Istria Granfondo 2018.

  • 05Oct
  • ~
  • 07Oct

Umag and Novigrad

Contact

Istra D.M.C. Ltd

Email: bike@coloursofistria.com

Tags: Sport, Biking, Umag, Novigrad

Note the dates 05. - 07. October 2018 and sign up for the international cycling marathon Istria Granfondo. The sevnth edition of the marathon with the start and finish line in Umag and Novigrad will offer an even richer program this year.

The real challenge comes on Saturday, in Umag, on the routes for the bold and physically fit. Choose between the 91 km long route of Istria Granfondo Small and 127 km long route of Istria Granfondo Classic. Granfondo Classic passes through the central part of the Istrian peninsula, and returns to Northwest Istria. Both races start and finish in the beautiful Stella Maris Resort, just next to the ATP stadium in Umag. In order to catch your breath on the way, we have prepared a total of 6 refreshment stops.

On Sunday, Istria Granfondo Family & Gourmet Tour will take you on a 25 km long recreational ride around Novigrad and its surroundings, along the shore, through olive groves and vineyards. Cyclists will enjoy the views and tastings of Istrian dishes at the refreshment stops.

The marathon that brought together as many as 800 cyclists from 16 different countries, more than 300 members in the organization team, 150 volunteers as well as members of various cycling teams, this year has 120 prizes in store for the best cyclists and 20 prizes for the most numerous teams.

The rich accompanying program of 2018 offers well-known bicycle brands in the Expo zone, a children's program, Zumba kids, a bike balance competition, Wine & Bike Sea Tour, a fashion show, rich gourmet offer and most importantly - great atmosphere.

Welcome to Umag and Novigrad to the 7th Istria Granfondo!

 

Istria Granfondo VIDEO production:

Date: October 5th - October 7th 2018
Location: Umag and Novigrad

Meeting point and Start

  • Saturday, October 6th, 2018 - Tennis center Stella Maris in Umag
    09:30 - Istria Granfondo Classic 127 km (1.380 m altitude)
    09:30 - Istria Granfondo Small 91 km (910 m altitude)
  • Sunday, October 7th, 2018 - riva Porporela in Novigrad
    10:00 - Istria Granfondo Family&Gourmet Tour 25 km (for families and children over 10)

Download technical guide: Download (PDF)

Organisation:

ISTRA D.M.C. Ltd
Jadranska 66
52470 Umag
Croatia
E-mail: bike@coloursofistria.com

Co-organizers:

  • Tourism Offices of Umag, Novigrad, Buie and Brtonigla
  • Hotel companies Plava Laguna d.d. and Aminess hotels & campsites
  • Tourist Department of Region of Istria

Partners:













 


 

Istria Granfondo Classic - long course

Details:

  • Starting place: Umag (tennis center Stella Maris)
  • Arrival: Umag (tennis center Stella Maris)
  • Course:  Umag – Novigrad – Tar – Višnjan – Tićan – Vižinada – Ponte Porton – Bijele Zemlje – Grožnjan – Šterna – Oprtalj –Livade – Ponte Porton – Bijele Zemlje – Grožnjan – Šterna – Kremenje – Kaštel – Plovanija – Kolombera – Umag (Stella Maris)
  • Length: 127 km
  • Differnce of elevation: 1.380 m

The 2018 IGF Classic course is completely different from all other editions of the race so far, and its concept is reminiscent of the cult Ardennes classics. The start of the race will not bring any innovations and is the same as this year's IGF Small course, which means that the starting line is in the same old place – at the beautiful ATP Stella Maris centre. The race will start with a controlled ride through Umag towards Novigrad, and the race will begin with a flying start after the final roundabout on the way out of Umag, and will continue along the coast. After passing through Novigrad, the course drops down to Antenal bridge, one of IGF's most memorable locations.

The climb to Tar is the first challenge, which typically "frees" the peloton of cyclists in poorer form. After Tar, the road continues climbing slowly towards Višnjan, and then on towards Vižinada. From the 40th kilometre at Vižinada, the descent to Ponte Porton begins. This descent isn't especially demanding, but cyclists will need a particular level of skill to control their bicycles at speeds of up to 70kph and handle the few hairpin turns near the bottom of the descent. After the descent to Ponte Porton, a loop will begin that represents a new feature of the Classic course for this year.

