Conquer Istria: The Ultimate MTB Challenge at the 2023 Istria MTB Stage Race

September 07 2023 Welcome to Escapain OTA's exclusive coverage of the 2023 Istria MTB Stage Race! Set against the stunning backdrop of the Istrian Peninsula, this event promises an unforgettable experience for mountain biking enthusiasts. From breathtaking views to heart-pounding trails, this race has it all. So, gear up and get ready to dive into the adventure of a lifetime!
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Race Overview 


Running from September 21 to 23, 2023, the Istria MTB Stage Race is a thrilling challenge that spans three days. Cyclists will cover a whopping 250 kilometers and tackle a grueling 4,500 meters of ascent during this epic journey. But don't worry; smart stops along the route ensure that your rest breaks are not counted towards your race time, allowing you to recharge, strategize, and savor the beauty of Istria. 



Smart Stops in Idyllic Locations 


One of the unique features of this race is the "smart stops" strategically placed in some of the most attractive locations in Istria. These spots are not only easily accessible to fans but also serve as a meeting point for competitors and their supporters. It's the perfect opportunity to catch your breath, savor the local culture, and prepare for the next leg of your adventure. 

Race Format 


Here's a quick overview of the race format: 

  • 3 stages in 3 days 
  • Teams of 2 riders 
  • Approx. 250 km distance with 4,500 m ascent 
  • Each stage comprises 3 timed segments with 2 neutralization sections up to 3 km long 

Race Categories 


The Istria MTB Stage Race offers various categories to cater to a wide range of riders: 

  • Men (18 – 39 years old) 
  • Masters Men (40-49 years old) 
  • Men Grand Masters (50 years and older) 
  • Women (both participants must be at least 18 years old) 
  • Mix (male and female, both participants must be at least 18 years old) 
  • E-Bike (both participants must be at least 18 years old, and at least one rider uses an E-bike) 

All participants must be at least 18 years old on the first day of the race. 



Host Cities 


This year, the race takes place in two host cities: 

  • Race Base 1: Poreč (September 20 – 22, 2023) 
  • Race Base 2: Labin (September 22 - 24, 2023) 

Race Schedule 

Mark your calendars: 

  • September 21, 2023: 1st stage (Start: Poreč / Finish: Poreč) 
  • September 22, 2023: Stage 2 (Start: Poreč / Finish: Labin) 
  • September 23, 2023: Stage 3 (Start: Labin / Finish: Rabac) 



Join the Adventure 

Ready to take on the Istria MTB Stage Race? Don't miss your chance to be a part of this historic event. Whether you're a seasoned rider or looking for a thrilling challenge, this race promises to push your limits and reward you with breathtaking views and unforgettable memories. 

For more details and to register, visit the official Istria MTB Stage Race website here. Secure your spot, prepare your gear, and embark on the adventure of a lifetime in Istria! 




The Istria MTB Stage Race is set to be an exhilarating and scenic adventure that you won't want to miss. Join us as we explore the stunning landscapes of Istria, push our limits, and celebrate the thrill of mountain biking in this unforgettable event. We look forward to seeing you at the starting line on September 21, 2023! 

Written by Igor