The area of Rovinj, Vrsar, Bale, Svetvinčenat and Kanfanar is full of international cycling events for all ages, both in recreational and professional categories.
Besides other factors, the successful organisation of a number of cycling events is proven by an increased number of participants who arrive in Istria every year from all parts of the world as well as by the increasing number of cycling events listed in international cycling calendars.
Giro d'Italia confirmed the geographic and technical benefits of the area in 2004 when it marked one of its stages passing through Rovinj and Vrsar.
Throughout the year you can choose from among ten recreational rides along the Istrian coast or through the heart of the peninsula. This is possible even during the winter months that, due to the benefits of the Mediterranean climate, offers you weekend pleasures on your “metal friend” in the months when neighbouring regions are covered with snow.
The international cycling calendar, uci, included one of the world's strongest junior road races Across Istria, with two stages crossing the area of Vrsar up until 2014. Besides that, for two consecutive years, from 2001 to 2003, Vrsar hosted the mountain bike xc Istra Grand Prix Vrsar cross-country race, which was also included in the uci calendar in category 1.
Istrian Spring is an unmissable professional cycling race that takes place in the middle of March, and over four days crosses almost all of Istria, mostly its interior, but along its coast too. Participants are mainly teams from the Professional and Continental categories,among whom are certainly some of the future winners of the Tour de France, the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a Espana races.
The organisation of cycling events takes place through the close co-operation and coordination of all relevant subjects and experts – local bicycle clubs and tourist boards of all five destinations and the Maistra d.d. Hotel Company.
Bike & Outdoor events 2021