Central Loop "BIKO" - Stage 4

Žďár nad Sázavou to Litomyšl

Enjoy riding through the beautiful Bohemian-Moravian Highlands and experience local pivo!

This stage was created thanks to the kind support of

BIKO Adventures s.r.o

Stage general description

Today stage is characterized by the protected landscape area of Žďárské vrchy, the most diverse part of the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands. Pristine forests will keep you company today all the way to Policka. 

After that, typically Czech looking rolling hills all the way to Litomysl with its richly decorated Renaissance chateau which is included in the UNESCO list and the historical centre full of colourful town houses.

Today stage is harder than usual  because trains cannot be use to shorten the ride. More info in the planning section.

Minimum distance and gain:  58 km / 602 mt

Maximum distance and gain: 79 km / 758 mt

Road bike distance and gain: 63 km / 530 mt

Stage Highlights

Kratka Village

Krátká began in the 18th century as a housing colony for workers. A series of wooden and brick structures with farm buildings has been preserved. They are now protected landmark buildings that are possible to be visited.

Polička

This quaint town is the gateway into one of the most beautiful parts Bohemian-Moravian Highlands, the Žďár hills. It offers a rich cultural experience, uniqe town atmosphere and beautiful natural surroundings.

Litomyšl

Included in the UNESCO list, this city has so much culture to offer. From the clourful square over beautiful chateaus and churches to interesting museums. You will find buildings of the renaissance style as well as baroque.
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Disclaimer: Please keep in mind that although we try to keep an eye on all the loops and constantly update them also with the help of municipalities, You might still find last minute detours and unpredictable hazards on the way. So when riding Cesko Okolo you are doing it under your full responsibility 

Stages Level

Regular Stages

Regular stages are designed for avid cyclists who love to ride every cm of the loop. They are long and on many different kind of terrains. Sometimes specific sections of the route need good sense of orientation and love for maps. E-bikes strongly recommended for occasional cyclists.

Shorter Variants

Shorter variants are designed for more casual cyclists and families and combine bike and train and the easiest terrain when possible. If trains allow us we like to design two shorter versions: one slightly longer for those wh owould like to challenge themselves and one much shorter for those who want to play it safe.

Road Bike Stages

Road Bike stage are designed specifically for racing bikes so are normally long as the regular stages or more and they follow small back roads with good asphalt as much as possible. Easy gravel or patched asphalt sections are present from time to time when unavoidable but for real short distances.

Today shorter variant of the stage is a bit harder than normal as there is not much help with train. So we recommend you to plan with that. If you think that you really don't have the stage in your legs, it is possible to ride the first 50 km to Policka and from there take 3 trains (bike on board allowed, more info HERE) and get to Olomouc skipping the night in Litomysl and Stage 4 from Litomysl to Olomouc.

Regular stage - 79 km

Regular stage - 79 km

Start: Náměstí Republiky, Žďár nad Sázavou (main square)

Finish: náměstí Václava Havla, Litomyšl (main square)

Today you have another nice ride ahead. You start by retracing back your yesterday ride all the way to the Green Hill. After you pass the Unesco site you will be getting into the countryside right away and going through little villages that soon will leave room to pristine forests. (If you are a mountain biker make sure to go more south and look at the world championship track close to Nové Město na Moravě.) Soon you will get to a village called Tři studně where you have the possibility to swim in one of the two lakes if hot. After that you join the cycling path number 103 and continue riding through villages. In Kadov you change to the path number 104 going to Krátka, there it is worth stopping for the village-reservation which are village homes originally from the 18th century. Continuing further on minor road all the way to Polička. This city is a beautiful, quaint city which the locals call the “Gateway” into the most beautiful part of Bohemian-Moravian Highlands. Also offering nice restaurants and a local brewery. Cycling further on minor roads through more of Czech countryside and villages you arrive to Litomyšl. City included in the UNESCO list which offers so much culture.  

