Prenj – Velika Kapa

Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Mountain: Prenj, Velika Kapa Peak
Length: 44,60 km
Elevation gain: 1870 m
Maximum elevation:  2007 m
Technical difficulty: 5/5
Download GPS Track: Prenj Velika Kapa
Date of ride: 20.05.2018.
Suitable for E-bike: No

Expedition to Velika Kapa peak was the day after XC ride to Borašnica. I was very excited because this was my first bike trip 2000 meters above sea level. In Croatia there are no mountains higher than 1850 meters, and just mountain Prenj has 11 peaks over 2000 meters (Velika Kapa is one of them). Usually, when I go alone, or with my friends on biking or hiking trip I study the route and collect all useful informations, but today I was going with experienced mountainbikers, hikers and skiers from BiH, so I only had to enjoy the panoramic views and nature. It is a nice feeling when you don’t have to worry about on where to turn right/left on next intersection.

When we started the route there was 20 of us, but only 7 of us (Đani, Ivo, Kevre and me with bikes and Emir, Dragan and Božo on foot) decided to go on Velika Kapa peak. The rest of the group went to visit Tisovica valley. I heard a lot about this valley, and after seeing it from above I decided that I will visit it once.

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Dubrovnik – Srđ

Country: Croatia
City/Hill: Dubrovnik/Srđ
Length: 21,3 km
Elevation gain: 495 m
Maximum elevation: 425 m
Tehnical difficulty: 2/5
Download GPS Track: Dubrovnik Srđ
Date of ride: 05.05.2018
Suitable for E-bike: Yes

When I was young, my parents worked in Dubrovnik during summer and they used to take me with them, so I lived there for three years during summer periods. As you see, beside biking and sightseeing I had another motives to visit this ancient town. While I was traveling from Ploče to Dubrovnik I tried to remember some streets, shops, old market and beach where I used to play with my sister. For me, this route is not very attractive, and I think that the beauties that you will see while walking on streets in the old town exceeds the scenes from this route, but Dubrovnik is very crowded during whole year, so this cycling route is perfect escape from crowded spaces and great opportunity to see Dubrovnik from above. You can get there by car, but that is not my cup of tea, and I always appreciate the view more if I make some effort to get to the top.

This time I decided to go on on hill called Srđ that is positioned behind of walled city Dubrovnik. Srđ is part of Dinaric Alps and at it top has large cross and defensive structure built by French during Napoleonic wars.

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Omiš – Kostanje – Gata – Zakučac

Country: Croatia/ Omiš
Territory: Cetina canyon
Length: 40,4 km
Elevation gain: 856 m
Maximum elevation: 328 m
Tehnical difficulty: 2/5
Download GPS Track: Omiš Kostanje Gata Zakučac
Date of ride: 25.03.2018
Suitable for E-bike: Yes

This route I found on some facebook page and was recommended to me from guys that rode it a few weeks before me. Three years ago, when I was in Makarska for summer vacation, I rode Makarska -Omiš – Makarska entirely on paved road, but very good part of that travel went through this route.

My starting point begins at parking spot in Omiš city, if you are riding this route at anytime except summer you will have no problem finding parking space. Elevation through the first 7 km is not worth mentioning . Then comes some steep ascent (still) on paved road. On 9th km there is a water spring on serpentine. I usually bring big amount of water with me, nevertheless I always take some time to rest near wellspring and fresh up a little bit.

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