There will be no time to relax, as the main climb on the race will begin immediately – and we will be repeating the same climb twice. The course climbs towards Bijele Zemlje and on towards Grožnjan from the 47th-52nd kilometre; it becomes especially steep from kilometre 50-51.5, where gradients reach from 10% up to 14%.

After the end of the steep part, the course enters a rolling hilly sector that climbs constantly towards the village of Šterna, where the Classic course splits from the Small course and continues climbing towards Oprtalj. At the 68th kilometre of the race, a descent begins towards Livade, the most technically demanding part of the Classic course. The descent is marked by seven hairpin turns that cannot be handled at high speeds, meaning riders will have to explode on the way out of the turns to come back up to speed if they want to stay in the group with more skilled cyclists.

The descent ends at kilometre 73, where a completely flat section will begin that lasts until the 83rd kilometre, thus closing the Classic course loop. The race will then climb back up to Bijele Zemlje and Grožnjan, passing through Šterna at the 99th kilometre, where we will turn left and abandon the loop to begin the final 28km of moderate descent towards the finish line at Stella Maris.

A new feature at the very finish is that the course turns left onto a narrow side road 5km from the finish line, rejoining the main road 700m before the checkered flag. If the race happens to end in a bunch sprint, it will be exceptionally important to be at the head of the race in the final turn to be appropriately placed to go for the win in the sprint, as well as to avoid any potential falls while fighting for position. The Classic course is 127km long with a total of 1,380m of ascent.

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Istria Granfondo Small - short course

Details:

  • Starting place: Umag (tennis center Stella Maris)
  • Arrival: Umag (tennis center Stella Maris)
  • Course: Umag – Novigrad – Tar – Višnjan – Tićan – Vižinada – Ponte Porton – Bijele Zemlje – Grožnjan – Šterna – Kremenje – Kaštel – Plovanija – Kolombera – Umag (Stella Maris)
  • Length: 91 km
  • Differnce of elevation: 910 m

This year's new edition of the Istria Granfondo will be bringing new challenges before its competitors. We have freshened up the Small course – in short, we've made it technically easier for cyclists, but made the central sector harder and well suited to attacks. But let's start from the beginning.

The starting line is at the same old place – at the beautiful ATP Stella Maris centre. We will begin with a controlled start through Umag towards Novigrad. The race will begin with a flying start after the final roundabout on the way out of Umag, from where the course will continue following the coast down to Antenal bridge, one of IGF's most memorable locations. The climb to Tar is the first challenge, which typically "frees" the peloton of cyclists in poorer form.

After Tar, the road continues climbing slowly towards Višnjan, and then on towards Vižinada. From the 40th kilometre at Vižinada, the descent to Ponte Porton begins, which is also the most technically demanding part of the Small course. This descent isn't especially demanding, but cyclists will need a particular level of skill to control their bicycles at speeds of up to 70kph and handle the few hairpin turns near the bottom of the descent.

After the descent, there will be no time to rest, as the main climb on the course will begin immediately thereafter. The course climbs from the 47th to the 52nd kilometre to Bijele Zemlje and on towards Grožnjan; it becomes especially steep between kilometres 50 and 51.5, where gradients reach from 10% up to 14%. After the climb, a rolling hilly section begins from the 52nd kilometre and the 62nd kilometre towards Šterna; this section will offer the possibility for riders to change their rhythm and break up the remaining group.

Recreational cyclists will find this part of the course challenging, as it is difficult to change rhythm and maintain high speeds on a moderate climb after a steep ascent. The final 28km of the race from Šterna to the finish line is a moderate descent.

A new feature at the very finish is that the course turns left onto a narrow side road 5km from the finish line, rejoining the main road 700m before the checkered flag. If the race happens to end in a bunch sprint, it will be exceptionally important to be at the head of the race in the final turn to be appropriately placed to go for the win in the sprint, as well as to avoid any potential falls while fighting for position. The Small course is 91km long and includes 910m of climbing.

 

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Download course map & altitude:   Download (5 MB; PDF)


Istria Granfondo Family&Gourmet Tour - Details:

  • Starting place: Novigrad (Riva Porporela)
  • Arrival: Novigrad (Riva Porporela)
  • Course: Novigrad - Mareda - Fermići - Karigador - Radini - Fiorini - Bužinija - Paolija - Novigrad
  • Length: 25 km
  • Differnce of elevation: 215 m