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LAURINHUT TOUR
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  CHARACTERISTICS AND VARIATIONS
Characteristics
The tour to the Laurin Hut combines intensive fitness training uphill with glorious Dolomite panoramas from the the balcony seats of the Alpe di Siusi and more challenging riding technique downhill.
The tour begins in the centre of Castelrotto immediately next to the tower. You can warm up in the first few kilometres of a lightly trafficked side road to Tiosels. Shortly after Tiosels you join the road leading to Val Gardena. It is best to cover the next five kilometres as far as the Passo Pinei as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, there is no alternative to the main road here for bikers. From Passo Pinei you go downhill for a short time before climbing a narrow side road leading to Bulla/Pufels. The beautiful old gravel road that leads directly to the road in Bulla again by-passes the recently built tunnel.
Now for something a bit steeper, but still pleasant to ride, you pedal up over Monte Piz to the Alpe di Siusi. Follow the road for a short distance in the direction of Compaccio, then past Hotel Steger Dellai turn off onto the gravel alternative leading to the Alpenhotel Panorama. Already on this section, views of the Denti di Terrarossa/Rosszähne, the first foothills of the Catinaccio/Rosengarten in the south and the Sciliar/Schlern will inspire you.
The uphill marathon is finished once you reach the Alpenhotel Panorama. For more than 17 kilometres you have gone almost solely uphill, climbing a good 1,100m in altitude. Up here three fantastic refreshment facilities court the favour of thirsty and hungry bikers: the Alpenhotel Panorama with its unforgettable 360° panoramic view, the original and unspoilt Laurin hut with its perfect view of the Sciliar/Schlern, or the Spitzbühel that soars above the valley like an eagle's eyrie and from where the Sciliar/Schlern seems to be close enough to touch.
In any event, you will need some refreshment, because on reaching the car park at Spitzbühel the tour changes its character decisively. If up until now fitness has mainly been needed, now riding technique is called for. The trail leading to Gstatsch is challenging. It is narrow, calls for technique, as it was a former cart path in parts. Take care: when it is wet or raining it can be very slippery.
From Gstatsch the downhill fun goes on. A narrow, lonely trail circles down in the direction of Bagni di Razzes. Only after crossing the Frommer stream do you come across civilisation again in the form of a gravel road.
Small side roads, partially closed to traffic, lead finally via Bagni di Razzes and above Siusi to San Costantino and back to Castelrotto.

 
 
Variations
1. Easier downhill: whoever finds descending the trails too difficult can “drop out” at waymarkers 43, 45 or 48 and simply descend on the Alpe di Siusi road. Anyway in San Valentino at waymarker 68 you join the tour described here.

2. Easier tour: the tour can be shortened at waymarker 21 by simply continuing straight ahead in the direction of Compaccio. A little below you join the tour described here again at the car park Spitzbühel (waymarker 41). Admittedly, you miss the most beautiful views of the tour up on the Alpe di Siusi.

3. Longer tour: the tour can be extended easily on the Alpe di Siusi to meet your wishes. One possibility is after the ascent not to bear right at waymarker 20 to Compaccio, but to turn sharp left to Saltria and from there via Malga Tirler and the Almrosen Hut in the direction of the Alpenhotel Panorama. A short distance before the hotel, you joint the tour described here at waymarker 25.
 
 
  TOUR INFORMATION
Tour information
% of distance
Total distance
30,24 km
100 %
Height variation uphill
1232 Hm
Height variation downhill
1232 Hm
Maximum altitude
2017 m
Tarmac
5,25 km
17,4 %
Tarmac cycle path
14,84 km
49,1 %
Gravel
7,13 km
23,6 %
Hiking trail
2,00 km
6,6 %
Single track
1,00 km
3,3 %
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
3 hrs 01 min
Riding time at 12 km/h
2 hrs 31 min
Riding time at 14 km/h
2 hrs 10 min
Riding time at 16 km/h
1 hr 53 min
Riding time at 18 km/h
1 hr 41 min
Riding time at 20 km/h
1 hr 31 min
   
   
   
   
   
   
Physical condition
Overall condition
3,6
Total height variation
4,0
Total distance
3,0
Maximum altitude
4,0
Riding technique
Overall riding technique
3,0
Surface
2,6
Average climb gradient Ø
3,0
Average descent gradient Ø
4,0
   
Tour evaluation
Overall difficulty
3,3
Climb difficulty
3,3
Descent difficulty
3,4
Emotional experience
Panorama
5,0
Riding fun
4,0
     
   
  GETTING THERE AND STARTING POINT
Getting there
Coming from the north take the motorway (A22) exit for Chiusa – Alpe di Siusi/Sciliar, SS12 as far as Ponte Gardena, then in the direction of Alpe di Siusi.
Coming from the south take motorway (A22) exit for Bolzano Nord – Alpe di Siusi/Sciliar, SS12 as far as Prato all'Isarco, then in the direction of Alpe di Siusi.

