Cycling in Croatia

I’ve spent the past few days cycling in Croatia, near Dubrovnik. A couple of days were unpleasantly cold – zero degrees and a biting wind. However, there have also been quite a few mild days. The cycling is a big contrast to England. If you avoid the main coastal trunk road, you end up cycling on very quiet, mountain back-roads. It is incredibly hilly, but the views stunning and very little traffic. I haven’t seen anyone else cycling in this part of the world. I saw one category 2 climb had a total of 4 participants on Strava.

On leaving the hotel, my usual route involves climbing 140 metres in the first mile, including some nasty 20% gradients. So much for a gentle warm up. It’s like starting off every ride with a climb up Pea Royd Lane. It’s not the kind of training I usually do at this time of the year. But, despite tired legs, it is great fun. The other day I did 36 miles and managed 1,500 metres of climbing. It’s hillier than the Bristol South megahilly. As usual I’m left wishing for a compact chainset; it is my New Year Resolution to buy one and stop complaining.

But, apart from being slightly over-geared it is a real joy cycling here in Croatia.

I shall just add a few photos which say enough.

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The sea

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Another coastal road

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A village with a few barking dogs, but fortunately well behaved.

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Hairpin.

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Mountain climb-up

The road going up.

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Croatia.

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A postcard in the making. ocean-sea

Near Slano barren-rd

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sea view
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The road goes downhill.
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Some where in Croatia
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10 thoughts on “Cycling in Croatia”

  1. Thanks for this Tejvan, I’m going to Dub. in a few weeks time, checking out the Strava segments has led me here. Sure it’s going to be roasting come August. Any advice to offer? Sounds like there’s not much of a cycling scene.

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