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TIERSER ALPL / RIFUGIO ALPE DI TIRES TOUR
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  CHARACTERISTICS AND VARIATIONS
Characteristics
This is one of the most beautiful tours of the region and offers all that the hearts of mountain bikers desire. A long and varied climb over almost 2,000m in altitude difference offers a fitness challenge with stops for refreshment at some of the most beautiful mountain huts of the region. The destination is the Rifugio Alpe di Tires, the highest mountain hut of the region that can be reached by mountain bike in an incomparable location at the foot of the spectacular Denti di Terrarossa/Rosszähne. It also has a technically challenging descent that is waiting for you in the second part of the tour with several exhilarating trails and cart tracks on which riding technique fans will be in their element. A dream tour for physically fit and technically expert bikers! You can warm up easily in the first kilometres from the tourism association Siusi to the control station San Valentino on the small panoramic road leading to Wasserebene. On its gritty climb to the Schafstall the tour shows its teeth for the first time. 200m in altitude difference further up the nightmare is over for a start. The next section via Marinzen to Gstatsch is very easy and simply puts you in a good mood.
There follows a short training session. You grind up the next 250m in altitude difference on the Alpe di Siusi road, free of normal traffic since 9am, as far as the car park at Spitzbühel. There is no other sensible route here for bikers to take. From the Spitzbühel car park on it gets steeper again with an average 15% climb on a narrow tarmac path to the mountain station of the chair lift. The mountain hut there looks down over the valley as if from an eagle’s nest. The Santner peak appears, from the terrace, to be within your grasp as it forms the distinctive end of the Sciliar/Schlern to the north-west.
The panorama and mountain hutmarathon begins with the Spitzbühel up on the Alpe di Siusi. On your way via the Laurin hut, Alpenhotel Panorama, Almrosen hut, Mahlknechtjoch hut and the small church at Dialler, you cannot really see enough of the well-known Dolomite peaks, like the Sasso Lungo/Langkofel, Sasso Piatto/Plattkofel, Marmolada, Gruppo di Sella, Sas Rigais, Le Odle/Geißler, Denti di Terrarossa/Rosszähne, Sciliar/Schlern with the Santner peak. When the weather is good, you can see still further, e. g., as far as the Zillertal Alps and Alpi Breonie and as far as the Ortles/Ortler!
There are still now 300m in altitude difference from the small church at Dialler to the Alpe di Tires. The track over which the landlord of the mountain hut brings supplies is always in a good condition, but very steep. You have to deal with a climb of up to 20% in longer sections and with already many metres in altitude difference in your tired legs. But even if you have to dismount at some point, the Alpe di Tires as a destination is worth every effort. This dreamlike mountain hut is located completely remote at the foot of the Denti di Terrarossa/Rosszähne and offers a stunning panorama, e. g., of the Catinaccio/Rosengarten located opposite. The landlord and landlady are amiable and the food excellent. It is so beautiful up here that you would immediately like to stay overnight. And why not?
The same track then takes you back downhill over glorious trails in the direction of Mahlknechtjoch/Giogo. If the weather is good, the Marmolada will greet you from a distance. From the small church at Dialler a panoramic trail goes in the direction of Giogo. You cruise along relaxed over gravel and then a narrow tarmac road to Saltria where the last climb of this tour begins. This road takes you past the beautiful Rauchhütte (hut) as far as oampaccio.
Shortly below Compaccio a hiking trail turns off at the Gasthaus Zorzi in the direction of the Spitzbühel car park. After the Jaggl Schwaige this hiking trail turns into a fun trail that disgorges the bikers at the car park of the chair lift to the Spitzbühel.
From here riding technique fans are again in their element. The trail leading to Gstatsch is challenging. It is narrow, has obstacles and was in parts a former cart track. But take care! In the event of wet conditions or after rain, it is very slippery here.
From Gstatsch the fun descent continues. A narrow, secluded trail circles down in the direction of Bagni di Razzes. Only after crossing the Frommer brook, do you again come across civilisation in the form of a gravel road.
Somewhat below the Castelvecchio a very smooth-flowing trail begins. It ends at the car park of the Alpe di Siusi aerial cableway. From here you are still only a few minutes away from the starting point of this tour at the tourism association in Siusi.

