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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MTB Velebit: Sveto Brdo

Country: Croatia
Mountain: Velebit
Length: 32,5 km
Elevation gain: 1400 m
Maximum elevation
:  1751 m
Technical difficulty: 5/5
Download GPS Track: Sveto Brdo_Cyclotrail
Date of ride: 05.06.2021
Suitable for E-bike: No

Finally, a serious ride on Velebit. Even though this is not my first MTB ride on Velebit, it is first ride on Velebit with proper trails. Few years ago I was visiting Velebit couple of times, but that were mostly XC rides. Žac invited me to go with him, Miroslav, Vjeko and Dino. It was already my plan to visit Sveto Brdo, so he didn’t have to ask me twice.

Before going on Velebit, we checked weather conditions, it is very important to avoid hot summer days. Could be very hot. We caught probably one of the last weekends when it is possible to go on Sveto Brdo without risking heat stroke. We started from Zagreb very early by car and from Sveti Rok went by Majstorska cesta (name of the road)  close to famous “Tulove grede”  and parked our car near.

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Poštak hike & bike

Country: Croatia
Mountain: Poštak
Length: 10 km
Elevation gain: 820 m
Maximum elevation
:  1425 m
Technical difficulty: 5/5
Download GPS Track: Bike & Hike Poštak_Cyclotrail
Date of ride: 23.05.2021.
Suitable for E-bike: Yes (if e-bike has push assistance, lots of pushing your bike)

This route starts from a place called Otrić, near train station which doesn’t look like train station. Is is a actually a container. We parked our car on parking lot of train station, there is enough space. In the foothill of Poštak was exchange of mail between Austro-Hungaria and Turkey, so thats the origin of mountains name. Few centuries ago, this was mybe alive place, but now, nobody lives here anymore. All the houses are overgrown by vegetation, and beneath Poštak there is only one container with a worker and a dog (tornjak) that makes him company. Dog was having a higlight of the month when he saw two cyclists, but he didn’t show signs of agressivness.He was barking on us, It wasn’t dangerous but it was a little bit intimidating, especially if you are alone. Path that leads to a peak is pretty straightforward. It is one way up, and on the same trail down. It starts on East side beside container and goes through  the tunnel under rails and foollows unpaved road that soon becomes singletrack. First few hundred meters you can pedal, but as you reach the hiking trail you need to push your bike to the top with few pedable exceptions.
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