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VAL DURON
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  CHARACTERISTICS AND VARIATIONS
Characteristics
This tour, featuring some of the region’s most spectacular landscapes, leads us up the largely unspoilt Duron Valley that extends on the southern side of the Plattkofel/Sassopiatto and forms the border with the adjacent Rosengarten/Catinaccio Group, with its 3000-metre summits. Bikers must overcome two tough climbs to discover this gem, but then come two highly enjoyable descents offering wonderful views of the surrounding Dolomites. Exactly halfway around, in the heart of the Val Duron, you can stop for refreshments and enjoy both the landscape and the peaceful atmosphere.
From the Tourist Information Office in Wolkenstein/Selva you warm up along the route of the old railway line, climbing gently. You then follow the road up to Plan de Gralba for approximately 2.5 km: although it is busy with traffic in the high season (there is no alternative route), the 200m ascent does not take long. From Plan de Gralba the climb gets steeper up to the Sellajoch/Passo Sella, first on a gravel road, then along a fantastic trail with tight curves leading up to the lower reaches of the “City of Stone”: while this poses no difficulties for fit and experienced bikers, pushing your bike for a few metres will also allow you to admire the magnificent views of the Langkofel/Sassolungo towering above you.
Shortly after the car park for the cable car up to the Langkofelscharte/Forcella del Sassolungo gorge, the long descent towards Canazei and Campitello starts at the Valentini Hut (the first opportunity for refreshments). The upper part is especially fine, with breathtaking panoramas and some tricky sections to overcome under the Lupo Bianco.
In Campitello, at the beginning of the Val Duron, the route changes abruptly from downhill to uphill, with a forest trail featuring a gradient of up to 24%! This practically unrideable stretch only lasts some 30m before becoming a more moderate 14/15% to the Duron Hut. The valley suddenly opens up to reveal a magnificent view of the rock walls that line it on both sides.
After a short downhill stretch you reach the very traditional Lino Brach Hut at the side of the path, where you can stop and regain your strength; among the gastronomic treats on offer we recommend the polenta with sausage and gorgonzola.
The tour now continues further up the Duron Valley to the Mahlknechtjoch/Duron pass, with magnificent views of the Rosengartengruppe/Catinaccio Group to the south and the Plattkofel/Sassopiatto to the north. The gradient approaches 20% in parts, but now the peaks of the Rosszähne/Denti di Terra Rossa, and thus the route to the Seiser Alm/Alpe di Siusi, are visible. Be sure to stop for a breather during the upper stages of the climb and look back over the surrounding landscape, where to the east you can even see the Marmolada!
The next highlight of the tour, heading towards the Plattkofel/Sassopiatto, is the panoramic trail from the Dialer Church in the direction of Zallinger. Your bike is put to the test along a narrow hiking trail that will make you forget the hard climb up the Val Duron; but the fun has to end after 2 km as the next section, featuring obstacles and steps, is reserved for hikers.
Now comes a descent of 160m, followed by a climb on a gravel road in the direction of the Zallinger Hut, a real gem: the view from its terrace to the south-east reveals the “flat” face of the Plattkofel/Sassopiatto, lit by the afternoon sun, while to the south-west is the panorama in the direction of the Plattkofel/Sassopiatto Hut, Palatsch/Palacia, the Mahlknecht Hut and the Rosszähne/Denti di Terra Rossa.
The next 12 kilometres are largely downhill in full view of the Plattkofel/Sassopiatto and Langkofel/Sassolungo until, tired but happy, you return to your starting point in Wolkenstein/Selva.
 
 
Variations
1. Pain and pleasure: extension to the Tierser Alpl Hut. If, having reached the top of the Val Duron, you still have the appetite for new adventures, you can take the very steep section up towards the Tierser Alpl Hut. At waymarker 64, just before the Mahlknechtjoch/Passo Duron pass, go left onto the trail to the hut, which later becomes a cart track. A climb of 260m brings you to an oasis of tranquillity under the Rosszähne/Denti di Terra Rossa. Why not spend the night at the hut? Enjoy the warm welcome amid the splendid surroundings, then return the following day to the cart track and down to waymarker 65, just before the Dialer Church where you rejoin the tour described above.

2. In the opposite direction (partly by cable car): covering the route in the reverse direction allows you to appreciate the splendours of the Val Duron downhill from the Mahlknechtjoch/Passo Duron. At waymarker 47 you can then take the cable car up to Col Rodella, thus avoiding a climb of 1,000m. From the top you descend to the Valentini Hut and at waymarker 25 bear left to rejoin the tour described above (to waymarker 1).

