Gregor Lah has set the fastest course time: 17 hours and 20 minutes to cover 400 km with 5500 m of climbing! The first night saw the arrival of other ten other riders before sunrise. We welcomed the first woman at the break of dawn: Hannah Ghazi-Idrissi returned to Sežana in just 22 hours and 10 minutes.
Keep these numbers in mind for 2024! The perfect trail and weather conditions will be hard to match, and these FKT could last for a long time.
Istra Land 2023 hosted riders from 32 countries. The most represented country was Italy, with 40% of riders, followed by Germany (15%), Austria (14.7%), Slovenia (8%), and Switzerland (5.5%). Not only Europeans joined! Riders flew in at the start line from all over the world, including Canada, the US, and New Zealand, rising remarkably over-sea participation. The less represented nations ended up being Greece and Ukraine, with just one rider per country at the start.
The oldest rider was born in 1952 (71 years old) and finished in two days and 11 hours; the youngest in 2003, finishing in one day and 18 hours. Also, three father-daughter/son pairs joined.