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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Samoborsko gorje & Žumberačko gorje: Oštrc – Plešivica – Okić

Country: Croatia
Mountain: Samoborsko & Žumberačko gorje
Length: 38,5 km
Elevation gain: 1700 m
Maximum elevation
:  779 m
Technical difficulty: 5/5
Download GPS Track: Oštrc_Plešivica_Okić_Cyclotrail
Date of ride: 24.04.2021.
Suitable for E-bike: Yes

Last couple of weeks we spent most of our exploring mtb rides near Samobor. I’ve seen many interesting trails in these hills above Samobor. This weekend Andrej and I decided to visit Oštrc, Okić and Pleševica and connect them with as much as possible trails staying away from paved road. We parked in Samobor, and from there went for Rude, and followed unpaved road for mountain hut Ivica Sudnik . From there we continued with steep technical trail to Oštrc. After little refreshing in the hut beneath Oštrc we continued to Braslovlje with steep spiral trail which looks like little canal. It is very fun to ride. After this first descent we continued with paved road to Žumberak. After reaching house Poljica ( there you can eat or drink) we continued on paved road and after 2 km we turned left for unpaved road which later becomes very very steep. On the junction to peak Plešivica we turned left and from there pushed our bikes for second descent that ends again at house Poljica. Then again we continued with the same paved road and turned on unpaved road after 2 km, but this time on the junction we went right.
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