Siusi Alp (1844 M)
Starting locality: Castelrotto, crossroad A.Siusi (Seiser Alm) mt 1090
Arrival locality: Alpe Siusi (Seiser Alm), mt 1844 - Information Point
Length: km. 9,2
Height difference uphill: mt. 754
Average slope: 8,2 %
Max. slope (for tracts of 500 mt): 10-11 %
Road conditions: very good
The ascent in detail
The beginning of the ascent to the Siusi Alp is more or less at half way between Castelrotto and Siusi: it is a road in perfect conditions, always with an intense traffic: Regularity is one of the main characteristics of this ascent: no particularly demanding trait but at the same time no rest. Actually after a first easy part that crosses the village of S.Valentino the slope becomes constant around 8-9% until the end. Some hairpin bend groups are to be overpassed; here the road goes in and out the wood, with wonderful views on the group of the Sciliar and on the valley towards Siusi and Bolzano. A short stretch of about 500 meters with a slope of 11% is to be found near the km 5,8 after the Hotel Gstasch (Costazza): after it you reach Malga Frommer (km 7,5 mt 1684) and you begin to see the destination of the trip.
We reach the yard near the hut (which is also an Information Point) after 9,2 km after all rather demanding, that are anyway rewarded by the sight of one of the most famous and idyllic dolomitic landscapes. After a short stop you can go on along the private roads of the Alpe (mostly asphalted, transit is reserved to hut and hotel owners).
Once at the Alpe it is possible to cross it by bike, paying attention to the numerous hikers, following two main directions, both asphalted and closed to car traffic: the first one is practically the continuation of the principal road and goes on mainly plain towards Saltria, with wonderful sights on the group of the Sassolungo, whereas the other one, that starts downhill right of the information point, continues with hard stretches to and over the arrival of the chair lift up to the Golden Top (Goldknopf, mt 2145).
The information about this itinerary have been taken from the site of Fabio Godio, a lover of cycling ...uphill