Informationen zur Tour Sellaronda MTB Tour anti-clockwise
- 5:30 h
- 2900 m
- 2900 m
- Max. height
- 2354 m
The anti-clockwise Sellaronda MTB tour has been provided by Val Gardena/Gröden Marketing
The few kilometers to Ciaslat, slightly uphill, are the ideal start to for the Sellaronda MTB tour. The short but marvellous trail towards Monte Pana is a sign of the excitement to come on the tour. A short climb to Monte Pana comes next, then the lift brings riders to the foot of the Langkofel.
The steepest section of the tour is also one of the most beautiful: directly below the mighty Langkofel the route climbs steeply up towards the Rifugio Comici. Then on the way towards the city of stones, the path turns into a gorgeous trail. A few especially steep sections and hairpins here force most bikers to get off and push briefly.
Next riders roll easily downhill through the city of stones to the car park at the cable car to the Langkofel col.
Shortly afterwards, the scenic descent towards Lupo Bianco begins from the Rifugio Valentini. The descent becomes steeper, then you reach the forest, which only thins out shortly before Lupo Bianco. Next comes a short, challenging trail passage directly below Lupo Bianco. Once you arrive in Canazei, the gondola lift takes you to the Pecol, saving you a 900m vertical climb. Afterwards there is a short descent to the Passstraße – where there is a turning off for a downhill trail – and then the short, pretty climb away from the main road to the Pordoi pass.
It is best to flee from the hustle-bustle up here and begin the gorgeous descent to Arabba, which starts just a few meters below the peak of the pass. A single trail winds its way through alpine pastures, then riders follow a section of a ski piste before turning off onto another wonderful trail. The last section of the descent to Arabba proves that ski pistes can also look pretty in the summer.
With the descent over, riders roll along the road to Renac, where the remotest part of the tour begins: the climb via Cherz to La Marmotta. The 450m vertical climb ends at the La Marmotta Hütte.
The quick descent on the gravel road towards Corvara is punctuated by a fantastic trail below the Capanna Nera hut. The final climb of the circuit to Colfosco begins in Corvara. The rest of the ascent to the Clark-Hütte above the Gardena pass can be completed in the cable car. Afterwards comes the final long descent to Wolkenstein. The first part switches between trails and forest paths, then comes an extremely steep descent on gravel to Plan. The last section back to Wolkenstein runs along the old railway line.
The total vertical climb on this anti-clockwise version of the Sellaronda MTB tour is 1400m, with most of the ascents being completed by cable car.
1. Alternative descent from the Gardena pass via Plan de Gralba and the ski piste: at the hairpin at waypoint 103, take a sharp left and continue following the pass downhill. After 1260m, turn right sharply and after 540m take the left hand turning to Plan de Gralba. Then follow the signs to Plan de Gralba. After 3 kilometres you join the descent from the Sella pass near the lower station of a button lift. Continue to the lower station of the Piz Sella cable car and then take the left hand turning to Plan. After 100 metres, turn slightly to the right onto the ski piste to Wolkenstein. After 1.3km you reach the main road: turn right sharply. After 60 metres you rejoin the tour described above at waypoint 113 at the Casa Alpina. Turn sharply left to continue on the tour.
2. Awesome tour through the Val Duron valley: At the lower lift station in Monte Pana, do not take the lift, instead ride straight on. This is waypoint 81 in the tour into the Val Duron valley. Now follow this tour in reverse: along the Malknechtjoch pass into Val Duron and on through Campitello to Canazei (waypoints 81-38). At the church in Canazei you rejoin the tour described on this page (at waypoint 47). Follow it half right into the one-way street (+12 Km, +540m vertical climb).
Parking: When you reach the centre of Wolkenstein, turn left in front of Nives square (Nives Platz) and then immediately left again into the Nives car park.
Take the A22, coming via Innsbruck-Brenner if you are travelling from the north, or Verona-Bolzano from the south. The most convenient exit is called Klausen (Chiusa)/Gröden (Val Gardena). From there, follow the clearly signed Höhenstraße (alpine road) to reach St. Ulrich and shortly afterwards St. Christina and Wolkenstein. The tourist association is around 500m after the start of the Wolkenstein on the left hand side.