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  CHARACTERISTICS AND VARIATIONS
Characteristics
This is a breathtaking tour to a beautiful spot at the foot of the Schlern/Sciliar that offers fantastic views of the Santner Spire at its northern end as well as down to Kastelruth/Castelrotto. Fit bikers must overcome a total of three uphill sections to reach the Seiser Alm/Alpe di Siusi. From Spitzbühel the tour becomes a wonderful marathon of views and huts on Europe’s largest high pastureland, with plenty of magnificent trails to enjoy. There are also plenty of opportunities to pause for refreshments, as the Seiser Alm/Alpe di Siusi alone boasts seven guesthouse and huts with something for every taste.
Shortly after leaving St. Ulrich/Ortisei comes the first hard climb: 100m up with an average gradient of 16% bring you to the locality of Überwasser/Oltretorrente directly under the Seiser Alm/Alpe di Siusi cable car. A pleasant undulating trail through the forest takes you to Passberg then, after a short section (less than 500m) along the main road, you head for the Panider Sattel/Passo Pinei pass, bearing left onto the road towards Pufels/Bulla (closed to traffic).
Now comes a climb of over 600m, with an average gradient on the lower part of 15-16%. The tarmac road should however present no problems for fit bikers.
After the secluded village of Pufels/Bulla, near the Hotel Monte Piz, you reach the plateau of the Seiser Alm/Alpe di Siusi: a short climb brings you to the connecting road to Saltria. Taking it in the opposite direction to reach Compatsch/Compaccio, you then continue along the trail down to the Spitzbühel car park.
The perfect, 16% gradient of the climb up to the top of the Spitzbühel lift will once more test your strength. After 200m ascent, however, you can relax: the hut, with its wide panoramic terrace, dominates the valley like an eagle’s nest and is in fact a favourite departure point for hang-gliders. The beautiful scenery is complemented by the imposing Santner Spire, which appears close enough to touch.
Like pearls on a necklace, the tour passes the huts and inns on the Seiser Alm/Alpe di Siusi: the Laurin Hut, the Alpenhotel Panorama and the Almrosen Hut, each with its own atmosphere and charm, all against the wonderful backdrop of the Dolomites. The descent from the Almrosen Hut is perfect for technical specialists. A wonderful trail followed by the path through the woods downwards to the Tirler Hut and another chance for a pause.
Past Saltria you reach the upper Jender Valley and, after a short climb, the tour heads to Monte Pana, followed by a short and enjoyable trail towards Ciaslat.
The remaining part of the tour leads towards Wolkenstein/Selva where you turn left and take a fast downhill along the left bank of the Grödner Bach/Rio Gardena to cover the last 10 km into St. Ulrich/Ortisei.
 
 
Variations
1. Take the Seiser Alm/Alpe di Siusi cable car up: at waymarker 4 take the Seiser Alm/Alpe di Siusi cable car which makes the first part of the tour much easier. From the top of the lift you can either go via the Sanon Hut or the Icaro Hotel towards Compatsch/Compaccio. Both routes rejoin the tour described above at waymarker 19 and save approximately 800m of climbing.

2. Omitting Spitzbühel: it is possible to avoid the summit (which in fact lends its name to the tour!) by ascending from waymarker 21 (via the Hotel Steger Dellai) or 22 (by the Alpenhotel Panorama) to rejoin the tour described above at waymarker 45.

3. A much shorter tour: instead of bearing right towards Compatsch/Compaccio at waymarker 20 on the main road on the Seiser Alm/Alpe di Siusi, bear left past the Rauch Hut towards Saltria and rejoin the tour described above at waymarker 60, avoiding a climb of 450m, but missing the numerous huts and views of the Seiser Alm/Alpe di Siusi.

4. Extension via the small church at Dialer: at the Almrosen Hut (waymarker 51) do not bear left but carry on via the Mahlknecht Hut to the Dialer church. Bear left onto the high-level route and, after approximately 1.6 km, take a sharp left to Saltria. After another 1.4 km you join the gravel road to the Zallinger Hut, where you can stop for a break, before continuing in the direction of Monte Pana and rejoining the tour described above at waymarker 73.
 
