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Enduro Round Trip with Sector Enduro Serbia (lot of photos)

Week ago we successfully finished this year’s most demanding Enduro tour. Exactly a week,  that’s the time we needed to recover 🙂

Ten (10) riders from Norway were our guests for seven amazing days. This tour was different from it’s beginning – our negotiations started more then year and a half ago. Probably we were not ready for something like that back then. And I was honest with with them telling so. We stayed in contact and they had been carefully following us on social media – our growth, our new tracks, bikes news and how our experience was growing. So at some moment they decided that we’re ready 🙂

Tour, which could be easily named as Project, had formula

– 2 days of technical #HardEnduro – split in two groups with different skill level

– one day off with some hanging around

– 3 days Enduro Round Trip.

To be honest, before D-day, we had been running through schedule over and over again just not to miss every single detail…and there were lot of them – transfer from and to airport, day-off

– bike preparations – we had to check all our bikes and do usual stuff on bikes like changing oil, washing air filters, change tires, maintain forks on 2 older bikes, repair starter on one EXC 350, put new muffler protection, repair few wires and killer switches.. Lots of job 🙂

– spare parts – purchase few clutch and front brake levers, chain locks, batteries, radiators, grips, one throttle set, magnet and clutch covers and stuff like wire, liquid metal, tools..and of course duct tape

– meals at accommodations and in mountains (especially those on Round Trip) – not a easy one 🙂 as it was touristic season, we had to book everything more or less without mistakes in timing, otherwise we could have continued riding without lunch at some places.

– other stuff like single room accommodations, luggage transfers on round trip, everyday refueling, spare bike, trailer…beer 😄🍾

– Tracks were special challenge – we had to prepare  alternative Enduro routes for extreme details, reconcile riding few places where the only way was over some small sections of private property, check em few times..

Hard Enduro riding first two days was just amazing. We split in two groups and rode only hard and extreme tracks. Riders were just excellent – they strictly followed our recommendations and rode absolutely everything without causing any damage to both – themselves and bikes 🙂

On day-off I surprisingly recognized that they didn’t like brandy as they liked beer 🙂 We visited one of the oldest distilleries in Serbia and stayed sober 🙂

In spite of checking all this few times, all preparations , we had one unexpected (I knew that I had to expect something unexpected) issue – beginning of hunting season on Tara mountain was actually adjourned because of heavy rains that had preceded and was scheduled exactly for first day of Round Trip. That meant that we had to exclude part of first’s day Enduro Round Trip track and to leave Tara mountain as soon as possible.

So, we had to extend Enduro tracks and riding on Zlatibor. Exploring and riding, especially Hard Enduro tracks always needs time, but we didn’t have it that time and we used our experience to lay the new sections. At some places we had to wait until Dushan checked it, at some places we hit the shepherd wires.. But generally, route was quite difficult and interesting 😉

Second day of our Enduro was according to plan except the one thing – one of our quests decided that had it enough for that day and asked us to pick him up at lunch and drive to our next accommodation. Actually, I thought that he was going to ride around one pretty extreme Enduro section, but he didn’t and that sucked all his energy. On the other hand, he rode one of highest and most beautiful ridges in Serbia and that was worth of it! 🙂

The rest of the day was great, full of rocky sections and beautiful views….and hospitable locals who offered us traditional bandy and overnight stay 🙂 I have always been telling our guests that it’s just impossible to be hungry and left alone in Serbia 🙂

And we had a really great adventure, the best so far. No such a successful trip without such a good riders and people.

Thx to great crew from Norway and Serbia.😎

Round Trip, Tara & Zlatibor Mountains (Video Inside)

In the end of April we had 4 riders from Russia and Germany on our Round Tip. First day we had enduro school skill check, and the other 3 days were for trip itself.

We connected all we considered worth of seeing on these two mountains which are actually the most beautiful in Serbia. As for the Enduro and route difficulty, generally it can be finished by every more or less enduro or off road rider. To be honest, there are sections that just have no alternative route, but we are there to help.
We start from Tara, ride part of it, then jump on Zlatibor mountain and most part of first day track lays there. First night is also on Zlatibor. Second day we ride to Priboj, over highest peak Tornik, Senista, distant places like Brezna and Jeleca. Third day route leads us over gorgeous Uvac canyon and hidden monastery, then through Jabanica (with coffee brake there), Rzav canyon and Semegnyevo to reach Mokra Gora and Tara again.

