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Maria Canins Saturday, 2 February 2013

Giro Parco Puez-Odles

Time: approx. 6/7 hours
Difficulty: high
Type of bike: road bike
Food & beverage: various restaurants along the entire route
Cross Val Badia, cycling through Passo delle Erbe, the peaceful Val di Funes and Val d’Isarco, until reaching Val Gardena, the valley where tourism and culture are one in the same thing (well known for its wood carving traditions).
 
111 km
 
2.959 m
 
1.558 m
 
1.558 m
 
 
 
 
 
 
“Passo delle Erbe is one of the few Passes that enjoys the respect of Nature”
Setting off from La Perla Hotel in Corvara you pedal downhill on the main road as far as Piccolino (18 km), and at the junction there you turn left following the signs for “Passo delle Erbe”. The Pass itself is 12 km long and its principal characteristic is two difficult uphills of 5 km each, they separated by a 2 km downhill stretch. Pass through the village of San Martino and note ‘Ciastel de Tor’, today a Ladin museum. From here the uphill part is less difficult and you proceed to the village of Antermöia (the heart of an agricultural based community), and then there awaits you another very demanding uphill stretch (a 12- 14% gradient). The road twists away between meadows and woods and you reach the Pass at a height of 2000 m. From here you will enjoy a breathtaking view across Valle di Funes and Val d’Isarco. To the left you can see Pütia, to the right Monte Muro and Gabler, and right in front in the distance is the Corno del Renon and further on again the Ortles Group. At the top of the Pass there is a bar/restarant. From the top you go downhill into Valle di Funes, famous as the birthplace of the great climber Messner. The road is quite narrow so mind how you go! On your journey down, the view over Odles to the left keeps you company and once you arrive at the village of San Pietro you then turn left after the church, head for Gudon and proceed almost as far as Chiusa (as far as the motorway pay-booths).Now follow the signs for Val Gardena/Ortisei: the road begins to wind uphill through meadow and wood landscape until you reach Ortisei. Interesting to know is that many years ago on this route passed the small Val Gardena train that connected Val Gardena (from Selva to Chiusa) with Val d’Isarco. On passing through Ortisei make sure to take in the wooden carved statute dedicated to Luis Trenker, a Gardena climber famous as actor in and director of mountain films. After Ortisei you go on to Santa Cristina and Selva, and you will see the final downhill part and arrival area of the World Cup downhill race which takes place here every December. After Selva you continue along Passo Garden, pass by Plan de Gralba until you reach the junction Sella/Gardena, and where you turn left, and after 5 km you reach Passo Gardena. Here you have a great vantage point. Behind you you have the majestic Sassolungo, to the right Les Mesules, ahead is Corvara and the Pralongià plateau, and in the distance beyond is Lagazuoi, Catena del Santa Croce including La Varella and Conturines, and to complete the panorama there is Cime del Cir to the left. From this point you have a pleasant and fast downhill, passing by the village of Colfosco until you reach the Hotel La Perla in Corvara.

Maria Canins
 
 
 
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