Not far from Prague is Kladno which is somewhat of a commuter town for those who do not live in Prague. Kladno is known as the historical birthplace of heavy industry (steel and mining) and for the past 20 years, Kladno is one of the world’s four Lego manufacturing sites. Its also the birthplace of one of the most famous Czech ice hockey players, Jaromír Jágr. Most of his professional career was in the USA. However, since 2018 he returned to Czech Republic and says he will play until he is 50.
These days the temperatures are around 10 Celsius (50 F) and is our first time really wanting to bike in colder weather given we are back into covid related restrictions and social distancing. So we plan much shorter rides as we try to gage the temperature biking and make sure we are comfortable.
An Ideal parking lot for this ride we found next to the Aquapark in Kladno (https://samk.cz/aquapark-kladno). In this sport center area there seems to be plenty to do in the park and surroundings and would be a good place for anyone who is just wanting to walk in forested trails. We did stop for a few of the geocaches, but there are too many to do this on bike. But if you are looking for quantity of caching, this is a perfect area. Below you will see a photo of a beautiful tree lit up in the dark which a group of geocachers do every year. The cache itself is rated high difficulty so we knew we weren’t going to climb to get it but we were happy we stopped and read about it. You will find this majestic tree on the right after passing point 7 (for more info and more Christmas decorated tree pictures see https://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC7JTTW).
The whole ride was mostly on the nicely maintained bike paths, with the exception of point 3 to 4 and especially 10 to 11, where you have to pay attention riding on a thick layer of slippery autumn leaves. It was inevitable to use some regular roads, but there was only a very little stretch with more busy traffic.
https://en.mapy.cz/s/retotegamo 28km and 257 m elevation gain