Mountain Bike - Civetta Superbike 2

Difficultyvery difficult Length75,20 km

We start from Alleghe and first of all pass the Ice Arena to take the lakeside route to where it merges onto Corso Italia, where first we turn right towards the centre; next to the municipal building we take the uphill community road that goes up to Pian di Pezzè pedalling on asphalt for 5.23 km with a 496 m. change in altitude, a 9,5% incline that is long and hard, passing through some houses in Frena and Coi, past the arrival station for the cable car lift, from the parking lot we take a slight downhill towards the point of Fontanabona enjoying a few hundred basically flat metres. Passing the namesake refreshment bar, from 1462 m we pedal up along a difficult climb that in 2.84 km will take us to 1827 m at F.lla Alleghe with an average 13% gradient on a stretch so hard to climb by bicycle that it is called “ the Civetta Wall”; It is about 400 metres with a steep incline close to 24%, and is recognisable due to the surface, which is dirt and old, decayed asphalt. Once we get over the wall the inclines are a little easier to Forcella; when we come off the other side we head right towards the dairy Malga Pioda a few metres beyond and continue going down following an easy, fun dirt road towards our next objective, Pecol Vecchio, then we follow the mule trail marked 564 and get to the junction for Redolet, we take the single track to the right and go down this for 1.6 km covering the difficult -338 m of altitude change paying close attention to a very technical passage at the end of the descent; and if you take on this descent during or after heavy rain the surface can become slippery and difficult. We have arrived on the outskirts of Pecol Vecchio and we take a right to climb up to Pian del Crep at 1741 m. of altitude and follow the dirt road for 3.55 km and 346 m uphill, that is, a 9.7% average incline with some tough passages which can become quite difficult due to the road surface. When we arrive at scenic Pian del Crep we head downhill towards Mareson, our next point, first along the “Cristellin” ski slope over a mix of gravel and grass and then we pass to a challenging forest path until we reach the bottom of the valley after having ridden - 416 metres of altitude change. We start off once again from the 1332 m of the tabià in Mareson and on an asphalt road we head back up to the village of Coi; right after coming out of the village we leave the asphalt to find the old mule trail marked 473 then when we arrive at Casere it becomes 498; on this stretch we encounter the famous “Conconi Wall” from the first edition of the Civetta Superbike with its 22% of altitude change in a little more than 600 metres, a notable challenging stretch that will lead us to complete the 468 m of uphill to the crossroads with the rocky, rough single track that will take us to Palafavera descending along an impressively steep, challenging tract until we pass the campgrounds. We are at the 1511 m of the plain of Palafavera and we take the dirt road from the parking lot in front of the chair lift towards Val Posedera on a slight uphill for 3.3 km and 193 m altitude change on dirt road and then forest trail with a tricky surface that will bring us to the asphalt under the Malga Boi Vescovà, where we will turn right and follow the asphalt for about 450 m to arrive at the junction for Casera Fontanafredda, we turn left and after passing the dairy we pedal on a slight uphill towards F.lla Pecol; coming off the back of this we descend on a difficult tract on complicated surface for 2 km and a 15% negative altitude change to the point of Vizza Mareson. From here the brief descent becomes a light slope to the village of “Le Stroppe” to then continue towards Baita Flora Alpina and on to a light climb on asphalt to the chalet rifugio Aquileia (1579 m) where in the shadow of  Monte Pelmo we hit the halfway mark to pedal on a pleasant, rolling dirt road towards Ru Cordon. From the 1497 m at this point we are off to face a hard climb towards Mondeval; the last part of the climb we will pedal on asphalt and then turn left for a pleasant ride back to the valley; we pass the Malga Pian de Vacia and proceed down on asphalt towards the houses Toffol. We are at 1471 m in the typical hamlet of the Val Fiorentina and at the height of the first houses we will take a right and go back at the foot of the Mt. Cernera following a gruelling dirt trail with the first part uphill to get to the downhill that will bring us to the point in Zardin, where we will arrive after having pedalled from Ru Cordon to here for 9.61 km with a positive rise of 492 m and a negative -550 metre drop.
We continue our route heading North until we meet the road that goes to Passo Giau at Rù Ronc de Ciaval; when we get to the curve on the asphalt of provincial SP638 we take the left to go down a few metres and then go back up on a secondary asphalt road that goes to Posalz; we get here after 2.48 km which are partly downhill and mostly uphill, initially on dirt road and then on asphalt. After passing this we head decidedly up to the next point, Livinai, for 1.28 km and 179 m change in altitude equal to about 14% incline, a few hundred metres on asphalt at first and then on dirt road. Then there is a downhill stretch entirely on dirt that will take us to  Ru on a pleasant downhill for about 2.2 km with an average 6% incline. We are pedalling in the historical area of the Fursil mines and in a way we are following the historic ”Strada della Vena” – a road which for centuries served as a main commerce route. The next segment is about 1.73 km long and is a pleasant ride, initially on dirt road and then from Sopradaz it is on asphalt, the altitude change is measured out equally between ups and downs until we arrive in Canazei in the territory of Colle Santa Lucia a little less than 1 km away downhill on dirt road for negative -135 m. We take the asphalt once more on an easy downhill to arrive to Fossal and continue for another 500 metres to Pian; from this point we take via Codalonga, a secondary asphalt road at 90% which takes us to Selva di Cadore just under the parochial church; we keep going straight on asphalt for another 800 metres to the point of Rova. Always on asphalt we follow the provincial road SP251 until Pescul, the last metres in a slight downhill and we are at the parking lot for the chair lift. From the lot we take the dirt road on the right that 4,54 km will take us to the 1848 m at the rifugio Fertazza, a road that snakes up with a compact, pedal-able surface with an average incline of 9% and just a few downhill tracts which will turn out to be a bit difficult. When we arrive to the point with the lodge on the left we keep going straight up on a decidedly hard, steep, slippery climb for about 750 metres until we arrive to Costa del Conte at 1933 m; from here we begin the long, bumpy descent towards Alleghe; we head down on dirt road for a little more than 1 km to the point at Prà della Costa, we keep going down towards the Val d’Aier for about 1,5 km with quite a challenging, steep drop of -205 m, a descent with a couple of very technical, highly challenging passages. When we pass the point at “Strente” we head off to "Fernazza", our next objective, about 1,4 km further on with -70 m of change; we continue descending along the same path and after covering about six hundred metres we get to the houses in Coi. We continue our fun but very challenging, myriad descent towards Alleghe; right away we hit asphalt until we pass the houses in Frena to arrive in Coldemies about 1.15 km further on with a negative altitude change of 17 % mostly off road and then we come to Fontanive where we arrive with – 207 m in  1140 metres (- 18%) as proof of the commitment we will show on the route that features asphalt and dirt road, careful when we cross the community road. Now we are in the home stretch; just about 700 metres at 9% downhill between asphalt and dirt to arrive in Corso Venezia in Alleghe where we conclude our day of climbing.

  • Rest stops: Baita Scoiattolo – Ristoro Fontanabona – Rifugio Aquileia - Rifugio Fedare
Warnings: CAI references: 561 - 568 - 569 (CAI itinerary on the road, no path)
Notes: CAI references: 561 - 568 - 569 (CAI itinerary on the road, no path)
  • 3705 m Vertical gain
  • 36% asphalt road, the rest off road Ground
  • Alleghe Start
  • Alleghe Finish