All that enduro rider can dream about is there – rocky rivers, fire roads, ravines, long downhills, forest trails, long small rivers canyons… Semi hard but lots of it and whats most important, there are NO beaten tracks.

Here is a little footage from first day 🙂

More to come. Enjoy!

Final Preps for 2019

Few days ago we got second and last load of 3 KTM TPI bikes. All protection gear had been ordered much before bikes were supposed to arrive but sometimes God has other plans, so the delivery was delayed and scheduled for the same days as 3 last bikes. And now all our plans to do it peace by peace were ruined. But the saying is – don’t have time have friends 🙂

And it’s fun right to the moment when they go home and you still have a plenty of work to do.

So here is the list:

  1. mounting skid plate
  2. hand guards
  3. moussess
  4. fans

If you going to use 140 moussess (we use technomousse) and Maxxiss tires that come with new bikes, be ready for hard work . And be sure that you’ll not complete that mission alone.

No problems with skid plate, I was expecting much more suffering. Hand guards we use original one, they turned up to be extremely reliable and tenacious 🙂

Two days we stayed late at night when even beer did’n help 🙂

Not to mention all that work with hotel bookings, transfers preparations, food for Round Trip tour, riding gear check, GPS, batteries, spare parts…

To be continued 🙂

Enduro Tours in Romania vs Enduro Tours in Serbia Part 4

I think four parts of writing about this subject (Enduro Tours Romania vs Enduro Tours Serbia) are quite enough. Actually, this was kind of thinking aloud. Maybe some information could be useful once!

So lets get summarizing all this, if it is possible 🙂

Enduro tours in Romania have big tradition and have been in deal since 2000s. There are lots of them so you can choose either by recommendation or just by yourself.

As for the tracks, bikes, nature and Enduro riding generally, there is no big difference between Enduro in Romania and Enduro in Serbia. This type of tourism must meet the highest standards of service in accommodation and food, because it is conjugated with all day heavy physical activities and riders just have to be fully prepared and rested for a ride. So mostly riders don’t stay to long with beer and brandy at nightclubs. After all, Enduro riders consider riding as most interesting and best entertainment in the World and the main reason they come 🙂

I have to match that nightlife and city break is in favor of Romania, but don’t forget that Serbia is famous for its creative and unexpected entertainment, so if you want some other night clubs and bars, and something other in generally, just ask!

If you want to try other that well known destination, check the food #1 in Europe, and see how this offer can look like when somebody made a mission out of this, then welcome 🙂

 

PS

As I’m an Master of Nuclear Engineering, I like sheets, analysis, graphs and all that stuff, so I packed it all in one place.

What?
Europe Yes Yes
Discounter Airlines WizzAir, RyanAir, EasyJet WizzAir, RyanAir, EasyJet
Regular Airlines Yes Yes
Distance from Airport 5 – 100 km 180 km
Enduro is Legal? Yes Yes
Choice, companies 20+ 3
Place Transylvanian Alps Tara and Zlatibor mountains
City Sibiu, Arad Bajina Basta, Zlatibor
Shoping Yes Little bit
After ride time Sibiu, nightlife Provincial town, local
All inclusive? Yes Yes
Own Bike option? Yes Yes
Lone Riding? No
Prices 3 days all inclusive 650 EUR groups 3+ 690 EUR groups 2+
Prices 5 days all inclusive 950 EUR groups ? 850 EUR groups 3+ (lite Enduro)
Enduro School Yes Yes
Adventure long trips Yes Yes
Bikes    
__Expensive companies Sherco, Betta, KTM 2018, 2019 We are not expensive
__Cheap locals Variety KTM 2019 J
__Protection Full Full
__Moussess Yes Yes
__Breakage deposit Yes Yes
Tracks    
__Level All All
__Altitude 300 – 2200 m 500 – 1600 m
__Round trips Yes Yes
Accommodation    
__appts ALL (3 -5 *) ALL (3 -4 *)
__mountain cabins On request On request
Food
__included Breakfasts, dinners Breakfasts, dinners
__on request lunch lunch
Season April – end of October March – end of November
Weather Wide range Quite stable and sunny
 
Language English, German English, Russian, (German soon)
Guides Huge variety 3 dedicated

Few words why Enduro Round Trip Adventure is Best Seller

Since the end 2016 we had only few groups of Enduro Experts who came not to ride as much as to train hard.