Starting point
There are several car parks and underground parking facilities in all villages. Parking spaces marked in blue are subject to charges. Tickets are available from the appropriate automatic machines. All other parking spaces are free of charge.
The tour begins at the tourism association in Castelrotto.
 
  ROADBOOK
No
km
Next
Hm
Sym
Location
Direction
Route
Time 22 km/h
Time 10 km/h
1
0,00
0,07
1062
Tourism association Castelrotto
Straight ahead between Castelrotto’s tower and fountain
R -4%
00:00
00:00
2
0,07
0,06
1059
Hotel zum Wolf
Bear right
R 4%
00:00
00:00
3
0,13
0,20
1061
Sparkasse Kastelruth
Left San Michele
A -4%
00:00
00:00
4
0,33
0,78
1052
Konsum-Markt
Bear right St. Michael (San Michele) 7
R 10%
00:00
00:01
5
1,11
0,29
1121
Fork right to St. Michael (San Michele) 7
Bear left
R 12%
00:03
00:06
6
1,41
0,35
1155
Junction to Seis (Siusi) 7
Bear left St. Michael (San Michele) 7
R 6%
00:03
00:08
7
1,76
0,36
1173
Maso / Unterdill Hof in Tiosels
Straight ahead
R -1%
00:04
00:10
8
2,12
0,17
1165
Junction main road
Right uphill
A 7%
00:05
00:12
9
2,29
0,90
1177
Junction to Wasserebene
Straight ahead uphill
A 6%
00:06
00:13
10
3,19
1,12
1232
Maso Ritsch Hof in San Michele (junction to Schafstall)
Straight ahead
A 5%
00:08
00:19
11
4,31
1,92
1280
Church San Michele
Straight ahead
A 9%
00:11
00:25
12
6,23
0,96
1443
Passo Pinei 1437 m
Straight ahead
A -6%
00:16
00:37
13
7,18
0,53
1387
Hotel Albion
Bear right uphill Bulla
R 10%
00:19
00:43
14
7,72
0,26
1441
Junction old road to Bulla
Sharp right uphill
R 10%
00:21
00:46
15
7,98
1,27
1467
Bend (end of tarmac)
Straight ahead
S 3%
00:21
00:47
16
9,25
0,79
1510
Junction
Bear right
R -4%
00:25
00:55
17
10,04
2,42
1473
Bulla
Bear right uphill Alpe di Siusi
R 13%
00:27
01:00
18
12,47
1,00
1777
Hotel Monte Piz
Straight ahead
R 8%
00:33
01:14
19
13,47
0,14
1862
Junction
Bear right
R 1%
00:36
01:20
20
13,61
1,07
1864
Junction main road
Bear right Compaccio
R -1%
00:37
01:21
21
14,68
0,18
1856
Crossroad
Sharp left Hans und Paula Steger Weg 3
R 9%
00:40
01:28
22
14,86
0,13
1874
Hotel Steger Dellai
Straight ahead
S 4%
00:40
01:29
23
14,99
0,90
1879
Junction Malga Gostner Schwaige
Straight ahead Hans und Paula Steger Weg
W 4%
00:40
01:29
24
15,89
1,39
1912
Crossroad
Bear right Schlern (Sciliar) 5
S 6%
00:43
01:35
25
17,27
0,01
1980
Junction tarmac road
Right
R 0%
00:47
01:43
26
17,29
0,29
1980
Junction
Sharp left
Gasthof Panorama
R 9%
00:47
01:43
27
17,85
0,08
2007
Alpenhotel Panorama
Bear left
S 5%
00:47
01:45
28
17,65
0,03
2011
Mountain station Panorama
Straight ahead
S 0%
00:48
01:45
29
17,68
0,50
2011
Junction Tierser Alpl (Rifugio Alpe di Tires) 2
Straight ahead Spitzbühel
S 2%
00:49
01:46
30
18,18
0,19
2015
Junction Sattler Schweige
Right Spitzbühel
S -1%
00:50
01:49
31
18,37
0,27
2013
Laurin hut
Left
W -1%
00:50
01:50
32
18,64
0,56
2012
Junction Sattler Schweige
Bear right Spitzbühel
S - 9%
00:52
01:51
33
19,20
0,09
1964
Junction
Bear right Spitzbühel
S -8%
00:37
01:55
34
19,29
0,53
1957
Seat, table
Straight ahead Spitzbühel
S -3%
00:52
01:55
35
19,82
0,09
1939
Junction to the Schlernhaus / Rifugio Bolzano
Bear right Spitzbühel
R -7%
00:54
01:58
36
19,91
0,09
1933
Junction
Straight downhill