 
  TOUR INFORMATION
Tour information
% of distance
Total distance
42,71 km
100 %
Height variation uphill
1589 Hm
Height variation downhill
1589 Hm
Maximum altitude
2047 m
Tarmac
1,46 km
3,4 %
Tarmac cycle path
24,38 km
57,1 %
Gravel
10,86 km
25,4 %
Hiking trail
4,55 km
10,7 %
Single track
1,45 km
3,4 %
Carrying / pushing
0,0 km
0,0 %
Cable car / transfer
0,0 km
0,0 %
 
Riding times
Riding time without pauses
Riding time at 10 km/h
4 hrs 16 min
Riding time at 12 km/h
3 hrs 34 min
Riding time at 14 km/h
3 hrs 03 min
Riding time at 16 km/h
2 hrs 40 min
Riding time at 18 km/h
2 hrs 22 min
Riding time at 20 km/h
2 hrs 08 min
   
   
   
   
   
   
Physical condition
Overall condition
4,0
Total height variation
4,0
Total distance
4,0
Maximum altitude
4,0
Riding technique
Overall riding technique
3,2
Surface
2,7
Average climb gradient Ø
4,0
Average descent gradient Ø
3,0
   
Tour evaluation
Overall difficulty
3,4
Climb difficulty
3,6
Descent difficulty
3,2
Emotional experience
Panorama
5,0
Riding fun
4,0
     
   
  GETTING THERE AND STARTING POINT
Getting there
A22 motorway: coming from the north, take exit Innsbruck-Brennero; coming from the south, take exit Verona-Bolzano.
We recommend you exit the A22 at Klausen/Chiusa – Grödner Tal/Val Gardena: after 20 minutes on a well-signposted Alpine road you reach St. Ulrich/Ortisei then, after a few km, St. Christina/Santa Cristina and Wolkenstein/Selva.

Starting point
The tour begins at the tourist information office in St. Ulrich/Ortisei.
Parking available at the bottom of the Seceda cable car.
 
