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Cycling Tour 2011 :  Sulden and Matschertal

  

Sulden / Solda with Cevedale
Glurns / Glorenza

Left: Sulden / Solda, with Hintere Schöntaufspitze (Punta Beltovo di Dentro, 3325 m).
RightGlurns / Glorenza with Saint Pankratius church, and a part of the still intact city wall and two of its three towers.

 

We have used the last day of our 2011 tour for both the joy of cycling in an alpine environment and a nostalgic visit to Sulden, a village where my parent and I stayed 45 years ago during summer holidays. It is clear that the growing importance of winter sports has changed a lot to Sulden. There are definitely many more hotels and ski lifts, but its character seems to have survived rather than being declined to a trendy resort.

For Ward only cycling up and down to Sulden was a bit meager. His training for the Marmotte cycling race (Bourg d'Oisans, French Alps, 2-7-2011*) asked for more exercise, hence the additional Matschertal loop. A longer trip would have been possible, but was not advisable given the steadily deteriorating weather (... the Stelvio, yesterday, was enough).
  
* Ward has completed the 174 km / 5000 m height gain Marmotte in 7h19' (official time, without Col du Glandon descent; 7h52 including Glandon descent). An outstanding performance which was rewarded with a gold medal !

 

Sulden and Matschertal map

Sulden and Matschertal profile

gradient coding

Glurns - Sulden - Glurns: GPS track (33 KB zip file; 56.4 km, 1759 waypoints; start and finish: Garni Gurnserhof, Glurns).
Matschertal loop: GPS track (37 KB zip file; 18.4 km, 2281 waypoints; start: Andreas Hofer Strasse/SS41, Schluderns, finish: Glurnserhof).

 

start page Mortirolo, Carette
and Guspessa
Santa Cristina
and Mortirolo
Gavia and
Mortirolo
Vivione Stelvio and
Umbrail
Sulden and
Matschertal