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Tour description

Mainly on the old pass road and old mule paths up to the legendary Gotthardpass. From the bleak high-mountain landscape on through the Valle Leventina, a thrilling downhill run through forests and ancient hamlets to the traffic hub of Airolo.

Gottardo Bike

An impressive conquest of the main chain of the Alps from Andermatt to Biasca in the Ticino. The Gottardo-Bike route holds the world-famous Gotthardpass, the lonely Piora high plain and the largely unknown Val Blenio.

The Gottardo-Bike route combines impressive, high-Alpine landscapes with a detailed lesson in Swiss history. The Gotthardpass has for centuries been one of the most important north-south links and also achieved military significance in World War II. The area is laced with subterranean bunkers, planned to offer refuge in an emergency. Extensive stretches of the route were originally military access roads.

The contrast to the Piora plain further south could not be greater. Here the focus is on nature. The peaceful plain with its two mountain lakes nestles in a rugged high-Alpine landscape. The Lago di Cadagno is actually world-famous among scientists, because there is no seasonal mixing of surface water, unique in Europe.

The descent into Val Blenio mainly follows the old route of the Lukmanier road. In medieval times the Passo del Lucomagno was the most important north-south link until the development of the Gotthard region. Largely unknown, it is one of the most scenic Alpine passes in Switzerland. The route to Olivone leads through open larch groves, over lush green plains, through dense pine forests and counts as one of the most beautiful tours in north Ticino.

Further stages

Anschlussetappe: Gottardo Bike Etappe 2: Airolo - Olivone

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Places along the route: Andermatt - Hospental - Gotthardpass - Airolo


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Tour history (B04770)

First published: Donnerstag, 10. März 2016

Last updated: Dienstag, 6. September 2016

Tour published by: Presented by www.bellinzonese-altoticino.ch

Tour characteristics

Distance: 32.2 km | Time requirement: 3 h
Ascent: 948 m | Descent: 1240 m
Highest point: 2240 m.a.s.l.

Difficulty S1

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See also

Bellinzonese e Alto Ticino
Sede Leventina
Via della Stazione 22
CH-6780 Airolo
Tel.: +41 (0)91 869 15 33
Fax: +41 (0)91 869 26 42
E-Mail: leventina@bellinzonese-altoticino.ch
Internet: www.bellinzonese-altoticino.ch