  ROADBOOK
No
km
Next
Hm
Sym
Location
Direction
Route
Time 22 km/h
Time 10 km/h
1
0,00
0,03
1231
Tourist information office in
St. Ulrich/Ortisei
Left towards Seiser Alm
R -7%
00:00
00:00
2
0,03
0,04
1229
Landesberufschule (Vocational Training Institute)
Straight on into pedestrian zone
R -12%
00:00
00:00
3
0,07
0,15
1224
Hotel Adler
Bear right towards bridge
R -3%
00:00
00:00
4
0,22
0,08
1220
Bottom of Alpe di Siusi cable car, St. Ulrich/Ortisei
Sharp left downhill
R -8%
00:00
00:01
5
1,30
0,12
1214
Residence Oswald
Straight on
R 0%
00:00
00:01
6
1,42
0,25
1214
Raiffeisenkasse Kastelruth (bank)
Right uphill
R 11%
00:01
00:02
7
2,67
0,33
1239
Hotel Panoramik
Sharp right uphill
R 16%
00:01
00:04
8
1,00
0,17
1291
Junction Strada Furdenan
Sharp right uphill Strada Ronc
R 13%
00:02
00:05
9
1,16
0,42
1312
Wayside cross
Straight on Pradell
R -6%
00:03
00:06
10
1,58
0,82
1288
Haus Waldblick
Straight on uphill onto hiking trail 13 (marked red-white)
R -4%
00:04
00:09
11
2,40
0,34
1274
Junction
Straight on
S -8%
00:06
00:14
12
2,74
0,16
1248
Junction
Bear left
S -9%
00:07
00:16
13
2,91
0,46
1234
Intersection with main road towards Panider Sattel
Bear left
A 0%
00:07
00:17
14
3,36
0,33
1232
Crossroads in right-hand bend
Left uphill towards Pufels/Bulla
R 15%
00:09
00:20
15
3,69
0,56
1278
Wooden bridge
Straight on
R 16%
00:10
00:22
16
4,26
0,68
1363
Wooden bridge
Bear left to Seiser Alm
R 16%
00:11
00:25
17
4,94
2,42
1473
Pufels/Bulla
Sharp left uphill to Seiser Alm
R 13%
00:13
00:29
18
7,36
1,00
1777
Hotel Monte Piz
Straight on
R 8%
00:20
00:44
19
8,36
0,14
1862
Intersection
Bear right
R 1%
00:22
00:50
20
8,50
1,17
1864
Intersection with main road
Bear right Compatsch
R -1%
00:23
00:51
21
9,58
1,00
1856
Junction to Hotel Steger Dellai
Straight on
R -1%
00:26
00:57
22
10,58
0,03
1841
Tourist information office in Compatsch/Compaccio
Straight on
R 0%
00:28
01:03
23
10,61
0,24
1841
Compatsch/Compaccio
Straight on
R -6%
00:28
01:03
24
10,84
0,03
1827
Junction
Left to Hotel Zorzi
S -3%
00:29
01:05
25
10,87
0,12
1826
Hotel Zorzi
Right to Spitzbühel car park
W-20%
00:29
01:05
26
11,00
0,13
1802
Beginning of tarmac road
Straight on
R -12%
00:29
01:05
27
11,13
0,22
1787
Jaggl Schwaige Hut
Straight on downhill
S -12%
00:30
01:06
28
11,35
0,31
1761
Hotel Seelaus
Straight on Spitzbühel car park, Kastelruth 4
P -12%
00:30
01:08
29
11,66
0,11
1723
Above Spitzbühel car park
Straight on along fence
W-12%
00:31
01:09
30
11,77
0,50
1710
Bend at Spitzbühel car park, bus stop
Sharp left over car park
R 13%
00:32
01:10
31
12,26
0,93
1777
Junction with gravel road
Straight on uphill
R 15%
00:33
01:13
32
13,19
0,11
1921
Junction
Right to Spitzbühel
S 11%
00:35
01:19
33
13,30
0,11
1935
Spitzbühel
Turn back
S -11%
00:36
01:19
34
13,41
0,09
1921
Intersection
Bear right uphill
R 14%
00:36
01:20
35
13,50
0,09
1933
Junction
Straight on uphill
R 7%
00:36
01:20
36
13,59
0,53
1939
Junction to Schlernhaus
Bear left to Laurin Hut
S 3%
00:37
01:21
37
14,12
0,09
1957
Bench, table
Straight on to Laurin Hut
S 8%
00:38
01:24
38
14,21
0,56
1964
Junction
Bear left to Laurin Hut
S 9%
00:38
01:25
39
14,77
0,27
2012
Junction to Sattler Hut
Bear left to Goldknopf
W 1%
00:40
01:28
40
15,04
0,19
2013
Laurin Hut
Right
S 1%
00:41
01:30
41
15,23
0,50
2015
Junction to Sattler Hut
Left
S -2%
00:41
01:31
42
15,73
0,03
2011
Junction to Tierser Alpl 2
Straight on
S 0%
00:42
01:34
43
15,75
0,08
2011
Top of Panorama lift
Straight on
S -5%
00:42
01:34
44
15,83
0,29
2007
Alpenhotel Panorama
Bear right
R -9%
00:43
01:34
45
16,12
0,01
1980
