Cities that route connects: Sisak, Popovača, Kutina, Novska, Jasenovac, Hrvatska Dubica, Hrvatska Kostajnica, Dvor, Glina and Petrinja.

Lenght: 228 000 m (228 km)
Altitude: 328 m
Lowest point: 91 m
Highest point: 419 m

Altimetry:
SMŽ 01 - altimetrija rute

Description:
228 kilometers of this interesting and challenging route await serious and persistent bikers. You will take a tour of the entire Sisak-Moslavina County, the second largest county in Croatia.
The diversity of the areas through which the route takes you is stunning, and its “roadside contents” attract even more attention, including various localities, buildings, historical sites, nature’s beauties and friendly people in this area where a bike is definitely nothing new, but cycling tourists are still seen as news of sorts and draw interest. What we’re trying to say, actually, is that you can expect to find understanding and help on this route, if need be. The County Cyclotourism Route SMC 01 is a true treasure chest of cycling enjoyment, historical and cultural contents, outstanding food and drink, captivating landscapes and interesting people and events.
So let’s get to know its sections …

Section 1: Sisak – Popovača
From Sisak, “the city of Croatian victories”, to Popovača, the youngest town in Europe, you will ride on 24,400 meters of asphalt road, which for the most part leads through forest, ensuring protection from strong sunlight and wind. For an inquisitive biker, the most difficult thing of all will be to stay on the route, as both Sisak and Popovača, as well as numerous places in between, offer so many things you must see.

You must see:
Sisak beckons with the most beautiful promenade (along the river Kupa) in inland Croatia, offering a view of the elegant and always intriguing Old Bridge, its Stari grad (Old Town) fort, where a famous victory of Christians over Ottoman army was won in 1593, and more, such as a Roman archaeological site, museum … On your way towards Popovača, entrances to Lonjsko polje (which has its own route, so take a look at LOCAL ROUTE PPLP01) will lure you; you may even want to take a turn toward the WWII memorial site in the Brezovica forest, or visit Moslavina region’s villages on the left and right side of your route. Or you may prefer to keep going towards Popovača. If you find yourself there during spring season, you might ride straight into the Spring in Popovača event. If you’re tired, hungry or thirsty after your trip, Popovača will welcome you with its lodgings, located on the town’s hills, and its great temptation – vineries where you can savor the indigenous Škrlet wine. And you can also ride on, as you are about to enter Section 2: Popovača – Kutina.

Section 2: Popovača – Kutina
From Popovača, a prosperous and young town, to Kutina, the capital of Moslavina and the seat of the wine realm of this part of Croatia, the route keeps going on the same path, the Moslavina state road, 17,100 meters of it guiding you between hills and wine roads to your left and Lonjsko polje to your right. You are riding through Moslavina, a famed region that has the word ‘wine’ (vino) even in its name and where you must see:

You must see:
If you find yourself in Popovača during spring season, you might ride straight into the Spring in Popovača event. If you’re tired, hungry or thirsty after your trip, Popovača will welcome you with its lodgings, located on the town’s hills, and its great temptation – vineries where you can savor the indigenous Škrlet wine. The road to Kutina offers detours towards the wine roads of Moslavina, a descent to Lonjsko polje, passes through Voloder, the place of a magnificent harvest celebration (in the autumn, of course), and takes you to Kutina. Kutina, the capital of Moslavina, a town of hard-working and cordial “proper people”, as the local song goes, is a place that proudly exhibits the great values of a small town. Visit the Church of St Mary of the Snow, the Moslavina Museum and Gallery; if you’re tired, an excellent hotel is there to provide quality lodging. If not, keep going, as before you lies Section 3: Kutina – Novska.

Section 3: Kutina – Novska
From Moslavina to Slavonia, 25,300 meters gradually turning the Moslavina state road into the Slavonian state road, going almost non-stop through the flatlands, mostly through urbanized areas with many reasons to stop off or take a short detour from this section, where you again must see …

You must see:
Kutina, the capital of Moslavina, a town of hard-working and cordial “proper people”, as the local song goes, is a place that proudly exhibits the great values of a small town. Visit the Church of St Mary of the Snow, the Moslavina Museum and Gallery; if you’re tired an excellent hotel is there to provide quality lodging. Out of the many interesting places in between, let’s just mention Lipovljani, somewhere at two thirds of the road to Novska, the miniature European Union, a place with the greatest number of different ethnicities in our country. Novska awaits you with its beautiful park, award-winning Dr. Franjo Tuđman Square, a true Slavonian open hear, rich cuisine and highly valuable offer of cultural and artistic contents. This is a town that prides on its virtuoso musicians and boasts a three million years old viviparus snail fossil, a souvenir and synonym of Novska. Where to next? Section 4: Novska – Jasenovac.

