MOUNTAIN BIKING IN CROATIA

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

On our third day we cycled through the Velebit National Park up to the Zavizan Mountain Hut. In total that day we climbed 2,000 meters. The last few km's hurt so much but well worth it when arriving at the top to an ice cold beer. Accommodation that night is in the hut which is n't ideal as you've to share a room with everyone else but don't let that put you off as its part of the experience & the food, batter, craic was great fun. Its a once off, you're on holidays so part of the excitement!

What did you think of your group leader?

Vladimir is excellent, he's a great leader/guide. Over 70% was off-road cycling on gravel tracks. I was more used to tarmac cycling but Vladimir was excellent the way he looked out for me & everyone else making sure all were safe & not falling behind. He's very proud of his country by pointing out great scenery while we were cycling along, he's very knowledgeable filling us in about Croatia. He's also got a great sense of humour & was fun to sit down with for a few beers in the evening. The support car was driven by Pjer, who again is extremely nice & pleasant. Both guys work very well together & could not have treated us any better.  

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Be fit enough prior to going as that way you'll enjoy it more. There's 6 days cycling in a row which was fantastic as a lot of these trips take a one day break after 3 or 4 days.  Also if you're wondering about night life & if you're female .... what to pack, Its very casual & quite we mainly stayed having drinks in the hotel we were staying in overnight. It was very relaxed but still prefect all the same after a day of cycling. 

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Croatia is a gorgeous country, well worth a visit especially on a bike so definitely go ahead & book it. The accommodation is the normal exodus type accommodation which is fine & the evening accommodation in the mountain hut is a once off experience so don't let that put you off the holiday, its still well worth doing it.