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  CHARACTERISTICS AND VARIATIONS
Characteristics
Both tours “ Malga Tuff Alm und Malga Hofer Alpl” and “Monte Cavone/Tschafon” make a charming but demanding combination. The first part features a refreshing bathing facility in the Lake- Laghetto di Fiè followed by a climb and refreshments at the foot of the Sciliar/Schlern. You should make sure that you set aside sufficient time to rest and relax on one of the magnificently located mountain pastures and enjoy their vantage points offering unforgettably clear views. The second part of the tour takes you to Monte Cavone/Tschafon that together with the Croda del Maglio/Hammerwand and the Sciliar/Schlern forms a real amphitheatre of mountains. From the protruding rock of Monte Cavone/Tschafon bikers can marvel at the enormous mountains at close range.
Away from the main road you take the trail to San Costantino on which you can warm up gently. The climb to the Lake - Laghetto di Fiè does not run along the heavily trafficked road to the lake, but instead takes a traffic-free alternative from the north, first of all on a tarmac road and then on a road through woodland.
Quite unexpectedly you arrive at the bank of the Laghetto di Fiè right next to the guesthouse of the same name. You can take refreshments here or jump straight off the jetty into the picturesque lake immediately below the Sciliar. A little further on you will find the bathing cabin with a large jetty.
To begin with, the route leads on to the Laghetto di Huber located somewhat higher and then through woodland uphill in the direction of the Malga Tuff Alm. It is 200m in altitude difference to the mountain fields and meadows and, for whoever would like to rest here, the panoramic terrace is exactly the right place.
There follows a short descent across the mountain pasture before a gravel road, very steep in parts, leads on to the highest point of the tour, the cable car for transporting goods to the Schlernhaus. We have earmarked the first part of this climb for pushing your bike, but fit bikers can also cycle all of this section!
A few bends further down on the woodland road you reach the turn-off to the Hofer Alpl. In any case you should stop here at the very latest for refreshments and take time to enjoy this peaceful, remote spot to the full and the glorious clear views as far as Tessa Group mountain range 50 kilometres distant.
After refreshments, you will demolish most of the metres in altitude difference you struggled up in a quick descent down to Umes. At the water source above the small village you can fill up your flasks once more, because there now follows the long climb to the foot of the Croda del Maglio/Hammerwand as far as to the protruding rock at Monte Cavone/Tschafon. Altogether it is somewhat more than 400m in altitude difference in shady woodland, all of them, apart from the short climb at the very end, make for pleasant biking. The protruding rock at Monte Cavone/Tschafon itself is not very spectacular. Good news for bikers: there is also a source of water here again.
The following descent presents no problems of a riding technique nature. There is a lot of riding fun to be had on the forest tracks leading to the Val di Tires, the gateway to the Gruppo del Catinaccio/Rosengarten. This way you arrive at the Gasthaus Schönblick, a welcome stop for refreshments with a glorious view of the Val di Tires.
If you stop for a short while lower down on the descent on the narrow road leading to Tschötscher and look back, you can see some of the peaks of the Gruppo del Catinaccio/Rosengarten. The route leads on, again climbing slightly to the Schnaggenkreuz, a stunning vantage point with a view of the complete amphitheatre of rocks from the Sciliar to Monte Cavone/Tschafon.
Climbing once again for a short while through woodland you come to the sawmill at Umes. The old road from Umes to Fiè forms the crowning glory of this tour! This mostly gravelled, idyllic section leads through cropped fields, past old farmyards to Fiè, in the most beautiful afternoon sunshine, if the weather is fine.

Variations
1. Direct climb to the Lake - Laghetto di Fiè: At waymarker 5 in Sant’Antonio do not turn left, but right to the main road. Immediately opposite, the road to the lake begins. It is the shortest way to the Laghetto di Fiè. Bear left shortly before the lake at Hotel Waldsee leading to the Gasthaus Völser Weiher, where you continue the tour described here at waymarker 19.

2. Much shorter tour omitting the protruding rock at Monte Cavone/Tschafon: Do not turn sharp left at waymarker 38, but follow the gravel road through the following right-hand bend downhill. 850m further on and a decrease of 100m in altitude difference you join the Umes road that you follow on the right to the roundabout in Fiè.

3. Extension via Aica di Fiè and Presule: At waymarker 58 turn sharp left downhill to the main road, sharp right there and follow the road leading to Aica di Fiè. After 1.5km, bear right on the hiking trail leading to Presule. In Presule turn right at the Prösler Hof in the direction of Umes. In this way you join the tour described at waymarker 67 exactly at the beginning of the old road from Umes to Fiè.

4. Direct descent from the Schnaggenkreuz to Umes: Bear left at waymarker 6 immediately behind the Schnaggenkreuz on the gravel road to Umes that joins the connecting road from Presule to Umes. Follow the road right downhill. At waymarker 66 you reach the tour described here. Turn sharp left and follow it.

