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Lugano Bike

Stage 3, Rivera–Miglieglia

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Lugano Bike

Monte Tamaro is one of the great mountain bike classics in Switzerland. To conserve energy, ride the cable car to the summit. This is followed by unpaved roads and single trails amid the forest. More single trails await between Arosio and Miglieglia, in the typical rolling landscape of Malcantone.
The beginning of the day is bittersweet. Bitter for those who tackle the ascent to Alpe Foppa on their own, up the steep road, sweet for the others who take the gondola to ride 1100 meters in altitude. However, for both groups a stop at the chapel designed by Mario Botta is absolutely mandatory. The views from the observation deck across the Magadino Plain with Locarno and Bellinzona, of Sotto Ceneri and Monte Bar, where we were yesterday, are amazing.

But the last part of the ascent is still ahead of us. It is another 330 meters in altitude up a steep, rough gravel road to the radio antenna. Although this would be another excellent place to enjoy the panorama, the focus is now on the single trail. It runs from Capanna Tamaro, first along the northern mountainside, but at the small junction, you take a left onto the single trail, which is initially a bit tricky, but it gets easier as time goes on.

The descent leads to Arosio, primarily on single trails, and then continues up and down through the Malcantone region to Miglieglia. The pretty village at the foot of Monte Lema is where this superb single trail route ends – unquestionably a highlight of the Ticino.
Monte Tamaro is one of the great mountain bike classics in Switzerland. To conserve energy, ride the cable car to the summit. This is followed by unpaved roads and single trails amid the forest. More single trails await between Arosio and Miglieglia, in the typical rolling landscape of Malcantone.
The beginning of the day is bittersweet. Bitter for those who tackle the ascent to Alpe Foppa on their own, up the steep road, sweet for the others who take the gondola to ride 1100 meters in altitude. However, for both groups a stop at the chapel designed by Mario Botta is absolutely mandatory. The views from the observation deck across the Magadino Plain with Locarno and Bellinzona, of Sotto Ceneri and Monte Bar, where we were yesterday, are amazing.

But the last part of the ascent is still ahead of us. It is another 330 meters in altitude up a steep, rough gravel road to the radio antenna. Although this would be another excellent place to enjoy the panorama, the focus is now on the single trail. It runs from Capanna Tamaro, first along the northern mountainside, but at the small junction, you take a left onto the single trail, which is initially a bit tricky, but it gets easier as time goes on.

The descent leads to Arosio, primarily on single trails, and then continues up and down through the Malcantone region to Miglieglia. The pretty village at the foot of Monte Lema is where this superb single trail route ends – unquestionably a highlight of the Ticino.
39 km
Asphalted: 11 km
Natural surface: 28 km
of which Singletrail: 10 km
1950 m | 1700 m
difficult | difficult

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Rivera-Bironico
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This route is only signposted in one direction: Rivera – Miglieglia

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Push-only passage
Rivera – Migleglia approx. 10 min.
Ascent Alpe Foppa
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Ascent Alpe Foppa
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Rivera–Alpe Foppa
Reason: metres in height saved approx. 1050m.
Cycle transport: special ticket required.
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Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Miglieglia, Paese
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Services

Accommodation

B&B Barbara Pongelli
B&B Barbara Pongelli
Rivera
Capanna Tamaro
Capanna Tamaro
Rivera
Kurhaus Cademario Hotel & Spa
Kurhaus Cademario Hotel & Spa
Cademario
Agriturismo Ponte di Vello
Agriturismo Ponte di Vello
Breno
Albergo Casa Santo Stefano
Albergo Casa Santo Stefano
Miglieglia
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66 Lugano Bike
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Places

Medeglia
Medeglia
Rivera
Rivera
Monte Tamaro
Monte Tamaro
Miglieglia
Miglieglia
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Places of interest

Mount Pioda’s chestnut grove
Mount Pioda’s chestnut grove
Monte Tamaro
Monte Tamaro
Alpe Agra - Alto Malcantone
Alpe Agra - Alto Malcantone
Monte Lema Cableway
Monte Lema Cableway
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Swimming

Splash & Spa Tamaro
Splash & Spa Tamaro
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Signalization

Signalization
For mountain biking, follow the logo indicated on the red signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your tour for safety's sake.
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