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TOUR BELOW THE GEISLER MOUNTAINS
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  CHARACTERISTICS AND VARIATIONS
Characteristics
This tour through the Puez-Geisler nature park is one of the most impressive mountain bike ventures in the Gardena valley. The panoramic path from the Raschötz mountain cabin as far as the Holy Cross Chapel alone would be worth the almost 1,000m in altitude difference from St. Ulrich. But there is still better to come. In the second half of the tour you pass through inspired trails straight to the foot of the steeply towering Geisler mountain range. There the distinctive Pieralongia rock formation is waiting with scenery for the perfect souvenir photo. A long descent leads back into the Gardena valley, where the fantastic mountain path from Insom via St. Jakob's church as far as the Anna valley completes an unforgettable mountain bike adventure.
There is not a lot of time for warming-up for shortly after the start of the tour at the tourism association in St. Ulrich you will have to start changing down as you will be going uphill only. First of all to the valley station of the Seceda cable car, after this initially on a tarmac road and later on the woodland track with switchbacks that time and again cross the line of the new Raschötz funicular railway. At the last switchback go straight on until you reach the mountain path further up at 150m altitude difference that leads from the mountain station of the Raschötz funicular railway to the Holy Cross Chapel. This finishes the ascent and so you can happily enjoy the fantastic panorama this mountain path offers. Directly opposite the green meadows of the Seiser Alm spread out. Behind them the pointed peaks of the Langkofel tower steeply up into the sky. Further on on the left the well-known Sella mountain range rises up. When the weather is fine you can make out the Marmolada precisely between the white glacier surfaces in the structure of the peak.
The mountain path only rises gently as far as the idyllically located Holy Cross Chapel to the crossing into the neighbouring Villnöß valley. Here you turn round to enjoy again to the full the view on the trip back to the Raschötz mountain cabin and roll along back on the route known from your ascent to the woodland path that you follow uphill for the last few metres as far as the mountain station of the Raschötz funicular railway. A little later you arrive at the Saltner mountain cabin from where you will have a similarly beautiful view to the one you had earlier on the mountain path.
The steep descent on the ski piste in the direction of the intermediate station Seceda begins immediately behind the mountain cabin. The cable car takes the bikers and bikes in a short time to the highest point of the tour at 2,450m above sea level. Now the Geisler mountain range seems to be close enough to touch and together with the Mont de Stevia, the Sella mountain range, the Langkofel and Plattkofel forms a real amphitheatre of rocks.
There now comes the best part of the tour for riding technique experts.
You descend a further 800m of altitude difference past the Sangon hut until almost to the valley station of Col Raiser. You continue via the remote hamlet of Insom in the direction of Sankt Jakob, still somewhat above and away from the hustle and bustle of the valley. The path becomes ever narrower and provides a lot of fun before reaching the oldest church of the Gardena valley.
The small church of Sankt Jakob with its distinctive tower, contemplative cemetery and frescoes well worth seeing, has a box seat view of the valley. Bikers enjoy this on the spacious sunbathing lawn near to the church with its sweeping view as far as the Plattkofel, Langkofel and Sella mountain range.
There follows three kilometres of sheer riding fun on the narrow woodland path leading to the Anna valley. Still in the forest the narrow trails alternate with wide woodland paths, switchbacks and small wooden bridges that make you wish that it could go on for ever.
Unfortunately, the trails end at the Pauli mountain cabin. It is only a few metres still to the well-tended Annatal mountain cabin, the last stop for refreshments on this tour. Tables in the shade or sun loungers in the sun invite you to take a good, long rest. Or you can cool off your hot feet in the stream behind the sunbathing lawn. After refreshments you can roll along, almost only downhill, past the valley station of the Seceda cable car back to the centre of St. Ulrich.
 
 
Variations
1. Ascent with the Raschötz funicular railway: this tour is decidedly shorter and easier if you use the recently built (2010) Raschötz funicular railway. To this end do not go straight on at waymarker 4 at the valley station of Seceda, turn left instead. Follow the signposts to Raschötz and take the train/cable car. Below the mountain station join the tour described here again at waymarker 24 and continue directly on to the Saltner mountain cabin, omitting the mountain path to the Holy Cross church. You save about 1,000m in altitude difference and a bit less than 10km.

