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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Monte Guarda/Rezijanski Skutnik

Country: Italy
Mountain: Julian Alps (Monte Guarda/Skutnik)
Length: 34,5 km
Elevation gain: 1750 m
Maximum elevation
:  1721 m
Technical difficulty: 4/5
Download GPS Track: Monte Guarda_rezijanski Skutnik_Cyclotrail
Date of ride: 26.06.2021
Suitable for E-bike: Yes

After all these lockdown periods and restrictions, we finally went in Italy and Slovenia to ride some Alpine trails. I really missed those trips. Even before lockdowns, when I was recovering from ligament rupture, I planned this two day trip to visit Skutnik (1st day) and Kanin (2nd day).
We stayed in Bovec and from there went to Oseaco/Osejane, and we encountered on problem. Road that goes across saddle was closed due to landslides and there wasn’t any warnings on internet, google maps. We found out about closed road when we stumbled on the ramp, so we had to take a longer road.
After reaching some football field, near Oseaco, we parked our car there in front of river Resia. At this point we started our ride on bikes. Almost all ascent is on asphalt road. After hut starts unpaved road and hiking section.

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