DescriptionTicino offers something for cyclists of every level: be the take-off in Ascona, in Mendrisio or in any other place in Ticino: everybody will find something for his taste.
The most courageous take the challenge to cross one of the passes. Those who prefer the downhill part can reach the top of the mountains with a cable car or a funicular. On the Monte Tamaro in Rivera you can even step in the tracks of the professional cyclists: indeed, cycling world championships have taken place here.
For those who prefer a more relaxing trip there are many cycle paths along shores of lakes and rivers. The network of cycling tracks covers over 175 kilometres throughout the region of Ticino. Many of them belong to the axis between north and south of the project “Cycling in Switzerland”: from Airolo on the south foot of the Gotthard down to Chiasso on the boarder with Italy.
There are two ramifications on the route from Airolo to Chiasso: one in Bellinzona, through the plain of Magadino unto Locarno and Ascona, the other leads to Misox in the canton of Graubünden.
Cycle paths are in good shape and numerous signs help the cyclists to stay always on track. Travelling through Ticino by bike allows the visitors to discover less well-known parts of the canton in a relaxing manner. The highlights along the route from Airolo to Chiasso are as follows:
The Gotthard pass with the hospice and the museum, the “Tremola” (the winding street which leads from the top of the Gotthard to Airolo), the Romanesque church San Nicolao in Giornico, the waterfall Santa Petronilla above Biasca, the three castles of Bellinzona, the pilgrim church Madonna del Sasso in Locarno, the Brissago islands, the church Santa Maria degli Angeli on the top of the Monte Tamaro (designed by star architect Mario Botta), the Monte San Salvatore in Lugano, the Parco Scherrer in Morcote and the Monte Generoso in the Mendrisiotto.