MOUNTAIN BIKING IN CROATIA

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Descending by mountain bike from the Zavisan mountain hut on a cool clear Summer morning,torn between staying safely on the bike and absorbing the views of the surrounding Velebit mountains,was a memorable moment. A different but equally unforgetable experience was watching the sun sink gently into the darkening blue Adriatic from the terrace of our small hotel in the coastal town of Novigrad.  

What did you think of your group leader?

Our Croatian leader on this trip was a strong and confident individual who took his leadership responsibilities very seriously and sometimes ,because of this, came across as being somewhat autocratic. He was also  a very competent mountain-biker who ensured that we all completed the trip without mishap.   The assistant leader/vehicle driver was a gregarious character whose English was excellent and his knowledge of  cycling and bikes extensive.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

My advice for potential travellers to Croatia is - Develop your knowledge and awareness of Croatia's recent history and learn a few useful words of Croatian.Ensure that your mountain-biking skills and fitness are of a relatively high standard !

Is there anything else you would like to add?

The local Croatian beer was very nice and the food,generally,was good or very good but take your own favourite nosh when you go to the mountain hut. I would also suggest ear-plugs for this overnight! Apart from that and "dodgy" toilets a visit to the mountain hut should not be missed. Finally,as a road cyclist and sometimes off-roader I would take issue with the statement in the  Trip Notes "off road experience advisable but not essential" and suggest that it should simply state - "off road experience advisable"