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AICA DI FIÈ TOUR
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  CHARACTERISTICS AND VARIATIONS
Characteristics
The tour to Aica di Fiè forms a figure eight around the Umser Feld and the Aichaberg, the junction to the Val di Tires and the Gruppo del Catinaccio/Rosengarten. The difference in altitude is split up over several small but never too steep climbs. This trip is not very demanding from the point of view of riding technique and can therefore be done by newcomers to mountain biking. Stunning views of the Sciliar/Schlern, Croda del Maglio/Hammerwand and Monte Cavone/Tschafon complete this ideal beginners’ tour.
The tour begins in a very relaxed fashion on the narrow road from Fiè to Umes, past strikingly beautiful old farmhouses, with the gigantic Croda del Maglio/Hammerwand and Monte Cavone/Tschafon firmly in view. After about two kilometres a gravel road climbs up in the direction of Moarmühle (mill). Above the Umser Feld you cruise along with stunning views over the valley to Umes.
A short climb initially takes you in the direction of Monte Cavone/Tschafon. At the wooden bridge over the Schlernbach/Rio Sciliar a short descent begins past the sawmill at Umes in the direction of Presule. Climbing gently you reach this small village after a few kilometres where you can make a detour to the prominently located Schloss Prösels/Castel Presule. The Prösler Hof is the perfect refreshment stop at the approximate half-way point of this tour.
The route continues in the direction of Aica di Fiè, from where after a few metres you turn onto a hiking trail alongside woodland. Shortly before the intersection with the main road coming from the Valle Isarco you come across the tarmac road again. You follow it past Aica di Fiè as far as a tunnel.
Immediately behind the tunnel the route climbs left again slightly to the Schnaggenkreuz, a stunning vantage point with a view of the complete amphitheatre of mountains from the Sciliar to Monte Cavone. You travel through woodland to the sawmill at Umes climbing again briefly.
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 farmhouses to Fiè, in beautiful afternoon sunshine if the weather is fine.

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

2. Direct descent from the Schnaggenkreuz to Umes: Bear left on the gravel road to Umes at waymarker 33 immediately behind the Schnaggenkreuz. 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 39. Turn sharp left and follow the road.

3. Omitting the trip around the Aichaberg: The tour is very short and easy if you leave out the trip round the Aichaberg! To this end do not go straight ahead at the wooden bridge at waymarker 21, but turn right on to the old Umes road (corresponds to waymarker 40) and continue the tour here. You save 9km in distance and 350m in altitude difference.

4. Extension via the protruding rock at Monte Cavone/Tschafon: Do not bear right downhill at the woodbridge over the Schlernbach/Rio Sciliar (waymarker 16), but bear left uphill in the direction of Monte Cavone/Tschafon. Turn right above the protruding rock at Monte Cavone in the direction of Schönblick. Continue via Tschötscher in the direction of the Schnaggenkreuz. Shortly before the Schnaggenkreuz you join the tour described here again at waymarker 31. This alternative is 8km in distance and 430m uphill in altitude difference.
 
 
  TOUR INFORMATION
Tour information
% of distance
Total distance
17,42 km
100 %
Height variation uphill
713 Hm
Height variation downhill
713 Hm
Maximum altitude
1083 m
Tarmac
1,99 km
11,5 %
Tarmac cycle path
5,62 km
32,3 %
Gravel
7,05 km
40,5 %
Hiking trail
2,73 km
15,7 %
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 45 min
Riding time at 12 km/h
1 hr 27 min
Riding time at 14 km/h
1 hr 15 min
Riding time at 16 km/h
1 hr 05 min
Riding time at 18 km/h
58 min
Riding time at 20 km/h
52 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
2,9
Surface
2,7
Average climb gradient Ø
3,0
Average descent gradient Ø
3,0
   