 
 
  TOUR INFORMATION
Tour information
% of distance
Total distance
31,15 km
100 %
Height variation uphill
1416 Hm
Height variation downhill
1416 Hm
Maximum altitude
1450 m
Tarmac
0,46 km
1,5 %
Tarmac cycle path
6,50 km
20,9 %
Gravel
17,93 km
57,6 %
Hiking trail
5,25 km
16,9 %
Single track
0,00 km
0,0 %
Carrying / pushing
0,99 km
3,2 %
Cable car / transfer
0,00 km
0,0 %
 
Riding times
Riding time without pauses
Riding time at 10 km/h
3 hrs 07 min
Riding time at 12 km/h
2 hrs 36 min
Riding time at 14 km/h
2 hrs 14 min
Riding time at 16 km/h
1 hr 57 min
Riding time at 18 km/h
1 hr 44 min
Riding time at 20 km/h
1 hr 33 min
   
   
   
   
   
   
Physical condition
Overall condition
3,4
Total height variation
4,0
Total distance
3,0
Maximum altitude
2,0
Riding technique
Overall riding technique
3,7
Surface
3,5
Average climb gradient Ø
4,0
Average descent gradient Ø
4,0
   
Tour evaluation
Overall difficulty
3,5
Climb difficulty
3,6
Descent difficulty
3,4
Emotional experience
Panorama
5,0
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
0,05
859
Tourism association Fiè
Straight ahead direction way out of village
A -4%
00:00
00:00
2
0,05
0,51
857
Junction end of Fiè
Bear left cycle path
S -3%
00:00
00:00
3
0,56
0,02
844
Water source
Left
R 7%
00:01
00:03
4
0,58
0,38
846
Junction
Straight ahead
R 8%
00:01
00:03
5
0,96
0,22
874
Car park Café Restaurant
Bear left San Costantino
R -7%
00:02
00:05
6
1,18
0,33
886
Junction to Novale di Fiè
Straight ahead
R 5%
00:03
00:07
7
1,50
0,08
872
Roundabout manufacturing district Sant’Antonio
Bear left
S -4%
00:04
00:09
8
1,58
0,08
869
Junction
Bear right
R 9%
00:04
00:09
9
1,66
0,86
876
End of manufacturing district
Past shrine on woodland hiking trail
W 2%
00:04
00:09
10
2,52
0,08
895
End of woodland hiking trail
Bear right San Costantino
R 6%
00:06
00:15
11
2,60
0,32
900
Hotel Perwanger, water source
Straight ahead San Costantino
S 2%
00:07
00:15
12
2,93
0,18
905
Near church San Costantino
Straight ahead loop road, cycle path
R -1%
00:07
00:17
13
3,10
0,15
902
Near Trafohäuschen (small house reservoir)
Bear right Laghetto di Fiè, cycle path
R 10%
00:08
00:18
14
3,25
0,02
916
Crossroad
Bear left main road (take footpath)
W 5%
00:08
00:19
15
3,27
0,62
917
Crossroad
Bear right sign cul-de-sac
R 7%
00:08
00:19
16
3,90
0,17
956
Crossroad
Bear left Laghetto di Fiè bike
R 14%
00:10
00:23
17
4,06
0,68
979
Crossroad
Right Gasthaus Völser Weiher bike
S 11%
00:11
00:24
18
4,74
0,04
1048
Junction to Sant’Antonio
Straight ahead
S 6%
00:12
00:28
19
4,78
0,09
1051
Gasthaus Völser Weiher (Laghetto di Fiè)
Left along bank of lake
S 0%
00:13
00:28
20
4,87
0,37
1051
Junction to Seis (Siusi) 2
Right Sciliar, Malga Tuff Alm, Malga Hofer Alpl
S 2%
00:13
00:29
21
5,24
0,04
1054
Climbing pole
Left bike
S 10%
00:14
00:31
22
5,28
0,24
1057
Junction to Umes
Straight ahead Malga Tuff Alm
S 9%
00:14
00:31
23
5,52
0,75
1077
Laghetto di Huber
Left along bank of lake
S 0%
00:15
00:33
24
6,27
0,17
1077
Crossroad
Sharp left uphill
S 11%
00:17
00:37
25
6,44
0,69
1096
Junction hiking trail 1
Straight ahead Malga Tuff Alm
S 10%
00:17
00:38
26
7,13
0,30
1167
Water source
Straight ahead
S 11%
00:19
00:42
27
7,43
0,73
1200
Turn-off in bend
Sharp right Tuff mountain pasture
S 11%
00:20
00:44
28
8,16
0,09
1278
Near Malga Tuff Alm
Bear right to mountain pasture
S -6%
00:22
00:48
29
8,25
0,16
1273
Malga Tuff Alm
Bear left across meadow
W -9%
00:22
00:49
30
8,41
0,99
1257
Crossroads in fields and meadows
Bear left uphill Malga Hofer Alpl
W 14%
00:22
00:50
31
9,40
0,58
1387
Fork (to the Malga Hofer Alpl)
Bear left Schlern (Sciliar) 1
W 12%
00:25
