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SCHAFSTALL & TAGUSA TOUR
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  CHARACTERISTICS AND VARIATIONS
Characteristics
The best way to describe this short, varied tour is that you can burn up energy on the way up to Schafstall, cool off on the way down to Brembach, two mountain sprints ahead Tagusa and the Tiosler pond. You finish off by casual coasting down via Schagul and Tiosels back to Castelrotto.
The tour starts from the tower in the picturesque centre of Castelrotto and then first of all in the direction of San Valentino on the Alpe di Siusi road. The first two kilometres only climb gently and are ideally suited for warming up.
A first steeper incline leads high up to the road leading to Wasserebene and offers stunning views. You follow this as far as the turn-off leading to Stalla delle Pecore.
The climb to Schafstall falls into the category “no mercy for your calves”. The 200m difference in altitude is demanding. The average climb reaches 20%. Fortunately, refreshments are waiting for you up at the Schafstall where you can slake your thirst and cool off.
There follows a short, crisp woodland trail that later merges into a gravel road that goes ever steeper downhill. Take care not to miss the turn-off onto hiking trail no. 9 (waymarker 18) as you descend! This hiking trail joins San Michele on the main road that you follow turning left in the direction of Castelrotto as far as Schagul.
The continuing descent along the Brembach (brook) is cool and shady. Mountain sprint no. 1 begins here. You climb on tarmac high up to the Maso Tamines Hof. The route continues on the gravel road to Tagusa, a small hamlet whose distinctive church overlooks the Val Gardena.
The somewhat longer mountain sprint no. 2 begins in Tagusa, once again a good 200m in altitude difference through the Tagusa woodland past the Tiosler pond. That was it! The rest of the loop goes back to Schgagul in a series of easy climbs and descents. With a last short climb over the side road to Tiosels you again reach the centre of Castelrotto.

Variations
1. Leaving out Schafstall: Whoever would like to avoid the steep climb to the Schafstall should continue straight ahead at waymarker 10 and cruise via Wasserebene to Tiosels. Turn right there in the direction of the main road, where you join the tour described here at waymarker 23.

2. Via Tisana to Castelrotto: Do not turn sharp left in Tagusa at waymarker 33, but bear left in the direction of Tisana. Then go left uphill and right at the Maso Ganserhof. 260m further on the hiking trail bears left back to Castelrotto.

3. Long training tour over the Alpe di Siusi: At waymarker 14 at the Schafstall turn sharp right towards Marinzen. Continue via Gstatsch and the Alpe di Siusi road to Compaccio. Go straight ahead there towards Saltria and via Monte Piz, Bulla and the Passo Pinei to San Michele. There you join the tour described here at waymarker 21 (20.7km and 654m difference in altitude uphill from the Schafstall to San Michele).

 
 
  TOUR INFORMATION
Tour information
% of distance
Total distance
20,67 km
100 %
Height variation uphill
937 Hm
Height variation downhill
937 Hm
Maximum altitude
1481 m
Tarmac
1,85 km
9,0 %
Tarmac cycle path
10,70 km
51,8 %
Gravel
7,11 km
34,4 %
Hiking trail
0,53 km
2,6%
Single track
0,27 km
1,3 %
Carrying / pushing
0,18 km
0,9 %
Cable car / transfer
0,00 km
0,0 %
 
Riding times
Riding time without pauses
Riding time at 10 km/h
2 hrs 04 min
Riding time at 12 km/h
1 hr 43 min
Riding time at 14 km/h
1 hr 29 min
Riding time at 16 km/h
1 hr 18 min
Riding time at 18 km/h
1 hr 09 min
Riding time at 20 km/h
1 hr 02 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
3,1
Surface
2,7
Average climb gradient Ø
4,0
Average descent gradient Ø
3,0
   