2. Leaving out Raschötz mountain cabin and the Holy Cross church: The tour will be somewhat shorter if you take a sharp right turn at waymarker 17 and go in the direction of the mountain station Raschötz (-185m altitude difference, -3.3km).

3. Extension via La Poza and Langental: Whoever would like to extend the tour a bit should not take a sharp right turn into the underground passage at the junction shortly before the valley station of Col Raiser (waymarker 57), but bear left further downhill. Via La Poza in the direction of Wolkenstein and further on into the Langental, you can ride along the cross-country ski run as far as you want (at a maximum to the start of the mountain pasture Pra da Ri). Back again on the cross-country run bear left at the car park and via the valley station of Dantercepies to Wolkenstein. From there still on the left side of rio Gardena back to St. Ulrich (corresponds exactly to the first part of the Gardena valley tour).

4. Leaving out the Anna valley mountain cabin: Whoever at the end of the tour does not want to stop for more refreshments should not turn sharp right into the Annatal at the junction (waymarker 83), but carry straight on in the direction of valley station Seceda (-33m altitude difference, -0.7km).
 
 
  TOUR INFORMATION
Tour information
% of distance
Total distance
32,56 km
100 %
Height variation uphill
1316 Hm
Height variation downhill
2043 Hm
Maximum altitude
2453 m
Tarmac
0,00 km
0,0 %
Tarmac cycle path
8,04km
24,7 %
Gravel
12,83 km
39,4 %
Hiking trail
4,67 km
14,4 %
Single track
5,04 km
15,5 %
Carrying / pushing
0,00 km
0,0 %
Cable car / transfer
1,96 km
6,0 %
 
Riding times
Riding time without pauses
Riding time at 10 km/h
3 hrs 15 min
Riding time at 12 km/h
2 hrs 43 min
Riding time at 14 km/h
2 hrs 20 min
Riding time at 16 km/h
2 hrs 02 min
Riding time at 18 km/h
1 hr 49 min
Riding time at 20 km/h
1 hr 38 min
   
   
   
   
   
   
Physical condition
Overall condition
3,6
Total height variation
4,0
Total distance
3,0
Maximum altitude
4,0
Riding technique
Overall riding technique
4,2
Surface
3,8
Average climb gradient Ø
5,0
Average descent gradient Ø
4,0
   
Tour evaluation
Overall difficulty
4,0
Climb difficulty
3,9
Descent difficulty
4,3
Emotional experience
Panorama
5,0
Riding fun
4,0
     
   
  GETTING THERE AND STARTING POINT
Getting there
Take Brenner motorway A22, coming from the north via Innsbruck-Brenner, or from the south via Verona-Bozen.
The best motorway exit is Klausen/Gröden. From there in about 20 minutes you can reach St Ulrich and a few kilometres further on St. Christina and Wolkenstein on a clearly signposted mountain road.