00:56
32
9,98
0,86
1450
Goods cable car to Schlernhaus/Rifugio Bolzano
Bear right Malga Hofer Alpl
S - 9%
00:27
00:59
33
10,85
0,12
1366
Junction
Sharp left Malga Hofer Alpl
S -14%
00:29
01:05
34
10,97
0,12
1349
Malga Hofer Alpl
Back
S 14%
00:29
01:05
35
11,09
1,30
1366
Intersection
Bear left downhill
S -11%
00:30
01:06
36
12,39
1,41
1226
Turn-off to Malga Tuff Alm
Sharp left downhill
S -9%
00:33
01:14
37
13,81
0,74
1095
Turn-off to Umes, Malga Hofer Alpl
Sharp right downhill
S -12%
00:37
01:22
38
14,54
0,27
1013
Junction before right bend
Sharp left loop road Umes
W -3%
00:39
01:27
39
14,82
0,29
1010
Junction
Bear right downhill
W -2%
00:40
01:28
40
15,11
0,10
997
Fork
Bear left
W 6%
00:41
01:30
41
15,21
0,31
1004
Intersection in bend
Bear right downhill
R -10%
00:41
01:31
42
15,52
0,30
976
Junction Umes (water source)
Bear left Tschafon (Monte Cavone) 4
R 12%
00:42
01:33
43
15,82
0,45
1014
Maso Platzlunger Hof
Bear right Tschafon (Monte Cavone) 4
S 1%
00:43
01:34
44
16,27
0,03
1019
Wayside cross
Right over wooden bridge
S -3%
00:44
01:37
45
16,30
0,68
1018
Intersection in bend
Bear left uphill Tschafonhütte (Hut at Monte Cavone) 4
S 13%
00:44
01:37
46
16,98
1,84
1105
Crossroads hiking trail 4
Straight ahead
S 11%
00:46
01:41
47
18,82
0,39
1316
Turn-off to Umes
Straight ahead Tschafonhütte
S 12%
00:51
01:52
48
19,21
0,12
1364
Protruding rock of Monte Cavone /Tschafon (fountain)
Left uphill
S 12%
00:52
01:55
49
19,32
0,03
1378
Crossroad
Straight ahead steep uphill
S 33%
00:52
01:55
50
19,35
0,18
1387
Junction (to Croda del Maglio/Hammerwand)
Sharp right Schönblick
S -8%
00:52
01:56
51
19,53
1,18
1372
Intersection
Bear left
W -5%
00:53
01:57
52
20,71
0,64
1313
Junction to Monte Cavone/Tschafon hut
Straight ahead Aica di Fiè
W-19%
00:56
02:04
53
21,35
0,28
1196
Schönblick
Bear right Umes
R -11%
00:58
02:08
54
21,63
1,73
1168
Small car park
Sharp left
R -12%
00:59
02:09
55
23,37
0,16
963
Crossing
Bear right Umes MTB
R 3%
01:03
02:20
56
23,53
0,14
968
Tschötscher (end of tarmac road)
Straight ahead
S 8%
01:04
02:21
57
23,67
0,71
978
Junction
Straight ahead Presule
S 3%
01:04
02:21
58
24,37
0,13
1003
Junction to Aica di Fiè
Bear right Presule
S 7%
01:06
02:26
59
24,50
0,06
1011
Schnaggenkreuz
Right
S -2%
01:06
02:27
60
24,56
0,18
1010
Junction to Umes
Straight ahead
W 3%
01:06
02:27
61
24,73
0,43
1017
Junction
Bear right uphill
W 15%
01:07
02:28
62
25,16
0,54
1082
Junction (to the Schönblick)
Bear left Umes
W -6%
01:08
02:30
63
25,70
2,12
1049
Beginning of gravel road
Straight ahead
S -7%
01:10
02:34
64
27,82
0,18
921
Intersection tarmac road
Sharp left downhill
R -11%
01:15
02:46
65
28,00
0,54
900
Sawmill Umes
Left Presule
R -13%
01:16
02:48
66
28,54
0,04
834
Junction to Presule
Bear right downhill Prösels (Presule) 6
R -13%
01:17
02:51
67
28,58
0,25
829
Wooden bridge
Right Fiè
R 1%
01:17
02:51
68
28,83
0,60
831
Trafisöhr Hof
Bear left downhill Fiè
S 1%
01:18
02:53
69
29,43
0,12
842
Junction
Bear right
S -2%
01:20
02:56
70
29,55
0,10
838
Wooden bridge
Left Völs (Fiè) 6
R 11%
01:20
02:57
71
29,65
0,55
849
End of tarmac road
Straight ahead
S -1%
01:20
02:57
72
30,20
0,14
853
Crossroad
Straight ahead Völs (Fiè) 6
S 11%
01:22
03:01
73
30,34
0,39
866
Junction tarmac road
Bear left downhill Völs (Fiè) 6
R -6%
01:22
03:02
74
30,73
0,38
841
Intersection main road
Bear right uphill
A 5%
01:23
03:04
75
31,11
0,04
859
Roundabout Fiè
Bear right Castelrotto (2nd exit)
A 0%
01:24
03:06
76
31,15
0,00
859
Tourism association Fiè
End of tour
A 0%
01:24
03:06
  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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