The large cycling race “Uvati Vitar” will take place again this year on May 20 on Brač Island in Dalmatia. The start and finish is in Sutivan, with cyclists pedalling over 100 kilometres through Supetar, Postire and Nerežišća and Milna. This is a top-notch sports event for Dalmatia and the development of cyclotourism, an aspect of selective tourism with the highest growth rates in the last several years in the world, Mreža TV reported on February 28, 2017.
Last year’s premier race was categorised for the Cup of Croatia competition. After a job well done, the same will occur this year. It is the only such category race in this county, a crown of several years of investments into cyclotourism in middle Dalmatia.
For Brač to host such a race, investments were needed in municipal infrastructure. In the last three years the small district of Sutivan invested significant funds into developing cycling routes.
Besides the tourism promotion, “Uvati Vitar” has unmeasurable significance for Croatian cycling and positioning Split-Dalmatia County on the world map of cycling races.
The Brač race will again see the participation of Filip Turk, Croatian champion in mountain cycling seven years in a row and currently 140th in the world ranking.
As part of the main race, there will be two additional smaller cycling races in Sutivan from May 19 to 21. The veteran race is 36 kilometre long and the recreational race is 20 kilometres long.