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GARDENA VALLEY TOUR
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  CHARACTERISTICS AND VARIATIONS
Characteristics
The tour of the Gardena valley features the three main towns of the valley in a diversified tour that is ideal for those starting mountain biking. Its course runs almost completely away from the more busy main road. The ascent on sections of the former railway line in the second part of the tour on the way back to Wolkenstein is especially pleasant. The gentle, steady incline that was necessary then for trains is very relaxing for bikers.
The tour begins at the tourism association in Wolkenstein. The route out of the valley mainly follows the left bank of rio (brook) Gardena. It begins on beautiful woodland and meadow paths directly along the brook and later between St. Christina and St. Ulrich on tarmac secondary roads with hardly any traffic. In this way you arrive at the promenade in St. Ulrich with almost no increase in altitude difference.
At the valley station of the Seiser Alm cable car you turn right, cross the main road via the pedestrian bridge and reach the centre of the village. From now on it is only uphill. Altogether, it is a good 450 metres difference in altitude to Wolkenstein, but the incline is very moderate and makes for a fantastic ride.
Shortly before St. Christina you come across La Pozza, a small village behind St. Christina, on the section you already know from the way there and that you now take in the opposite direction. The route changes there again to the other side of the valley and follows the old, abandoned railway line, that has been converted to a cycle path, back to Wolkenstein.

Variations
1. Alternative starting points: you can start the tour from any place in the valley, for example, even from St. Christina or Ortisei.

2. Short tour: already at waymarker 10 you can greatly shorten the tour by not bearing left here but going right to La Pozza. You continue the tour by a direct route at waymarker 57 (-13.6 km, -373 m altitude difference).

3. The way back via Anna valley (Annatal), St. Jakob and the valley station Col Raiser: the tour is decidedly more demanding, but also much more beautiful if you follow the signposts in St. Ulrich for the valley station Seceda and further on in the direction of the Annatal. Either you take the short detour to this stunningly located stop for refreshments, or at the Pauli mountain cabin turn immediately right in the direction of St. Jakob's church. The route continues via Insom to the Col Raiser valley station. A short descent takes you down to La Pozza, where you join the tour described here again at waymarker 59.

4. Extension into the Langental: Whoever, on the way back and just before Wolkenstein, has not yet had enough should not continue straight ahead on the old railway line at waymarker 61, but bear left for a short distance on the road. Turn left at the next traffic roundabout and from there on follow the road into the Langental. On the way back keep left at the car park at the mouth of the valley and go back to Wolkenstein again via the valley station Dantercepies.

 
 
  TOUR INFORMATION
Tour information
% of distance
Total distance
17,72 km
100 %
Height variation uphill
464 Hm
Height variation downhill
464 Hm
Maximum altitude
1569 m
Tarmac
1,20 km
6,8 %
Tarmac cycle path
10,09 km
57,0 %
Gravel
4,68 km
26,5 %
Hiking trail
1,73 km
9,8 %
Single track
0,00 km
0,0 %
Carrying / pushing
0,00 km
0,0 %
Cable car / transfer
0,00 km
0,0 %
 
Riding times
Riding time without pauses
Riding time at 10 km/h
1 hr 46 min
Riding time at 12 km/h
1 hr 29 min
Riding time at 14 km/h
1 hr 16 min
Riding time at 16 km/h
1 hr 06 min
Riding time at 18 km/h
59 min
Riding time at 20 km/h
53 min
   
   
   
   
   
   
Physical condition
Overall condition
2,1
Total height variation
2,0
Total distance
2,0
Maximum altitude
3,0
Riding technique
Overall riding technique
2,2
Surface
2,5
Average climb gradient Ø
2,0
Average descent gradient Ø
2,0
   
Tour evaluation
Overall difficulty
2,1
Climb difficulty
2,1
Descent difficulty
2,2
Emotional experience
Panorama
2,0
Riding fun
2,0
     
   
  GETTING THERE AND STARTING POINT
Getting there
Take Brenner motorway A22, coming from the north via Innsbruck-Brenner, or from the south via Verona-Bozen.
The best motorway exit is Klausen/Gröden. From there in about 20 minutes you can reach St Ulrich and a few kilometres further on St. Christina and Wolkenstein on a clearly signposted mountain road.