All our other guests were either intermediate or beginners in Hard Enduro. So, it came that people were mostly coming for good time and to have a pleasure from riding in nature. Lots of our precious guests wanted to pop in traditional life in mountain households who haven’t changed almost nothing in their lives for a long time.

Some asked us to stay for a day there, saying that they hadn’t felt like that for a long time. As we started this Enduro Tours thing by targeting mostly Hard Enduro and Extreme Enduro audience, hence the tour plan was such – we were accommodated at one place and every day we had both – start and finish there.

Then, we decided to establish new Enduro offer – Round Trip Enduro Adventure, which would include all that was missing in usual Hard Tour. That means specific feeling from Adventure of Exploring new places on first place. Second, accommodation is arranged at different place every night with different people hosting us in their households.

The tour we offer now is 350 km long and route goes over 2 most beautiful mountains in Serbia – Tara and Zlatibor. In order to attract more riders and promote our beautiful and hospitable country, we made a lot alternative sections for different skill levels but all of them follow the main route’s direction. That’s why this offer is suitable for both beginners and advanced Enduro riders.

As a result, we got an adventurous Enduro riding event, which will be one of your “life rides”. Places that you dreamed to visit, feeling of freedom that you’ve probably forgotten lately in your life because of work and worries, all that now is arranged in endless sequence of long mountain ridges, untouched forests, lakes, little rivers, hidden monasteries, trails, view points sceneries…

I think now, that this trip is perfect combination of adventure and technical riding and probably that’s the reason why it has become best seller recently.

See you there 🙂

Enduro Tours in Romania vs Enduro Tours in Serbia Part 3

Part 3

Well, yes, there are differences between riding Enduro in Romania and Serbia. But, no matter how hard I tried to evaluate and sort them out, the fact still stays the same. Definitely, Enduro in Romania is like one big Enduro party, or even more – like one big Enduro Circus 🙂 That’s like renting a scooter or having a massage in Thailand –  you can find it on every turn 🙂

No doubt you’ll find a lot of good companies as well as “gold diggers” who’ll try to make use of Romania Enduro Tours Glory. Usually those riders who come for the first time with no significant knowledge and experience will just consider some things as normal and self-evident. Like using simple tires with flat tire issue very often, riding beaten tracks, no proper teaching etc.

However, those who carry make their services better every year and enjoy their job.

From one hand, we don’t have any serious competition here, just because we made this to be our main job. But as we are only 400 km from Sibiu (yes, that’s true) and in every single tour negotiation riders compare us with offers from Romania Enduro companies, it comes that we must correspond to services offered there and try to be a slightly better and of course, cheaper.

For example, it’s already not enough to offer 2016 and 2017 bikes for most of young clients. Just because most of them ride exactly that MY at home. Or, just want to try new models like happened in 2018 with those TPI’s.

And we purchased 7 new KTM EXC TPI’s because of that and because we just know that we will grow. Partly because we encountered that it’s much more interesting for newcomer to learn something like student – like of road riding exercises spending on it every day just 1 hour of systematic Enduro training, we established Enduro School. That allows rookie to feel himself more confident, he’ll be able to face a lot of situations that surely occurs if you want to ride real Enduro and spread the riding geography. No to mention that by teaching him in Enduro School, we minimize possibility of injury and bike damage, which in turn makes rider more relaxed and enjoying on bike.

End of part 3

Next part I’ll conclude that all we need is love 🙂

Sector Enduro sunny rides from 2018 :)

This video is compilation from October and November 2018. We had guests From Sweden, France, Russia and Spain. Tours hard and lite Enduro, 3 & 4 days. All tours were held on Tara mountain on EXC 450, 300, 350, HUsaberg 350 and TPI 300 & 250.

