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Ticino. The Cycling Paradise. With its area of 2000 km2, Ticino offers a large selection of cycling routes. From mountain to road biking, from pleasure trips to downhill riding – the canton of Ticino in the southern region of the Alps is the perfect location for these sporting activities. The “cycling paradise” offers visitors a fascinating array of landscapes and routes that are just waiting to be discovered. Breathtaking scenery, a mild climate, 2300 hours of sunshine a year, flat cycle tracks but also gradients of more than 20%. In these magnificent surroundings, you can plan wonderful cycling tours that will soon have you working up a sweat. In this spacious and varied region, you can pedal leisurely along lake shores or rivers, or tackle a climb up one of the valleys. Ticino’s network of cycle tracks measures 175km in total, most of which is incorporated into the north-south axis of "Veloland Switzerland"; from Airolo at the foot of the Gotthard to Chiasso at the Italian border. Two turnoffs complete the wide range of tracks on offer. One of these crosses from Bellinzona to Locarno and Ascona via the Magadino Plain, while the other goes from Misox (Italian-speaking Grisons) to Mesocco. The cycling paths are well developed and signposted, and most of them are located on dirt roads. With corresponding cycling maps, you can have the time of your life discovering these little-known parts of Ticino. Some of the most important landmarks along the Airolo-Chiasso cycle track are the Dazio Grande and the Piottino Gorge in Rodi-Fiesso, the S. Nicolao Roman church in Giornico, the S. Petronilla waterfall in Biasca, the UNESCO castles in Bellinzona, the Madonna del Sasso pilgrimage church in Locarno, the Brissago Islands, the S. Maria degli Angeli church on Monte Tamaro (designed by Mario Botta), the Monte San Salvatore in Lugano, the Parco Scherrer Botanical Park in Morcote and the Monte Generoso in Capolago. Each individual route offers you a varied line-up of cultural landmarks and gastronomic experiences.

For decades, cycling has been very popular in Ticino and is well established. The region is made for cyclists. Many professional road cyclists live in Ticino these days. Thanks to the Alps, this region is protected from northern climate influences and the many lakes favour a Mediterranean climate. The region offers many opportunities to train, from the plains along the lakes to Alpine passes. Within an extremely short time, legendary passes such as the St. Gotthard (2108m), Nufenen (2478m), San Bernardino (2065m) and Furka (2431m) can be reached. From recreational cyclists to serious cycling enthusiasts, or from mountain bikers to professional road cyclists, cycling in Ticino is multidimensional!

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This also applies to local events, because the climate and topography offer wonderful conditions for these. According to tradition, the racing season starts with the GP Chiasso and GP Lugano. Numerous cycling world championships have already taken place in Ticino, such as Lugano in 1953 (won by Fauso Coppi), Mendrisio in 1971 (won by Eddy Merckx) and Lugano in 1996 (won by Johan Museeuw). Now these world championships are returning to Mendrisio again.

Tips. E-Bike | Lake Maggiore Region. Environmentally friendly tourism - An ecological, innovative and comfortable means of transportation that’s suitable for all: The E-Bike or electric bicycle. This likeable vehicle, supported by an electronic motor, intelligently lets the user explore the wonderful territory of this region in comfort. E-Bikes are available for hire at the information counters of the Lake Maggiore Tourist Office.

Timed Cycling Routes. From January 2009, cyclists will have even more available to them with a network of 40 timed routes using the Timtoo system. The measuring devices at the start and finish of each cycling tour use special chips to instantly identify cyclists and their time data. This allows sportspeople to measure and compare their performance. The times are automatically forwarded to www.timtoo.com and integrated into the assessment of the relevant bicycle tour.

For further details on these and other subjects visit www.ticino.ch. More than 230 highresolution pictures of Ticino can be downloaded free of charge from www.swiss-image.ch.

Ticino Turismo Via Lugano 12 | Casella postale 1441 | CH – 6501 Bellinzona | Tel. +41 (0)91 825 70 56 | Fax +41 (0)91 825 36 14 | info@ticino.ch | www.ticino.ch


Cycling Paradise