Ranging from leisure cyclists and ambitious amateurs, to elite mountain bikers and professional road riders, Ticino's cycling is indeed multidimensional! The same applies to the local events-scene. Traditionally, the Swiss road cycling season starts with the GP Chiasso and the GP Lugano, the two historical professional races. The Road Cycling World Championships took place in Ticino in 1953 (Lugano, won by Fausto Coppi), in 1971 (Mendrisio, won by Eddy Merckx), in 1996 (Lugano, won by Johan Museeuw) and will again return to Mendrisio in 2009.The diversity of the landscape also makes Ticino perfectly suited for mountain biking. The MTB World Championships took place on the Monte Tamaro in 2003 and, every year, the prestigious Monte Generoso Bike Marathon attracts a large number of MTB aficionados.
Last but not least, the Ticino gastronomy provides all what a cyclist ever dreamt of!