The final word from our host Mario Dobrić
Well boys and girls, the last nails in the coffin of the 2019 edition of Mitas 4 Islands have finally been hammered in and all loose ends tied up.
Those of you who joined us this year know that we made some introductions and changes that have definitely been well accepted by our veteran riders and welcomed by all of our new racers. The prologue stage has put us in a bit of a strange situation since the name of the race is 4 Islands but it now has a total of 5 days of riding…
The final word from our host Mario Dobrić
Well boys and girls, the last nails in the coffin of the 2019 edition of Mitas 4 Islands have finally been hammered in and all loose ends tied up, but we’re already working hard on our 2020 edition.
Those of you who joined us this year know that we made some introductions and changes that have definitely been well accepted by our veteran riders and welcomed by all of our new racers.
The prologue stage has put us in a bit of a strange situation since the name of the race is 4 Islands but it now has a total of 5 days of riding…
First of all,
the weather gave us a bit of a hard time again, not as bad as last year, but still there was a permanent looming possibility of true rainstorms. In the end, it was only “normal” rain and wind that our riders faced on the islands, and everything that came along with it – slippery rocks, muddy roots, gnarly downhill sections, open wounds and stitches, broken derailleurs, you know, the usual Croatian mountain biker pass-times.
The competition was,
once again, a notch higher and tougher than ever, with many returning riders competing again trying to break their old records while others switched categories to try and see how the race looks from a different perspective.
2018 STEPPING STONE
unpredictable weather and going one step beyond
Everyone agreed that this year’s race was definitely the toughest yet. This is true in multiple dimensions: from the technicality of the trails themselves to the raised level of teams competing in the elite categories, from the number of injuries and equipment breakages to the raised standards and increased challenges due to the inclusion of Mitas 4 Islands into the UCI family – the race has definitely moved on to the next level.
Four islands, four seasons and one race
Text by: Wouter Cleppe
it was already the third edition of this iconic race on the islands in the north of Croatia. From the first editions, I remember a very high level of organization, great trails, incredible views, good atmosphere and some millions of rocks. While last year I participated as a racer with podium ambitions, this year would be something new for me: ride the event as a trainingcamp as I am suffering from overtraining after having too much fun in the cold winter months.
And what a holiday it was!
If I loved it as a race..
…The unique places, the views, the every day changing conditions on the different islands, the hotels, the atmosphere, well, I think this race is the closest way of combining a real exotic holiday feeling with a mountainbike race and it works perfect! I raced, I felt on a holiday, I enjoyed it again to the maximum.
I can only hope
new islands will pop out of the sea to make it a 5 or 6 island race,
or, after seeing plan B for day 2, to make more loops and get a longer race to have even more fun!
The organisers are growing with the race, experience is paying of already and great things became even better!! I am already curious for the 2018 edition!
Croatia makes dreams come true
Text by: Marius Holler
These days superlative phrases are used recklessly. However, for the 4 Islands stage race in Croatia words like paradise, epic and awe inspiring truly fit. With rocky trails, shady pine forests and olive groves, the islands of Krk, Rab, Cres and Losinj provide the perfect ingredients for a stunning MTB stage race…
...The islands of Croatia
and the 4 Island stage race fulfills everything
a mountain bikers mind dreams of. Perfect trails leading through absolutely stunning scenery, light pine forests alternating with open rocky fields and long sections of the race track taking the riders right next to the ocean. All together this makes deeply satisfied participants…
2015 UNIQUE RACE IN THE WORLD OF MTB WAS BORN
A unique experience?
Text by:Wouter Cleppe
Yep, I haven’t been racing in places as rough and tough as this before.. Extreme mountains against appealing beaches and beautiful historical old centres, a world of contrasts…
A dream start to mtb 2015 season? Yes, for sure! Personally, I have found back my health after 7 miserable weeks, but this can be a great first test for every racer, it can be a final training camp for others and it ‘s for sure a beautiful bike adventure holiday for most!
pulled off a stunt by offering an almost flawless first edition and so I have all confidence that this race will evolve further into a famous and successful stage race in the next years. Sure, things can be made easier, better, but I heard already their ideas for the next edition and if this one was great, the next one will be splendid!! Keep your eyes open for it next spring, I can’t wait.
A big thanks to the smart, charming, flexible people of the organisation for this great adventure and a new life experience that I will be thinking about for a while with a big smile!