience places hidden away in the Istrian hinterland.
In early 2018, Ales decided to expand his services for guests and now offers – next to bike rental and guiding – all-inclusive tours, featuring accommodation, day trips, and many other fun things. Furthermore, tours are no longer restricted to Istria but are available in areas all over Europe. All these changes came along with opening up the second website www.outdoor-mania.eu, allowing costumers to check on new offers and to keep posted about the latest adventures. However, the original website www.outdoor-mania.hr will remain active.