Saturday’s 40 km long stage on the island of Lošinj ended the seventh edition of the 4Islands MTB Stage Race
After two days spent on the island of Krk, one day on Rab and Cres the teams welcomed the grand finale of the race on Lošinj.
The last section, in addition to endurance, also required technical performance, and in some parts of the track, even the best had to push their bikes.
The 40-kilometre-long track also had 900 meters of ascent, which was demanding for competitors who have been riding since Monday.
Wilier Pirelli 2 – Wout Alleman and Gioele De Cosmo were the first to reach the finish line in Mali Lošinj with a time of 1:37:32.
The overall winners of the 4Islands MTB Stage Race were Singer Racing Team of Martin Frey and Simon Stiebjahn who completed all four stages in a time of 10:29:10.
Second place went to team Buff Megamo – Hugo Drechou and Peeter Pruus in a tim of 8:59. Daniel Geismayr and Fabian Rabensteiner from team Wilier Pirelli were third in a time of 11:03.
In the women’s category the overall winners were Lejla Tanović and Stefanie Dohrn from team Allebike Canyon Northwave in a time of 13:13:54.
18.39 behind in second place were Costanza Fasolis and Claudia Perett from team Olympia – RDR Italia, whilst in third place were MTB Pro Merchandising Racing team of Greete Steinburg and Janina Wust, 25:47 behind.
In the mixed category, the winners of the fourth stage, but also the overall winners were Buff megamo 2 team of Hans Becking and Naima Madlen Diesner with a time overall of 13:14:19.
In the Masters category, Mondraker Blue Force team of Tomi Misser and David Ruano Rimbau were the overall winners with a time of 11:56:12, while second place in the overall standings went to the Croats, the team BK Campetto – Island Krk consisting of Marin Deković and Mario Šubr who were 30:59 minutes behind the winners.
Peter Vesel and Loris Tomat, the Kiendl Sport team took the overall victory in the Grand Masters category with a time of 12:47:02 hours.
This year’s race differed from the previous ones in that the Ironman group bought the Kvarner race and presented 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 welcome, hard work of the organising team and great cooperation with partners, the synergy of sports and off-season tourism is achieved in Croatia, which is at its peak, and returning competitors have recognised this for several years.