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  CHARACTERISTICS AND VARIATIONS
Characteristics
This short, in parts technically demanding tour leads through the “City of Stone” to the Salei Hut: thanks to the cable car to Ciampinoi, little climbing is required. Only real experts will be able to master some of the sections up to the City of Stone while remaining the saddle, but even pushing your bike for a few metres still allows you to admire the magnificent views of the Langkofel/Sassolungo towering above you. There are also two opportunities to get refreshments and appreciate the breathtaking panorama over the Dolomites, while a fantastic trail on the upper part of the descent also offers something to look forward to.
Just a short distance from the start of the tour near the Tourist Information Office in Wolkenstein/Selva is the bottom of the cable car to Ciampinoi, which takes you up the first 700m. From the top station a hiking trail initially leads steeply downhill then, after a climb, you arrive at the Comici Hut at the foot of the imposing Langkofel/Sassolungo. It is probably too soon to enjoy a refreshment stop, but the food on offer here is excellent. Perhaps you can have a quick drink and admire the panorama before continuing the tour. The path proceeds in the direction of the City of Stone, turning into a marvellous trail with some particularly steep sections and curves obliging most bikers to get off and push. An easy descent through the City of Stone takes you to the car park for the cable car up to the Langkofelscharte/Forcella del Sassolungo gorge, admiring the huge rocks that centuries before fell from the Langkofel/Sassolungo, silent witnesses of a bygone age.
A climb of 50m in the direction of Col Rodella brings you to the Salei Hut: as the tour is now mostly downhill, you can savour a long and enjoyable break.
Afterwards you return to the car park for the Langkofelscharte/Forcella del Sassolungo cable car, where the most interesting part of the tour begins in terms riding technique: a wonderful, narrow trail with a few tricky hairpin bends runs along the lower reaches of the City of Stone in the direction of Plan de Gralba before turning into a wide gravel path. From here, the trail is on the ski piste down to the Grödner Tal/Val Gardena, with the last section following the old railway line back to Wolkenstein/Selva.

 
 
Variations
1. Omitting the Salei Hut: you can slightly shorten the tour by not turning sharp right towards the Salei Hut at the car park at the bottom of the Langkofelscharte/Forcella del Sassolungo cable car (waymarker 15) but instead bearing left downhill in the direction of Plan de Gralba. This omits waymarkers 15-20 (-1.5 km, -50m altitude).

2. Longer approach via Monte Pana: from the starting point in Wolkenstein/Selva, follow the “Sella Ronda anticlockwise” tour. Proceed towards Monte Pana via the village of La Selva then take the lift up to the top and from there to the Comici Hut. At waymarker 8 you rejoin the tour described above (+5.2 km, +310 m altitude).
 
 
  TOUR INFORMATION
Tour information
% of distance
Total distance
14,32 km
100 %
Height variation uphill
224 Hm
Height variation downhill
905 Hm
Maximum altitude
2247 m
Tarmac
0,52 km
3,6 %
Tarmac cycle path
1,67 km
11,7 %
Gravel
4,80 km
33,5 %
Hiking trail
4,45 km
31,1 %
Single track
1,01 km
7,1 %
Carrying / pushing
0,06 km
0,5 %
Cable car / transfer
1,79 km
12,5 %
 
Riding times
Riding time without pauses
Riding time at 10 km/h
1 hr 26 min
Riding time at 12 km/h
1 hr 12 min
Riding time at 14 km/h
1 hr 01 min
Riding time at 16 km/h
54 min
Riding time at 18 km/h
48 min
Riding time at 20 km/h
43 min
   
   
   
   
   
   
Physical condition
Overall condition
2,2
Total height variation
2,0
Total distance
2,0
Maximum altitude
4,0
Riding technique
Overall riding technique
3,7
Surface
3,4
Average climb gradient Ø
4,0
Average descent gradient Ø
4,0
   
Tour evaluation
Overall difficulty
2,9
Climb difficulty
2,6
Descent difficulty
3,5
Emotional experience
Panorama
5,0
Riding fun
3,0
     
   
  GETTING THERE AND STARTING POINT
Getting there
A22 motorway: coming from the north, take exit Innsbruck-Brennero; coming from the south, take exit Verona-Bolzano.
We recommend you exit the A22 at Klausen/Chiusa – Grödner Tal/Val Gardena: after 20 minutes on a well-signposted Alpine road you reach St. Ulrich/Ortisei then, after a few km, St. Christina/Santa Cristina and Wolkenstein/Selva.

Starting point
The tourist information office in Wolkenstein/Selva is located some 500 m after the entrance to the locality on the left.
Parking facilities: at the start of the centre of Wolkenstein/Selva, before the Piazza Nives, take two consecutive left turns to reach the car park of the same name.
The tour begins at the tourist information office in Wolkenstein/Selva.
 