3. Ascent on the road over the pass: it is possible to do the climb from Plan de Gralba to the car park of the Langkofelscharte/Forcella del Sassolungo cable car entirely up the road over the Sellajoch/Passo Sella, but only advisable when traffic is light. At waymarker 10 in Plan de Gralba go straight on, climbing up the main road. Just before the Sellajoch/Passo Sella, on the right is the car park for the cable car, where you rejoin the tour described above at waymarker 23.
 
 
  TOUR INFORMATION
Tour information
% of distance
Total distance
41,89 km
100 %
Height variation uphill
1815 Hm
Height variation downhill
1815 Hm
Maximum altitude
2212 m
Tarmac
2,96 km
7,1 %
Tarmac cycle path
6,66 km
15,9 %
Gravel
25,59 km
61,1 %
Hiking trail
5,07 km
12,1 %
Single track
1,58 km
3,8 %
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 11 min
Riding time at 12 km/h
3 hrs 29 min
Riding time at 14 km/h
3 hrs 00 min
Riding time at 16 km/h
2 hrs 37 min
Riding time at 18 km/h
2 hrs 20 min
Riding time at 20 km/h
2 hrs 06 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
3,6
Surface
3,2
Average climb gradient Ø
4,0
Average descent gradient Ø
4,0
   
Tour evaluation
Overall difficulty
3,8
Climb difficulty
3,9
Descent difficulty
3,5
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
The tourism association is located on the left about 500m after you enter the village of Wolkenstein.
Parking is available at the the beginning of the village centre of Wolkenstein. Turn left before Nives Platz and then immediately left again into the Nives car park.
The tour begins at the tourism association Wolkenstein.
 
  ROADBOOK
No
km
Next
Hm
Sym
Location
Direction
Route
Time 22 km/h
Time 10 km/h
1
0,00
0,17
1557
Tourist information office in Wolkenstein/Selva
Straight on uphill
A 5%
00:00
00:00
2
0,17
0,09
1566
Bottom of Ciampinoi lift
Straight on
A -0%
00:00
00:01
3
0,25
0,04
1566
Hotel Krone
Bear right onto main road
A 3%
00:00
00:01
4
0,29
0,09
1567
Junction with Str. Dantercepies
Sharp left Langental/Vallunga
R 12%
00:00
00:01
5
1,38
0,28
1577
Hotel Sun Valley
Sharp right onto course of old railway
R 2%
00:01
00:02
6
0,65
0,77
1581
Hotel La Tambra
Bear left on course of old railway
R 1%
00:01
00:03
7
1,43
0,14
1593
Casa Alpina
Bear left to Grödner Joch/Passo Gardena
A 10%
00:03
00:08
8
1,57
0,91
1606
Hotel Plan Alpino
Straight on following main road
A 7%
00:04
00:09
9
2,48
1,34
1675
Junction with hiking trail 654 in bend
Sharp right following main road
A 8%
00:06
00:14
10
3,82
0,07
1780
Junction
Bear right to Piz Sella lift
R 1%
00:10
00:22
11
3,89
0,15
1781
Junction to Plan
Bear left to bottom of Piz Sella lift
R 1%
00:10
00:23
12
4,04
0,14
1783
Bottom of the Piz Sella lift
Right
R 3%
00:11
00:24
13
4,18
0,27
1787
Bridge over Rio Gardena stream
After bridge bear left over car park
S 8%
00:11
00:25
14
4,45
0,69
1805
Junction to Jeuf de Frea (near bottom of drag lift)
Straight on
S 17%
00:12
00:26
15
5,14
0,60
1910
Wayside cross
Follow main path
S 11%
00:14
00:30
16
5,74
0,63
1975
Junction
Bear left
S 11%
00:15
00:34
17
6,38
0,53
2047
Crossroads
Straight on
W 10%
00:17
00:38
18
6,90
0,05
2108
Crossroads
Straight on
W 6%
00:18
00:41
19
6,96
0,03
2111
Junction by hut
Straight on between hut and barn
S 6%
00:18
00:41
20
6,99
