Novalja once again brings CRO Race to Pag

Cro Race last year reached 1,5 billion global viewers.


10. April 2024.

The world cycling elite will gather again in Pag after the Portuguese Iuri Gabriel Dantas Leitão recorded a triumphant victory in Novalja last year.

In the tense final sprint on the second stage of the CRO Race, Leitão won the first place, and thanks to the staff who went to the world, Novalja and Pag rightfully entered the global map of cycling destinations. 

Ahead of the most important cycling race in Croatia, today is at the City Hall a new Cooperation Agreement was signed between the company TOP SPORTS EVENTS, race organizer and City of Novalja which last year became the first island host of the finish line in the history of the race.

With the race director CRO Race Vladimir Miholjević The cooperation agreement was signed by the mayor of the City of Novalja and the president of the Tourist Board of the City of Novalja Ivan Dabo and director of the Tourist Board of the City of Novalja Marina Šćiran.

At the same time, preparations for the CRO Race 2024, which will be held from October 1 to 6, and according to the organizers' announcements and the audience's expectations, another strong edition is ahead of us.  

"After an extremely successful last season, the signing of the Cooperation Agreement with the City of Novalja represents a logical step in the development of cooperation and synergy between us as organizers and the local self-government, which is transmitted to other segments of society through sport.. I am glad that Novalja recognized the international importance of the race in the context of promotion and the potential and benefits that the race offers, because the goal of CRO Race from the very beginning was, in addition to the sports segment, to provide additional value for all partners. We kept the race on the island again this year because Novalja justifies our expectations and trust, and that means a lot to us as organizers.He said Vladimir Miholjevic, CRO Race Director. 

Vladimir Miholjevic Marina Sciran Ivan Dabo

This cooperation not only promotes Novalja on the national and global scene, attracting sports enthusiasts and tourists, but also offers an exchange of experiences and knowledge in the organization of sports events, which in the long run can lead to the improvement of the sports infrastructure and tourist offer of Novalja and Pag.

"I am extremely pleased that the City of Novalja will host one of the stages again this year, that is, that the company TOP SPORT EVENTS has recognized us as an important partner in the realization of this top sports experience. The return of the strongest names from the world of cycling to the Island of the Moon will once again confirm our presence on the world cycling map. The signing of this Cooperation Agreement also brings us closer and one step closer to our goal of positioning Novalja as a destination for active tourism, and the enthusiasm of our fellow citizens and tourists for last year's race encourages us to be great hosts again this year.He said Ivan Dabo, mayor of Novalja. 

The director of the Tourist Board of the City of Novalja emphasized the importance of the CRO Race bicycle race for tourism. Marina Šćiran:

"Last year, we hosted the finish line of the second stage, and participation in the ninth edition of the CRO Race provides us with a truly unique opportunity to once again bring the truly beautiful scenery of Novalja and the ambiance of the entire island of Pag closer to the domestic and international public. Thanks to the long-term focus on active and sports tourism, Novalja has built a new vision of tourism development. The CRO Race is an indispensable part of this progress, and its touristic and economic impact is evident in the results of the destination and the positive reactions of all participants.."

Ivan dabo, mayor of the city of Novalja and president of the so-called city of Noalja
Photo: Ivan Dabo, mayor of the city of Novalja and president of the TZ of the city of Novalja

Among other things, CRO Race is also specific in that, in addition to well-known destinations, every year it tries - and succeeds - to introduce some new areas into the story and in this way get closer to all parts of Croatia, and the newly signed Cooperation Agreement with the City of Novalja means that and confirms.  

Thanks to the CRO Race, Croatia will for the ninth time be transformed into a unique sports arena whose staff will once again tour the whole world. Speaking of the context of global visibility, viewers around the world have the opportunity to see some of the most representative parts of our country and cultural-historical heritage, and thanks to the great interest of the foreign public, the race was shown last year on six continents in more than 190 countries, that is, it achieved reach towards 1,5 billion global viewers. 

Judging by the previous editions and the standards raised every year, there will be no shortage of quality in the sports, competitive segment this year either, as spectators can expect a no less spectacular performance by top teams from the UCI WorldTeams, UCI ProTeams and UCI Continental Teams categories. 

More information about the race will be available soon on the official website 


10. April 2024.