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TSCHAFON - MONTE CAVONE TOUR
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  CHARACTERISTICS AND VARIATIONS
Characteristics
In addition to the Sciliar there are two other distinctive mountain ranges that, seen from Fiè, form a real amphitheatre of rocks: the Croda del Maglio/H ammerwand and the Monte Cavone/Tschafon. Only hikers can reach both destinations. You cannot reach them by bike. But bikers can ride to the protruding rock of Monte Cavone/Tschafon and marvel at the giant rock faces at close range.
The tour begins in a very relaxed fashion on the narrow road from Fiè to Umes, past stunningly old farmyards, with your sights already set firmly on the Croda del Maglio/Hammerwand and Monte Cavone/Tschafon. After about two kilometres a gravel road climbs up in the direction of Moarmühle (mill). You cruise above Umser Felder with a stunning view of the valley towards Umes. It is best for you to fill your flasks at the water source in Umes, because there is a long climb now to the foot of Croda del Maglio/Hammerwand as far as the protruding rock of Monte Cavone/Tschafon. Altogether it is something more than 400m of altitude difference in shady woodland that, apart from the short climb at the very end, are all very pleasant to ride. The protruding rock of Monte Cavone/Tschafon is itself not very spectacular. Good news for bikers! There is also a water source here.
The following descent presents no problems of a riding technique nature. The hiking trails in the direction of Val di Tires, the gateway to the Gruppo del Catinaccio/Rosengarten, give a lot of riding fun. This way you end up at the Gasthaus Schönblick, a welcome stop for refreshments with a stunning view over the Val di Tires.
If you stop for a short time on the descent on a narrow road leading to Tschötscher and look back you can see some of the peaks of the Gruppo del Catinaccio/Rosengarten. The route continues climbing gently again to the Schnaggenkreuz, a wonderful vantage point with a view of the complete amphitheatre of mountains from the Sciliar/Schlern as far as Monte Cavone/Tschafon.
You ride on climbing once more for a short while through woodland to the sawmill at Umes. The old road from Umes to Fiè forms the crowning glory of this tour! This mostly gravel idyllic section leads through cropped fields and meadows past old farmhouses to Fiè in beautiful afternoon sunshine if the weather is fine.

Variations
1. On the road to Umes: You can save a few metres of altitude difference if you do not turn left at waymarker 3, but stay on the Umes road. At the bus stop on the outskirts of Umes then left upwards, and left again at the next crossing. Continue on this road uphill. You join the tour described here again at waymarker 13 (at the water source).

2. Extension via Völser Aicha and Presule: At waymarker 29 turn sharp left downhill to the main road, sharp right there to the road leading to Völser Aicha. After 1.5km bear right at the bus stop on to the hiking trail leading to Presule. In Presule at the Prösler Hof turn right in the direction of Umes. This way you join the tour described here at waymarker 38 precisely at the beginning of the old road from Umes to Fiè.

3. Direct descent from the Schnaggenkreuz to Umes: Bear left at waymarker 31 immediately behind the Schnaggenkreuz onto the gravel road to Umes. It joins the connecting road from Presule to Umes. Follow the road to the right downhill. You reach the tour described here again at waymarker 37. Turn sharp left and follow the road.

 
 
  TOUR INFORMATION
Tour information
% of distance
Total distance
19,24 km
100 %
Height variation uphill
898 Hm
Height variation downhill
898 Hm
Maximum altitude
1387 m
Tarmac
0,46 km
2,4 %
Tarmac cycle path
6,12 km
31,8 %
Gravel
9,02 km
46,9 %
Hiking trail
3,63 km
18,9 %
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 55 min
Riding time at 12 km/h
1 hr 36 min
Riding time at 14 km/h
1 hr 22 min
Riding time at 16 km/h
1 hr 12 min
Riding time at 18 km/h
1 hr 04 min
Riding time at 20 km/h
0 Std 58 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
3,4
Surface
2,8
Average climb gradient Ø
4,0
Average descent gradient Ø
4,0
   
Tour evaluation
Overall difficulty
3,2
Climb difficulty
3,2
Descent difficulty
3,1
Emotional experience
Panorama
4,0
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 Fiè.
 
