ISLAND CRES 12.04.2019
The 3rd stage of 4 Islands on the island of Cres is quite special in several regards.
It is on this day that our racers will actually visit 3 islands: wake up on Rab, travel by boat to Cres and finally go to sleep on Lošinj).
We kind of consider Cres to be our Queen Stage. With the recent changes to the Krk stage, Krk has overtaken Cres in pure numbers (Krk is now longer and has more elevation changes) but Cres is still, in our opinion, the most beautiful stage. Most of our post-race polls noted Cres as the nicest stage with its combination of nature, villages, drywalls and endless singletrails…
To begin with, Cres also has the start straight from the ferry boat, with a crazy and gnarly uphill starting literally 100 meters after the start where there’s not a lot of room for overtaking. Good warming up before the race is highly recommended since the first 3km are basically straight uphill.
Once at the top, a road will take our riders across the plateau singletrail which can be quite tricky and rocky since it’s usually only used by local shepherds, sheep and goats.All the sheep-gates along the way will be open so that the nimblest and fastest among ya have some room to catch up on time, but remember to keep a distance from other riders, since it’s easy to get a puncture and/or have a crash with a rider ahead or behind you on the narrow rocky trails.
The centuries old olive orchards, which dot the island, will provide a bit of a change in scenery, allowing a glimpse into the original lifestyle of the islands and this love affair between the rock and the sea.
Leaving the orchards will then provide our riders with probably the best view on 4 Islands, a 10ish kilometers gravel road above the city of Cres, providing an amazing and unlimited view of the blue Adriatic sea – here it will be time for a decision: do you keep pumping like crazy or do you stop for a minute and just enjoy the moment.
Just ahead, the first feed zone awaits and in order to get to it, our riders will pass a short singletrail which is actually a remnant of an old Roman road that is only cleared and used once a year for the race nowadays.
The feed zone marks the beginning of another uphill section and then onward to Shepherd’s Paradise, an area of the island full of dry-walls and sheep flocks which then flow into a series of flowing and technical single-trails in a pine forest which once again opens up to offer an amazing Adriatic landscape..
Time to cross onto an old road used by local residents to travel up and down the island and then back to the singletrails slowly rising towards the second feed zone.
A series of fast gravel paths leads towards the last part of the stage, a green and swampy area that leads our riders through a completely new section of the race where different vegetation and wildlife make this part completely and radically different from the rest of the stage.
Finally, the finish in Osor, an old Roman town just on the border between Cres and Lošinj island, always turns into a sort of a party, with all riders sharing a couple of beers and lunch on the main city square and enjoy some music and socializing until they decide to go get some rest on Lošinj for the final stage.
Stage 4 - push your limits
13. April. 2019 Island LošinjFIND OUT MORE
- 2 feed zones
- push your limits uphill
- napoleon's trail
Prologue - Short and Salty
09. April 2019. Island KrkFIND OUT MORE
- steep uphill
- tehnical single trail
Stage 1 -I'm a rock-it man
10. April 2019 Island KrkFIND OUT MORE
- 2 feed zones
- moon surface
- longest trail on the race
Stage 2 - Shades of Rab
11. April 2019 Island RabFIND OUT MORE
- 2 feed zones
- premužić trail
- rajska plaža (paradise beach)