Section 4: Novska – Jasenovac
A short, lowland section, Slavonia-Posavina route, from Novska to Jasenovac, through fertile and peaceful fields, among honest and kind folks, it will quickly take you to the end of this section where you must see…

You must see:
Novska awaits you with its beautiful park, the award-winning Dr. Franjo Tuđman Square, a true Slavonian open heart, rich cuisine and highly valuable offer of cultural and artistic contents. This is a town that prides on its virtuoso musicians and boasts a three-million-years-old viviparus snail fossil, a souvenir and synonym of Novska. You can also wander off to Košutarica, a small, almost forgotten village where time has come to a standstill, if not completely, then at least it’s taking a break and offering an insight into life before this age; you can once again yield to temptation and keep going to Lonjsko polje, which has been by your side the entire way, or you can go to Jasenovac. Get to know the Jasenovac Memorial Site, take a walk or a bike ride through the lovely little town that offers rich meals and comfortable beds. Talk to the locals; being sports enthusiasts yourselves, you will learn about and be amazed at the number of athletic talents that have run off to the world from this little town of Jasenovac. You won’t be running, but riding onwards via Section 5: Jasenovac – Hrvatska Dubica.

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Section 5: Jasenovac – Hrvatska Dubica
Riding on this section, you will follow the river Una, which flows into the Sava in Jasenovac; it will be close to you the whole way, the state border to your left, and you will take your bike along a lowland, yet winding asphalt road that doesn’t see much traffic, riding for 14,700 meters until you get to Hrvatska Dubica. Now, here, on this section, you must see …

You must see:
Get to know the Jasenovac Memorial Site, take a walk or a bike ride through the lovely little town that offers rich meals and comfortable beds. Talk to the locals; being sports enthusiasts yourselves, you will learn about and be amazed at the number of athletic talents that have run off to the world from this little town of Jasenovac. On your way to Hrvatska Dubica, you’ll pass through a pleasant, sparsely populated area; riding here is akin to meditation, relaxing you before getting to the more challenging sections of the County Cyclotourism Route SMC 01. Hrvatska Dubica is an old settlement, urbanized since Roman times, a fortified town near which Croatian ban and bishop Petar Berislavić won a world famous victory over the Ottoman army in 1513. Your bike faces west, towards Section 6: Hrvatska Dubica – Hrvatska Kostajnica.

Section 6: Hrvatska Dubica – Hrvatska Kostajnica
You’re still riding, but this time with a very frequent visual contact with the gorgeous river, downstream along the Una, for 22,200 meters on an asphalt road that remains quiet all the way. Hrvatska Kostajnica awaits you, a town with maroons in its name and in its heart, on a section where you must see …

You must see:
Hrvatska Dubica is an old settlement, urbanized since Roman times, a fortified town near which Croatian ban and bishop Petar Berislavić won a world famous victory over the Ottoman army in 1513. The road will take you through sites of major tragedies, crimes of recent past. Hrvatska Kostajnica, a town of ancient tradition, rich history and wonderful vistas, a town that lives with its river Una and on it; it is a town that organizes Croatia’s most famous maroon fair – Kestenijada. A little detour takes you uphill, to Kostajnica’s famed hill Djed and one of the most beautiful overlooks in Croatia. Stop by at the beautiful, secession-period Hotel Central, drink the water from a wellspring in the town’s center. Enjoy the Pounje region! Then sit on the bike and ride through Section 7: Hrvatska Kostajnica – Dvor.

