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VAL DURON CABLE CAR
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  CHARACTERISTICS AND VARIATIONS
Characteristics
This wonderful route could equally well be called the “Val Duron for connoisseurs”. In contrast to the “Val Duron” tour, however, bikers can appreciate the landscape on a wonderful descent through this largely unspoilt valley that forms the border with the Rosengarten/Catinaccio Group. Moreover, thanks to the 1,000m ascent by cable car, the return journey from the Fassa Valley to the Col Rodella is also a pleasant experience. Add to this the spectacular panoramic trail up to the Dialer Church and the marvellous descent under the “City of Stone” and this tour can well be described as one of the finest in the region, its 1,000m of ascent presenting no difficulties for fit bikers.
The first few kilometres towards Ciaslat are an ideal warm-up, with the short but pleasant trail towards Monte Pana offering an idea of what the tour has in store for you: after a quick climb on tarmac, the long climb begins on a gravel road to the Zallinger Hut, your gaze fixed on the Plattkofel/Sassopiatto.
After a climb of 600m you reach the Zallinger Hut, the first opportunity for refreshments: relax on its terrace and enjoy the view from its terrace to the south-east over the “flat” face of the Plattkofel/Sassopiatto, 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. Suitably fortified, you can now face the remaining 400m or so of the climb up to the pass of the Mahlknechtjoch/Passo Duron, followed by a short descent on the road towards Tirler and Saltria. Here a gravel road begins that after 1.4 km takes you up to the high-level route between the Zallinger Hut and the Dialer Church, a beautiful trail that continues slightly uphill to the former Dialer Hut.
After a short stretch up to the Tierser Alpl Hut, an exceptional trail to the Mahlknechtjoch/Passo Duron marks the beginning of the wonderful 10-km descent through the Duron Valley. Bounded by the Rosengartengruppe/Catinaccio Group to the south and the Plattkofel/Sassopiatto to the north, the valley runs eastwards to Campitello in the Fassa Valley. On clear days stop during the upper stages and look to the east, where you can even see the icy summit of the Marmolada!
Exactly halfway down the valley you reach the very traditional Lino Brach Hut at the side of the path, where you can stop to regain your strength and enjoy the peace and tranquillity; among the gastronomic treats on offer we recommend the polenta with sausage and gorgonzola. Shortly after comes the Duron Hut, then a descent through the forest, in parts very steep. Arriving in Campitello, you take the giant cable car up to Col Rodella, which is big enough to accommodate even hang-gliders. A few minutes later and 1,000m higher, you are at the top, asking yourself why can’t every climb on a mountain bike be this easy.
Admiring the panorama of the Langkofel/Sassolungo, you pass the Salei Hut in the direction of the City of Stone, beginning the idyllic conclusion to this unforgettable tour: a narrow trail, characterised by some hairpin bends, leads down below the City of Stone to Plan de Gralba, then becoming a wide gravel path. From here, the trail is on the ski piste down to the Grödner Tal/Val Gardena, with the last section following the old railway line back to Wolkenstein/Selva. Here you can look back in happy amazement at the infinity of mountain bike adventures offered by an ascent of just 1,000m!
 
 
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 35, rather than left, go straight on to the trail, which later becomes a cart track up to the hut. A climb of 220m 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 down to waymarker 35 and bear right down into the Val Duron.
  