0,49
2113
Meadow fence after hut
Straight on
P 12%
00:19
00:41
21
7,48
0,10
2171
Crossroads by hut
Straight on Naturonda
S 9%
00:20
00:44
22
7,58
0,06
2180
Junction
Left to car park
S 2%
00:20
00:45
23
7,64
0,11
2181
Car park at bottom of Langkofelscharte gorge lift
Straight on uphill
W 9%
00:20
00:45
24
7,75
0,16
2190
Junction near chapel
Straight on
W 13%
00:21
00:46
25
7,92
0,10
2212
Crossroads (to Salei Hut)
Straight on Valentini Hut
R -9%
00:21
00:47
26
8,02
0,35
2203
Valentini Hut
Left downhill
S -12%
00:21
00:48
27
8,37
1,46
2154
End of gravel road
Straight on
W-11%
00:22
00:50
28
9,83
0,75
2009
Val 2000
Right to Lupo Bianco
S -16%
00:26
00:58
29
10,58
0,94
1893
Wayside cross
Sharp left downhill
S -16%
00:28
01:03
30
11,52
0,15
1738
Bridge over stream
Straight on to Canazei
S -12%
00:31
01:09
31
11,67
0,05
1724
Junction
Straight on
S 0%
00:31
01:10
32
11,71
0,12
1724
Plan de Frataces 1725
Bear right
A -4%
00:31
01:10
33
11,84
0,14
1720
Lupo Bianco (lake)
Bear left Canazei 655
P -7%
00:32
01:11
34
11,98
0,20
1713
Junction
Straight on
P -25%
00:32
01:11
35
12,18
0,18
1662
Bend 8
Stay on trail
S -4%
00:33
01:13
36
12,36
1,33
1654
Intersection with gravel road
Sharp right downhill
S -12%
00:33
01:14
37
13,69
0,24
1494
Bridge
Bear left over bridge
R -19%
00:37
01:22
38
13,93
0,11
1452
Church of Canazei
Sharp right
A -3%
00:37
01:23
39
14,03
0,15
1448
Bridge
Left after bridge into Strada Roma
R -10%
00:38
01:24
40
14,18
0,29
1439
Crossing with main road
Straight on along Strada Roma
R -4%
00:38
01:25
41
14,47
0,18
1425
Hotel Genzianella
Sharp left at sports ground
R 0%
00:39
01:26
42
14,65
0,17
1426
Intersection Strèda de Cerenà
Right
R -3%
00:39
01:27
43
14,81
0,85
1420
Cardo Residence
Bear right across meadow
W 0%
00:40
01:28
44
15,66
0,54
1423
Beginning of gravel road
Straight on
S -4%
00:42
01:33
45
16,20
0,20
1402
Car park for tennis courts
Straight on
R 1%
00:44
01:37
46
16,40
0,06
1405
Car park at bottom of Col Rodella lift
Right towards cable car
R -9%
00:44
01:38
47
16,46
0,10
1400
Bottom of Col Rodella lift in Campitello
Straight on
R -0%
00:44
01:38
48
16,56
0,34
1400
Car park at bottom of Col Rodella lift
Right over bridge over stream
R 6%
00:45
01:39
49
16,89
0,19
1414
Albergo Ladino in Campitello
Left/right crossing main road
R 8%
00:46
01:41
50
17,08
0,53
1430
Crossing just before end of village
Straight on uphill Streda de salin
R 13%
00:46
01:42
51
17,61
0,61
1500
Bridge over stream, car park
Straight on steep uphill
S 11%
00:48
01:45
52
18,22
0,08
1557
Junction
Straight on to Antermoia Hut
S 13%
00:49
01:49
53
18,30
0,83
1568
Bridge over stream
Straight on
S 13%
00:49
01:49
54
19,13
1,05
1679
Junction towards Sandro Pertini Hut
Straight on to Antermoia Hut
S 14%
00:52
01:54
55
20,18
0,03
1827
Junction to Sentiero per Campitello
Straight on
S 3%
00:55
02:01
56
20,21
0,18
1828
Junction to Antermoia Hut
Straight on to Plattkofel Hut
S 14%
00:55
02:01
57
20,39
0,06
1852
Duron Hut
Straight on
S 15%
00:55
02:02
58
20,45
0,03
1861
Junction to Plattkofel Hut
Bear left to Passo Duron
S 13%
00:55
02:02
59
20,48
0,90
1865
Junction above Duron Hut
Left following main hiking trail
S 1%
00:55
02:02
60
21,38
0,86
1875
Lino Brach Hut
Straight on
S 2%
00:58
02:08
61
22,24
1,91
1897
Junction to Antermoia Hut