R -14%
00:54
01:59
37
19,99
0,11
1921
Junction
Bear left Spitzbühel
S 11%
00:54
01:59
38
20,11
0,11
1935
Spitzbühel
Back
S -11%
00:54
02:00
39
20,22
0,93
1921
Junction tarmac road
Left downhill
R -15%
00:55
02:01
40
21,14
0,50
1777
Junction gravel road
Straight ahead downhill
R -13%
00:57
02:06
41
21,64
0,20
1710
Bend car park Spitzbühel, bus stop
Bear left downhill Alpe di Siusi road
R -7%
00:59
02:09
42
21,84
0,10
1696
Junction to Marinzen refuge (small car park)
Straight ahead
R -7%
00:59
02:11
43
21,94
0,50
1688
Junction
Bear left Castelrotto, Seis (Siusi) 4
W-22%
00:59
02:11
44
22,45
0,40
1575
Crossroad
Sharp left Alpe di Siusi road
R -8%
01:01
02:14
45
22,84
0,37
1542
Junction
Bear left downhill 4
P -18%
01:02
02:17
46
23,21
0,10
1481
Junction single track
Straight ahead downhill
W-10%
01:03
02:19
47
23,31
0,18
1469
Gstatsch
Sharp left downhill Alpe di Siusi road
R -5%
01:03
02:19
48
23,49
0,08
1457
Bend 3
Left Bagni di Razzes
P -28%
01:04
02:20
49
23,57
0,51
1433
Crossroads riding trail
Left
P -15%
01:04
02:21
50
24,08
0,04
1368
Junction hiking trail
Bear Left Bagni di Razzes 9
P -9%
01:05
02:24
51
24,12
0,09
1364
Bridge over brook
Right cross bridge over brook
W-13%
01:05
02:24
52
24,22
0,58
1353
Junction gravel road
Right
S -18%
01:06
02:25
53
24,79
0,23
1244
Junction hiking trail to Bagni di Razzes
Straight ahead
S -15%
01:07
02:28
54
25,02
0,14
1210
Junction in bend (nature park boundary)
Sharp left downhill
S -9%
01:08
02:30
55
25,16
0,12
1197
Crossroad
Bear right downhill
S -13%
01:08
02:30
56
25,28
0,18
1182
Junction Ratzesweg (Bank/seat)
Bear right downhill
R -9%
01:08
02:31
57
25,46
0,09
1167
Junction
Bear left level road
S - 3%
01:09
02:32
58
25,55
0,13
1165
Fork water reservoir
Bear right Seis (Siusi) 1
W-12%
01:10
02:33
59
25,68
0,40
1148
Junction road
Bear left downhill
R -10%
01:11
02:34
60
26,08
0,11
1109
Junction to Siusi cable car
Straight ahead downhill
R -7%
01:11
02:36
61
26,19
0,33
1102
Wooden bridge
Right over bridge
R -1%
01:04
02:37
62
26,53
0,54
1097
Junction to Bad Ratzes (Bagni di Razzes) 6
Bear left Kastelruth (Castelrotto) 6
R -0%
01:12
02:39
63
27,07
0,16
1095
Crossroads way of the cross
Straight ahead Kastelruth (Castelrotto) 6
R 7%
01:13
02:42
64
27,23
0,27
1105
Junction
Bear left Kastelruth (Castelrotto) 6
R 4%
01:14
02:43
65
27,50
0,26
1115
Private car park
Straight ahead
S 7%
01:14
02:44
66
27,76
0,26
1134
Patener Hof
Bear right Kastelruth (Castelrotto) 6
R 9%
01:15
02:46
67
28,01
0,08
1155
Junction Alpe di Siusi road
Sharp right uphill
R 5%
01:16
02:48
68
28,08
0,12
1159
Junction
Left Maso Psoar Hof
R 1%
01:16
02:48
69
28,21
0,70
1160
Psoar - Hof
Bear right Kastelruth (Castelrotto) 6
R 1%
01:16
02:49
70
28,90
0,74
1159
Crossroads
Straight ahead Kastelruth (Castelrotto) 6
S -9%
01:18
02:53
71
29,65
0,47
1098
Junction to Telfen 6A
Bear right Kastelruth (Castelrotto) 6
R -8%
01:20
02:57
72
30,12
0,06
1061
Sparkasse Kastelruth
Straight ahead centre
R -4%
01:22
03:00
73
30,17
0,07
1059
Hotel zum Wolf
Bear left
R 4%
01:22
03:01
74
30,24
0,00
1062
Tourism association Castelrotto
End of tour
R 0%
01:22
03:01
  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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