Mountain Bike - Civetta Superbike 1

Difficultydifficult Length37,32 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 away and we start descending towards our objective, the village of Palafavera. Following an easy, fun, sometimes bumpy dirt road marked 564 we pass the junction for Redolet which we will not take today because it is not on the itinerary, and we continue towards our next waypoint, which we get to after 3.39 km with an altitude change of - 316 m. When we arrive at the 1511 m of Palafavera, from the parking lot in front of the chairlift we head towards Val Posedera on a slight climb for 3,3 km and 193 m altitude change on dirt road and then a forest path with a complicated surface until we hit asphalt under the dairy malga Boi Vescovà; here we turn right and follow asphalt for about 450 m that will take us to the junction for Casera Fontanafredda we go left and past the dairy, then take a short, easy climb towards F.lla Pecol; when we come off the back we go down along a difficult tract with a disjointed surface  for about 2 km and a 15% negative altitude change to the waypoint at Vizza Mareson. From here the descent becomes a slight slope to “Le Stroppe” and continues to the Baita Flora Alpina then on to a slight climb on asphalt until the rifugio Aquileia (1579 m) where in the shadows of the monte Pelmo we hit the halfway mark pedalling on a pleasant rolling dirt road towards Ru Cordon; after passing here we continue for about 1 km circa on a slight downhill until we cross the provincial road SP251 heading towards the parking lot for the chairlift about 300 metres further on. From the parking lot we take a dirt road to the right that in 4.54 km will take us to the 1848 m at Rifugio Fertazza, a road that snakes upward with a compact surface that’s easy to ride with an average 9% gradient that is only difficult in a few tracts. When we get to this point with a lodge on the left we continue straight up on a decidedly hard, steep, bumpy climb for about 750 metres until we arrive at Costa del Conte at 1933 m, from here we start the long, motley descent towards Alleghe. We go down a dirt trail for a little over 1 km to the waypoint of Prà della Costa (1630 m) taking the downhill for Val d’Aier for about 1.5 km with quite a negative and challenging change of -205 m, a descent with a couple of tracts that are highly technical and complicated. After we pass the point at “Strente” we head 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.

  • Rest stops: Baita Scoiattolo, Ristoro Fontanabona, Rifugio Aquileia, Rifugio Fertazza
  • Alternatives: You can also start from Selva di Cadore and Val di Zoldo
Warnings: CAI references: 561 – 568 – 569 (CAI itinerary on the road and not on the path)
Notes: CAI references: 561 – 568 – 569 (CAI itinerary on the road and not on the path)
  • 1820 m Vertical gain
  • 1820 m Vertical loss
  • 28,2% asphalt road, the rest off road Ground
  • Alleghe Start
  • Alleghe Finish