Starting point
This tour begins at the tourism association in St. Ulrich.
Parking is available at the valley station 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
0,08
1231
Tourist information office in St. Ulrich/Ortisei
Right to St. Jakob/San Giacomo
R 3%
00:00
00:00
2
0,08
0,07
1235
Church in Ortisei
Straight ahead Sacun
R 7%
00:00
00:00
3
0,15
0,18
1243
Junction (stone)
Bear left Annatal 9
S 3%
00:00
00:00
4
0,33
0,52
1251
Bottom of Seceda lift
Straight ahead uphill Annatal
R 9%
00:00
00:01
5
0,85
0,05
1298
Playground
left
S -9%
00:02
00:05
6
0,90
0,19
1294
Bridge over brook
Straight ahead
S 6%
00:02
00:05
7
1,10
0,08
1305
Junction
Straight ahead uphill
R 11%
00:02
00:06
8
1,18
0,11
1314
Kehre, Fountain
Straight ahead Annatal
R 13%
00:03
00:07
9
1,28
0,74
1328
Junction Str. Sobosch
Sharp right to Raschötz/ Rasciesa 7
R 16%
00:03
00:07
10
2,02
0,31
1438
Junction Streda Costes
Straight ahead uphill
R 12%
00:05
00:12
11
2,33
0,07
1475
Junction
Sharp left uphill Raschötz 9
R 13%
00:06
00:13
12
2,40
1,06
1484
Fountain
Straight ahead uphill
R 11%
00:06
00:14
13
3,46
0,68
1613
Junction to Furnes
Straight ahead Raschötz
R 11%
00:09
00:20
14
4,13
0,37
1689
Under cable car
Straight ahead
S 11%
00:11
00:24
15
4,50
0,19
1730
Junction to Troi Paian 8
Sharp right Raschötz
S 9%
00:12
00:27
16
4,69
1,75
1746
Junction to Furnes 8
Straight ahead uphill
S 15%
00:12
00:28
17
6,44
0,94
2012
Junction at hairpin bend
Bear left UTIA Resciesa
(CAI-Hütte)
S 17%
00:17
00:38
18
7,37
0,06
2164
Intersection kurz vor Hütte
Bear left zur Hütte,
Heilig-Kreuz-Chapel
W 5%
00:20
00:44
19
7,43
0,65
2167
Raschötzhütte
Bear left Heilig-Kreuz-Chapel
P 5%
00:20
00:44
20
8,08
0,65
2197
Heilig-Kreuz-Chapel
Turn back
P -5%
00:22
00:48
21
8,73
0,06
2167
Raschötzhütte
Bear right Bergstation, Brogles
W -5%
00:23
00:52
22
8,80
0,94
2164
Junction kurz nach Raschötzhütte
Bear right downhill
St. Ulrich
S -17%
00:23
00:52
23
9,73
0,51
2012
Intersection in bend
Bear left uphill Chairlift, Restaurant
S 15%
00:26
00:58
24
10,24
0,14
2088
Junction below top of lift
Straight ahead uphill
S 16%
00:27
01:01
25
10,38
0,05
2109
Junction towards top station
Straight ahead uphill
S 6%
00:28
01:02
26
10,43
0,07
2112
Junction hiking trail bei Saltnerhütte
Straight ahead uphill Brogles Hütte
S 9%
00:28
01:02
27
10,50
0,23
2118
Junction hinter Saltnerhütte
Bear right Furnes, St. Ulrich (über den Zaun zu großem Fountain, dann Skipiste folgen)
W -13%
00:28
01:02
28
10,73
0,34
2088
Junction to Col Ciarnacei, Furnes, St. Ulrich 9
Right Furnes (Skipiste folgen)
W-21%
00:29
01:04
29
11,07
0,09
2014
Junction hiking trail 9
Straight ahead Furnes
W-33%
00:30
01:06
30
11,16
0,14
1986
Junction to Col Ciarnacei, Furnes, St. Ulrich 9
Straight ahead Furnes
W-27%
00:30
01:06
31
11,30
0,68
1947
Crossroad
Straight ahead Furnes
W-20%
00:30
01:07
32
11,98
0,39
1809
Crossroad Forststraße
Bear right St. Ulrich
S -4%
00:32
01:11
33
12,36
0,27
1792
Crossroad nach St. Ulrich und Raschötz (Schild Naturpark)
Sharp left Furnes 8
S -14%
00:33
01:14
34
12,63
0,14
1754
Jagdhütte
Straight ahead
S -17%
00:34
01:15
35
12,77
0,13
1730
Junction zur Hütte
Sharp left Seilbahn Seceda, Furnes 8 (über lange Bridge over brook)
S -3%
00:34
01:16
36
12,91
0,35
1726
Crossroads gravel road
Straight ahead Furnes (kurze Schiebepassage)
S 0%
00:35
01:17
37
13,25
1,97
1726
Middle station Seceda
Take gondola lift
X 30%
00:36
01:19
38
15,22
0,32
2453
Bergastation Seceda
Bear left Sangon Hut
P -4%
00:41
01:31
51
21,81
0,29
1864
Lech de Ciaulonch
(kleiner See)
Right Sangon Hütte,
St. Christina 1
S -12%
00:59
02:10
52
22,10
0,05
1825
