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SAN’T OSVALDO TOUR
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  CHARACTERISTICS AND VARIATIONS
Characteristics
The tour to Sant’ Osvaldo leads in a large loop around both elevations to the west of Castelrotto and Siusi, the Tisana hill and the Laranz hill, behind which the terrain descends steeply to the Valle Isarco. It does not present any great difficulties for bikers from the point of view of riding technique because it runs for the most part along tarmac side or gravel roads with light traffic. But above all you should not underestimate the state of fitness needed for this tour. The almost ten-kilometre climb from the Tisenser Bach (brook) as far as just before Telfen will sap your strength.
The tour begins in the centre of Castelrotto directly at the tower. For the first few kilometres you follow a side road with light traffic to Tiosels. It is ideal for warming up. You cruise downhill for a few metres on the main road as far as Casa del Colle where an idyllic little road leads past remote farms in the direction of Moosbühel. You continue on gravel to the Tiosler pond, where the quiet water’s edge invites you to rest a short while.
Continuing downhill you come to Tagusa, a small hamlet, whose distinctive church towers over the Val Gardena. You now follow the narrow connecting road leading to Tisana. Shortly before this village the route turns off in the direction of Sant’Osvaldo. Take care: the descent is very narrow in parts and can be very slippery when the leaves fall in autumn.
You join the main road leading to Ponte Gardena from where however a few metres further on a side road turns off to Sant’Osvaldo. The route goes downhill steeply to the Tisenser Bach and from there just as steeply uphill to the Maso Lafogler Hof in Sant’Osvaldo. In this beautiful typical wine tavern you can build up your strength for the further long climb to Telfen. By the way, the Maso Lafogler Hof is an ideal place in autumn for the traditional Törggelen, that is, tasting the new wine.
Further on uphill you turn in a large loop around the Laranz hill in the direction of Siusi. On the way the Malenger Mühle with its small grain museum is well-worth seeing.
From Siusi you follow the main road for a short distance uphill in the direction of Castelrotto, but turn off soon to the Wood of Laranz. Past the sports centre Telfen you go to Misaltweg. Here you have to dismount briefly because the narrow hiking track is too steep and interspersed with steps. This track leads back to Castelrotto.

 
 
Variations
1. Via Brembach to Tagusa: As an alternative to the route via the Tiosler pond you can turn right downhill in the direction of Brembach at waymarker 10 in Schgagul. The tarmac road ends at the MasoTamines Hof, from where you can get to Tagusa bearing left over a gravel road. There at waymarker 24 you join the tour described here again.

2. Short tour via Tisana: At waymarker 27 do not go sharp right to Sant’Osvaldo, but straight ahead on to Tisana. In the village left uphill and at the Maso Ganserhof right. 260m further the hiking trail bears left back to Castelrotto.

3. Via Gasthaus Sankt Oswald (Sant’Osvaldo) straight to Maso Furscher Hof: At waymarker 35 in Sant’Osvaldo bear left to the guesthouse of the same name. Follow this road now as far as waymarker 40 at Furscher Hof. Continue straight ahead there the tour described here.
 
 
  TOUR INFORMATION
Tour information
% of distance
Total distance
25,17 km
100 %
Height variation uphill
960 Hm
Height variation downhill
960 Hm
Maximum altitude
1176 m
Tarmac
2,50 km
10,0 %
Tarmac cycle path
18,00 km
71,5 %
Gravel
2,86 km
11,4 %
Hiking trail
1,43 km
5,7 %
Single track
0,00 km
0,0 %
Carrying / pushing
0,34 km
1,5 %
Cable car / transfer
0,00 km
0,0 %
 
Riding times
Riding time without pauses
Riding time at 10 km/h
2 hrs 31 min
Riding time at 12 km/h
2 hrs 06 min
Riding time at 14 km/h
1 hr 48 min
Riding time at 16 km/h
1 hr 34 min
Riding time at 18 km/h
1 hr 24 min
Riding time at 20 km/h
1 hr 16 min
   
   
   
   
   
   
Physical condition
Overall condition
2,9
Total height variation
3,0
Total distance
3,0
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
2,8
Climb difficulty
2,9
Descent difficulty
2,7
Emotional experience
Panorama
3,0
Riding fun
2,0
     
