STA, 9 June 2019 - Italy's Manuel Fedele won the 38th Franja Marathon, the biggest cycling recreational event in Slovenia, on Sunday, braving 156 kilometres in a record 3 hours, 39 minutes and 38 seconds. The second and third places went to Slovenia's Dean Bratuš and Matej Lovše, respectively.
Today's 156-km and 97-km races were the highlight of the popular cycling event which brings together bicycle enthusiasts from across the country and abroad. Both races started and finished at Ljubljana's BTC shopping district.
The Marathon started on Friday with national time trial championships in a number of categories. Men's race was won by Tadej Pogačar and women's by Eugenia Bujak.
A Barjanka cycling event along the Ljubljana Marshes and a race for families and children were held on Saturday.
The three-day events have brought together more than 7,000 people.
The Franja Marathon was first staged in 1982, featuring around 700 competitors. Since then, it has attracted over 150,000 participants from over 70 countries.
Learn more about the Franja Marathon here