November 9, 2017 - The international media spotlight on Hvar will focus on cycling next month, as the Bahrain Merida Pro-Cycling team will be heading to Europe's sunniest island for winter training, a fantastic promotional opportunity for cycling and off season tourism in Croatia.
While clearly not on the quintessential bucket list of any cycling bible, Karlovac County is a great starting point for bicycle touring addicts to embark on their exploratory Tour of Croatia, or a wonderful rural retreat for those cyclists in search of a spot to gather their thoughts and quietly pass a few weeks with their favourite two wheeled beast.
Ever since the 1990s, Croatian county tourist boards are becoming more aware of the fact that bicycle tourism has a huge potential which can bring extra income. But how to actually successfully tap into the full potential the bicycle offers to the tourist industry still remains somewhat of a mystery for most of them.
Earlier this month, one of the most highly anticipated bike tours of the year took place: Heart of Velebit!
In 2012, the annual income from cyclotourism was 44 billion euros, while at the same time income from ecologically harmful and unsustainable cruisers was 39 billion euros