  ROADBOOK
No
km
Next
Hm
Sym
Location
Direction
Route
Time 22 km/h
Time 10 km/h
1
0,00
0,17
1557
Tourist information office in Wolkenstein/Selva
Straight on uphill
A 5%
00:00
00:00
2
0,17
1,79
1566
Bottom of Ciampinoi lift
Take cable car
X 26%
00:00
00:01
3
1,96
0,05
2247
Top of Ciampinoi lift and restaurant
Right
S -6%
00:05
00:11
4
2,01
0,08
2244
Junction to ski piste Sasslonch
Straight on
S-17%
00:05
00:12
5
2,08
0,57
2231
Top of chair lift
Left to Comici Hut (path being rebuilt)
W-18%
00:05
00:12
6
2,66
0,47
2127
Tieja-Sattel (2.128m)
Bear right to Sellajoch/Passo Sella, Naturonda
W -3%
00:07
00:15
7
3,13
0,22
2116
Junction to ski piste
Straight on
W 9%
00:08
00:18
8
3,35
0,11
2137
Intersection near Comici Hut
Left towards Comici Hut
S 13%
00:09
00:20
9
3,47
0,02
2153
Comici Hut
Strait on to Passo Sella, City of Stone
S -5%
00:09
00:20
10
3,49
0,74
2152
Junction
Straight on
S -0%
00:09
00:20
11
4,22
0,53
2148
Junction
Bear right to City of Stone
P 16%
00:11
00:25
12
4,76
0,06
2226
Beginning of pushing section
Straight on
P 14%
00:12
00:28
13
4,82
1,27
2235
End of pushing section
Straight on
W -5%
00:13
00:28
14
6,09
0,06
2183
Bottom of Langkofelscharte gorge lift, end of City of Stone
Straight on
S -4%
00:16
00:36
15
6,14
0,11
2181
Car park at bottom of Langkofelscharte gorge lift
Sharp right uphill
W 9%
00:16
00:36
16
6,25
0,16
2190
Junction near chapel
Straight on
W 13%
00:17
00:37
17
6,42
0,51
2212
Wayside cross
Bear right to Salei Hut
S 3%
00:17
00:38
18
6,92
0,51
2224
Salei Hut
Turn back
S -3%
00:18
00:41
19
7,43
0,16
2212
Crossroads (to Salei Hut)
Bear left at meadow
W-13%
00:20
00:44
20
7,59
0,11
2190
Junction near chapel
Straight on
W -9%
00:20
00:45
21
7,70
0,06
2181
Car park at bottom of Langkofelscharte gorge lift
Straight on
S -2%
00:21
00:46
22
7,76
0,10
2180
Intersection with gravel road
Right downhill
S -9%
00:21
00:46
23
7,87
0,49
2171
Crossroads by hut
Straight on Plan de Gralba
P-12%
00:21
00:47
24
8,35
0,03
2113,
Hut (fence)
Straight on between hut and barn
S -6%
00:22
00:50
25
8,39
0,05
2111
Path junction
Straight on over meadow
W -6%
00:22
00:50
26
8,44
0,53
2108
Crossroads
Straight on
W-10%
00:23
00:50
27
8,97
0,63
2047
Crossroads
Straight on
S -11%
00:24
00:53
28
9,60
0,60
1975
Intersection
Bear right to Plan de Gralba, Wolkenstein/Selva
S -11%
00:26
00:57
29
10,20
0,69
1910
Wayside cross
Follow main path
S-17%
00:27
01:01
30
10,90
0,27
1805
Junction to Jeuf de Frea (near bottom of drag lift)
Straight on
S-8%
00:29
01:05
31
11,16
0,14
1787
Bridge over Rio Gardena stream
Bear right over bridge
R -3%
00:30
01:06
32
11,31
0,15
1783
Bottom of the Piz Sella lift
Left
R -1%
00:30
01:07
33
11,45
0,10
1781
Bridge over Plan de Gralba stream
Left to Plan Wolkenstein/Selva (over bridge)
S 4%
00:31
01:08
34
11,55
0,06
1785
Covered snowgun
Bear right to Wolkenstein/Selva
S -5%
00:31
01:09
35
11,61
0,79
1782
Junction at edge of forest
Bear right downhill to Wolkenstein/Selva
W-21%
00:31
01:09
36
12,40
0,19
1621
Bridge over stream
Bear right over bridge then along stream
S -9%
00:33
01:14
37
12,59
0,25
1604
Carpentry shop
Straight on to Wolkenstein/Selva
R -6%
00:34
01:15
38
12,84
0,06
1589
Intersection with main road
Sharp right to Plan de Gralba
A 7%
00:35
01:17
39
12,90
0,77
1593
Casa Alpina
Bear left (left along sports ground)
R -1%
00:35
01:17
40
13,67
0,28
1581
Hotel La Tambra
Bear right onto course of old railway
R -2%
00:37
01:22
41
13,94
0,09
1577
Hotel Sun Valley
Sharp left downhill
R-12%
00:38
01:23
42
14,03
0,04
1567
Intersection with main road
Sharp right
A -3%
00:38
01:24
43
14,07
0,09
1566
Hotel Krone
Bear left following main road
A 0%
00:38
01:24
44
14,16
0,17
1566
Bottom of Ciampinoi lift
Straight on
A -5%
00:38
01:24
45
14,32
0,00
1557
Tourist information office in Wolkenstein/Selva
End of tour
A 0%
00:39
01:25
  EXPLANATION OF EVALUATION FACTORS, SURFACE AND SLOPE
Explanation of evaluation factors
• Overall difficulty based on climb difficulty (60%) and descent difficulty (40%)
• Climb difficulty based on total distance uphill (30%), overall height variation uphill (30%), surface uphill (10%), average slope   uphill (25%), highest altitude reached (5%).
• Descent difficulty consists of total distance downhill (10%), overall height variation downhill (10%), surface downhill (50%),   average slope downhill (30%).
• Physical condition based on total distance (40%), with overall height variation (50%) and highest altitude reached (10%).
• Riding technique based on surface (50%), with average slope uphill (30%) and average slope downhill (20%).
• Writer’s subjective evaluation of panorama and riding fun.

Explanation of surface and slope
A = Tarmac road
steep uphil
from + 15%
R = Tarmac cycle path
uphill
up to + 14%
S = Gravel
level
ca. +/- 4%
W = Hiking trail
downhill
up to - 19%
P = Path, Single Trail
steep downhill
from - 20%
T = Carrying / pushing
X = Cable car / transfer

Route: the percentages indicate the average climb (+) or the average descent (-) to the next waymarker.
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