MTB Pelješac – sv.Ilija – Kabal trail (meat grinder)

Country: Croatia
Region: Pelješac/ st. Ilija peak
Length: 34,20 km
Elevation gain: 1200 m
Maximum elevation:  961 m
Technical difficulty: 5/5
Download GPS TrackPelješac_Kabal trail_CycloTrail
Date of ride: 22.08.2021.
Suitable for E-bike: No

Descent from st. Ilija, which I rode for the first time in 2017. with Dalibor, is one of mine favorite rides, but this time I wanted to try another trail that goes from peak st. Ilija to Ruskovići along Kabal peak (this is the reason why this trail is called Kabal trail). I was surprised when Dalibor told me that this trail is going to be even harder than the first descent. I thought that he is exaggerating, but after ride I realized it was the truth.

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MTB Velebit: Šatorina

Country: Croatia
Mountain: Velebit
Length: 32 km
Elevation gain: 985 m
Maximum elevation
:  1622 m
Technical difficulty: 5/5
Download GPS TrackSatorina_expedicija
Date of ride: 08.08.2021
Suitable for e bike: No

After visiting Sveto Brdo and Visočica peaks, positioned on south Velebit, this time we decided it is time to go little bit north and visit middle Velebit and its peak Šatorina. I heard from a friend who bikes, about this peak, he hiked there and he advised me that it could be rideable. My biggest problem about visiting this peak was that I couldn’t find any useful gpx files that had enough hiking paths. Most of those gpx tracks were XC rides with tiny portions of singletrack trails on the peak. I took one day, drew some lines on existing trails (thank you koomot, great program for that kind of planning) and hoped for the best. My biggest fear was that I choose wrong direction of the trail, or that descents weren’t bike friendly and that we would end up carrying our bikes on descents.
This would be disaster because we were going into unknown and we already carried good amount of trail uphill.


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