 
  TOUR INFORMATION
Tour information
% of distance
Total distance
36,96 km
100 %
Height variation uphill
1038 Hm
Height variation downhill
2037 Hm
Maximum altitude
2400 m
Tarmac
0,40 km
1,1 %
Tarmac cycle path
6,03 km
16,3 %
Gravel
23,53 km
63,7 %
Hiking trail
1,60 km
9,8 %
Single track
1,06 km
2,9 %
Carrying / pushing
0,00 km
0,0 %
Cable car / transfer
2,31 km
6,3 %
 
Riding times
Riding time without pauses
Riding time at 10 km/h
3 hrs 42 min
Riding time at 12 km/h
3 hrs 05 min
Riding time at 14 km/h
2 hrs 38 min
Riding time at 16 km/h
2 hrs 19 min
Riding time at 18 km/h
2 hrs 03 min
Riding time at 20 km/h
1 hr 51 min
   
   
   
   
   
   
Physical condition
Overall condition
3,1
Total height variation
3,0
Total distance
3,0
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
3,5
Climb difficulty
3,3
Descent difficulty
3,7
Emotional experience
Panorama
5,0
Riding fun
4,0
     
   
  GETTING THERE AND STARTING POINT
Getting there
A22 motorway: coming from the north, take exit Innsbruck-Brennero; coming from the south, take exit Verona-Bolzano.
We recommend you exit the A22 at Klausen/Chiusa – Grödner Tal/Val Gardena: after 20 minutes on a well-signposted Alpine road you reach St. Ulrich/Ortisei then, after a few km, St. Christina/Santa Cristina and Wolkenstein/Selva.

Starting point
The tourist information office in Wolkenstein/Selva is located some 500 m after the entrance to the locality on the left.
Parking facilities: at the start of the centre of Wolkenstein/Selva, before the Piazza Nives, take two consecutive left turns to reach the car park of the same name.
The tour begins at the tourist information office in Wolkenstein/Selva.
 