   
  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
Turn-off 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 in Tiosels
Straight ahead
R -1%
00:04
00:10
8
2,12
0,30
1165
Intersection main road, bus stop
Left downhill
A -11%
00:05
00:12
9
2,42
0,06
1136
To Schagul /alpine snack bar Sabine
Right Maso Radauerhof, Maso Dosserhof
R -5%
00:06
00:14
10
2,48
1,16
1133
Fork
Bear Left Castelrotto 10
R 7%
00:06
00:14
11
2,62
1,47
1141
Junction to Castelrotto 10
Straight ahead Tagusa 2B
R -2%
00:07
00:15
12
3,09
1,22
1136
Letter box
Left
R -1%
00:08
00:18
13
4,32
0,70
1119
Turn-off to Castelrotto
Straight ahead Tagusa 2a
S 5%
00:11
00:25
14
5,02
0,39
1156
Wayside cross, bench
Straight ahead
S -2%
00:13
00:30
15
5,41
0,23
1150
Old Maso- Hof (Farmstead)
Sharp left Tagusa 2a
S -9%
00:14
00:32
16
5,65
0,10
1128
Tiosler pond
Straight ahead
S -4%
00:15
00:33
17
5,75
0,44
1124
Crossroads (to Kastelruth (Castelrotto) 2
Bear right Tagusa 2a
S -8%
00:15
00:34
18
6,19
0,17
1090
Junction
Straight ahead
S -5%
00:16
00:37
19
6,36
0,29
1082
Junction to Tagusa 2
Straight ahead
S -14%
00:17
00:38
20
6,64
0,19
1048
Beginning of steep descent
Straight ahead
S -16%
00:18
00:39
21
6,83
0,07
1017
Crossroads tarmac road
Straight ahead to wayside cross
S -8%
00:18
00:40
22
6,90
0,27
1010
Wayside cross
Bear left downhill
S -18%
00:18
0:41
23
7,18
0,10
963
Beginning tarmac
Straight ahead
R -11%
00:19
00:43
24
7,27
0,27
951
Tagusa (fountain)
Sharp left Tisens (Tisana) 2
R 2%
00:19
00:43
25
7,54
1,48
955
Turn-off to Castel Forte
Straight ahead Tisens (Tisana) 1
R 5%
00:20
00:45
26
9,02
1,92
1005
Turn-off to Castel Forte
Bear left Castelrotto
R -3%
00:24
00:54
27
10,94
0,75
932
Wayside cross
Sharp right St. Oswald (Sant’Osvaldo) 1B
R -3%
00:29
01:05
28
11,69
0,63
920
Turn-off in bend
Bear right Sant’ Osvaldo
W-20%
00:31
01:10
29
12,33
0,50
761
Intersection at Hof Gomertin
Right St. Oswald (Sant’Osvaldo) 1B
R -15%
00:33
01:13
30
12,83
0,29
689
Intersection main road
Bear right downhill
A -8%
00:34
01:16
31
13,12
0,80
666
Junction (bus stop)
Sharp left Sant’Osvaldo
R -10%
00:35
01:18
32
13,91
0,96
592
Wooden bridge 20t
Straight ahead
R 15%
00:37
01:23
33
14,87
0,23
731
Junction
Bear right uphill
R 5%
00:40
01:29
34
15,10
0,49
742
Lafogler Hof
Straight ahead
R 1%
00:41
01:30
35
15,59
1,10
751
Gasthaus St. Oswald
Straight ahead St. Vigil
R 3%
00:42
01:33
36
16,69
1,51
784
Junction
Straight ahead
R 2%
00:45
01:40
37
18,20
0,30
816
Bus stop
Straight ahead Seis (Siusi) 7A
R 10%
00:49
01:49
38
18,50
0,80
845
Malenger mill, museum
Straight ahead Seis (Siusi) 7A
W 9%
00:50
01:50
39
19,29
0,24
918
Intersection
Left
R 10%
00:52
01:55
40
19,53
0,85
939
Furscher Hof
Sharp right
R 7%
00:53
01:57
41
20,38
0,15
987
Junction
Bear right
R 7%
00:55
02:02
42
20,53
0,20
997
Hotel Enzian
Straight ahead Santner Str.
R 5%
00:56
02:03
43
20,73
0,06
1006
Traffic roundabout Siusi
Left Castelrotto
A 6%
00:56
02:04
44
20,79
0,03
1010
Tourism association Siusi, bus stop
Straight ahead
A 7%
00:56
02:04
45
20,82
0,82
1017
Junction
Henrik-ibsen-Str.
Straight ahead
A 6%
00:56
02:04
46
21,64
0,82
1058
Bus stop
Sharp left Laranzweg (via Laranz)
R 6%
00:59
02:09
47
22,47
0,38
1113
Junction to the Königswarte
Right uphill sports ground
R 4%
01:01
02:14
48
22,85
0,61
1126
Junction Pilzeweg
Straight ahead Castelrotto
R -4%
01:02
02:17
49
23,46
0,22
1106
Sports centre Telfen
Straight ahead downhill
R -10%
01:03
02:20
50
23,68
0,49
1084
Intersection Telfen
Left downhill
A -9%
01:04
02:22
51
24,17
0,05
1040
Junction
Bear right Kastelruth (Castelrotto) 5
R 4%
01:05
02:24
52
24,22
0,38
1042
Junction
Straight ahead Kastelruth (Castelrotto) 5
P 7%
01:06
02:25
53
24,60
0,14
1068
Intersection
Bear right Kastelruth (Castelrotto) 5
R 6%
01:07
02:27
54
24,73
0,32
1076
Intersection main road
Bear left Kastelruth (Castelrotto) 5
A -5%
01:07
02:28
55
25,05
0,06
1061
Sparkasse Kastelruth
Left centre
R -4%
01:08
02:30
56
25,11
0,07
1059
Hotel zum Wolf
Bear left
R 4%
01:08
02:30
57
25,18
0,00
1062
Tourism association Castelrotto
End of tour
R 0%
01:08
02:31
  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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