An extremely panoramic and challenging itinerary, completely immersed in the Stelvio National Park. The route starts from the town of Malé and then crosses through the entire Val di Rabbi reaching a height of 2.620 m at Passo Cercen that is located on the border between Val di Rabbi and Val di Peio. From here you will enjoy a vast, breathtaking view over the valleys and the glaciers of the Ortles-Cevedale mountain range. This is another area perfect for observing wildlife (marmots, chamois, eagles) and the numerous species of plant life that are typical of high mountain meadows. This route is recommended for bikers with a good amount of training and a considerable level of technical skills.
From the town of Malé, near the characteristic “Arch” (an arch that was once used to support the Rabbi aqueduct) located on the north-east side of the town, go up the n°141 Provincial Road towards Bolentina until you reach the first bend in the road. From here take the unpaved road on the right for about 100 meters, therefore continuing left on a slight slope along the wide, flat road that enters into Val di Rabbi. After approx. 2 km, past a picnic area next to the Rabbies torrent, the route goes upwards along the edge of the wood and then goes down towards the area called “Birreria”, (now a large picnic area; at the end of the 19th century the brewery nearby produced 900 hl/year of excellent beer vast). Continue cycling on the left side of the torrent, entering into the valley among the pastures and woodlands surrounded by steep mountain slopes dotted with the many characteristic rural homes called “masi”. The itinerary continues on an unpaved road, following the course of the foaming Rabbies torrent, with several short but steep slope changes in order to reach the town of Pracorno (850 m a.s.l. - approx. 4,5 km), the last village in Val di Rabbi to officially become a community at the beginning of the 19th century. When you reach the first homes, after having passed through the green meadows (make sure you follow the track!), turn right and cross over the torrent on the bridge and continue onwards until you reach the Val di Rabbi n° 86 Provincial Road. Take this road for approx. 4 km until you reach the town of San Bernardo. From the church in the town of San Bernardo, cross the town square in order to reach the area called Poz; from here go up the orographic right side of the Rabbies torrent along an easy unpaved road until you reach Ponte Pralongo (bridge) in the typical alpine environment of Val di Rabbi. Stay on the same side, pass over the bridge and continue onwards. The road turns into a trail on compact terrain that passes alongside the frothy torrent and “Ruaie” which is one of the oldest hamlets of the valley. The road will take you up to Ponte Casna (bridge) where you will find a narrow paved road parallel to the Val di Rabbi n° 86 Provincial Road that goes to the area called Forni. Therefore continue onwards on the left along an unpaved road amongst the first houses in the area called Bagni di Rabbi, passing next to the lovely old Venetian sawmill which has been renovated by the Stelvio National Park, until you reach the Rabbi Thermal Spa (we recommend that you stop and try the ferruginous water at the spa – the discovery and use of these springs dates back to the last decades of the 17th century). From here continue along the paved road towards Plan for about 500 m. There is an unpaved road on the left with directions leading to Malga Cercen. The road gradually enters into the fir wood on a considerable slope and compact terrain, leaving the bottom of the valley behind you; after several kilometres the slope decreases and the track enters into the pastures at the bottom of Val Cercen. Pass the area called Fontanon (picnic area) following the directions to Malga Cercen, while on the opposite side there are several lovely roads that lead to Malga Villar, Fassa and Monte Sole (there once were more than 70 mountain dairies in the valley and these are amongst those that still remain). The track goes up and down with several long, steep stretches. When you reach Malga Cercen Bassa, take the road to the left which will become narrower and continue onwards; a very steep slope will take you up to Malga Cercen Alta which is located on the southern slope of Monte Villar.
Here you can stop and take a break at the charming fountain while you enjoy the lovely view: the valley that you just climbed up through and Passo Cercen located further up. You can reach the Pass, located at 2.620 m, by following the directions of the SAT trail n° 109. You may decide to stay on your bike through the first section of the trail, which is rather difficult, but you will then need to push your bike for about 1 hour when you reach the stream that flows along the valley until you reach the Pass that lies on the border between Val di Rabbi and Val di Peio. From here, you can enjoy an enchanting view of the valleys and the nearby Vioz-Cevedale glaciers. This is yet another fantastic area for observing wildlife (marmots, chamois, eagles) and the numerous species of plant life that are typical of high mountain meadows. Due to the high altitude, we recommend that you take appropriate clothing with you in case of sudden weather changes. At this point you will begin to go down towards Celledizzo along a steep and technical path (be careful along the bends) where a discreet amount of technical skills is required. You will therefore reach Malga Levi located at the edge of the tree line where an unpaved road leads to Malga Borche and from here through the thick fir wood all the way to the town of Celledizzo. Just below you will reach the Val di Peio Provincial Road; take this road towards Ossana until you reach the fork in the road with directions to Comasine, where on the right of the road you can get on the cycling path that goes down through Val di Sole, all the way to Malé.
The towns of Pracorno, San Bernardo and Bagni di Rabbi, Malga Cercen Bassa (mountain dairy-shelter), Malga Cercen Alta (mountain dairy-shelter), Malga Levi (mountain dairy-shelter), Malga Borche (mountain dairy-shelter), the town of Celledizzo
Rabbi Thermal Spa Centre, the Stelvio National Park Visitors’ Centre, Segherie Veneziane (Venetian sawmills), Passo Cercen (panoramic point)
Andreis Cicli in Malé, Pit Stop Bikers in Celledizzo, Vegher Sport in Pellizzano, Promescaiol in Mezzana, Rosatti Sport in Dimaro