Tour evaluation
Overall difficulty
3,0
Climb difficulty
3,2
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 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 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
0,47
1061
Sparkasse Kastelruth
Straight Marinzenweg
R 8%
00:00
00:00
4
0,60
0,74
1098
Turn-off to Telfen 6A
Bear left Seis (Siusi) 6
S 9%
00:01
00:03
5
1,34
0,70
1159
Crossroad
Straight ahead Seis (Siusi) 6
R -1%
00:03
00:08
6
2,04
0,12
1160
Maso Psoar-Hof
Bear left
R -1%
00:05
00:12
7
2,16
0,49
1159
Intersection Alpe di Siusi road
Left uphill
R 7%
00:05
00:12
8
2,65
0,65
1194
Maso Schildberghof
Left uphill
R 15%
00:07
00:15
9
3,31
1,42
1291
Crossroad
Left Castelrotto
R -1%
00:09
00:19
10
4,73
0,09
1277
Junction
Bear right uphill Marinzen mountain cabin
W 15%
00:12
00:28
11
4,82
0,65
1292
Junction
Straight ahead
S 14%
00:13
00:28
12
5,47
0,21
1382
Turn-off to the Wasserebene
Straight ahead Schafstall 8
S 20%
00:14
00:32
13
5,68
0,31
1424
Junction
Straight ahead uphill Schafstall 8
S 18%
00:15
00:34
14
5,99
0,04
1476
Schafstall
Straight ahead past Schafstall
W 9%
00:16
00:35
15
6,03
0,03
1479
Intersection behind Schafstall
Right St. Michael (San Michele) 9
W 6%
00:16
00:36
16
6,06
0,28
1481
Turn-off to Bullaccia
Bear left downhill St. Michael (San Michele) 9
P -2%
00:16
00:36
17
6,34
0,90
1479
Intersection gravel road
Straight ahead steeply downhill
S -21%
00:17
00:38
18
7,24
0,12
1298
Junction
Bear left downhill hiking trail 9
W-25%
00:19
00:43
19
7,36
0,09
1268
Bench at cabin
Bear Left Castelrotto 7
W-13%
00:20
00:44
20
7,45
0,16
1256
Fork near farmstead
Bear right downhill bar/restaurant
W-15%
00:20
00:44
21
7,61
0,90
1232
Maso Ritsch Hof in San Michele
Left
A -6%
00:20
00:45
22
8,51
0,17
1177
Junction to Wasserebene
Straight ahead downhill
A -7%
00:23
00:51
23
8,68
0,30
1165
Junction Tioslerweg, to sports cabin
Straight ahead downhill
A -11%
00:23
00:52
24
8,97
0,06
1136
To Schgagul / snack bar Sabine
Right Maso Radauerhof, Maso Dosserhof
R -5%
00:24
00:53
25
9,03
0,07
1133
Fork
Bear right St. Michael (San Michele) 10
R -4%
00:24
00:54
26
9,10
1,11
1130
Fork
Bear left Tagusens (Tagusa) 2A
R -14%
00:24
00:54
27
10,21
1,04
962
Junction to Brembach 5
Straight ahead Tagusa 2A
R 7%
00:27
01:01
28
11,25
1,19
1036
Maso Tamines Hof
Left Tagusa 2
S -2%
00:30
01:07
29
12,43
0,22
1013
Junction
Straight ahead
S -11%
00:33
01:14
30
12,66
0,10
991
Intersection
Bear left
S -6%
00:34
01:15
31
12,76
0,12
985
Junction
Bear right downhill Tagusa 2
S -20%
00:34
01:16
32
12,88
0,53
961
Maso Neuhauserhof
Straight ahead
R -0%
00:35
01:17
33
13,41
0,10
951
Tagusa (fountain)
Sharp left Castelrotto 2
R 11%
00:36
01:20
34
13,50
0,27
963
End of tarmac
Straight ahead
S 18%
00:36
01:21
35
13,77
0,07
1010
Wayside cross
Bear right uphill
S 8%
00:7
01:22
36
13,85
0,19
1017
Crossroads tarmac road
Straight ahead uphill hiking trail
S 16%
00:37
01:23
37
14,04
0,29
1048
End of pushing bike
Straight ahead
S 14%
00:38
01:24
38
14,32
0,17
1082
Junction to Tagusens (Tagusa) 2
Straight ahead Kastelruth (Castelrotto) 2
S 5%
00:39
01:25
39
14,49
0,44
1090
Junction
Straight ahead
S 8%
00:39
01:26
40
14,93
0,10
1124
Crossroad
Bear Left Castelrotto 2a
S 4%
00:40
01:29
41
15,03
0,23
1128
Fishing pond
Straight ahead
S 9%
00:40
01:30
42
15,27
0,39
1150
Alter Hof
Sharp right Kastelruth (Castelrotto) 2a
S 2%
00:41
01:31
43
15,66
0,70
1156
Wayside cross, bench
Straight ahead
S -5%
00:42
01:33
44
16,36
1,22
1119
Junction to Castelrotto
Straight ahead St. Michael 2a
R 1%
00:44
01:38
45
17,58
0,47
1136
Letter box
Right
R 2%
00:47
01:45
46
18,06
0,14
1141
Junction to Castelrotto 10
Straight ahead St. Michael 10
R -7%
00:49
01:48
47
18,20
0,06
1133
Junction
Bear right
R 5%
00:49
01:49
48
18,26
0,30
1136
To Schgagul / snack bar Sabine
Left uphill
R 11%
00:49
01:49
49
18,55
0,36
1165
Junction, bus stop
Right Tioslerweg, sports cabin
R 1%
00:50
01:51
50
18,92
0,35
1173
Maso Hof Unterdill in Tiosels
Straight ahead Seis (Siusi) 7
R -6%
00:51
01:53
51
19,27
0,29
1155
Turn-off to Seis (Siusi) 7
Bear right downhill
R -12%
00:52
01:55
52
19,57
0,78
1121
Turn-off to St. Michael (San Michele) 7
Bear right downhill
R -10%
00:53
01:57
53
20,35
0,20
1052
Konsum-Markt
Bear left
A 4%
00:55
02:02
54
20,55
0,06
1061
Sparkasse Kastelruth
Right centre
R -4%
00:56
02:03
55
20,60
0,07
1059
Hotel zum Wolf
Bear left
R 4%
00:56
02:03
56
20,68
0,00
1062
Tourism association Castelrotto
End of tour
R 0%
00:56
02:04
  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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