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CASTELVECCHIO TOUR
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  CHARACTERISTICS AND VARIATIONS
Characteristics
This is the ideal tour for newcomers to mountain biking. The 600m in altitude difference and the 17 kilometres to pass Castelvecchio does not present sporting novices with any difficulties. Apart from a few short sections the climbs are moderate and pass along easily ridable side or gravel roads. For practising riding technique there is a steeper descent on gravel to Castelvecchio and a flowing trail above Alpe di Siusi aerial cableway.
You can warm up easily in the first few kilometres from the tourism association Siusi to San Valentino. You continue at first still on tarmac with a splendid view of Castelrotto and then on gravel on the small hamlet of Tiosels.
The route climbs noticeably for the first time with an average 13% incline to the Wasserebene. This little tarmac road does not present any problems for mountain bike novices. The ascent continues to decrease behind the Wasserebene and, from the junction to the Schafstall onwards, a narrow side road, offering splendid views, climbs very gently to the control station San Valentino.
A short descent brings bikers back again in the direction of Siusi. Above the village you taxi along now under the Alpe di Siusi cable car through to Bagni di Razzes. The climb via Bagni di Razzes and onwards on the gravel road into the Wood of Castelvecchio can be ridden easily and is only a little ragged directly behind Bagni di Razzes.
Steeper terrain takes you above and past Castel Vecchio, tucked away in woodland. A steep gravel road will test your braking skill for the first time and after two switchbacks you arrive already at the junction for Castelvecchio that you can reach only on foot.
Once again in the saddle you first of all pass along a gravel road, but then on a very flowing trail to the car park of the Alpe di Siusi aerial cableway. From here you are only a few minutes away from the starting point of the tour at the tourism association in Siusi.

Variations
1. Short tour: Leaving out Tiosels and Wasserebene. Do not turn left at waymarker 4, but right in the direction of Bagni di Razzes (corresponds to waymarker 26). The tour is reduced by 9.4km and 290m difference in altitude.

2. Extension via Gstatsch: The tour becomes longer, but also above all technically more demanding, if you go uphill as far as Gstatsch (170m altitude difference) taking the Alpe di Siusi road at control station San Valentino (waymarker 22). On the last hairpin bend before the guesthouse turn right on a steep, narrow hiking trail leading to Bagni di Razzes. Cross the Frommer brook by bridge and follow the road that begins as gravel and so reach the road to Bagni di Razzes. You descend 120m and join the tour described here at waymarker 33 again at a bridge.

3. Extension via Schafstall and Marinzen: At waymarker 18 bear right uphill (at first very steep) to Schafstall and via Marinzen to Costazza (5km and 335m difference in altitude uphill). From there downhill as described in alternative 2.

 
 
  TOUR INFORMATION
Tour information
% of distance
Total distance
17,51 km
100 %
Height variation uphill
612 Hm
Height variation downhill
612 Hm
Maximum altitude
1293 m
Tarmac
0,60 km
3,5 %
Tarmac cycle path
10,25 km
58,6 %
Gravel
5,27 km
30,1 %
Hiking trail
1,37 km
7,9 %
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 45 min
Riding time at 12 km/h
1 hr 28 min
Riding time at 14 km/h
1 hr 15 min
Riding time at 16 km/h
1 hr 06 min
Riding time at 18 km/h
58 min
Riding time at 20 km/h
53 min
   
   
   
   
   
   
Physical condition
Overall condition
2,5
Total height variation
3,0
Total distance
2,0
Maximum altitude
2,0
Riding technique
Overall riding technique
2,7
Surface
2,5
Average climb gradient Ø
3,0
Average descent gradient Ø
3,0
   
Tour evaluation
Overall difficulty
2,6
Climb difficulty
2,6
Descent difficulty
2,7
Emotional experience
Panorama
3,0
Riding fun
3,0
     
   
  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 Siusi.
 