Intersection with tarmac road
Sharp right Goldknopf
R 0%
00:43
01:36
46
16,13
0,92
1980
Junction to Ritsch Schwaige Hut
Straight on
R 3%
00:43
01:36
47
17,05
0,54
2014
Junction to Hotel Panorama
Straight on uphill
R 5%
00:46
01:42
48
17,59
0,69
2041
Junction to Goldknopf
Bear left to Saltria, Mahlknecht Hut
S 1%
00:47
01:45
49
18,28
0,24
2041
Beginning of tarmac
Straight on
R -15%
00:49
01:49
50
18,51
0,29
2041
Beginning of tarmac
Straight on
R -15%
00:50
01:51
51
18,80
0,50
2013
Almrosen Hut
Bear left to Saltria 12
S -11%
00:51
01:52
52
19,30
0,38
1956
Junction to Hans & Paula Steger path
Straight on Saltria 12
P -12%
00:52
01:55
53
19,69
0,19
1910
Intersection with hiking trail (red-white post wooden)
Bear right
W -4%
00:53
01:58
54
19,88
0,36
1900
Intersection
Straight on Saltria 12
W-10%
00:54
01:59
55
20,24
1,06
1862
Junction with Saltria 12
Straight on Tirler 12A
W -8%
00:55
02:01
56
21,30
0,04
1778
Intersection with gravel road
Left downhill
S -12%
00:58
02:07
57
21,34
0,37
1772
Junction to Zallinger
Bear left Tirler
S -9%
00:58
02:08
58
21,72
0,80
1740
Almgasthof Tirler Inn
Straight on
R -4%
00:59
02:10
59
22,52
0,48
1701
Junction to Hans & Paula Steger path
Straight on to Hans & Paula Steger path
R -5%
01:01
02:15
60
23,00
0,05
1678
Saltria
Right towards Val Gardena, Monte Pana
R -9%
01:02
02:18
61
23,05
0,15
1674
Bus turning place, Saltria
Left
R 0%
01:02
02:18
62
23,19
0,68
1674
Junction to Brunelli
Straight on
R -7%
01:03
02:19
63
23,87
0,65
1624
Wooden bridge, Jender Valley
Right Monte Pana
S -5%
01:05
02:23
64
24,52
0,35
1595
Junction with hiking trail before uphill
Bear right uphill
S 15%
01:06
02:27
65
24,88
1,34
1648
Junction into Jender Valley
Bear right uphill Monte Pana
S 5%
01:07
02:29
66
26,22
0,65
1714
Crossing with hiking trail 531
Straight on to Monte Pana 30a
S 3%
01:11
02:37
67
26,87
0,28
1739
Junction
Straight on flat
S -1%
01:13
02:41
68
27,15
0,42
1738
Junction to Langkofel Hut
Straight on to Monte Pana 30a
S -1%
01:14
02:42
69
27,57
0,52
1733
End of gravel road
Straight on
W -6%
01:15
03:45
70
28,09
0,61
1702
Intersection with gravel road
Bear right
S -9%
01:16
03:48
71
28,70
0,10
1641
Damont
Bear right downhill
R -8%
01:18
03:52
72
28,80
0,14
1633
Cendevaves Hotel
Bear right to S. Cristina
R -7%
01:18
03:52
73
28,95
0,09
1624
Crossing with bottom of Monte Pana lift
Left
R 2%
01:18
03:53
74
29,04
0,33
1625
Top of chair lift
Straight on S. Cristina, Wolkenstein/Selva
W-18%
01:19
03:54
75
29,37
0,26
1561
Junction with hiking trail
Bear right to Wolkenstein/Selva 30b
P -2%
01:20
03:56
76
29,64
0,08
1555
App. Prensanueva
Straight on to Wolkenstein/Selva 30b
R 9%
01:20
03:57
77
29,72
0,50
1562
End of tarmac
Straight on
R -1%
01:21
02:58
78
30,22
0,09
1581
Beginning of gravel path
Straight on
R -1%
01:22
03:01
79
30,31
0,12
1590
Ciaslat (towards Sellajoch/Passo Sella)
Straight on
R 0%
01:22
03:01
80
30,43
0,04
1587
Fork
Straight on
R -6%
01:22
03:02
81
30,47
0,89
1592
Beginning of tarmac
Straight on
S -3%
01:23
03:02
82
31,37
0,25
1572
Junction to Fischburg
Straight on
W -20%
01:25
03:08
83
31,61
0,51
1567
Transformer station, bus stop
Bear left Strada la Selva
R -12%
01:26
03:09
84
32,12
0,18
1535
Junction with hiking trail
Straight on following road
S -12%
01:27
03:12
85
32,30
0,43
1541
Junction with path signpost 30
Straight on
P -12%
01:28
03:13
86
32,73
0,08
1540
House of Culture
Bear right along stream
W -12%
01:29
03:16
87
32,81
0,20
1543
Fire station
Straight on
R -7%
01:29
03:16
88
33,01
0,06
1548
Beginning of tarmac
Straight on
R -7%
01:30
