Mountain Bike - Strada de la Vena (Alleghe)

Difficultydifficult Length43,79 km

Start from Alleghe and take the cable car lift to Piani di Pezzè, then the new 8 seater cable car  that goes to the scenic village of Col dei Baldi (1915 m). Get off the  lift and face South and take the  downhill to the right for about 550 m,  to the junction for Col Fioret we head straight down for the dairy Malga Boi Vescovà  taking precautions on a steep patch that is short but has a slippery, gravelly surface. After passing the dairy we ride on asphalt for about 450 m that brings us to the junction for Casera Fontanafredda, we take the left and once past the dairy we pedal on a short, slight climb towards F.lla Pecol; coming off the back of this we descend on a challenging tract for about 2 km and a  15% negative altitude change to the Point in Vizza Mareson, we go left to follow a tract about 500 metres long that is part dirt road and part asphalt under the forest called Bosco delle Foglie; coming out from here it is just a few hundred metres on asphalted provincial road SP251 to arrive on the outskirts of the hamlet of Pescul. We continue for a little less than 3 km. On the main asphalt road to the point at Rova where we leave the main road to pedal 1 km. On the secondary asphalt road that will bring us to Zardin, we pass this point and follow this dirt road to Ru Ronc de Ciaval we come across provincial road SP 638 where we find asphalt again that goes to Passo Giau. The next point is the rifugio Fedare, quite a daunting objective that will take us up to the 1993 m at the lodge, which we will reach after having ridden about 7 km from  Zardin with an uphill altitude change of  602 metres; from here we continue with the help of the chair lift which in no time will take us up under the Averau and its namesake scenic lodge  (2417 m). We take off again from the highest point on our itinerary, descending the ski slope Perla Sassosa, which presents a rough, challenging surface; we get off this tricky tract after about 120 metres to take the trail to the right marked 441 and we follow this under the shadows of the Averau to the point “Pre da Pontin”, a rocky path for 1.2 km and -156 metres’ altitude change. At the junction we take the left on a path that will take us down another 110 m of altitude change for a little more than 1 km  until we arrive to  Melei (2142 m). We can look forward to a charming and disjointed tract that is 5.57 km long with 54 metres of altitude change uphill and -523 m that will have us pedalling under monte Pore on a rocky and partially woodsy route that is mostly up and down, following the ancient  road   “Strada della Vena” all the way to Col (1672 m.) and we follow along a pastoral road downhill towards Colcuc with 2.22 km and  -146 m with an average altitude change of 6,5%. We continue along the same dirt path to our next point at Sfessura about 1700 metres further on an up and down tract; here we turn right  and continue towards Canazei in the territory of Colle di Santa Lucia less than 1 km on and downhill for negative -135 m. We continue our pleasant yet intense descent towards the Col de Foa, under  Villagrande we take the path with a challenging 15% incline that in no time takes us over 2 km to arrive at the next point with a brief stretch on asphalt and partly on a white trail through the woods.  We cross the main asphalt road and keep on, taking the path that is about 1 km circa on a forest dirt road with an incline of about 14% circa to get to the village of Caprile, which we leave behind us and pedal along the Cordevole torrent for the last 4 km on the national road SR203 until we reach the outskirts of Alleghe where we turn right to pedal the last part on the lakeside path.

Warnings: a detailed map of the area is recommended
Notes: a detailed map of the area is recommended
  • 1019 m Vertical gain
  • 2383 m Vertical loss
  • 40,3% asphalt, the rest off road Ground
  • Alleghe Start
  • Alleghe Finish