  ROADBOOK
No
km
Next
Hm
Sym
Location
Direction
Route
Time 22 km/h
Time 10 km/h
1
0,00
0,03
1010
Tourism association Siusi, bus station
Straight ahead
A 7%
00:00
00:00
2
0,03
0,57
1017
Junction
Right Henrik-Ibsen- Str.
R 8%
00:00
00:00
3
0,60
0,38
1054
Junction with Via Fasslfun
Bear right uphill
R 11%
00:01
00:03
4
0,99
0,16
1095
Crossroad
LLeft Castelrotto (Castelrotto) 6
R 7%
00:02
00:05
5
1,15
0,27
1105
Junction
Bear Left Castelrotto (Castelrotto) 6
R 4%
00:03
00:06
6
1,42
0,26
1115
Private car park
Straight ahead
S 7%
00:03
00:08
7
1,68
0,25
1134
Patener Hof
Bear right Kastelruth (Castelrotto) 6
R 9%
00:04
00:10
8
1,93
0,08
1155
Intersection Alpe di Siusi road in San Valentino
Sharp right uphill
R 5%
00:05
00:11
9
2,01
0,12
1159
Junction
Left Maso Psoar-Hof
R 1%
00:05
00:12
10
2,13
0,70
1160
Maso Psoar-Hof
Bear right Kastelruth (Castelrotto) 6
R 1%
00:05
00:12
11
2,83
0,26
1159
Crossroad
Right Tiosels 7
S 8%
00:07
00:16
12
3,09
0,88
1178
Junction
Straight ahead Tiosels 7
S -5%
00:08
00:18
13
3,97
0,30
1137
Junction
Straight ahead St. Michael 7
S 6%
00:10
00:23
14
4,27
0,06
1155
Intersection
Bear left St. Michael 7
S 0%
00:11
00:25
15
4,32
0,35
1155
Intersection
Straight ahead St. Michael 7
R 6%
00:11
00:25
16
4,68
0,28
1173
Hof Unterdill in Tiosels
Bear right Wasserebene, St. Michael 7
R 14%
00:12
00:28
17
4,96
0,80
1211
Crossroad sports ground Wasserebene
Straight ahead uphill Schafstall 8
R 8%
00:13
00:29
18
5,76
0,12
1277
Turn-off for Schafstall
Straight ahead
R 0%
00:15
00:34
19
5,88
1,42
1277
Turn-off for Schafstall
Straight ahead
R 1%
00:16
00:35
20
7,30
0,60
1291
Crossroad
Straight ahead
R -1%
00:19
00:43
21
7,90
0,51
1288
Turn-off for Marinzen
Straight ahead Alpe di Siusi, Siusi
R 0%
00:21
00:47
22
8,41
0,57
1286
Control position San Valentino
Sharp right Seis (Siusi) 4
R -10%
00:22
00:50
23
8,98
1,10
1231
Haus Waldrand, bus stop
Sharp left Trotzstr.
R -10%
00:24
00:53
24
10,08
0,17
1121
Junction with Via Burgstall
Straight ahead downhill
R -10%
00:27
01:00
25
10,25
0,16
1105
Turn-off for Kastelruth (Castelrotto) 6
Bear Left Bagni di Razzes 6
R -7%
00:27
01:01
26
10,41
0,54
1095
Crossroads Way of the cross
Straight ahead Bad Ratzes
R 0%
00:28
01:02
27
10,95
0,33
1097
Junction for Bad Ratzes (Bagni di Razzes) 6
Bear right level road
R 1%
00:29
01:05
28
11,28
0,11
1102
Wooden bridge
Left Bad Ratzes
R 7%
00:30
01:07
29
11,39
0,40
1109
Turn-off for Siusi aerial cableway
Straight ahead uphill
R 10%
00:31
01:08
30
11,79
0,13
1148
Junction
Bear right uphill
W 12%
00:32
01:10
31
11,93
0,09
1165
Water reservoir
Bear left
S 3%
00:32
01:11
32
12,02
0,05
1167
Intersection
Bear right uphill
R -0%
00:32
01:12
33
12,07
0,15
1167
Bridge over brook
Bear right uphill
S 8%
00:32
01:12
34
12,22
0,42
1177
Turn-off for Castelvecchio
Straight ahead Schlernbödele- Malghetta Sciliar 3B
S 9%
00:33
01:13
35
12,64
0,08
1210
Crossroads near to Bagni di Razzes
Bear right uphill Schlern (Sciliar) 1
S 12%
00:34
01:15
36
17,72
1,05
1220
Junction to Schlern (Sciliar) 1
Sharp right Bischofsweg
S 6%
00:34
01:16
37
13,77
0,48
1273
Fountain
Straight ahead
S 1%
00:37
01:22
38
14,24
0,39
1281
Junction
Sharp right Castelvecchio
S -16%
00:38
01:25
39
14,63
0,18
121
Junction gravel road
Straight ahead downhill
S -18%
00:39
01:27
40
14,81
0,14
1187
Crossroad Castelvecchio
Straight ahead
S -6%
00:40
01:28
41
14,95
0,43
1179
Fountain
Straight ahead downhill Seis
S -14%
00:40
01:29
42
15,38
0,25
1117
Crossroad
Sharp left Ruine Salegg (Castel Seligo) 3
W-12%
00:41
01:32
43
15,64
0,68
1086
Plaque on life expectancy
Straight ahead
W -4%
00:42
01:33
44
16,32
0,31
1060
Crossroad
Sharp right downhill (later 3B)
W-15%
00:44
01:37
45
16,63
0,07
1012
Car park Alpe di Siusi cable car
Bear right across the car park
R 0%
00:45
01:39
46
16,70
0,15
1012
Valley station Alpe di Siusi aerial cableway
Sharp left
A -5%
00:45
01:40
47
16,85
0,13
1004
Junction Via Oswald von Wolkenstein
Right downhill
A -7%
00:45
01:41
48
16,97
0,11
995
Bridge over brook, entrance car park Alpe di Siusi aerial cableway
Straight ahead over bridge
S 3%
00:46
01:41
49
17,08
0,11
999
Junction private road
Bear left Siusi
R -3%
00:46
01:42
50
17,19
0,02
995
Crossroad Matzlstr.
Bear left to main road
R 0%
00:46
01:43
51
17,22
0,24
995
Garni Hauenstein
Right
A 4%
00:46
01:43
52
17,45
0,06
1006
Traffic roundabout Siusi
Straight ahead Kastelruth
A 6%
00:47
01:44
53
17,52
0,00
1010
Tourism association Siusi, bus stop
End of tour
A 0%
00:47
01:45
  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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