03:18
89
33,08
0,05
1550
Casa Elisabetha
Sharp left over bridge over stream
W -22%
01:30
03:18
90
33,13
0,05
1554
Café Mozart
Sharp right uphill to main road
A 6%
01:30
03:18
91
33,18
0,17
1557
Tourist information office in Wolkenstein/Selva
Straight on uphill
A 5%
01:30
3:19
92
33,35
0,09
1566
Bottom of Ciampinoi lift
Straight on
A -0%
01:30
3:20
93
33,43
0,11
1566
Hotel Krone
Sharp left
A 3%
01:31
03:20
94
33,54
0,29
1569
Pizzaealtro
Bear left following main road
A -3%
01:31
30:21
95
33,83
0,10
1561
Wolkenstein/Selva primary school
Straight on to
St. Ulrich/Ortisei
A 1%
01:32
03:22
96
33,93
0,08
1562
Villa Gran Baita
Straight on
R -1%
01:32
03:23
97
34,01
0,48
1561
Beginning of cycle path
Straight on
R -4%
01:32
03:24
98
34,50
0,58
1542
Hotel Sporting
Straight on over road and follow cycle path
R -4%
01:34
03:26
99
35,07
0,28
1518
Crossing at Hotel Welponer
Straight on S. Cristina
R -5%
01:35
03:30
100
35,35
0,15
1505
Crossing at Haus Lambolt
Straight on over the zebra crossing
R -4%
01:36
03:32
101
35,51
0,15
1500
Crossroads
Left Strada La Poza
S -7%
01:36
03:33
102
35,66
0,12
1489
Bar Adelaide,
Crossing with main road
Straight on Strada La Poza
R -2%
01:37
03:33
103
35,79
0,35
1487
Haus Paladina
Bear right Fischburg 22a
W -3%
01:37
03:34
104
36,13
0,43
1471
Junction with hiking trail
Straight on
W -8%
01:38
03:36
105
36,56
0,11
1438
Crossroads
Straight on downhill
R -8%
01:39
3:39
106
36,66
0,08
1430
Wooden bridge
Bear left along stream
R 1%
01:39
03:39
107
36,75
0,29
1432
Junction before subway
Bear left along stream
S -8%
01:40
03:40
108
37,04
0,13
1409
Intersection with bottom of Sasslong lift
Bear left along stream
S -3%
01:41
03:42
109
37,17
0,13
1405
Junction
Bear left over the Rio Gardena stream
R -4%
01:41
03:43
110
37,30
0,04
1399
Bridge (towards Val Gardena Marketing in S. Cristina)
Straight on through subway
S 0%
01:41
03:43
111
37,34
0,29
1399
Junction after subway under main road
Straight on
R -3%
01:41
03:44
112
37,63
0,77
1389
Bottom of Monte Pana chairlift
Straight on along stream
S -5%
01:42
03:45
113
38,40
0,06
1349
Bridge over stream (towards waterfall)
Straight on uphill
R 10%
01:44
03:50
114
38,46
0,26
1355
Hofer Group
Bear left
R 1%
01:44
03:50
115
38,73
0,21
1356
Crossing with main road
Bear left onto main road
R -5%
01:45
03:52
116
38,94
0,32
1346
Junction
Left into Via Mulin d’Odum
R -10%
01:46
03:53
117
39,25
0,79
1312
Transformer station
Right over St. Ulrich/Ortisei bridge
R 1%
01:47
03:55
118
40,04
0,95
1321
Intersection with Via Jender
Bear right downhill
R -3%
01:49
04:40
119
40,99
0,29
1278
Junction with hiking trail 19 towards Pedroc-Hartl
Right downhill
R -7%
01:51
04:05
120
41,29
0,54
1257
Junction Streda Furdenan
Straight on
R -6%
01:52
04:07
121
41,82
0,47
1224
St. Ulrich/Ortisei playground
Bear left on path along stream
R -2%
01:54
04:10
122
42,29
0,12
1214
Raiffeisenkasse Kastelruth
Straight on along stream
R 0%
01:55
04:13
123
42,42
0,08
1214
Residence Oswald
Straight on uphill to Alpe di Siusi cable car
R 8%
01:55
04:14
124
42,50
0,15
1220
Bottom of Alpe di Siusi cable car, St. Ulrich/Ortisei
Sharp right to centre over footbridge
R 3%
01:55
04:14
125
42,64
0,04
1224
Hotel Adler
Bear left into pedestrian area
R 12%
01:56
04:15
126
42,69
0,03
1229
Landesberufschule (Vocational Training Institute)
Straight on
R 7%
01:56
04:16
127
42,71
0,00
1231
Tourist information office in
St. Ulrich/Ortisei
End of tour
R 0%
01:56
04:16
  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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