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Stage 1 of the 2022 4Islands mountain bike race on the island of Krk, Croatia (Photo credit: Samir Ceric Kovacevic)

KRK, April 21, 2022 – The first stage of the 4Islands MTB race, which takes place on the Croatian Kvarner islands of Krk, Cres, Lošinj and Rab, ended yesterday.

The first stage on the island of Krk included a section of 71 kilometers long and 1750 meters. It started from Baška on Krk, across the Moon plateau to Punat, Kras and Vrbnik, then back to Baška to the finish line.

The bikers traversed rocky terrain, climbs and the ascent to the top of the island rewarded them with a beautiful view of the town of Krk.

The world's mountain biking elite gathers on the Croatian islands of Kvarner

Stage 1 of the 2022 4Islands mountain bike race on the island of Krk, Croatia (Photo credit: Ivan Sardi)

The winners of the first stage of the 4Islands MTB stage race were the Singer Racing team, Martin Frey and Simon Stiebjahn with a time of 2:49:58 in the men’s category and the Allebike Canyon Northwave team, Lejla Tanović and Stefanie Dohrn in the women’s category with a time of 3:30:41.

The world's mountain biking elite gathers on the Croatian islands of Kvarner

Winners of stage 1 of the 2022 4Islands Mountain Bike race on the island of Krk, Croatia (Photo credit: Samir Ceric Kovacevic)

In the mixed category, the winners were Buff megamo 2 – Hans Becking and Naima Madeleine Diesner with a time of 3:41:55. In the Masters category, the best team was Mondraker Blue Force – Tomi Misser and David Ruano Rimbau with a time of 3:20:22, while in the Grand Masters the Keindl Sport team – Peter Vesel and Loris Tomat, with a time of 3:28:50.

The world's mountain biking elite gathers on the Croatian islands of Kvarner

Winners of stage 1 of the 2022 4Islands Mountain Bike race on the island of Krk, Croatia (Photo credit: Samir Ceric Kovacevic)

The world's mountain biking elite gathers on the Croatian islands of Kvarner

Stage 1 of the 2022 4Islands mountain bike race on the island of Krk, Croatia (Photo credit: Ivan Sardi)

Today, the second stage moves to the island of Rab. Departure is scheduled at 10:45 am from Lopar, via Frug, Kampor, Kalifront and Suha punta to Rab.

The world's mountain biking elite gathers on the Croatian islands of Kvarner

Stage 1 of the 2022 4Islands mountain bike race on the island of Krk, Croatia (Photo credit: Ivan Sardi)

The world's mountain biking elite gathers on the Croatian islands of Kvarner

Stage 1 of the 2022 4Islands mountain bike race on the island of Krk, Croatia (Photo credit: Ivan Sardi)

4Islands MTB Stage Race is a five day mountain bike stage race with the main objective of promoting mountain biking as a hobby, hobby, sport and lifestyle.

The world's mountain biking elite gathers on the Croatian islands of Kvarner

Stage 1 of the 2022 4Islands mountain bike race on the island of Krk, Croatia (Photo credit: Samir Ceric Kovacevic)

This year differs from previous ones in that the Ironman Group bought the Kvarner race and introduced the “4Islands MTB race” as part of their Epic series along with the other 7 races.

Thanks to the initiative of the hosts and their pleasant reception, the hard work of the organizing team and the great cooperation with the partners, the synergy of sports and off-season tourism is achieved in Croatia, which is at its peak, and returning contestants have recognized him for several years.

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