Section 7: Hrvatska Kostajnica – Dvor
A pure cycling delight can be found on this mid-range (25,100 m) and physically not-too-demanding section; you’ll be riding alongside the Una, enjoying its beauty, with the neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina to your left, and the steep slopes of Zrinska gora to your right, a forested area where you shouldn’t be surprised to see a deer or rabbit gazing at you while passing by. This is a section where you must see …

You must see:
Hrvatska Kostajnica, a town of ancient tradition, rich history and wonderful vistas, a town that lives with its river Una and on it; it is a town that organizes Croatia’s most famous maroon fair – Kestenijada. A little detour takes you uphill, to Kostajnica’s famed hill Djed and one of the most beautiful overlooks in Croatia. Stop by at the beautiful, secession-period Hotel Central, drink the water from a wellspring in the town’s center. Enjoy the Pounje region! There are few places that make it clearer why the Una carries its name (Una – the only one); here, in the relatively quiet section of its green course, this river shines in its full beauty. The end of the section is in Dvor, a town whose original name Podovi u Dvor was changed by Emperor Joseph II himself, who stayed overnight here in 1775. The rich woodlands and river beside you, the rural tourism offer in Dvor’s vicinity, the gorgeous landscape – this is the start of Section 8: Dvor – Glina.

Section 8: Dvor – Glina
The longest and definitely the hardest section with its 53,600 m and a climb over Zrinska gora stands as a worthy challenge even for the fittest of bikers.
A difficult, but not impossible challenge for experienced riders offers rewards throughout the entire way – beautiful views, Alpine-like scenery and passage through famed Gvozdansko, a place of Croatian heroism, are just a sample of what you must see …

You must see:
Dvor, a town whose original name Podovi u Dvor was changed by Emperor Joseph II himself, who stayed overnight here in 1775. The rich woodlands and river beside you, the rural tourism offer in Dvor’s vicinity, the gorgeous landscape – all delights you wouldn’t want to miss. On your way is also Gvozdansko, whose famous story of the invincible courage of 16th century Croatian defenders is told by the remains of its fort, overlooking your route. Glina, the town of Croatia’s national anthem, a town that’s been yet and again rising back from the ashes of battles and tragedies throughout the centuries and a town that welcomes you with the atmosphere of a relaxed, positive and hospitable little place, something already forgotten by the big cities. The road goes on, following Section 9: Glina – Petrinja.

Section 9: Glina – Petrinja
Through the charming Banovina area, on a 22,300 m long asphalt section, you will arrive from Glina to Petrinja in short time, filled with wonder at the scenery surrounding you. The path is winding, with gentle climbs, and a true opportunity for a relaxed ride after the challenges of the previous section. And still with so many things you must see …

You must see:
Glina, the town of Croatia’s national anthem, a town that’s been yet and again rising back from the ashes of battles and tragedies throughout the centuries and a town that welcomes you with the atmosphere of a relaxed, positive and hospitable little place, something already forgotten by the big cities. On your way to Petrinja, you’ll ride through Marin Brod, a suburb of Glina with its attractive Local Museum, then across the gentle hills of Banovina, passing by wellsprings and welcoming households, all the way to Petrinja, a town of song, fun and good food. The park in front of St Lawrence’s Parish Church is one of the most beautiful in Croatia, and Croatian Singing Club Slavulj is the oldest singing society in Croatia. Leaving Petrinja, you’re off to close the circle, via Section 10: Petrinja – Sisak.

Section 10: Petrinja – Sisak
It’s the final 13,200 meters of asphalt, from Petrinja to Sisak, riding on a lowland road, where you must see …

You must see:
Petrinja, the town of song, fun and good food. The park in front of St Lawrence’s Parish Church is one of the most beautiful in Croatia, and Croatian Singing Club Slavulj is the oldest singing society in Croatia. A rich local tradition of trades and crafts, famous potters and Petrinja’s true souvenir ‘stucka’, will delight you and surprise you. On a straight – and, bear in mind, rather busy – road, you’ll reach your starting point, Sisak – the city of Croatian victories. Sisak beckons with the most beautiful promenade (along the river Kupa) in inland Croatia, offering a view of the elegant and always intriguing Old Bridge, its Stari grad (Old Town) fort, where a famous victory of Christians over the Ottoman army was won in 1593, and more, such as a Roman archaeological site, museum … And finally, to the most persistent, most capable, true bikers – congratulations! You have successfully passed 228 kilometers of the County Cyclotourism Route SMC 01!

Gallery:

Section 1: Sisak – Popovača

Section 2: Popovača – Kutina

Section 3: Kutina – Novska

Section 4: Novska – Jasenovac

Section 5: Jasenovac – Hrvatska Dubica

Section 6: Hrvatska Dubica – Hrvatska Kostajnica

Section 7: Hrvatska Kostajnica – Dvor

Section 8: Dvor – Glina

Section 9: Glina – Petrinja

Section 10: Petrinja – Sisak

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