Moments…Blitz in time – well remembered and played all over again – in your head.
Is it a perfect piece of trail?
A beautiful landscape, new island and horizon?
A time spent with a partner?
Your personal victory, a claim you are still tough?
Find those moments at Mitas 4 Islands 2019.
Race is the place – come play with us!
ROCK THE BOAT
There you are, in your starting block, all dressed up in your fancy new 4 Islands souvenir jersey. One finger on your front brake and your shoe clicking on the metal deck, you can feel the ship slowly sway underneath as banter from hundreds of racers dressed in a kaleidoscopic jubilee of team jerseys bounces in the ship’s metal bowels. The race official is trying to out-yell the MC who keeps playing loud rock music while a flock of seagulls screams overhead, adding to the cacophony. The air smells faintly of a combination of diesel, salt, lavander, sweat and sage. Everyone’s getting ready as the music dies down and the race official, red in the face from yelling, finally sorts out the the last stragglers into starting blocks while the MC yells out minutes and seconds to start. Finally the ship siren wails like a banshee just feet above your head and in one frantic sprint you fight to get traction between your tires and the slippery metal shipdeck. The bike caravan heaves, the boat sways in response, and with one final push you finally pass the start line and make landfall. The sunrise beats into your eyes as you look ahead and see the first insane uphill of the stage and wonder: “What the hell just happened?!”
And this is only 10 seconds into the race.
Yeah, yeah, us mountain bikers are tough. It’s part of both the sport and the image, right? A bunch of wacky dudes who ride their bikes up and down mountains and gnarly forest trails and jump off cliffs and whose shins are full of scars.
Don’t make a mistake of judging us by our appearance. We still have emotions, right!?
Deep down, under the suntans and the tough skin and the mud on the face and the helmet, there is a delicate soul. We appreciate the finer things in life.
Meeting our friends early in the morning. The first coffee and warming up before the climb as you exchange gels and jokes. Ride through the town together on the way to the mountain. Riding along and meeting a fellow biker who needs a spare tire. Beating your best previous time or jumping a bigger kicker than last week. Giving your buddy a push on a tough uphill or teaching them how to ride downhill without faceplanting over the handlebars. The thrill of seeing the finish line. Yelling to your teammates to give them a kick before the final push. The beer at the finish line and having a laugh with our mates before going home. Eagerly waiting for the next ride. The memories and friends made.
It’s a fun game, this mountain biking thing. Come to play with us at Mitas 4 Islands.
WHO BUILT – Mitas 4 Islands trails?
These were all built way, way before us, starting with Roman empire all over the Adriatic some 2000 years ago, then by Napoleonic troops on the island of Lošinj in the 19th century; one on the island of Rab built by the legendary Croatian forestry engineer and mountaineer Ante Premužić almost 90 years ago.
We won’t say that this is the most beautiful race…beauty is always in the eye of the beholder.
But it’s the race along single trails on the coastline with steep climbs to the mountain tops awarding bikers with
magnificent views of unspoiled nature and villages over thousand years old….
Oh yes…we definitely can say this race is one of the most beautiful in the world!
READY TO ROCK?
Unique race in the world of MTB.
4 days, 4 stages, 4 different islands and 4 big novelties in 2019 edition