Variations
1. Easier climb over the Alpe di Siusi road: Do not turn sharp left at the control point San Valentino (waymarker 8), but go straight ahead to Gstatsch. You join the tour described here again at waymarker 25.

2 . Leaving out Alpe di Tires: If you are not fit enough, it is already late or the weather is unfavourable you can shorten the tour shortly before the small church at Dialler. At waymarker 56 do not go straight ahead to the Alpe di Tires, but bear left to Giogo. This way you save yourself 320m in altitude difference and probably a good hour in time.

3. Ascent with the Alpe di Siusi aerial cableway: The tour becomes decidedly easier and shorter, if you take the Alpe di Siusi aerial cableway to Compaccio and grind up the tarmac road “Joch” beginning at the information office. You join the tour described here at waymarker 46 and save yourself almost 1,100m in altitude difference.

 
 
  TOUR INFORMATION
Tour information
% of distance
Total distance
46,58 km
100 %
Height variation uphill
2139 Hm
Height variation downhill
2139 Hm
Maximum altitude
2447 m
Tarmac
0,60 km
1,3 %
Tarmac cycle path
20,41 km
43,8 %
Gravel
18,09 km
38,9 %
Hiking trail
5,86 km
12,6 %
Single track
1,59 km
3,4%
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
4 hrs 39 min
Riding time at 12 km/h
3 hrs 53 min
Riding time at 14 km/h
3 hrs 20 min
Riding time at 16 km/h
2 hrs 55 min
Riding time at 18 km/h
2 hrs 35 min
Riding time at 20 km/h
2 hrs 20 min
   
   
   
   
   
   
Physical condition
Overall condition
4,5
Total height variation
5,0
Total distance
4,0
Maximum altitude
4,0
Riding technique
Overall riding technique
3,5
Surface
2,9
Average climb gradient Ø
4,0
Average descent gradient Ø
4,0
   
Tour evaluation
Overall difficulty
4,0
Climb difficulty
4,1
Descent difficulty
3,8
Emotional experience
Panorama
5,0
Riding fun
5,0
     