Just cool video from last ride 2018

This ride was on November 2018. Actually, this is second part of Enduro Round Trip Adventure route tracing and checking. I’m sure that this track deserves to be most exciting and adventurous one so far. It consists of semi-hard sections, lots of panoramic and scenery places, rivers, mountain ridges and everything that makes Enduro riding so attractive 🙂

Perfect offer for intermediate riders and unforgettable ride of life 🙂

Enduro in Romania vs Enduro in Serbia Part 2

Part 2

So, in the Part 1 I was trying to be clever “Enduro bloger” with some topics on Riding Enduro in Romania vs Riding it in Serbia 🙂

Choice of Enduro Tours companies in Romania is actually huge. However, main locations are around Arad and Sibiu, which are 80% of all destinations. Arad is nice Romanian city and Enduro riding goes in the mountains with altitude up to 650 m which is not to high.

Now, argument in favor of Romania – Sibiu has an international airport and that fact instantly solves one of the subjects in negotiation process with riders – how long it takes to get to accommodation and arrival beer? As for the flights prices they vary and sometimes are quite low. But not all season.

And here we get to one of subjects which could be actually considered as our advantage. And that subject is season duration. Snow on Tara and Zlatibor melts down at the end of February, mostly even earlier, and temperatures get high enough for riding at the same time.

Riding Enduro in Romania is strongly tied with rains and snow, which are issue quite often. Snow comes to Transilvania Alps (Sibiu companies) in mid-October and sometimes even earlier while the Enduro riding in Serbia goes until the end of November and even in December.

That’s because we are southern and our mountains are not as huge and humid as Carphatian, but still are high quite enough – up to 1600m, which is perfect for Enduro trails.

End of Part 2.

Next will be about what influence to service quality has the fact that we are new and we have the Romania Enduro Tours companies as neighbors  🙂

Enduro in Romania vs Enduro in Serbia Part 1

I was just thinking about our advantages and limitations comparing to Romania Enduro tours companies and generally riding Enduro in Romania. Actually, I think about that all the time 🙂

I carefully watch over the lot of Enduro Tours companies in Romania, Bulgaria and Greece by following them on Facebook, Instagram, visiting their web pages etc.

And what I’ve noticed…

Main conclusion is that Romania sells Enduro services by the key word – Romania 🙂 because they’ve been operating on that market since ‘90s… Some of the companies still have the photos in their galleries with very old bikes… That’s of course serious argument. And the main one.

Second is Sibiu and that’s the killer argument. Sibiu is just amazing old city with everything you might need besides Enduro in Romania..

Our guests have never complained about the night life and of course, they all liked it, but at the first sight by surfing through Google and watching what offers Sibiu and what can you expect from Tara, we lose that round 🙂 Not to forget the fact that the easiest way to come to ride with buddies sometimes is to take your wife with you 🙂 And the easiest way to make your wife happy while you’re off for riding and spending money on it, is to arrange her shopping. Sibiu +100, Tara -100 🙂 Yes, this advantage can cause spending more money at after-ride time which makes this kind of relatively expensive entertainment even more expensive 🙂

Now we spread our riding geography to nearby Zlatibor mountain which has far more nightlife and places for riders wife 🙂

Third fact considers the Enduro riding geography in Romania, which is just huge of course. From one hand, no doubt that’s advantage. From the other, riding domain in Enduro terms, usually covers the surface with diameter of about 20-25 km max if you ride it from one place every day.

So, the size here doesn’t matter 🙂 These bikes are some kind of sport equipment and stuff for entertainment not transport vehicles for touring or traveling.

Yes, you might think that Round Trip Enduro tours demand a huge and wild territory, but again, we face the fact that for good and interesting riding you can’t do more than 80-100 km per day, with, for example, 4 day tour. Moreover the good tracks are traced the way they should be accessible by 4×4 and not to far from inhabited places…

So, this “size advantage” is questionable because you can’t cover more then 70-100 km of hard Enduro tracks a day. That’s area within a radius of 15 km from your accommodation.

End of part 1. Next part continues exciting tale of Serbia Enduro rising and revenge 🙂

 

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