Starting point
The tourism association is located on the left about 500 m after you enter the village of Wolkenstein.
Parking is available at the the beginning of the village centre of Wolkenstein. Turn left before Nives Platz and then immediately left again into the Nives car park.
The tour begins at the tourism association Wolkenstein.
 
  ROADBOOK
No
km
Next
Hm
Sym
Location
Direction
Route
Time 22 km/h
Time 10 km/h
1
0,00
0,05
1557
Tourist information office in Wolkenstein/Selva
Straight on downhill
A -6%
00:00
00:00
2
0,05
0,05
1554
Café Mozart
Sharp left onto permanent hiking trail
R -8%
00:00
00:00
3
0,10
0,06
1550
Casa Elisabetha
Sharp right downhill
R -4%
00:00
00:00
4
0,17
0,20
1548
End of tarmac
Straight on
S -3%
00:00
00:00
5
0,37
0,08
1543
Fire station
Straight on
R -4%
00:01
00:02
6
0,45
0,43
1540
House of Culture
Bear left
R 0%
00:01
00:02
7
0,88
0,18
1541
Junction at signpost 30
Straight on
R -3%
00:02
00:05
8
1,06
0,19
1535
Junction with hiking trail
Bear right to 22a
W-16%
00:02
00:06
9
1,24
0,24
1501
Beginning of tarmac
Straight on
R -5%
00:03
00:07
10
1,48
0,35
1487
Haus Paladina
Bear left to Fischburg 22a
W -3%
00:04
00:08
11
1,83
0,43
1471
Junction with hiking trail
Straight on
W -8%
00:04
00:10
12
2,25
0,11
1438
Crossroads
Straight on downhill
R -8%
00:06
00:13
13
2,36
0,08
1430
Wooden bridge
Bear left along stream
R 1%
00:06
00:14
14
2,44
0,29
1432
Junction before subway
Bear left along stream
S -8%
00:06
00:14
15
2,74
0,13
1409
Intersection with bottom of Sasslong lift
Bear left along stream
S -3%
00:07
00:16
16
2,86
0,13
1405
Junction
Bear left over the Rio Gardena stream
R -4%
00:07
00:17
17
3,00
0,04
1399
Bridge (towards Val Gardena Marketing in S. Cristina)
Straight on through subway
S 0%
00:08
00:17
18
3,04
0,29
1399
Junction after subway under main road
Straight on
R -3%
00:08
00:18
19
3,32
0,77
1389
Bottom of Monte Pana chairlift
Straight on along stream
S -5%
00:09
00:19
20
4,10
0,06
1349
Bridge over stream (towards waterfall)
Straight on uphill
R 10%
00:11
00:24
21
4,16
0,26
1355
Hofer Group
Bear left
R 1%
00:11
00:24
22
4,42
0,21
1356
Crossing with main road
Bear left onto main road
A -5%
00:12
00:26
23
4,63
0,32
1346
Junction
Left into Via Mulin d’Odum
R -10%
00:12
00:27
24
4,95
0,79
1312
Transformer station
Right over St. Ulrich/Ortisei bridge
R 1%
00:13
00:29
25
5,74
0,95
1321
Intersection with Via Jender
Bear right downhill
R -3%
00:15
00:34
26
6,69
0,29
1278
Junction with hiking trail 19 towards Pedroc-Hartl
Right downhill
R -7%
00:18
00:40
27
6,98
0,54
1257
Junction with Streda Furdenan
Straight on
R -6%
00:19
00:41
28
7,52
0,47
1224
St. Ulrich/Ortisei playground
Bear left on path along stream
R -2%
00:20
00:45
29
7,99
0,12
1214
Raiffeisenkasse Kastelruth (bank)
Straight on along stream
R 0%
00:21
00:47
30
8,11
0,08
1214
Residence Oswald
Straight on uphill to Alpe di Siusi cable car
R 8%
00:22
00:48
31
8,19
0,15
1220
Bottom of Seiser Alm/Alpe di Siusi cable car, St. Ulrich/Ortisei
Sharp left to centre over footbridge
R 3%
00:22
00:49
32
8,34
0,04
1224
Hotel Adler
Bear left into pedestrian area
R 12%
00:22
00:50
33
8,38
0,03
1229
Landesberufschule (Vocational Training Institute)
Straight on
R 7%
00:22
00:50
34
8,41
0,08
1231
