The Mendrisiotto area is a land of cycling. It is no coincidence that Cadel Evans has chosen to make it his home. The Australian champion wrote one of the finest chapters in his brilliant career right here in Mendrisio, becoming world road cycling champion. Do you want to put yourself to the test against this great cyclist? In 2009, Cadel Evans completed the 19 circuits of the race at an average speed of 38 km/h.
The start and finish are located in the Mendrisio stadium. After 1,930 m, the route climbs 1,600 m, with the first 820 m taking riders through the town centre to the foot of the "Acqua Fresca" hill, which has an average gradient of 10% over its 780 m section. At Castel San Pietro, it reaches the highest point at 438 m a.s.l. Then it comes the only descent: 4,580 metres of steep and technically demanding downhill section leading to the lowest point of the course in Balerna, at 250 m a.s.l.
After a relatively flat part of 1,420 metres you will reach the second climb: the mythical "Torrazza di Novazzano", the famous location of the struggle between Felice Gimondi and Eddy Merckx in the 1971 World Championship: 1,750 m with gradients of 10%. After a gentle descent of 800 m to Genestrerio and a level 1,810 m, you will reach the finish in Mendrisio
The Mendrisio Road World Championships route is developed on roads open to traffic, respect road safety rules: www.prudenza-precedenza.ch
Guided excursions: for further information contact Damaceleste.com di Valentina Tanzi, guide with certificate "Swiss Cycling Road Guide"