Mountain biking Croatia

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Probably sitting outside the mountain hut at the end of the second day with a cold beer, taking in magnificent views of mountains in one direction and the sea in the other with the rest of the group after a strenuous day on the bike.

What did you think of your group leader?

We had 2 local staff on this trip: Vlado the cyclist and Pjer the van driver. Two contrasting personalities, they complemented each other well. Vlado, lean and fit, a multiple cycling champion of the former Yugoslavia, kept the group together and happy with a mix of firm direction and a dry sense of humour. Pjer, former Croatian TV personality and much more than a simple van driver, was the epitome of the cool dude and the perfect foil to Vlado. They did a great job and we learnt a lot about Croatia as we travelled around.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

This is a really good trip: the grading at moderate/challenging is probably about right. There are some long climbs, so a reasonable level of fitness will help you get the best from the trip. While none of the descents is overly technical, there's enough to keep you on your toes with an adrenaline rush every now and again.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I really enjoyed the week and it was a pleasure to spend time with such a nice group of people. Croatia is a beautiful country and, on a personal note, very good for vegetarians. The only reason I haven't given the trip 5 stars is the tarmac/off road ratio suggested in the trip notes (75/25) is in reality probably more like 50/50.