After successful event held in april 2022, riders will come back to beautiful Island of Lošinj again in 2023! Hard track with scenic views, good food, drinks and top notch accomodation!
The venue is located in VELI LOŠINJ, a medevial town with 1.000 inhabitants. Bigger town MALI LOŠINJ (8.000 inhabitants) is located 3km NW and connected with a regional road. Veli Lošinj is situated in a small narrow sheltered bay on the southeast side of Lošinj island at the foot of St. John's hill. Several luxurious villas with beautiful gardens create a picturesque backdrop for this pretty town.
In 2018, Lošinj was a host to Mercedes Benz UCI Mountainbike World Cup downhill race. Multiple UCI Class 1 races were held on a rocky track since 2013.
In the middle of April, the season opener of the iXS European Downhill Cup will take place. Already last year it was proven that Croatia with its pleasant climate and unique scenery is a perfect venue for this event. The registration will open on the 14th of February 2023.REGISTRATION
If you have already participated at last year’s European Downhill Cup opener on the Island of Losinj (CRO), you can confirm that such an early start to the season doesn't bring any disadvantages right there. The climate is perfect for racing and already on the way there it can happen that vacation feelings set in. About 300 sunny days a year and a finish area directly at the harbor, are probably optimal conditions for the European Cup to provide top racing action. For this reason, also this year the season opener will be held in Losinj, from 14th to 16th of April 2023.
The track starts at the top of the St. John (Sveti Ivan) hill above Veli Lošinj, and finishes by the main road, before the street section. So a bit different than in previous years.
The track is short but rough and rocky, with several big drops and jumps and a unique street section. It is estimated to be around the 2 min mark for the fastest downhill racers.
How to reach Lošinj?
Pasjak border crossing - Opatija - Brestova ferry harbour (mainland) - Porozina (Island of Cres)
Rupa border crossing - Rijeka - island of Krk (bridge) - Valbiska ferry harbour - Merag (island of Cres) or Rupa border crossing - Rijeka - Opatija - Brestova ferry harbour (mainland) - Porozina (island of Cres)
Rijeka - island of Krk (bridge) - Valbiska ferry harbour (island of Krk) - Merag (island of Cres)
Ferry harbour Valbiska (island of Krk) - Merag (island of Cres) or
Ferry harbour Brestova (mainland) - Porozina (island of Cres)
Note: the ride takes around 20 minutes. Tickets are bought on the spot, no reservations. More info about the ferry schedule
*IMPORTANT: We strongly recommend to take the ferry harbour Valbiska (island of Krk) - Merag (island of Cres) due to faster and wider road connection.
Rijeka - Mali Lošinj: line runs several times a day
Rijeka - Mali Lošinj: catamaran line connects the island of Lošinj and nearby islands with the mainland once a day all year round
More Info about U.T.O. Kapetan Luka (high speed ship service)
Zadar - Mali Lošinj
More info about Jadrolinija Rijeka
For accommodation in a Hotel Punta please send a mail to [email protected]