The Granfondo Istria is a race dedicated to both well-prepared athletes and amateurs, starting from the beautiful town of Umag. In Italy, road cycling is a sport loved by many professionals and amateurs. Cycling through challenging terrains and pushing oneself is a way to connect with nature, train the mind and body, and discover new and different places.
The Granfondo Istria is a race dedicated to both well-prepared athletes and amateurs, starting from the beautiful town of Umag.
In Italy, road cycling is a sport loved by many professionals and amateurs. Cycling through challenging terrains and pushing oneself is a way to connect with nature, train the mind and body, and discover new and different places.
Italy has a lot to offer, but why not expand your horizons and explore international territories as well? Taking a ferry from Venice to Umag is easy and convenient, thanks to the various routes offered by the Venezia Lines company.
Umag, a city to discover
Umag is a city located in the far north of Istria. From both a tourist and historical-cultural point of view, it has a lot to offer. The Mediterranean landscape is varied and will fascinate you in all its nuances, from the long stretch of coastline to the inland areas rich in unspoiled landscapes.
Umag was discovered by Roman nobles who thought it would be their favorite summer destination. That’s why you can admire the luxury and elegance of historic Venetian houses. Around the city center, you can still see sections of ancient walls and towers.
There are many examples of churches with Baroque or Renaissance influences that are still visited by many tourists every year.
An alternative and dynamic way to discover the city is by cycling! If you like the idea of challenging yourself on your two wheels, start training now – the Istria Granfondo awaits you on April 14 and 15, 2023!
Istria Granfondo 2023
On April 14 and 15, 2023, the ninth edition of the Istria Granfondo will be held, an international cycling race that starts from beautiful Umag and, crossing some of the most beautiful places in Istria, will allow you to discover Istria in a dynamic and fun way. Are you ready to accept the challenge?
Everyone has the opportunity to register because there are three different routes suitable for every level of athletic preparation.
ISTRIA GRANFONDO SMALL AND CLASSIC
On Saturday, April 15, starting in Umag, you can tackle the two most challenging routes. If you are very well trained, you can face the Istria Granfondo Small, a 94 km route; if you feel like a real champion, you can try the Istria Granfondo Classic, a 119 km route.
During the race, you will cross the magnificent landscapes of the northwestern and central areas of the Istrian peninsula before returning to Umag.
Along the way, you will find four refreshment points to help you recover your energy.
To facilitate organization and your participation, you can collect your race numbers on Friday, April 14, 2023.
In its previous edition, this event saw the participation of more than 700 cyclists from over 15 countries! This year, things have improved even further, and the organization has put in a lot of effort to make the race exciting and challenging. There are also 77 prizes up for grabs for the best cyclists.
ISTRIA GRANFONDO FAMILY & GOURMET TOUR
If you are not a professional cyclist but want to try your hand at a beautiful ride to discover the most beautiful places to visit, we recommend the MTB tour organized for Sunday, April 16, 2023.
This is a recreational MTB ride known as the Istria Granfondo Family & Gourmet Tour. The route is 25 km long and will allow you to discover Novigrad and the surrounding areas. You can cycle along the coast or immerse yourself in olive groves and vineyards.