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Croatia

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The trail has been put up by country based volunteers. The accuracy of the trail is not guaranteed, nor are the GPS co-ordinates. We do not represent or warrant that materials in the site or the services are accurate, complete, reliable, current or error-free. We cannot represent or warrant that the site or its servers are free of viruses or other harmful components. If you stray onto private land, apologise and get back onto the byway or trail. These trails can be shut or permanently closed at short notice under local law. Do not ride trails beyond your capability. If unsure, get off your bike and walk the trail first. Trail riding alone, especially on trails you do not know is really unwise. Wear the proper safety kit. Many country trails are rarely maintained. You will find ruts, holes, floods, treacherous surfaces and the occasional booby trap hazard deliberately placed by people who do not like motorcycles using trails. When you use the trails, you are on your own. You exercise your judgement in your own skills and your own navigation. All we can do is show you where some of the trails are, but this can change at a moment's notice.

Practical tips for trails you do not know;

1: Ride in at least a pair. If you fall with a motorcycle pinning you down to cold and damp earth, in the Europe we do not have to worry about being eaten by exotic carnivores (usually!) but exposure, hypothermia and shock can do a very effective job of killing you. Do not rely on the trails having a regular through flow of users to come to your aid;

2: If your riding companion cannot pick your bike up off you then get a lighter bike, a stronger riding companion or ride in a bigger group;

3: Trails can vary immensely. A vehicular right of way can be a rocky or muddy scramble;

4: Adventure bikes – especially on adventure tyres – can struggle with some trails. Do not just bowl into trails because they are on a map – they can be horribly technical and totally unsuitable for even fairly competent riders on light machines or experienced riders on bigger machines;

5: Stop for horses and kill your engines to let equestrians pass. A horse spooking at a bike revving will be likely to result in criminal charges if the police get involved and a motorcycle is a lot easier to control than a horse;

6: On the trails there will be free running dogs. Do your best to be nice to them;

7: Mobile phone coverage can be patchy on the trails. Do not rely on calling an ambulance – if you’ve got stuck, the emergency services are going to get just as stuck trying to retrieve you. That is if you can raise them by telephone;

8: Finally, obey the golden rule, which is don’t be a dick by unnecessarily annoying other country side users or letting ego outstrip talent.

ROUTE INFO

1Length of TET in country
371km
2Expected time to cover TET in country
2
3Best time of year to ride TET in country
Spring, Summer, Autumn. Winter time in the mountains can mean falls of a couple of meters of snow - so not a place to ride your bike! The coastline is nice and mild in the winter so if you decide to hop onto some of the islands, temperatures there will be around 12C even in the winter.
4Entry point into country
Brod na Kupi
5Exit point from country
Strmica
6Language(s)
Croatian but the majority of the population speaks English. German is also used in northern parts of the country and Italian in Istria and Dalmatia.
7Currency
Kuna. Euros can't be used to pay in bars and restaurants although some hotels do accept these. Croatia is still not a part of European monetary union
8Emergency telephone number
112
9Drive on the...
Right
10Laws regarding wild camping
It's illegal to wild camp, but in practice it's allowed if you do not bother others, leave litter or light a fire. The coastline is very arid so lighting a fire is strictly forbidden while camping. Private land is not always fenced, so be careful.
11Trail riding and the law
White roads and mountain paths that are not used as walking paths or MTB paths are allowed to be ridden. There are special restricted areas with barriers in some national parks (Velebit for example) and some Nature Parks. There are Rangers in Nature and National Parks patroling on horses or on enduro bikes/4x4 to check that the rules are obeyed.

You have to have a legally registered bike, valid license and wear a helmet. Obeying street signs and speed signs is enforced by law.

Riding on MTB paths or trekking paths is strictly forbidden.
12Bike events on or near the TET
Croatia Rally: every year in May in city of Primošten.

It's a rally raid lasting for a week with a prologue and 4 stages

STOP PRESS...

11 Jan 2017
No known issues

ROUTE OVERVIEW

Not many trail ride in Croatia, but we have more and more people joining existing clubs and enjoying time in the countryside.

Legal white roads/dirt roads in Croatia usually connect areas between cities, valleys or mountains. Some are old trading roads, some were built by the forestry department and some are remnants of the recent war in the 1990's.

Croatia is a diverse country with minor roads connecting the mainland with its mountains and peaks to the coastline and seaside. The TET enters Croatia from the mountainous region bordering Slovenia where you will enjoy high peaks, winding trails and pine forests and leaves for Bosnia near Bosansko grahovo from where there are some gorgeous glacial lakes, reached by small detours.

Riding over the Velebit mountain range is a must with vistas from above to the valleys in the north and the coastline and islands to the south.

WARNING:

Wherever you see the ""MINE"" sign on the side of the road, it is STRICTLY forbidden (not to say very, very foolish) to venture from the road.

Croatia was unfortunately part of the wars of the 90’s. MINE signs along the white roads, in the woods, open fields, wood clearings etc NEED to be taken very seriously. There have been reports of people riding in fields where there are known to be mines and we, as a part of the TET project, advise strongly against such risky and stupid behaviour.

Any unnecessary riding in danger areas puts the individual, his/her friends and the emergency services in mortal danger. It also puts in jeopardy the TET routes, possibly leading to their temporary closure and even permanently finishing defined trail use in these areas.

We have provided a link to the map of MINE infected areas that is updated whenever part of the infected area is declared clear of mines.

Riding off the established legal well used tracks in MINE infected areas is very dangerous. After rain and snow mines are prone to shifting in the dirt and any act of bravado can be fatal. In addition, riding on single tracks inside the mine infected areas off the TET route is considered dangerous.

Local people may know a safe path, but because the mines move with the soil you cannot trust or rely on their verbal advice.

Please follow the rules and the designated TET route, so we can all safely enjoy the amazing vistas of the Croatian mountains, plains and coast..

A map of mine infected areas can be found here: https://misportal.hcr.hr/HCRweb/faces/intro/introduction.jspx

WHAT NOT TO MISS

Trying Croatian white or red wine (Pošip, Plavac mali etc)

Truffles

Sea food and fresh fish along the coastline.

Oysters from Ston bay

Beer ( Velebitsko beer got it's name from the Velebit mountain range)

Štrukli (pastry filled with cheese and sour cream)

A slow coffee a couple of times per day as the locals do!

Bevanda (white wine with water)

Live music acts: traditional dances will show our rich heritage or, if you prefer, to enjoy some rock or jazz it's up to you

Elderberry juice

Ajvar spread