   
  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 stop
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
Crossroads
Left Castelrotto 6
R 7%
00:02
00:05
5
1,15
0,17
1105
Junction to Kastelruth (Castelrotto) 6
Bear right uphill
R 10%
00:03
00:06
6
1,32
1,10
1121
Junction with Via Burgstall
Straight ahead uphill Rier
R 10%
00:03
00:07
7
2,42
0,57
1231
Haus Waldrand, bus stop
Sharp right Alpe di Siusi
R 10%
00:06
00:14
8
2,99
0,51
1286
Control point San Valentino
Sharp left Marinzen 11
R -0%
00:08
00:17
9
3,50
0,60
1288
Junction to Marinzen
Straight ahead Kastelruth (Castelrotto) 4
R 1%
00:09
00:20
10
4,09
1,42
1291
Feldheim
Straight ahead Castelrotto
R -1%
00:11
00:24
11
5,52
0,09
1277
Junction
Bear right uphill Marinzen mountain cabin
W 15%
00:15
00:33
12
5,61
0,65
1292
Junction
Straight ahead
S 14%
00:15
00:33
13
6,26
0,21
1382
Junction to the Wasserebene
Straight ahead Schafstall 8
S 20%
00:17
00:37
14
6,47
0,31
1424
Junction
Straight ahead uphill Schafstall 8
S 18%
00:17
00:38
15
6,78
1,06
1476
Schafstall
Sharp right Marinzen
W -0%
00:18
00:40
16
7,84
0,12
1478
Near Marinzen mountain cabin
Sharp left Gstatsch
S 4%
00:21
00:47
17
7,96
0,16
1482
Junction to Gola, Alpe di Siusi
Right Gstatsch
S -0%
00:21
00:47
18
8,12
0,27
1480
Junction to Seis (Suisi) 11
Straight ahead
S -7%
00:22
00:48
19
8,40
0,16
1467
Junction footpath 10 to Gstatsch
Straight ahead Gstatsch
S -6%
00:22
00:50
20
8,56
0,08
1457
Junction gravel road
Bear left Gstatsch 10
S 12%
00:23
00:51
21
8,63
1,47
1466
Junction hiking trail 10
Straight ahead
S 1%
00:23
00:51
22
10,10
0,18
1480
Junction footpath to Marinzen
Straight ahead
W 3%
00:27
01:00
23
10,28
0,20
1484
Single track junction
Bear right downhill
P -8%
00:28
01:01
24
10,48
0,04
1466
Bench
Bear left uphill
R 7%
00:28
01:02
25
10,53
0,50
1469
Gstatsch
Sharp left Alpe di Siusi road
R 9%
00:28
01:03
26
11,03
0,31
1512
Crossroads hiking trail
Straight ahead
R 10%
00:30
01:06
27
11,34
0,40
1542
Crossroads hiking trail
Straight ahead
R 8%
00:30
01:08
28
11,74
1,25
1575
Crossroads hiking trail
Straight ahead
R 9%
00:32
01:10
29
12,98
0,10
1688
Junction to Kastelruth, Seis (Castelrotto, Siusi) 4
Straight ahead Seiser Alm (Alpe di Siusi) 4
R 7%
00:35
01:17
30
13,09
0,20
1696
Junction to the Marinzen mountain cabin (small car park)
Straight ahead
R 7%
00:35
01:18
31
13,29
0,50
1710
Bend car park Punta di Razzes, bus stop
Bear right across the car park
R 13%
00:36
01:19
32
13,78
0,93
1777
Junction gravel road
Straight ahead uphill
R 15%
00:37
01:22
33
14,71
0,11
1921
Junction
Right Punta di Razzes
S 11%
00:40
01:28
34
14,82
0,11
1935
Punta di Razzes
Back
S -11%
00:40
01:28
35
14,93
0,09
1921
Intersection
Bear right uphill
R 14%
00:40
01:29
36
15,02
0,09
1933
Junction
Straight ahead uphill
R 7%
00:40
01:30
37
15,11
0,53
1939
Junction to the Schlernhaus / Rifugio Bolzano
Bear left Laurin mountain cabin
S 3%
00:41
01:30
38
15,64
0,09
1957
Bench, table
Straight ahead Laurin hut
S 8%
00:42
01:33
39
15,73
0,56
1964
Junction
Bear left Laurinhut
S 9%
00:42
01:34
40
16,29
0,27
2012
Junction to Sattler Schwaige/Malga Sattler
Bear left Goldknopf / Punta d´oro
W 1%
00:44
01:37
41
16,56
0,19
2013
Laurinhut
Right
S 1%
00:45
01:39
42
16,75
0,50
2015
Junction to Sattler Schwaige
Left
S -2%
00:45
01:40
43
17,25
0,03
2011
Junction Tierser Alpl (Rifugio Alpe di Tires) 2
Straight ahead
S 0%