Junction to Wolkenstein, Bridge over brook
Bear right St. Christina 1
S -4%
01:00
02:12
53
22,15
0,16
1823
Junction zur Sangonhütte (80m)
Bear left downhill
S -9%
01:00
02:12
54
22,31
0,38
1808
Junction zur Aschgleralm
Bear left downhill
S -21%
01:00
02:13
55
22,68
0,26
1734
Junction zur Baiten Hütte 1
Bear left downhill
S -20%
01:01
02:16
56
22,94
0,53
1684
Junction, Bach mit Staustufen
Bear right
R -16%
01:02
02:17
57
23,47
0,08
1605
Subway
Sharp right Str. Insom (durch Subway)
R 0%
01:04
02:20
58
23,55
0,02
1605
Crossroad
(zur Pramulin-Hütte)
Straight ahead over bridge
R 6%
01:04
02:21
59
23,57
0,66
1606
Intersection nach Bridge
left downhill
R -8%
01:04
02:21
60
24,23
0,15
1558
Insom
Straight ahead St. Christina
S -2%
01:06
02:25
61
24,39
0,21
1556
Junction towards the centre of S. Cristina
Straight ahead St. Christina Kirche
R 2%
01:06
02:26
62
24,60
0,13
1561
Hydrant
left downhill
R -8%
01:07
02:27
63
24,73
0,06
1551
Intersection
Straight ahead Prauletta
R 13%
01:07
02:28
64
24,79
0,60
1558
Junction Str. Col da Messa
Straight ahead uphill St. Jakob
R 5%
01:7
02:28
65
25,39
0,31
1591
Junction to Seceda
Straight ahead St. Jakob
R 2%
01:09
02:32
66
25,70
0,46
1591
Junction to Uleta
Bear right St. Jakob
R 10%
01:10
02:34
67
26,16
0,34
1639
Chapel
left St. Jakob Kirche
P -4%
01:11
02:36
68
26,50
0,14
1629
Junction 20m after wayside cross
Straight ahead St. Jakob
W 5%
01:12
02:39
69
26,65
0,17
1635
Crossroad (nach Seceda)
Straight ahead St. Jakob
W -7%
01:12
02:39
70
26,82
0,44
1635
Junction gravel road
Bear left towards St. Jakob/San Giacomo
S -2%
01:13
02:40
71
27,26
0,14
1627
Junction to Siurasas
Straight ahead St. Jakob
S -16%
01:14
02:43
72
27,40
0,21
1604
Junction towards St. Ulrich/ Ortisei
Straight ahead St. Jakob Kirche
W -9%
01:14
02:44
73
27,61
0,22
1590
Junction gravel road
Bear right St. Jakob
S -1%
01:15
02:45
74
27,84
0,47
1589
End of gravel road
Straight ahead
W -4%
01:15
02:47
75
28,30
0,02
1565
Fountain vor Kirche
Straight ahead
S 9%
01:17
03:49
76
28,33
0,03
1567
Kiche St. Jakob
Straight ahead
W -10%
01:17
02:49
77
28,35
0,30
1564
Junction to Sacun
Straight ahead Col de Flam
P -2%
01:17
02:50
78
28,65
0,69
1557
Crossroad
Straight ahead St. Ulrich
P -14%
01:18
02:51
79
29,34
0,66
1463
Junction with track
Sharp right downhill
W-15%
01:20
02:56
80
30,00
0,08
1359
Junction
Sharp right St. Ulrich/Ortisei 6
S -15%
01:21
02:59
81
30,07
0,68
1347
Fountain
Straight ahead zwischen Benchesn hindurch Annatal
P -5%
01:22
03:00
82
30,76
0,01
1317
Pauli-Hütte
left downhill
R -16%
01:23
03:04
83
30,77
0,19
1315
Tree with wayside cross
Sharp right
R 6%
01:23
03:04
84
30,96
0,05
1324
Bridge
Straight ahead
S 15%
01:24
03:05
85
31,01
0,12
1332
Junction
Bear right towards guesthouse
S 11%
01:24
03:06
86
31,13
0,12
1346
Annatal-Hütte
Turn back
S -11%
01:24
03:06
87
31,26
0,05
1332
Junction
Bear left towards bridge
S -15%
01:25
03:07
88
31,31
0,19
1324
Bridge
Straight ahead
R -6%
01:25
04:07
89
31,50
0,21
1315
Tree with wayside cross
(zur Pauli-Hütte)
Bear right downhill
R -8%
01:25
03:08
90
31,71
0,52
1298
Playground
Straight ahead downhill
R -9%
01:26
3:10
91
32,23
0,18
1251
Bottom of Seceda lift
Straight ahead downhill
S -3%
01:27
3:13
92
32,41
0,07
1243
Junction tarmac road (Stein)
Bear right downhill towards church
R -3%
01:28
03:14
93
32,48
0,08
1236
Church in Ortisei
Straight ahead zum Tourismusverein
R -6%
01:28
03:14
94
32,56
0,00
1231
Tourist information office in St. Ulrich/Ortisei
End of tour
R 0%
01:28
03:15
  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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