MTB Papuk – Orahovica

Country: Croatia
Mountain: Papuk
Length: 62,95 km (4 shuttle rides)
Elevation gain: 2473 m
Maximum elevation:  766 m
Technical difficulty: 3/5
Download GPS Track: MTB Papuk_Orahovica_Cyclotrail
Date of ride: 04.01.2020.
Suitable for E-bike: Yes

Papuk is the largest mountain in Slavonia, it extends between Bilogora, Krndija, Ravna gora and Psunj. Its peak Papuk is at 953 meters above sea. Even though Slavonia highlands (such as Papuk) are not higher than 1000 meters, they are very noticeable in the landscape because surrounding alluvial fields which are mostly not higher than 100 meters above sea. Usually I don’t go on shuttle rides, so this vacation in my hometown was a perfect time to use selfinvitation with weekend warriors and join them on Papuk trails. Weekend warriors are enthusiasts from Osijek who travel almost every weekend from Osijek to Orahovica to dig or ride trails on Papuk. They also organize Papuk extreme challenge. Usually I’m not very good at jumping gaps and kickers, so this shuttle dh session was ideal for some practice. It is actually very good feeling when you are going on descent still fresh. This is probably the best way to work on downhill technique, in one day I descended my 2 weeks quota.

It is good to know that near my hometown I have such amazing trails, now every time when I’m going to visit my parents I will consider bringing my bike. They have everything, drops, little gaps, big gaps, gaps over trees, kickers, flow sections, natural singletracks, ground surfaces, rocky sections and wooden elements. Too bad local community is not supporting WW, when I see what they accomplished without them, I can only imagine what they are capable with little money injection. I’m always happy when something good is happening in Slavonia, specially something proactive and healthy. I’m sure I will soon ride again with Weekend warriors.

Construction works on Orahovica bike park that Weekend Warriors shared with me.

 

Note: If you want to ride this trails you can download gpx file that I put on my website, but probably the best way to familiarize with Orahovica trails is to contact Weekend Warriors and join them on couple of shuttle rides.

Map of route:

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