Ridescape LRM 1600 km Zagreb-Krakow-Zagreb or In search of the royal city…

How I was inspired for the title…
Namely, now more and more distant year 1986, the book In Search of the Glass City by Željko Malnar and Borna Bebek appeared in the bookstores. It was a travel story about traveling to the Middle East, Asia, and Oceania and fantasizing about life ideals.
The youth in the former Yugoslavia lagged a little behind the Western trends, the remnants of the hippie culture of a more modern form were still rolling from west to east. In fact, only “nerds” knew what was in at that moment in London or New York. The book has experienced a double edition in two years. There were many who wanted to know or dreamed about what was happening behind the seven seas and the seven mountains in the time of Yugoslav New Primitivism… I recommend the book to travelogue readers!
Let’s go back to the LRM where you will search for the royal city of Kraków following a default route that will lead you through several Central European countries.
Why Kraków?!
I first visited that city in 2017. I arrived there by car and immediately upon my return I started sketching a bike ride towards its direction. Due to various circumstances, this idea slowly slipped to the bottom of the bucket list and jumped back to the top in June 2020, but another COVID lockdown quickly put it right back to the bottom of the list.
Finally, this year during the North Cape 4,000 tour I rode my bike to Kraków, the former city of the Polish kings. I liked the city, the people and then the “Polish pan-Slavic culture”, so why not share those good impressions with like-minded cyclists!?
The basic direction is visible in the photo. The route will mostly lead to less busy roads and bypass larger cities except for Bratislava and Kraków.
Although there are not many mountain sections, the marathon will have its charms for climbers. I’ve tried to get the exact data but Garmin Connect, Ride with GPS and Openrunner did not come up with the same number. Each platform offers its own amount of climbing, from 10,100 to 13,500 metres. As Openrunner is used by the ACP, I have to inform you that we will have to overcome 13,500 m of ascent.
We will do most of the ascent by crossing the High Tatras (Vysoké Tatry) on the border of Poland and Slovakia and the Low Tatras (Nizké Tatry) at the second pass through Slovakia. There, encounters with bears, deer, wild boar and lynx are possible, especially at night. We will cross the Drava, Mura, Danube, and Vistula twice with different bridges… Culinary delicacies from seven different countries will be available to us.
Navigation files and maps of individual stages will be available later at this site. We will run the Brevet marathon according to LRM rules with an emphasis on bike packing, which does not mean that accompanying vehicles are not allowed. Namely, baggage delivery, drop bag service, will not be supported.
Participants will be provided with GPS tracking during the marathon, lunch on the first day of the ride at the first checkpoint, accommodation and food in Krakow, and a dry meal at the finish line.
During September or October 2022, finishers will receive personalized medals and certified randonnee cards by mail.
Applications and registration fees are needed to be sent through March and April so that everything arrives on time and is sufficiently organized.
The maximum number of participants will be 60.

What will be prepared and in what order for the participants other than the ride itself?

  • Official applications will be possible from March 1st to April 30th 2022 via the website. You will receive a notification on time.
  • August 5th meeting of all participants in Sveta Nedelja to give the last instructions, share start numbers, gps trackers, official marathon jerseys…
  • August 6th start of the marathon. All checkpoints, except for the first one in Jurovčak, the fifth in Krakow, and the finish line in Sveta Nedelja, are at the gas stations that are open 24/7.
  • Lunch for all participants at the first checkpoint, Wine House Hažić, Jurovčak.
  • Sleep and a meal in Krakow.
  • Dry meal at the finish line in Sveta Nedelja.

You will receive timely information about all important details via e-mail or the Randonneurs Croatie website.

Thank you for your time and attention,
Siniša

About the organizer:

My name is Siniša Babić.
I have been an ultra-marathon cyclist for many years. From 2009 until today, I have completed more than 130 brevet marathons. The longest was 2,200 km.
I have twice ridden transcontinental off-road bike packing races, the 2018 Terra Australis Bike Epic (6,000 km), and the 2019 Race to the Rock (3,300 km, than continued an additional 2,400 km across the Australian continent).
Twice, in 2016 and 2018, I finished the HARD CRO race, a road ultra-marathon cycling race across Croatia, and in 2021 I completed the North Cape 4,000 road ultra-marathon race.
I have successfully organized more than 30 randonneur events.

Many thanks to my friend and cycling colleague, (Ivan Rogić) ivan (at) rogic-design (dot) com! Outside of sports, Ivan is a graphic designer who created visuals for this ultra-marathon that will be shown to you over time.

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LRM 1400 km 4CC 2021 – Registered Riders

 First NameLast NameCountry
1IvanPuškarićCroatia
2Silvijo Pale-HalićCroatia
3DraženPajtakCroatia
4JosipJurčićCroatia
5MarkoWagnerCroatia
6IvanMalićCroatia
7MiodragIvanovićSerbia
8NenadGoričkiCroatia
9DragomirTiteiRomania
10AresBuršićCroatia
11TiborSchultheisz
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LRM 1400 km Four Corners of Croatia (4CC) 2021

The event is limited to 30 participants on „first come first served“ basis. It will be held if there will be minimum of 10 riders and/or payed participation fees.

The 4 Corners of Croatia is a Grand event in the Randonneurs Croatie brevet calendar, and so far by far the longest one. It is organized every year in the 2nd half of June, just before the peak tourist season begins. It is a reference super brevet in Croatia.

The brevet covers the whole country connecting the easternmost, northernmost, westernmost and southernmost points of the country. Leads through different terrain and climate. From Central European windy and hot flat roads, coastal areas of the Adriatic sea and hilly, during the night possibly chilly, mainland. The course runs through the nicest parts of the country, demonstrates almost all the must-ride routes in the area. A unique experience to place it in every randonneur’s bucket list.

