Besides the main routes along the Rienza, Drava, Isel and Aurino rivers, the side valleys of the Val Pusteria offer beautiful cycle paths.
Image gallery: More cycle routes in the Val Pusteria
In Valdaora we branch to the Valle di Anterselva. Already in Rasun di Sotto (1,050 m a.s.l.) the cycle path starts along the Rio di Anterselva, past Rasun di Sopra, Anterselva di Sotto, Anterselva di Mezzo and finally to Anterselva di Sopra at 1,400 m. From here mountain bikers can carry on along the Franzosensteig Track (approx. 8% average gradient for 4 km) which proceeds until Lake Anterselva (1,650 m). On the street you can follow the Passo Stalle Road.
From the Pusterbike Cycle Path, between Monguelfo and Villabassa, the route to the Valle di Braies branches. The cycle route proceeds into the valley until the village of Braies di Fuori (along forest paths and byroads). Here the valley splits towards the highland of Prato Piazza or to the famous Lake Braies. The route to the lake leads along the road (car and bus traffic). Those who are on the way by mountain bike can reach the lake along forest paths. 300 m in altitude for 5 km have to be managed from Braies di Fuori.
The well-known Pusterbike Cycle Path proceeds from Brunico to Campo Tures, but one can also carry on until the Upper Valle Aurina. The route is not continuously constructed and signposted as a cycle route yet, but many sections are already passable and the rest of the route can be driven on the main road or byroads and forest roads. From 900 m (Campo Tures) up to 1,600 m (near Casere) with its Holy Spirit Church, the track is 28 km long.
Sesto valley and Val Fiscalina
The Valle di Sesto offers a beautiful and comfortable cycle route with start at San Candido. On the edge of the forest, parallel to the stream and the road, the cycle path proceeds with light ascent (mostly not asphalted) until Sesto (San Vito). From there one can carry on to the Val Fiscalina along the path through gorgeous larch meadows and with some ascents to the Dolomitenhof Hotel and to the Fondovalle mountain hut. From Sesto the route is a bit more demanding and recommendable only for mountain bikes. The total distance from San Candido until the head of the valley is only 13 km long and in total 450 m in altitude have to be managed. Moreover between Sesto and San Candido exists a junction to the Valle Campo di Dentro with the popular Tre Scarperi mountain hut (1,635 m).
Although the Defereggental valley in East Tyrol (Austria) has no continuous cycle path but several longer cycle path sections. Most of all these are forest and byroads, partly with gravel surface and partly asphalted, located at the edge of the wood and along the Schwarzach river. Among them are the cycle routes from Erlbach to St. Jakob in Defereggen and from the little Schmittenkirchlein church near Plon to Hopfgarten. Further parts of the route can be cycled along the village and country roads.
A popular cycle route proceeds through the Val di Landro, from Dobbiaco until Cortina d'Ampezzo via the Cimabanche mountain pass (Sorabances) which follows the former railway line. Recommendable for mountain bikes. Further information to be found here.