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Passo Stalle round tour

The 2,052 m high Passo Stalle is the highest point, but not the only highlight of this challenging cycling tour between Italy and Austria.

Early in the morning we start our tour in Dobbiaco (1,182 m a.s.l.). It is quite cool, slowly the befogged valley clears up and we cycle down along the Pusterbike Cycle Path towards Valdaora, where we turn off into the Anterselva valley at the village of Rasun di Sotto. On a well-groomed gravelled route we continue towards the head of the valley. We cycle to Anterselva di Mezzo and take the asphalted state road towards Passo Stalle, the road becomes much steeper when we leave behind the villages and approach the mountain pass. Where the meadows turn into needle forests, there is the biathlon centre of Anterselva and also its beautiful mountain lake, Lake Anterselva (1,642 m a.s.l.), reflecting the Vedrette di Ries mountain range.

And this is where actually the ascent to the mountain pass starts. As this road is very narrow, motorised vehicles are permitted to drive every quarter of an hour. We cycle up in zigzag, the view is getting more and more impressive and finally we reach Passo Stalle. Ciao Italia, hello Austria! We cycle past Lake Obersee (2,016 m a.s.l.) and through an alpine pasture landscape. It is noon and so we stop at the Staller mountain hut for having lunch. With a full stomach we drive down much faster, and soon we reach the villages of the Defereggental valley. Villages with traditional wooden constructions and an intact natural landscape pass by. Or better, we pass by...

At Huben we continue down to the Iseltal valley. This is where we take a cycle track that leads to Lienz in East Tyrol. The main place of East Tyrol would deserve a longer stay, but time passes so fast and we need to go back to Dobbiaco. Therefore we take the train with bike transport service of the Austrian Railway, and so we finally reach the station of San Candido. From there, we cycle the last five kilometres to Dobbiaco, where our 101 km long circular tour ends.

Author: AT

Important: if you want to do this cycle tour, please take information about the current conditions on site!

Starting point: Dobbiaco (or any place along the route: San Sandido, Villabassa, Monguelfo, Valdaora, Rasun Anterselva, Defereggental valley, Lienz)
Route: Dobbiaco - Rasun di Sotto - Anterselva valley - Lake Anterselva - Passo Stalle - Stalle mountain hut - Defereggental valley - Huben - Lienz - San Candido - Dobbiaco
Distance: 101 km
Cycling time: 6 - 7 hours
Altitude difference: 1,210 m (uphill), 1,730 m (downhill)
Altitude level: between 673 (Lienz) and 2,052 m a.s.l. (Passo Stalle)
Experienced in: August 2011

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