Country: Croatia/ Omiš
Territory: Cetina canyon
Length: 40,4 km
Elevation gain: 856 m
Maximum elevation: 328 m
Tehnical difficulty: 2/5
Download GPS Track: Omiš Kostanje Gata Zakučac
Date of ride: 25.03.2018
Suitable for E-bike: Yes
This route I found on some facebook page and was recommended to me from guys that rode it a few weeks before me. Three years ago, when I was in Makarska for summer vacation, I rode Makarska -Omiš – Makarska entirely on paved road, but very good part of that travel went through this route.
My starting point begins at parking spot in Omiš city, if you are riding this route at anytime except summer you will have no problem finding parking space. Elevation through the first 7 km is not worth mentioning . Then comes some steep ascent (still) on paved road. On 9th km there is a water spring on serpentine. I usually bring big amount of water with me, nevertheless I always take some time to rest near wellspring and fresh up a little bit.
This is one of the first rides that I recorded with my camera and then I didn’t know how to use it properly. Even chest mount strap, that I borrowed from a guy that kindly offered to lend me his gear until mine comes from ebay (thanks Igor from dropbike), wasn’t strapped tight enough.
On the road you have some beautiful sightseeing spots on Cetina canyon and Biokovo mountain. If you are into outdoor adventures you can try rafting. After crossing the bridge you go through Kostanje, Smolonje, Zvečanje and Zakučac villages that are parts of Dalmatinska Zagora region. From 13th to 19th century Zvečanje were a part of Poljic Republic (Poljička Republika). Poljic Republic was an autonomous community which existed in the late Middle Ages and the early modern period in central Dalmatia, near modern-day Omiš. It was organized as a “peasant’s republic” and is best known because of the Poljica Statue, first written in 1440.
After XC ride comes Leopold Mandić educational trail which requires some MTB skills. The trail provides some nice views on Cetina river and Omiška Dinara. If you think this trail is too demanding you can push your bike, and if you decide to ride it then technical difficulty would be 4/5.
Note: This route can be combined with Omiš Imber route : http://cyclotrail.com/omis-imber/