  ROADBOOK
No
km
Next
Hm
Sym
Location
Direction
Route
Time 22 km/h
Time 10 km/h
1
0,00
0,05
1557
Tourist information office in Wolkenstein/Selva
Straight on downhill
A -6%
00:00
00:00
2
0,05
0,05
1554
Café Mozart
Sharp left onto permanent hiking trail
R -8%
00:00
00:00
3
0,10
0,06
1550
Casa Elisabetha
Sharp right downhill
R -4%
00:00
00:00
4
0,17
0,20
1548
End of tarmac
Straight on
S -3%
00:00
00:00
5
0,37
0,08
1543
Fire station
Straight on
R -4%
00:01
00:02
6
0,45
0,43
1540
House of Culture
Bear left
R 0%
00:01
00:02
7
0,88
0,18
1541
Junction at signpost 30
Straight on
R -3%
00:02
00:05
8
1,06
0,51
1535
Junction with hiking trail 22A
Straight on following road
R 7%
00:02
00:06
9
1,57
0,25
1567
Transformer, bus stop La Selva
Bear right to Monte Pana
R 3%
00:04
00:09
10
1,81
0,89
1572
Junction to Fischburg/Castel Gardena
Straight on to Monte Pana
R 3%
00:04
00:10
11
2,71
0,04
1592
End of tarmac
Straight on
S -12%
00:07
00:16
12
2,75
0,12
1587
Junction
Straight on
S 1%
00:07
00:16
13
2,87
0,09
1590
Ciaslat (towards Sellajoch/Passo Sella)
Straight on
S -9%
00:07
00:17
14
2,96
0,50
1581
End of gravel path
Straight on
P -5%
00:08
00:17
15
3,46
0,08
1562
Beginning of tarmac
Straight on
R -9%
00:09
00:20
16
3,54
0,58
1555
Prensanueva apartments
Bear left to Monte Pana
R 12%
00:09
00:21
17
4,12
0,09
1625
Junction to S. Cristina, Selva/Wolkenstein
Bear left following road
R -2%
00:11
00:24
18
4,21
0,39
1624
Crossing with bottom of Monte Pana lift
Straight on Saltria 30
S 10%
00:11
00:25
19
4,61
0,40
1662
Junction to ski jump
Straight on uphill
S 9%
00:12
00:27
20
5,01
0,83
1702
Junction (towards Strena)
Straight on uphill
S 6%
00:13
00:30
21
5,83
0,69
1760
Junction to Jender Valley
Bear left to Saltria
S 4%
00:15
00:34
22
6,52
0,46
1782
Junction to Langkofelscharte gorge
Straight on to Saltria
S 1%
00:17
00:39
23
6,98
0,35
1788
Junction to Langkofelscharte gorge
Straight on uphill
S 7%
00:19
00:41
24
7,33
3,11
1815
Junction
Bear left to Zallinger
S 8%
00:19
00:43
25
10,44
0,14
2060
Junction to Plattkofel Hut
Bear right to Zallinger 9
S -4%
00:28
01:02
26
10,58
0,18
2053
Junction towards Florian chairlift
Bear left to Zallinger, Saltria 9
S -9%
00:28
01:03
27
10,76
0,47
2037
Zallinger Hut, chapel, water source
Bear right downhill
S -9%
00:29
01:04
28
11,23
1,14
1996
Bridge over stream Junction to Dialer church 7
Straight on to Saltria 8
S-12%
00:30
01:07
29
12,37
0,30
1859
Junction to bend
Bear left uphill
S 10%
00:33
01:14
30
12,67
1,12
1891
Junction to bend
Bear right uphill
S 12%
00:34
01:16
31
13,79
1,33
2021
Junction
Sharp right to Molignon Hut
W 8%
00:37
01:22
32
15,12
0,25
2119
Junction to Plattkofel Hut
Straight on
W 5%
00:41
01:30
33
15,37
0,12
2130
Below Dialer Church/Chapel of St. Anthony
Sharp left to Tierser Alpl
S 10%
00:41
01:32
34
15,49
0,42
2143
Dialer Church/Chapel of St. Anthony
Bear right to Tierser Alpl
S 20%
00:42
01:32
35
15,91
0,38
2226
Electric fence
Bear right to Plattkofel Hut
W-10%
00:43
01:35
36
16,29
0,08
2186
Junction
Bear left on flat
P -2%
00:44
01:37
37
16,37
1,16
2185
Mahlknechtjoch/Passo Duron
Right to Val Duron
S -12%
00:44
01:38
38
17,54
0,72
2047
Hut
Straight on downhill
S -12%
00:47
01:45
39
18,25
1,91
1967
Junction to Antermoia Hut
Straight on Campitello
S -3%
00:49
01:49
40
20,16
0,86
1897
Junction to Antermoia Hut
Straight on Campitello
S -2%
00:54
02:00
41
21,02
0,90
1875
Lino Brach Hut
Straight on
S -1%
00:57
02:06
42
21,92
0,03
1865
Junction above Duron Hut
Right following main hiking trail
S-13%
00:59
02:11
43
21,95
0,06
1861
Junction to Plattkofel Hut
Bear right downhill to Campitello
S-15%
00:59
02:11
44
22,01
0,18
1852
Duron Hut
Straight on
