22.06.2017 - Combi MTB tour beneath Schlern and Hammerwand
This MTB tour at the foot of Schlern and Hammerwand combines the ‘Tuff Alm and Hofer Alpl’ and ‘Tschafon’ tours in one elongated panorama route for technically skilled and super fit bikers. Difficulty S1. The tour starts in Völs am Schlern. Off the side of the main road, it is a steady uphill until Völser Weiher, where you can take a refreshing dip in the cool water of this popular South Tyrolean bathing lake. You can find another forest lake a little further up; the Huber Weiher, which you skirt alongside on the way to Tuff Alm. The air from the sweet apple strudel might tempt you in for a short break here, where you have a nice view of the animals in the petting zoo. This is followed by a short, smooth descent over the alpine meadow before the gravel road — very steep in parts — to the highest point of the tour, which requires full effort from your calves once again. The first part of this ascent up to the Schlernhaus goods cable lift can only be fully traversed by the fittest cyclists. This is also a good place to take a breather, with a beautiful 360-degree view of the massifs of the Dolomites. After a few more turns down the hill, the forest road branches off towards the Hofer Alpl. In clear weather, this secluded spot offers a great view right up to the Texel Group and the Ortler, and also gives you the chance to recharge the e-Bike and your own energy reserves. The elevation drops dramatically on the rapid descent towards Ums, but the fun doesn’t last long, as it is soon followed by a long but shaded climb up to Tschafonleger. The next descent down to the Tierser Tal does not pose any technical problems and provides a lot of fun in the saddle. It leads to the Schönblick guesthouse which, located on a panoramic road, offers a magnificent view of the Tieser Tal valley in the Rosengarten region. You will already have some of the peaks of the Rosengarten group behind you as you continue to descend the narrow street towards Tschötscher. On the other hand, the slight incline to the Schnaggerkreuz pays off with a wonderful view of the entire cliff ensemble, from Schlern to Tschafon. Just another short climb and then it’s time for the grand finale of the tour: the idyllic old gravel road from Ums to Völs am Schlern. The landscape is a treat for the eyes and fittingly rounds off this diverse day ride in the golden light of the afternoon sun.
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