  ROADBOOK
No
km
Next
Hm
Sym
Location
Direction
Route
Time 22 km/h
Time 10 km/h
1
0,00
0,04
859
Tourism association Fiè
Straight ahead in direction of roundabout
A -0%
00:00
00:00
2
0,04
1,73
859
Roundabout Fiè
Left Umes
R 3%
00:00
00:00
3
1,77
0,12
907
Junction after bridge
Left Sciliar/Schlern, loop road Umes, Hofer Alpl
R 17%
00:04
00:10
4
1,89
0,08
927
End of tarmac road
Straight ahead
S 14%
00:05
00:11
5
1,97
0,15
938
Access road to farm (direction Laghetto di Fiè)
Sharp right follow main trail
S 13%
00:05
00:11
6
2,12
0,08
958
Junction to Umes
Straight ahead Lake - Laghetto di Fiè
S 9%
00:05
00:12
7
2,20
0,05
965
Junction to Malga Tuff Alm
Straight ahead
S 17%
00:06
00:13
8
2,25
0,39
973
Junction in bend to Sciliar
Right follow main trail
S 10%
00:06
00:13
9
2,64
0,27
1013
Junction after left turn
Bear right loop road Umes
W -3%
00:07
00:15
10
2,91
0,29
1010
Junction
Bear right downhill
W -2%
00:07
00:17
11
3,20
0,10
997
Fork
Bear left
W 6%
00:08
00:19
12
3,30
0,31
1004
Intersection in bend
Bear right downhill
R -10%
00:09
00:19
13
3,61
0,30
976
Junction Umes (fountain)
Bear left Tschafon (Monte Cavone) 4
R 12%
00:09
00:21
14
3,91
0,45
1014
Maso Platzlunger Hof
Bear right Tschafon (Monte Cavone) 4
S 1%
00:10
00:23
15
4,36
0,03
1019
Wayside cross
Right across wooden bridgee
S -3%
00:11
00:26
16
4,39
0,68
1018
Intersection in bend
Bear left uphill Taschafonhütte 4
S 13%
00:11
00:26
17
5,07
1,84
1105
Crossroads hiking trail 4
Straight ahead
S 11%
00:13
00:30
18
6,91
0,39
1316
Junction to Umes
Straight ahead Tschafonhütte
S 12%
00:18
00:41
19
7,30
0,12
1364
Protruding rock of Monte Cavone /Tschafon (fountain)
Left uphill
S 12%
00:19
00:43
20
7,42
0,03
1378
Crossroad
Straight ahead steep uphill
S 3%
00:20
00:44
21
7,44
0,18
1387
Junction (to Croda del Maglio/Hammerwand)
Sharp right Schönblick
S -8%
00:20
00:44
22
7,62
1,18
1372
Intersection
Bear left
W -5%
00:20
00:45
23
8,80
0,64
1313
Junction to Monte Cavone/Tschafon hut
Straight ahead Aica di Fiè
W-19%
00:24
00:52
24
9,44
0,28
1196
Schönblick
Bear right Umes
R -11%
00:25
00:56
25
9,73
1,73
1168
Small car park
Sharp left
R -12%
00:26
00:58
26
11,46
0,16
963
Crossroad
Bear right Umes MTB
R 3%
00:31
01:08
27
11,62
0,14
968
Tschötscher (end of tarmac road)
Straight ahead
S 8%
00:31
01:09
28
11,76
0,71
978
Junction
Straight ahead Presule
S 3%
00:32
01:10
29
12,47
0,13
1003
Junction to Aica di Fiè
Bear right Presule
S 7%
00:34
01:14
30
12,59
0,06
1011
Schnaggenkreuz
Right
S -2%
00:34
01:15
31
12,65
0,18
1010
Junction to Umes
Straight ahead
W 3%
00:34
01:15
32
12,83
0,43
1017
Junction
Bear right uphill
W 15%
00:34
01:16
33
13,25
0,54
1082
Junction (to Schönblick)
Bear left Umes
W -6%
00:36
01:19
34
13,80
2,12
1049
Beginning of gravel road
Straight ahead
S -7%
00:37
01:22
35
15,92
0,18
921
Intersection gravel road
Sharp left downhill
R -11%
00:43
01:35
36
16,10
0,54
900
Sawmill Umes
Left Presule
R -13%
00:43
01:36
37
16,63
0,04
834
Junction to Presule
Bear right downhill Prösels (Presule) 6
R -13%
00:45
01:39
38
16,67
0,25
829
Wooden bridge
Right Fiè
R 1%
00:45
01:40
39
16,93
0,60
831
Maso Trafisöhr Hof
Bear left downhill Fiè
S 1%
00:46
01:41
40
17,52
0,12
842
Junction
Bear right
S -2%
00:47
01:45
41
17,64
0,10
838
Wooden bridge
Left Völs (Fiè) 6
R 11%
00:48
01:45
42
17,74
0,55
849
End of tarmac road
Straight ahead
S -1%
00:48
01:46
43
18,29
0,14
853
Crossroad
Straight ahead Fiè (Fiè) 6
S 11%
00:49
01:49
44
18,43
0,39
866
Intersection tarmac road
Bear left downhill Völs (Fiè) 6
R -6%
00:50
01:50
45
18,82
0,38
841
Intersection main road
Bear right uphill
A 5%
00:51
01:52
46
19,20
0,04
859
Roundabout Fiè
Bear right Castelrotto (2nd exit)
A 0%
00:52
01:55
47
19,25
0,00
859
Tourism association Fiè
End of tour
A 0%
00:52
01:55
  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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