Tourist information office in St. Ulrich/Ortisei
Right to St. Jakob/San Giacomo
R 6%
00:22
00:50
35
8,49
0,04
1236
Church of St. Ulrich/Ortisei
Bear right after church
R 7%
00:23
00:50
36
8,54
0,60
1239
Pana car park
Straight on (left past the car park entrance)
R 6%
00:23
00:51
37
9,14
0,20
1273
Junction streda Paul Grohmann
Straight on downhill
R -10%
00:24
00:54
38
9,33
0,20
1253
Otco Sculptures
Bear left to S. Cristina
A 7%
00:25
00:55
39
9,53
1,15
1270
Zebra crossing
Bear right to S. Cristina
S 4%
00:25
00:57
40
10,68
0,22
1314
End of gravel path
Straight on
R 8%
00:29
01:04
41
10,89
0,22
1330
Intersection in front of Hotel Diamant
Bear right along zebra crossing
R -1%
00:29
01:5
42
11,12
0,57
1327
Crossing with main road
Bear left to S. Cristina
S 3%
00:30
01:06
43
11,69
0,21
1340
Haus Alba
Straight on over the zebra crossing
S 2%
00:31
01:10
44
11,90
0,28
1343
Spar
Bear left to S. Cristina
R 5%
00:32
01:11
45
12,18
0,26
1356
Crossing with main road
Straight on to Strada Plan dala Sia
R -1%
00:33
01:13
46
12,44
0,06
1355
Hofer Group
Bear right downhill
R-10%
00:33
01:14
47
12,50
0,77
1349
Bridge over stream (towards waterfall)
Straight on (no through road)
S 5%
00:34
01:15
48
13,27
0,29
1389
Bottom of Monte Pana chairlift
Straight on along stream
R 3%
00:36
01:19
49
13,56
0,04
1399
Junction before subway under main road
Straight on through subway
S 0%
00:36
01:21
50
13,60
0,13
1399
Bridge (towards Val Gardena Marketing in S. Cristina)
Straight on
R 4%
00:34
01:21
51
13,73
0,13
1405
Intersection
Bear right towards bottom of lift
S 3%
00:37
01:22
52
13,86
0,29
1409
Junction with bottom of Sasslong lift
Bear right towards subway
S 8%
00:37
1:23
53
14,16
0,08
1432
Intersection
Bear right along stream
S -1%
00:38
01:24
54
14,24
0,11
1430
Wooden bridge
Bear right over bridge (residents access)
R 8%
00:38
01:25
55
14,35
0,43
1438
Crossroads
Straight on along stream
W 8%
00:39
01:26
56
14,77
0,35
1471
Junction with hiking trail
Straight on to Wolkenstein/Selva
W 3%
00:40
01:28
57
15,12
0,12
1487
Haus Paladina
Left towards main road
R 2%
00:41
01:30
58
15,24
0,15
1489
Bar Adelaide, Crossing with main road
Straight on Strada La Poza
R 7%
00:41
01:31
59
15,39
0,15
1500
Crossing with course of old railway
Right
R 4%
00:41
01:32
60
15,55
0,28
1505
Crossing at Haus Lambolt
Straight on over the zebra crossing
R 5%
00:42
01:33
61
15,83
0,58
1518
Crossing at Hotel Welponer
Straight on to Wolkenstein/Selva
R 4%
00:43
01:34
62
16,41
0,48
1542
Hotel Sporting
Straight on over road and follow cycle path
R 4%
00:44
01:38
63
16,89
0,08
1561
End of cycle path
Straight on
R 1%
00:46
01:41
64
16,97
0,10
1562
Villa Gran Baita
Straight on
A -1%
00:46
01:41
65
17,08
0,29
1561
Wolkenstein/Selva primary school
Straight on strada Nives
A 3%
00:46
01:42
66
17,36
0,11
1569
Pizzaealtro
Bear right onto main road
A -3%
00:47
1:44
67
17,47
0,09
1566
Hotel Krone
Sharp right
A 0%
00:47
01:44
68
17,56
0,17
1566
Bottom of Ciampinoi lift
Straight on
A -5%
00:47
01:45
69
17,72
0,00
1557
Tourist information office in Wolkenstein/Selva
End of tour
A 0%
00:48
01:46
  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 uphill
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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