Tour evaluation
Overall difficulty
2,7
Climb difficulty
2,6
Descent difficulty
2,7
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 in Fiè
Straight ahead direction 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 Lake - 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 Tuff mountain pasture
Straight ahead
S 17%
00:06
00:13
8
2,25
0,39
973
Junction to Sciliar/Schlern in bend
Right follow main trail
S 10%
00:06
00:13
9
2,64
0,27
1013
Junction after left-hand bend
Bear right loop road Umes
W -3%
00:07
00:15
10
2,91
0,36
1010
Junction
Bear right downhill
W -0%
00:07
00:17
11
3,27
0,03
1003
Fork
Bear left
W 4%
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 (water source)
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 bridge
S -3%
00:11
00:26
16
4,39
0,55
1018
Intersection in bend
Bear right downhill
S -15%
00:11
00:26
17
4,94
0,13
938
Beginning of tarmac road
Straight ahead
R -13%
00:13
00:29
18
5,07
0,18
921
Junction
Straight ahead downhill
R -11%
00:13
00:30
19
5,25
0,54
900
Sawmill
Left Presule
R -13%
00:14
00:31
20
5,79
0,04
834
Junction to Presule
Bear right downhill Prösels (Presule) 6
R -13%
00:15
00:34
21
5,83
1,05
829
Wooden bridge
Straight ahead Prösels (Presule) 6
S 3%
00:15
00:34
22
6,88
0,48
861
Intersection tarmac road
Bear right Prösels (Presule) 6
R -2%
00:18
00:41
23
7,36
0,27
853
Prösler Hof
Bear left Aica di Fiè
R 5%
00:20
00:44
24
7,63
0,93
863
Junction
Bear left Aica di Fiè 6
W 6%
00:20
00:45
25
8,56
0,06
928
Intersection
Bear right downhill
S -5%
00:23
00:51
26
8,62
0,39
925
Intersection bus stop
Bear left uphill
A 4%
00:23
00:51
27
9,00
0,76
939
Crossroad
Straight ahead
A -3%
00:25
00:54
28
9,76
0,38
914
Junction
Straight ahead
A 0%
00:26
00:58
29
10,15
0,03
914
Junction after short tunnel
Left Bar Wagner
R -2%
00:27
01:00
30
10,18
0,46
914
Junction before underpass
Right uphill
S 19%
00:27
01:01
31
10,64
0,13
1003
Intersection
Straight ahead Presule
S 7%
00:29
01:03
32
10,77
0,06
1011
Schnaggenkreuz
Right
S -2%
00:29
01:04
33
10,83
0,18
1010
Junction to Umes
Straight ahead
W 3%
00:29
01:04
34
11,00
0,43
1017
Junction
Bear right uphill
W 15%
00:30
01:6
35
11,43
0,54
1082
Junction (to Schönblick)
Bear left Umes
W -6%
00:31
01:08
36
11,97
2,12
1049
Beginning of gravel road
Straight ahead
S -7%
00:32
01:11
37
14,09
0,18
921
Intersection tarmac road
Sharp left downhill
R -11%
00:38
01:24
38
14,27
0,54
900
Sawmill Umes
Left Presule
R -13%
00:38
02:25
39
14,81
0,04
834
Junction to Presule
Bear right downhill Prösels (Presule) 6
R -13%
00:40
02:28
40
14,85
0,25
829
Wooden bridge
Right Völs (Fiè)
R 1%
00:40
01:29
41
15,10
0,60
831
Trafisöhr Hof
Bear left downhill Völs (Fiè)
S 1%
00:41
01:30
42
15,70
0,12
842
Junction
Bear right
S -2%
00:42
01:34
43
15,82
0,10
838
Wooden bridge
Left Völs (Fiè) 6
R 11%
00:43
01:34
44
15,92
0,55
849
End of tarmac road
Straight ahead
S -1%
00:43
01:35
45
16,47
0,14
853
Crossroad
Straight ahead Fiè (Fiè) 6
S 11%
00:44
01:38
46
16,61
0,39
866
Intersection tarmac road
Bear left downhill Völs (Fiè) 6
R -6%
00:45
01:39
47
17,00
0,38
841
Intersection main road
Bear right uphill
A 5%
00:46
01:41
48
17,38
0,04
859
Roundabout Fiè
Bear right Castelrotto (2nd exit)
A 0%
00:47
01:44
49
17,42
0,00
859
Tourism association Fiè
End of tour
A 0%
00:47
01:44
  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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