On Friday, the 11th Bicycle Caravan of Friendship Mostar Vukovar leaves Mostar for Vukovar, and the organizers point out that everything is ready for the cyclists to leave for the City of Hero. The Mostar-Vukovar Friendship Bicycle Caravan will begin on Friday, April 28, 2023, when cyclists from Mostar will set off on a 500-km journey to the City of Vukovar. The return of the cyclists is planned for Tuesday, May 2, 2023, after visiting the village of Borovo, where they will attend the commemoration of 12 killed police officers.
As we have already announced, the caravan of 30 cyclists will start traditionally on April 28. from the square of Croatian defenders (Rondo) at 09:00 a.m. when they will be escorted by the mayor of the City of Mostar, Dr. Mario Kordić. The friendship between the cities of Mostar and Vukovar will once again be linked by an unbreakable bond, not only Mostar and Vukovar, but also all those places through which the caravan passes, as well as the towns that host the caravan, Kiseljak, Žepče, Orašje and Županja. That everything is ready is also confirmed by the host cities, and among them the most important one, the City of Vukovar as the most important host in this entire organization, which has confirmed hosting and is ready to welcome its friends from Mostar this year as well.
Josip Paloš himself, the head of the City of Vukovar, expressed his satisfaction and pride that this year they are also partners in the Mostar-Vukovar friendship bicycle caravan project: “The City of Vukovar is happy that this year we can also participate in the organization of such a big event. We have agreed with the organizers everything about the arrival of the friendship caravan and we are looking forward to the arrival of our friends. Every year we try to provide different content for our cyclists, and this year we suggest a tour of the Museum of Vučedol culture in Vukovar and later an appropriate gathering with dinner for all participants”.
The municipalities of Kiseljak and Žepče together with their mayors Mladen Mišurić Ramljak and Mata Zovko will welcome and host the cycling caravan this year, and after the cyclists cross into the Republic of Croatia they will be welcomed by the mayors of the cities of Županja and Vukovar, Damir Juzbašić and Ivan Penava.
The bicycle caravan of friendship will last five days, and will consist of four stages with a total length of more than 500 kilometers. The caravan will move in the direction of Mostar – Kiseljak – Žepče – Orašje – Županja – Vukovar, and will drive on main and county roads.
“For several months, we have been actively working on the organization of the 11th Bicycle Caravan of Friendship, and now that we are only a few days away from the start of the caravan, emotions are beginning to accumulate and there is great excitement among all the participants of the Bicycle Caravan of Friendship. We are ready that this year, for the eleventh time, let’s set off on a 500km journey, and I can say that we are happy that this year we can once again connect all the cities and municipalities through which our friendship caravan passes,” said Toni Zorić, a member of the organizing team.
There was great interest in participating in the caravan, and the organizers closed registrations a few days ago. This year, the caravan will gather more than 30 participants. It is important to say that this year the friendship caravan will bring presents from Herzegovina for their friends in Bosnia and the Republic of Croatia.
“The idea to promote autochthonous products from Herzegovina by bringing gifts from friends from Herzegovina to our friends in Bosnia and the Republic of Croatia through the increasingly popular sport of cycling met with positive reactions and now it has already become a custom that will probably become a tradition. Our friends in Kiseljak , Žepča, Županja and Vukovar will receive gift packages that will contain autochthonous products from Herzegovina, and precisely because of this, the caravan will set off on its journey in 2023 with the slogan “From Herzegovina with heart”, concluded Zorić.
Gift packages for our friends in 2023 will be prepared by the following associations: Referral Center veteran/fighter co-operative and Visit Blidinje, and Lasta i Hercegovina Vino company.
The cycling caravan will be secured by a police escort, and the organizers would like to thank all the police officers who have been professionally performing their duties for 11 years and are concerned about the safety of all participants.
The organizers would like to thank all the sponsors and friends of the Mostar-Vukovar bicycle caravan for their support and preservation of friendship between the cities and municipalities through which the caravan passes. Thank you!
Sponsors of the event: The cities of Mostar, Županja and Vukovar, and the municipalities of Kiseljak and Žepče
Sponsors of the event: Sports Association of the City of Mostar, Keš d.o.o., Habitus Capljina, Telemach, Konoba Goranci, Referal Center Branitelj/Zadugar, HercegovinaVino, Lasta Capljina, Visit Blidinje, Džajic, Lumen, Bernina and GumaM.
The Mostar Vukovar Friendship Bicycle Caravan will leave Mostar on Friday, April 28, at 9 a.m. in front of Mostar’s Kosača, and the organizers hereby invite all their friends to send them off to the Hero City – Vukovar.