Stage lenght: 79 km / Gain: 758 m

Tired, injured, bad weather, not enough time? Here a quick tool to shorten the stages with trains in case of need.

Click on the triangles to jump to the Czech Railway website and see the timetable.

Shorter variant - 58 km

Shorter variant - 58 km

Start: Náměstí Republiky, Žďár nad Sázavou (main square)

Finish: náměstí Václava Havla, Litomyšl (main square)

Today you have another nice ride ahead. You start by retracing back your yesterday ride all the way to the Green Hill. After you pass the Unesco site you will be getting into the countryside right away and going through little villages that soon will leave room to pristine forests. (If you are a mountain biker make sure to go more south and look at the world championship track close to Nové Město na Moravě.) Soon you will get to a village called Tři studně where you have the possibility to swim in one of the two lakes if hot. After that you join the cycling path number 103 and continue riding through villages. In Kadov you change to the path number 104 going to Krátka, there it is worth stopping for the village-reservation which are village homes originally from the 18th century. Cycling further on minor roads through more of Czech countryside and villages you arrive to Litomyšl. City included in the UNESCO list which offers so much culture.  

Stage lenght: 58 km / Gain: 602 m

Tired, injured, bad weather, not enough time? Here a quick tool to shorten the stages with trains in case of need.

Click on the triangles to jump to the Czech Railway website and see the timetable.

Roadbike variant

Road bike variant

Start: Náměstí Republiky, Žďár nad Sázavou (main square)

Finish: náměstí Václava Havla, Litomyšl (main square)

Today you have a nice ride ahead. You start by cycling out of the city on of the minor roads. Getting into the countryside right away and going through little villages. In a village called Tři studně you can swim in the two lakes to refresh. After that you join the cycling path number 103 and continue riding through villages. In Kadov you change to the path number 104 going to Krátka, there it is worth stopping for the village-reservation which are village homes originally from the 18th century. Continuing further on minor road all the way to Polička. This city is a beautiful, quaint city which the locals call the “Gateway” into the most beautiful part of Bohemian-Moravian Highlands. Also offering nice restaurants and a local brewery. Cycling further on minor roads through more of Czech countryside and villages you arrive to Litomyšl. City included in the UNESCO list which offers so much culture.  

Stage lenght: 63 km / Gain: 530m

Tired, injured, bad weather, not enough time? Here a quick tool to shorten the stages with trains in case of need.

Click on the triangles to jump to the Czech Railway website and see the timetable.

Stamp book

Save, print, fold, enjoy!

Get the  specifically designed booklet where you can collect stage stamps that could be hidden in a geocache or to be found in a coffee shop, restaurant info point etc

Get your "Stage 4" stamp!

You can get your stamp at

Chateau Litomyšl , Jiráskova 93, 570 01 Litomyšl, Czechia MAPA

Opening hours: Mon – Sun 9:00 – 17:00

 

Usefull links and apps

Best maps

Mapy.cz offers local bike & hike friendly maps that works also perfectly offline.

Transport

Idos.cz is the local transport app, allyou need to travel all over the country

Weather

Meteor always knows what is coming with this local accurate satellite app

Good food

Gastromapa has the best places where to eat around you according to locals

Beer!

Brewee will always find you freshly brewed gold on your way!

Best maps

Mapy.cz offers local bike & hike friendly maps that work also perfectly offline.

Transport

Idos.cz is the local transport app, allyou need to travel all over the country

Weather

Meteor always knows what is coming with this local accurate satellite app

Good food

Gastromapa has the best places where to eat around you according to locals

Beer!

Brewee will always find you freshly brewed gold on your way!

Enjoy your destination

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Help for you and your bike

How to read the map:

Red dots: hospitals

Blue dots: bike shops

Useful numbers:

  • 150 – fire brigade.
  • 155 – rescue/ambulance.
  • 156 – metropolitan police.
  • 158 – police.

 

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This stage is brought to you by

BIKO Adventures s.r.o.

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