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.

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It’s very hard for me to write something that is not about bikes and rides, so this will probably be one of the hardest text I will write on this website.  This year, a lot has happened in my life. At the end of 2017. moved (temporary) from Zagreb to Dalmatia (southern part of Croatia) and had a lot of time for myself. I’ve read books, blogs, rode my bike and explored some local trails. During 2018. I’ve met a lot of people, and it is very interesting how people can connect around such simple thing as bike.

Usually I don’t like to expose myself. I haven’t got real facebook name, or a profile picture, so this blog will be real exit from comfort zone. I will write about my riding, and try to help people who don’t know where to go to explore trails. I haven’t seen any website (in Croatia) that has video documentation of trails and rides in one place. There is a few, but there is no information about rides. There are many quality websites that have very good information, but there isn’t any video documentation, so my idea is to make website that has all.

In the middle of the 2018. I bought action camera and gimbal and there started to breath idea to document and share my rides. Because I’m not so skilled rider main goal of videos will be visualization of landscapes and information about routes.

My bike fetishes are all mountain and bike&hike rides flavoured with beer (and the other way around), but there will also be and xc rides. So, enough “talk”, lets try to relive rides… 


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