South Tyrol 2012 - Riding the Dolomites and the Italian Alps - Steinegg and the Rosengarten Range: Part 3

Mar 27, 2013 at 21:00
Mar 27, 2013
by Lee Lau  
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|| Bruneck & the Kronplatz || Brixen & Plose Mtn || Steinegg & the Rosengarten range || Latsch & Stelvio Pass ||

Gruesti, Pfiati

Our next destination was the town of Steinegg. A bit more culture here. Suedtirol is part of Italy but the vast majority of its population speaks German. Germans are pragmatists and when the Italian government asked that each town have a German and Italian name, the inhabitants of Steinegg had to think hard about this particular request as no-one in the town spoke Italian at the time.

That is why every town in South Tyrol has a German and Italian name. Hence Bruneck/Brunico or Bozen/Bolzano. And Steinegg/Collapietra (which is a name the people of Steinegg basically made up on the spot). To complicate matters, there are some places with three placenames; Italian, Ladin and Suedtirol German. A large number of South Tyroleans, particularly those in the hospitality industry speak German, Italian and English with many also throwing in another language, putting many of us North Americans to shame.


Latemar in the Dolomites - Sept 18, 2012 from Lee Lau on Vimeo.


It turns out that many of the Bikehotel Suedtirol owners are good friends. Alex Resch of Goldene Krone does an annual bike trip with Kurt Resch (no relation) who owns Hotel Steineggerhoff, our next location to visit. Alex wanted to visit with Kurt so we got another lift from Brixen to Hotel Steineggerhof 43km away. A train to Bolzano and cab will take you to the hotel if you don`t have a car.

At the hotel we met Daniel Schaefer, a professional biker who is retained by Bikehotels Suedtirol as an ambassador who was to ride with us for the next four days; Dan is a super stylish rider and provided many nice photo poseur shots! Also joining us for our rides were Kurt Resch and Manfred Stromberg, another professional rider who was vacationing with his girlfriend Franziska Schmid.

When researching the trip beforehand we had wondered how such a small town (about 500 people) could support or attract enough guests for a medium sized (40 rooms) hotel. It turns out that not only is the hotel's hospitality excellent (this was true of all the Bike Hotels) but its natural surroundings are fantastic; Steinegg is located pretty much in the middle of the Rosengarten and Latemar sub-ranges of the Dolomites. Not only is the location wonderful, Kurt is a masterful marketer, collaborating with many professional movie and photo bike crews. You will have seen the work of Colin Stewart, Tom Malecha, EVOC and Liteville athletes among others with this region of the Dolomites in the background.

Tuesday came bright and sunny. Taxis and shuttle vehicles drove us 10kms to start our ride through the lower trails of Latemar

Little cultural interlude. A breed of horse native to Sud Tirol is the Haflinger. Bred for the mountains in the 19th century it is a sturdy horse of a distinct chestnut colour. Its variety now is due to cross breeding

Little cultural interlude. A breed of horse native to Sud Tirol is the Haflinger. Bred for the mountains in the 19th century it is a sturdy horse of a distinct chestnut colour. Its variety now is due to cross breeding.

More trail pics and the Latemar Gondola.


Starting at Nova Levante our ride started with the Latemarumrundung then continued with the Murmeltiertrail alpine trail in the Latemar-Rosengarten resort area . The first bit of the ride involved a gentle climb towards Carezza Pass and then continuing on to Moena.

During a heated doubletrack descent to Moena things went horribly wrong for Lee. According to him "bullshit Southern California 29er tires" did not give good traction on some slippery fast sections and suddenly our photographer/videographer was out with a dislocated shoulder. After sending him home in a cab we continued down the trail and then on a bike path to the Latemar Gondola.

The remainder of the ride followed Wanderweg 22 (nice name guys) which was stupendously scenic. Trail 22 ended up back descending to Bewallerhof. We then followed singletrack, doubletrack and roads back to Nova Levante.

Remaining photos are by Manfred Stromberg, Kurt Resch or Sharon Bader


Lee is not impressed.

We continued riding.

The Latemar gondola gives you 1100m of vertical.