00:47
01:43
44
17,28
0,08
2011
Mountain station Panorama
Straight ahead
S -5%
00:47
01:43
45
17,35
0,29
2007
Alpenhotel Panorama
Bear right
R -9%
00:47
01:44
46
17,64
0,01
1980
Intersection tarmac road
Sharp right Goldknopf
R 0%
00:48
01:45
47
17,65
0,92
1980
Junction to Malga Ritsch Schwaige
Straight ahead
R 3%
00:48
01:45
48
18,57
0,54
2014
Junction to the guesthouse Panorama
Straight ahead uphill
R 5%
00:50
01:51
49
19,11
0,69
2041
Junction to the Goldknopf
Bear left Saltria, Mahlknechtjoch hut
S 1%
00:52
01:54
50
19,80
0,24
2041
Beginning of tarmac
Straight ahead
R -15%
00:53
01:58
51
20,04
0,29
2007
End of tarmac
Straight ahead
S 2%
00:54
02:00
52
20,32
1,29
2013
Almrosen mountain cabin
Straight ahead Mahlknechtjoch hut, Dialer refuge
S 3%
00:55
02:01
53
21,61
0,69
2054
Mahlknechtjoch hut (Molignon Refuge)
Bear left Saltria 8
S -11%
00:58
02:09
54
22,31
0,79
1980
Junction to Saltria (seat)
Straight ahead Rifugio Alpe di Tires
S 15%
01:00
02:13
55
23,09
0,26
2096
Junction hiking trail to Mahlknechtjoch hut
Straight ahead Rifugio Alpe di Tires
S 14%
01:02
02:18
56
23,35
0,12
2130
Below the small church at Dialler (St. Anton Chapel)
Straight ahead Rifugio Alpe di Tires
S 10%
01:03
02:20
57
23,47
0,42
2143
Small church at Dialler (St. Anton Chapel)
Bear right Rifugio Alpe di Tires
S 20%
01:04
02:20
58
23,89
1,39
2226
Electric fence, junction to the Sasso Piatto hut
Straight ahead Rifugio Alpe di Tires
S 16%
01:05
02:23
59
25,28
0,06
2447
Junction to the Denti di Terrarossa wind gap
Bear left Rifugio Alpe di Tires 4
S -8%
01:08
02:31
60
25,35
0,06
2442
Rifugio Alpe di Tires
Back
S 8%
01:09
02:32
61
25,41
1,39
2447
Junction to the Denti di Terrarossa wind gap
Bear right Dialer 4
S -16%
01:09
02:32
62
26,81
0,38
2226
Electric fence
Right Sasso Piatto hut
W -10%
01:13
02:40
63
27,19
0,08
2186
Junction
Bear left level
P -2%
01:14
02:43
64
27,27
0,35
2185
Mahlknechtjoch / Passo Duron
Left uphill
S -8%
01:14
02:43
65
27,62
0,12
2143
Small church Dialler (St. Anton Chapel)
Right
S -10%
01:15
02:45
66
27,75
0,25
2130
Below small church at Dialler
Sharp right Joch
W -5%
01:15
02:46
67
28,00
1,33
2119
Junction Sasso Piatto mountain cabin
Straight ahead
W -8%
01:16
02:47
68
29,33
1,12
2021
Intersection
Sharp left Saltria
S -12%
01:19
02:55
69
30,45
0,30
1891
Intersection in bend
Bear left downhill
S -10%
01:23
03:02
70
30,75
1,07
1859
Intersection in bend
Bear left downhill
S -7%
01:23
03:04
71
31,82
0,37
1772
Intersection
Straight ahead Malga Tirler, Saltria
S -9%
01:26
03:10
72
32,19
0,80
1740
Guesthouse Malga Tirler
Straight ahead
R -4%
01:27
03:13
73
33,00
0,48
1701
Junction Hans and Paula Steger trail
Straight ahead Hans and Paula Steger trail
R -5%
01:29
03:17
74
33,48
1,74
1678
Intersection Hotel Saltria
Left uphill Compatsch
R 8%
01:31
03:20
75
35,22
0,47
1836
Junction to Rauch mountain cabin
Bear left uphill
R 6%
01:36
03:31
76
35,70
0,90
1862
Crossroads with bus stop
Right follow road
R -0%
01:37
03:34
77
36,60
1,07
1864
Junction to the Piz
Straight ahead Compaccio
R -1%
01:39
03:39
78
37,67
1,00
1856
Junction to Hotel Steger Dellai
Straight ahead
R -1%
01:42
03:46
79
38,68
0,03
1841
Tourist Info Compaccio
Straight ahead
R 0%
01:45
03:52
80
38,70
0,24
1841
Compaccio
Straight ahead
R -6%
01:45
03:52
81
38,94
0,03
1827
Junction
Left Gasthaus Zorzi
S -3%
01:46
03:53
82
38,97
0,12
1826
Gasthaus Zorzi