Straight on to Passo Duron
S 3%
01:00
02:13
62
24,15
0,72
1967
Junction to Antermoia Hut
Straight on to Passo Duron
S 12%
01:05
02:24
63
24,87
1,16
2047
Hut
Straight on uphill
S 12%
01:07
02:29
64
26,03
0,35
2185
Mahlknechtjoch, Passo Duron
Straight on uphill
S -8%
01:10
02:36
65
26,38
0,12
2143
Dialer Church/Chapel of St. Anthony
Right
S -10%
01:11
02:38
66
26,50
0,25
2130
Below Dialer Church/Chapel of St. Anthony
Sharp right Zallinger
W -5%
01:12
02:39
67
26,75
1,33
2119
Junction to Plattkofel Hut
Straight on
W -8%
01:12
02:40
68
28,08
1,12
2021
Intersection
Sharp left to Saltria
S -12%
01:16
02:48
69
29,20
0,30
1891
Intersection with bend
Bear left downhill
S -10%
01:19
02:55
70
29,50
1,14
1859
Intersection with bend
Bear right uphill
S 12%
01:20
02:57
71
30,64
0,47
1996
Bridge over stream
Straight on Zallinger 7
S 9%
01:23
03:03
72
31,11
0,18
2037
Zallinger Hut, Chapel,
Water source
Bear left uphill
S 9%
01:24
03:06
73
31,29
0,14
2053
Junction towards Florian chairlift
Bear right towards La Marmotta Hut
S 4%
01:25
03:07
74
31,44
3,11
2060
Junction to Plattkofel Hut
Bear left
Monte Pana 7
S -8%
01:25
03:08
75
34,55
0,35
1815
Intersection
Bear right
Monte Pana
S -7%
01:34
03:27
76
34,89
0,46
1788
Junction to Langkofelscharte gorge
Straight on downhill
S -1%
01:35
03:29
77
35,35
0,69
1782
Junction to Langkofelscharte gorge
Straight on
S -4%
01:36
03:32
78
36,04
0,83
1760
Junction to Jender Valley
Bear right
Monte Pana
S -6%
01:38
03:36
79
36,87
0,40
1702
Junction (towards Strena)
Straight on downhill
S -9%
01:40
03:41
80
37,27
0,39
1662
Junction to ski jump
Straight on downhill
S -10%
01:41
03:43
81
37,66
0,09
1624
Crossing with bottom of Monte Pana lift
Straight on
R 2%
01:42
03:45
82
37,76
0,33
1625
Top of chair lift
Straight on S. Cristina, Wolkenstein/Selva
W -18%
01:42
03:46
83
38,09
0,26
1561
Junction with hiking trail
Bear right to Wolkenstein/Selva 30b
P -2%
01:43
03:48
84
38,35
0,08
1555
App. Prensanueva
Straight on to Wolkenstein/Selva 30b
R 9%
01:44
03:50
85
38,44
0,50
1562
End of tarmac
Straight on
P 5%
01:44
03:50
86
38,93
0,09
1581
Beginning of gravel path
Straight on
S 9%
01:46
03:53
87
39,02
0,12
1590
Ciaslat (towards Sellajoch/Passo Sella)
Straight on
S -1%
01:46
03:54
88
39,15
0,04
1587
Fork
Straight on
S 12%
01:46
03:54
89
39,19
0,89
1592
Beginning of tarmac
Straight on
R -3%
01:46
03:55
90
40,08
0,25
1572
Junction to Fischburg
Straight on
R -3%
01:49
04:00
91
40,33
0,51
1567
Transformer station, bus stop
Bear left Strada la Selva
R -7%
01:49
04:01
92
40,84
0,18
1535
Junction with hiking trail
Straight on following road
R 3%
01:51
04:05
93
41,02
0,43
1541
Junction with path signpost 30
Straight on
R -0%
01:51
04:06
94
41,45
0,08
1540
House of Culture
Bear right along stream
R 4%
01:53
04:08
95
41,53
0,20
1543
Fire station
Straight on
S 3%
01:53
04:09
96
41,73
0,06
1548
Beginning of tarmac
Straight on
R 4%
01:53
04:10
97
41,79
0,05
1550
Casa Elisabetha
Sharp left over bridge over stream
R 8%
01:53
04:10
98
41,85
0,05
1554
Café Mozart
Sharp right uphill to main road
A 6%
01:54
04:11
99
41,89
0,00
1557
Tourist information office in Wolkenstein/Selva
End of tour
A 0%
01:54
04:11
  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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