Round a bend to the right, another to the left, a few strokes of the pedal so you don't lose your rhythm, and then down that descent between the two trees. Soon, you should reach the viewpoint. With the excuse of taking a selfie, you can stop to catch your breath, maybe munch on an energy bar, and set off again to explore the Ticino trails.
The colored leaves of the trees that surround you make the outing an unforgettable experience and almost make you forget the fact that summer is long gone by now (and soon autumn too) and that snow has already arrived on the highest mountains. To tell the truth, the crisp air helps bring you back to reality a bit, but the weather is still another important reason that prompted you to leave the blanket on the sofa, get properly dressed and out of the house, bring your bike on the train, and head to Ticino.
The friends you go mountain biking with have always told you “In Ticino, you can ride nearly all year round. Once, I was at the central station with my bike and everyone else around me had boots and skis over their shoulders." But you were skeptical: it's in the south of Switzerland, sure, but it's hardly an island in the Mediterranean! But then an autumn that kept you shut in at home early convinced you: why not give it a try?