Right car park Spitzbühel
W -20%
01:46
03:53
83
39,09
0,13
1802
Beginning of tarmac road
Straight ahead
R -12%
01:46
03:54
84
39,22
0,22
1787
Malga Jaggl Schwaige
Straight ahead downhill
S -12%
01:46
03:55
85
39,45
0,31
1761
Hotel Seelaus
Straight ahead car park Spitzbühel, Castelrotto 4
P -12%
01:47
03:56
86
39,75
0,11
1723
Above car park Spitzbühel
Straight ahead along fence
W -12%
01:48
03:58
87
39,86
0,20
1710
Bend car park Spitzbühel, bus stop
Straight ahead downhill Alpe di Siusi road
R -7%
01:48
03:59
88
40,06
0,10
1696
Junction to the Marinzen hut (small car park)
Straight ahead
R -7%
01:49
04:00
89
40,16
0,50
1688
Junction
Bear left Castelrotto, Seis 4
W -22%
01:49
04:00
90
40,67
0,40
1575
Crossroad
Sharp left Alpe di Siusi road
R -8%
01:50
04:04
91
41,07
0,37
1542
Junction
Bear left downhill 4
P -18%
01:51
04:06
92
41,43
0,10
1481
Junction single track
Straight ahead downhill
W -10%
01:53
04:08
93
41,53
0,18
1469
Gstatsch
Sharp left downhill Alpe di Siusi road
R -5%
01:53
04:09
94
41,71
0,08
1457
Bend 3
Left Bagni di Razzes
P -28%
01:53
04:10
95
41,79
0,51
1433
Crossroads riding trail
Left
P -15%
01:53
04:10
96
42,30
0,04
1368
Junction hiking trail
Bear Left Bagni di Razzes 9
P -9%
01:55
04:13
97
42,34
0,09
1364
Bridge over brook
Right cross bridge over brook
W -13%
01:55
04:14
98
42,44
0,58
1353
Intersection gravel road
Right
S -18%
01:55
04:14
99
43,01
0,23
1244
Junction hiking trail to Bagni di Razzes
Straight ahead
S -15%
01:57
04:18
100
43,24
0,14
1210
Junction in bend (nature park boundary)
Sharp left downhill
S -9%
01:57
04:19
101
43,39
0,12
1197
Crossroad
Bear right downhill
S -13%
01:58
04:20
102
43,50
0,18
1182
Intersection to Bagni di Razzes trail (bench)
Bear right downhill
R -9%
01:58
04:21
103
43,68
0,09
1167
Junction
Bear left level
S -3%
01:59
04:22
104
43,77
0,13
1165
Fork water reservoir
Bear right Seis (Siusi) 1
W -12%
01:59
04:22
105
43,90
0,40
1148
Road junction
Bear left downhill
R -10%
01:59
04:23
106
44,30
0,14
1109
Junction gravel road
Bear left Siusi cable car
S 6%
02:00
04:25
107
44,45
0,25
1117
Junction to Castelvecchio
Straight ahead Ruine Salegg 3
W -12%
02:01
04:26
108
44,70
0,68
1086
Plaque on life expectancy
Straight ahead
W -4%
02:01
04:28
109
45,38
0,31
1060
Crossroad
Sharp right downhill (later 3B)
W -15%
02:03
04:32
110
45,69
0,07
1012
Car park Alpe di Siusi cable car
Bear right across the car park
R 0%
02:04
04:34
111
45,76
0,15
1012
Valley station Alpe di Siusi cable car
Sharp left
A -5%
02:04
04:34
112
45,91
0,13
1004
Junction Oswald von Wolkenstein trail
Right downhill
A -7%
02:05
04:35
113
46,04
0,11
995
Bridge over brook, entrance car park Alpe di Siusi aerial cableway
Straight ahead over bridge
S 3%
02:05
04:36
114
46,15
0,11
999
Junction private road
Bear left Siusi
R -3%
02:05
04:36
115
46,26
0,02
995
Crossroad Matzlstr.
Bear left to main road
R 0%
02:06
04:37
116
46,28
0,24
995
Garni Hauenstein
Right
A 4%
02:06
04:37
117
46,52
0,06
1006
Roundabout Siusi
Straight ahead Castelrotto
A 6%
02:06
04:39
118
46,58
0,00
1010
Tourism association Siusi, bus station
End of tour
A 0%
02:07
04:39
  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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Sankt Jakob Tour
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Cabinovia della Val Duron
 
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