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.


The sea


Another coastal road


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



bike-view-hairpinBy a hairpin.



The road going up.




A postcard in the making.ocean-sea

Near Slanobarren-rd


sea view


The road goes downhill.


Some where in Croatia





10 Responses to Cycling in Croatia

  1. Human Cyclist January 3, 2015 at 5:52 pm #

    Looks lovely. We’ve just had the greyest day ever. Very envious. Hope the carbs and protein are as tasty as the climbs.

  2. brian January 4, 2015 at 11:28 am #

    Not many pot holes by the looks of your photos.

  3. Simon Bromfield January 4, 2015 at 4:03 pm #

    I wonder if the other Strava participants are aware they’re in such exalted company.

  4. Ross January 6, 2015 at 9:10 am #

    Stunning photos! Very jealous here in drizzly Scotland!

    • tejvan January 8, 2015 at 10:06 am #

      Now I’m back in miserable, drizzly England, I’m jealous of myself.

  5. Luke July 16, 2016 at 8:26 pm #

    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.

    • tejvan July 18, 2016 at 8:31 am #

      Hi Luke, Ii was very deserted and cold when I went in Dec/Jan. Don’t know about August.

  6. Paul April 6, 2018 at 4:55 pm #

    Hi Tejvan, did you hire the bike over there? cheers

    • tejvan April 6, 2018 at 4:57 pm #

      no, I took my own


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