Mountain Bike - Superpanoramica Cortina (Alleghe)

Difficultyvery difficult Length99,98 km

Start from Alleghe and take the cable car lift to Piani di Pezzè, then the new  lift that goes to Col dei Baldi (1915 m). Get off the  cable car 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  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 the 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 until  Ru Ronc de Ciaval we come across provincial road SP 638 where we find asphalt again that goes to Passo Giau. Our objective is  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). From the scenic Forcella Nuvolao we go down a thousand metres to waypoint  5 Torri  on a gravelly surface where we use all our resources to find the best trajectory; we continue until the lodge following the rocky road that will soon become asphalt for 2.39 km to the point on the path marked 439 and continue downhill on the same route until we reach Ru de Fourzago; when we arrive here we have 3.51 km on asphalt with a -382 m altitude change equal to  about 10%.  From here we take a right towards the next waypoint, Crepe de Ucera for 1.73 km with a few up and down parts but mostly in a fun downhill with only a small bumpy and rocky tract when we cross the landslide; passed this point we go down on asphalt for about 2 km until “Pezie de Parù” where we turn right on a rocky dirt road in the woods and follow this up and down for about 2 km to the “Cason del Macaron". We continue downhill towards Cortina on a small, fast dirt road, then another pleasant, fun downhill for about 1300 m and a little less than a 13% incline to “ Punte Outo”, altitude 1320 m passing by the De Ajal lake; we pass this point and continue towards the Pearl of the Dolomites down along a dirt mule path passing by the caves at Grotte di Volpera and the hamlet of Mortisa where we find asphalt again; a little after this we cross the bridge over the  Boite to land in the centre,  in "via del Mercato". We take up the route again, continuing towards the big parking lot after which we catch the cable car lift that will take us up the rifugio Faloria lodge (2117 m). When we get off the lift we get back on our bikes and descend until Rio Gere along the road that goes down the ski slope, a challenging downhill for the speed, considering the average incline of  12%; we cross the road that goes to passo Tre Croci and go to the chair lifts to take us up to the rifugio Son Forca (2230 m.)  at the top of the Cristallo.  Descending along the dirt road for Val Padeon,  with a rocky yet fast surface, we come to the ford, the crossings are on slippery rocks and there are a pair of up and down parts for this stretch, that is about  7.5 km long; finally we come to the village of  Pian dei Stonbe, practically on the dirt bike path for Cortina and descend quickly until Ospitale, we continue along the bike path past the village of Fiames to the waypoint at Cademai where we leave the bike path taking a right on a short path in a field and pass in front of the Cicli Cortina shop we get onto the main asphalt road at the height of  Majon,  1 km  on asphalt to go down to  via Marangoni where we take the right to arrive at the cable car lift for the Tofana. With the "Freccia nel Cielo" lift we go up to Col Drusciè; from here we take the downhill for 1 km on a dirt road to the waypoint at Drusciè continuing down to Piè Tofana where we take the chair lift to go up to the rifugio Duca d’Aosta (2086 m); we get back on our bike to go down along the little road that takes up the Tofanina ski slope, ignoring the signs for rifugio Dibona,  and further on at the crossroads we take the right and pass the abandoned dairies at Fedarola; the tract is fast and partly dirt but also asphalt for a little more than 1 km.  When we get to the asphalt that goes to Falzarego  we go back up regional road SR 48 up to the first curve after the parking lot at Rozes, we turn left for Bain de Dones  to go down the  400 metres to the Cinque Torri chair lift. We get off the lift at rifugio Scoiattoli  (2255 m); here you can visit the recently restored war trenches where during the War the Italian Command of the Mountain Artillery Group were entrenched  to control the lines of cannons pointed against the Austrian outposts located at  Lagazuoi and on Forte Tre Sassi at Passo di Valparola.  In memory of these tragic events, ex soldiers established what is perhaps the largest museum in terms of surface area commemorating the First World War, consisting of the open sites at Forte Tre Sassi, Sasso di Stria, Lagazuoi and 5 Torri.  We start pedalling again, going up from the 2255 m. at Rifugio Scoiattoli towards Forcella Nuvolao  at an altitude of 2416 m; the climb is decidedly hard, both for the inclines which touch 15% as for the difficult, tricky surface, so these will be 1000 very challenging metres to cover. We start off once more from the most scenic and also the highest point on our itinerary, descending along the gravelly ski slope with a complicated, bumpy surface; we leave this difficult tract after about 120 m to take the path on the right marked 441 and we follow this in the shadows of the Averau to waypoint “Pre da Pontin”, a rocky path for 1.2 km and -156 m of altitude change. At the junction we take the left on the path that will take us down another 110 m of altitude change for a little over 1 km until we arrive in   Melei (2142 m). We can expect a charming, articulated tract that is  5.57 km long with 54 m rise in altitde and then a  drop of -523  which will see us pedalling under the monte Pore  on a rocky route that winds partially through the woods and mostly up and down, we will follow the ancient  road – the "Strada della Vena" to the village of Col (1672 m) to continue on a path that is asphalt for the first section, descending towards Colcuc  with  2.22 km and  -146 m with an average drop of 6,5%. We continue along the wild pastoral dirt road to the next waypoint  at Sfessura  about 1700 m away after some up and down; here we turn right and continue on towards Canazei  in the territory of Colle Santa Lucia a little less than 1 km away downhill for -135 m. We continue our pleasant but intense descent towards Col de Foa and under Villagrande  with take the path with a challenging gradient of about 15% that in no time will take us  2 km to arrive to the next point with a brief tract on asphalt and then partly on a white road in the woods. We cross the asphalted main road  and continue taking the path for about 1 km. On a woodsy dirt road with an incline of about 14%  to arrive in the village of  Caprile which we will leave behind us and pedal along the Cordevole  for the final 4 km. On via Nazionale  or regional road SR203  to the outskirts of Alleghe where we will turn right to pedal along the lake towards the centre of the village.

  • Rest stops: Alleghe - Rifugio Fedare - Rifugio Averau - other Rifugios
Warnings: a detailed map of the area is recommended
Notes: a detailed map of the area is recommended
  • 1545 m Vertical gain
  • 5699 m Vertical loss
  • 33,9 % asphalt road, the rest off road Ground
  • Alleghe Start
  • Alleghe Finish