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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MTB Velebit: Visočica

Country: Croatia
Mountain: Velebit
Length: 32,5 km
Elevation gain: 1200 m
Maximum elevation
:  1619 m
Technical difficulty: 5/5
Download GPS TrackVelebit_Visočica_Cyclotrail
Date of ride: 31.07.2021
Suitable for e bike: Yes (if e-bike has push assistance)

I’ve got this gpx file from a friend of a friend. I altered it a little bit, cut down some macadam and along the way we shortened connecting macadam to the start of the route. All in all, we got great ride with hidden enduro/hiking trails that nobody rides.  That was way more than we expected from this ride.
We parked our car near camp Rizvan city and from there started our ride. First part is on flat asphalt road, and after  about 3 km we turned left on unpaved road that leads to Visočica peak. From there we continued to the end of the gravel road which comes soon after serpentines. Then starts hiking part that leads to the peak.  On the middle of the way there is mountain shelter, and near it there is rainwater tank from which we filled our bottles.

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MTB Kanin – Bovec

Country: Slovenia
Mountain: Kanin
Length: 10 km
Descent: 1850 m
Maximum elevation
:  2293 m
Technical difficulty: 5/5
Download GPS Track: Kanin_Bovec
Date of ride: 27.06.2021
Suitable for E-bike: Yes

Even though this trail is very though in perfect conditions, we had few setbacks along the way that made though trail even more difficult. At the peak there was still big amount of snow that cowered the trail, so we had a freeride on steep slope. Middle of the train was at some sections congested with baby head sized stones which where along the trail due to snow melting and avalanches. After that, grass was little bit too high and hid some rocks beneath. At the lower parts there was still leaves at the trail that make the trail fun, but also slippery and dangerous if there are stones and drops beneath. All in all, trail was very fun, and for a very long time was on my “to do list”. I think that we were probably first that rode Kanin – Bovec descent this season because we saw no tracks on the snow and at the reception they recommended us not to ride this trail yet due to snow conditions.
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