The Route

Start – 18th June 2021 07:00
Ilok – Ulica Julija Benešića 62, 32236, Ilok, Croatia (Parking lot in front of the Hotel Danube)

Main control points:

  • Wine House Hažić (Reception)
  • Jurovčak 37, 40313 Grkaveščak, Croatia
  • Savudrija ‘Camping Savudrija (Reception) Istarska ulica 19, 52475, Savudrija, Croatia

Finish:

  • Molunat In front of the closed Tourist office

GPX and route links:

Time limit = 113:29 hour.

Participation fee

100 EUR

The following is offered and included in participation fee:

  • Personal luggage transfer from start to finish,
  • GPS Tracking – Every rider will get a personal GPS tracker (weight: 300 gr; dimensions: 10cm x 10 cm x 3cm,
  • Bag drop every night at the pre-defined locations and within defined time (will be announced shortly),
  • Diploma upon successful completion of event,
  • Medal,
  • Personalized jersey,
  • Roadbook – coming soon.

Map

Qualification

4CC is a demanding ride! It will test your body and mind. We would like every starter to reach the finish line in Molunat in time. Therefore, a qualification standard is adopted: during the registration process every participant has to present the evidence (the homologation number) of at least BRM 600 km successfully finished in the past 12 months or a similar randonneé (like PBP, LEL, MGM, 1001 Miglia Italia or alike) successfully finished in the last two years. 

Registration

Please send you registration data by e-mail to (kornel.boros@gmail.com) kornel.boros (at) gmail (dot) com.

In the email include following:

  • First and last name
  • Date of birth
  • e-mail address
  • GSM phone number you will use during the ride
  • Proof of meeting the qualification standard (Homologation number of the brevet/ randonneé, name of the brevet, date ridden)
  • ICE contact: First and last name, contact number
  • Jersey size: Men: S, M, L, XL, XXL or Women: XS, S, M, L

The registration will be opened to 1st June 2021

The registration must be confirmed by participation fee payment until the 10th June 2021.

Upon registration, payment details will be communicated by e-mail.

Because of the demanding nature of organization of the LRM 1400 km Four Corners of Croatia, in case of withdrawal after 10th June 2021 no refund is offered.

Additional services

The organizer will offer:

  • Bike/bike-box transfer from Zagreb to Ilok on the 17th June 2021 – 10,00 EUR
  • Bike/bike-box transfer from Molunat to Zagreb on the 23rd June 2021 – 20,00 EUR
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Participants 4CC 2020

  1. Velinko Ostojić, Bosna andHerzegovina
  2. Zdenko Grgurić, Croatia
  3. Marko Wagner, Croatia
  4. Silvijo Pale-Halić, Croatia
  5. StanilDobrev, Bulgaria
  6. Ksenija Oletić, Croatia
  7. Matija Kovačević, Croatia
  8. Roberto Setnik, Croatia
  9. Gábor Horváth, Hungary
  10. Péter Gábor, Hungary
  11. Riccardo Kuhar, Croatia
  12. Danijel Horvat, Croatia
  13. Béla Kuzler, Hungary
  14. Boris Pupič, Slovenia
  15. Tomislav Kelemen, Croatia
  16. Matjaž Golob, Slovenia
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BRM 300 km Sveta Nedelja 2020.

Do you know that for more than a year now, Croatian randonneurs, assisted by their Slovenian colleagues, have not ride a brevet on the beautiful Slovenian roads?! Imagine!
I am very happy to invite you to the 300-kilometer brevet that will have direction from Sveta Nedelja to Slovenia. Sign up, come and you won’t go wrong … even if it rains.
Of course, I will not describe the route to you. What will you see? For example … a little bit of Dolenjska, Kozjanski park, a little bit of Styria, the green slopes of beautiful Pohorje mountain. This time you will not ride in long ascents on Pohorje. Are you sorry? I know that … : 0) Furthermore … the heights of the Carinthian Alps, the Savinja canyon that flows into the Sava in Zidani Most, you will see where Laško beer comes from and a large number of villages, smaller or larger settlements.
Of course, 316 km of asphalt roads or bike paths, which are mostly in Slovenia. Many of them you could not drive as part of our brevet rides.
The start will be on Saturday, June 13, at 6:00 am from Ante Starčević Square in Sv. Nedelja. It is the most popular randonneurs square in Croatia.
As the time limit for this brevet is 20 hours, you should return to the same square no later than Sunday, June 14 by 2:00 am.
In addition to a technically correct bicycle, a helmet is required, as well as a reflective vest, front white and rear red light for the night part of the ride as well as for riding in poor visibility conditions. An identity card or passport is required for crossing the state border Bregana – Slovenska Vas and opposite direction.
A mobile phone, medicine insurance ID, few Euros, a handy tool, a pump, tire / tube patch accessories and / or a spare tube are also highly recommended.
The entry fee is 120 HRK. After successfully completing the brevet, you can additionally order a commemorative medal for 70 HRK. You can sign up until June 11 at 11:59 p.m. In the application, state your name and surname, year of birth, postal address, e-mail address and mobile phone number where we can reach you during the performance. Sign up here.

Thank you in advanced,
Siniša Babić

Information

  • Roadbook BRM 300 km Sveta Nedelja 2020
  • Map BRM 300 km Sveta Nedelja 2020
  • gpx files BRM 300 km Sveta Nedelja 2020
  • At the registration prior to the start, every randonneur will receive roadbook, map and brevet card, and is required to sign the Liability Statement.
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