S-14%
01:00
02:12
45
22,19
0,03
1828
Junction to Antermoia Hut
Straight on Campitello
S -3%
01:00
02:13
46
22,22
1,05
1827
Junction to Sentiero per Campitello
Straight on
S-14%
01:00
02:13
47
23,27
0,83
1679
Junction towards Sandro Pertini Hut
Straight on
S-13%
01:03
02:19
48
24,10
0,08
1568
Bridge over stream
Straight on
S-13%
01:05
02:24
49
24,18
0,61
1557
Junction
Straight on
S-11%
01:05
02:25
50
24,79
0,53
1500
Bridge over stream, car park
Straight on
R-13%
01:07
02:28
51
25,32
0,19
1430
Junction after first houses
Straight on along stream
R -8%
01:09
02:31
52
25,51
0,34
1414
Albergo Ladino in Campitello
Left/right via Pent de Sèra
R -6%
01:09
02:33
53
25,84
0,10
1400
Car park at bottom of Col Rodella lift
Left towards cable car
R 0%
01:10
02:35
54
25,94
2,31
1400
Bottom of Col Rodella lift in Campitello
Take cable car
X 29%
01:10
02:35
55
28,25
0,14
2399
Top of Col Rodella lift
Straight on
S 1%
01:17
02:49
56
28,39
0,51
2400
Rifugio des Alpes hut
Straight on Passo Sella
S-19%
01:17
02:50
57
28,91
0,47
2313
Crossroads
Right Passo Sella
S-14%
01:18
02:53
58
29,37
0,19
2243
Junction to Rodella Hut
Straight on Passo Sella
S-10%
01:20
02:56
59
29,56
0,51
2224
Salei Hut
Straight on
S -3%
01:20
02:57
60
30,07
0,16
2212
Crossroads (to Salei Hut)
Bear left at meadow
W-13%
01:22
03:00
61
30,23
0,11
2190
Junction near chapel
Straight on
W -9%
01:22
03:01
62
30,34
0,06
2181
Car park at bottom of Langkofelscharte gorge lift
Straight on
S -2%
01:22
03:02
63
30,40
0,10
2180
Intersection with gravel road
Right downhill
S -9%
01:22
03:02
64
30,51
0,49
2171
Crossroads by hut
Straight on Plan de Gralba
P -12%
01:23
03:03
65
30,99
0,03
2113
Hut (fence)
Straight on between hut and barn
S -6%
01:24
03:05
66
31,02
0,05
2111
Path junction
Straight on over meadow
W -6%
01:24
03:06
67
31,08
0,53
2108
Crossroads
Straight on
W-10%
01:24
03:06
68
31,61
0,63
2047
Crossroads
Straight on
S-11%
01:26
03:09
69
32,24
0,60
1975
Intersection
Bear right to Plan de Gralba, Selva
S-11%
01:27
03:13
70
32,84
0,69
1910
Wayside cross
Follow main path
S-17%
01:29
03:17
71
33,54
0,27
1805
Junction to Jeuf de Frea (near bottom of drag lift)
Straight on
S -8%
01:31
03:21
72
33,80
0,14
1787
Bridge over Rio Gardena stream
Bear right over bridge
R -3%
01:32
03:22
73
33,94
0,15
1783
Bottom of the Piz Sella lift
Left
R -1%
01:32
03:23
74
34,09
0,10
1781
Bridge over Plan de Gralba stream
Left to Plan Selva (over bridge)
S 4%
01:32
03:24
75
34,19
0,06
1785
Covered snowgun
Bear right to Wolkenstein/Selva
S -5%
01:33
03:25
76
34,25
0,79
1782
Junction at edge of forest
Bear right downhill to Wolkenstein/Selva
W-21%
01:33
03:25
77
35,04
0,19
1621
Bridge over stream
Bear right over bridge then along stream
S -9%
01:35
03:30
78
35,23
0,25
1604
Carpentry shop
Straight on to Wolkenstein/Selva
R -6%
01:36
03:31
79
35,48
0,06
1589
Intersection with main road
Sharp right to Plan de Gralba
A 7%
01:36
03:32
80
35,53
0,77
1593
Casa Alpina
Bear right (left along sports ground)
R -1%
01:36
03:33
81
36,31
0,28
1581
Hotel La Tambra
Bear left onto course of old railway
R -2%
01:39
03:37
82
36,58
0,09
1577
Hotel Sun Valley
Sharp left downhill
R-12%
01:39
03:39
83
36,67
0,04
1567
Intersection with main road
Sharp right
A -3%
01:40
03:40
84
36,71
0,09
1566
Hotel Krone
Bear left following main road
A 0%
01:40
03:40
85
36,79
0,17
1566
Bottom of Ciampinoi lift
Straight on
A -5%
01:40
03:40
86
36,96
0,00
1557
Tourist information office in Wolkenstein/Selva
End of tour
A 0%
01:40
03:41
  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 uphil
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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