Found some cool cairns on the side of the trail where the trail zipped by

Found some cool cairns on the side of the trail where the trail zipped by.

Continued on Trail 24 which is a Wanderweg. If people chose to ride it remember to respect the hikers

We spent some of our gondola-assisted vertical on trail 22 which is a Wanderweg but is legal to bike. Remember that hikers have right of way.

Continued on Trail 24 which is a Wanderweg. If people chose to ride it remember to respect the hikers

Food of Suedtirol
We stopped at Kurt`s mother in law`s house. The house (not Kurt's mum) is about 400 years old. She generously fed us pasta.

In another cultural interlude and more local knowledge you are very unlikely to get from a guidebook here is another vignette. We continued on and came to Lago Di Carezza – A stone mermaid sits on the bank of this Lake. She used to be real until she disappeared after a sorcerer tried to capture her by creating a rainbow over the lake to lure her to him. She saw him and disappeared. He then crushed the rainbow into the lake creating the vivid colours. Really – read about it here!

We then stopped by this bench which was built by the family of a man after he died who like to walk here. They left a little schnapps stash for him if he comes back.


We continue on the path with the Dolomites ever present. The path traverses downhill back to the hotel


Hotel Steineggerhoff

We had planned to also ride the next day but it poured rain so it gave us an uncharacteristic day off to enjoy the hotel and its comforts, and for Lee's arm to turn an impressive shade of purple, blue and red (no pictures as this is a family site). Looking at the map, at the many videos and pictures of the area and having the bike guide resources of Kurt Resch you could easily spend a week riding in this area.

A bit of background on the hotel. Previously it was a big old house until Kurt Resch converted into a hotel and created an excuse for himself to invite people to this area so he can spend his time biking and hiking! Hmmmm... smart guy. It is also a BikeHotel SudTirol. You can find more information on their bike programs here.

Hotel Steineggerhof

Hotel Steineggerhof.

Food of Suedtirol

Food of the Hotel Steineggerhof.

View from our balcony. Lee chilled here eating pastries and painkillers while he waited for us to get back from our ride.


Dolomite/Rosengarten range rides.

For more pictures of the area see the entire photo album set here - includes photos of landmarks and notable features

(Click on the links to bring the maps up full-page. You can download GPS also if you want to replicate the loops)

Tues Ride – Dolomites – Rosengarten/Latemar

Length: 50 km
Duration: 8 hours, 39 minutes, 46 seconds
Vertical up: 1936.5 m (836 m Climbing)
Vertical down: 2407.6 m
Average Speed: 5.8 km/h

Sud Tirol - Steineggerhof - Latemar


Our bonus Sud Tirol video; "Dolomighty" by Colin Stewart. More than anything else this made me want to come and visit this magical place. Thank you very much Colin for the inspiration

Dolomighty from Big Col on Vimeo.

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  • + 6
 Not one TLD logo. I'm so much faster than these guys.
  • + 3
 i eat so much more pasta than you
  • + 1
 HAHAHA....I was there in Carezza literally 2 weeks before you guys, and that's were I'm going to be spending my summer holidays again this year (courtesy of a friend who owns a small chalet up there)...
Un-credible places to ride, hike and climb.
Can't wait for august, I'm really out of my skin :-)

  • + 2
 I love reading about your road trips Lee and Sharon. Hope the shoulder heals up quick Lee. Do an australian roadtrip soon? No shortage of PB peeps to show you around.
  • + 1
 Healed up now thx. Tasmania looks pretty cool
  • + 1
 We've been there in October last year and it was awesome. Thanks for the pics and the memories Lee.
  • + 2
 wish i could spend a month biking around the alps...
  • + 2
 you can bro! Dream about it long enough and you will eventually make it happen.
  • + 1
 Dude now that's allot of pasta!!!!!
  • + 1
 wowww..what an adventure, I can only dream... Thanks for sharing..
  • + 1
 Awesome use of front pivots
  • + 0
 Schumann you are great!!!
  • + 0
 Wait, this is a "family site"?
  • + 1
 You lucky dogs
  • + 0
 Nice creep stare dude...haha
  • + 0
 First video meh :/
Second video super cool Smile

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