Biking holidays: Gottardo Bike

 

The Tremola road meanders below you like a white ribbon from the Gotthard pass down to Airolo. You can take a last look back from your vantage point and then race down through the Val Canaria to Airolo. Charming accommodation welcomes you for two nights before you set off for the Val di Blenio. The jagged Pizzo on the way to Passo del Sole forms a sharp contrast after the fertile meadows of the Piora plateau. Spicy scents suddenly waft around your nose on the descent into the Val di Blenio. 

The mild climate here in the Valley of the Sun is almost mediterranean. A detour to the Alpe di Bovarina, a visit to the spa area of your accommodation, and you are already at the last stage. The spectacular ride past the ruined village of Serravalle brings you to the pointed church towers of Biasca, where your bike tour ends. 

Online booking: EUROTREK

Itinerary:

Day 1: Andermatt - Airolo

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.

Details: 30 km (Single-Trails: 2 km), uphill 960 m, downhill 1.250 m

Day 2: Airolo Bike

The itinerary offers an unforgettable panorama. The descents are very varied and will please the less daredevils. You will enjoy breathtaking scenery: pine forests, meadows and majestic crests. 

Details: 20 km (Single-Trails: 2 km), uphill 380 m, downhill 1'300 m

Day 3: Airolo - Olivone
Impressive pass from Valle Leventina into Val Blenio. The lovely Piora plain with its mountain lakes nestles in a rugged landscape, the descent to Olivone is marked by larch woods, lush green plains and dense pine forests.

Details: 20 km (Single-Trails: 7 km), uphill 665 m, downhill 1.090 m

Day 4: Bovarina Bike

From the valley floor to Alpine huts. From Olivone, the path follows ancient historical routes through beautiful larch woods to Capanna Bovarina. The effort of the climb is rewarded by a smooth descent through pastures and woods surrounded by breathtaking views Upon arrival in Olivone, take the bus back to the lodge in Campra. 

Details: 32 km (Single-Trails: 7 km), uphill 1.295 m, downhill 1'820 m

Day 5: Olivone - Biasca | Departure

Discover the western side of the Blenio Valley: the route crosses the wide Nara basin with a sweeping view of the Malvaglia Valley. Then comes a challenging descent through a number of villages including Selvapiana. Continue to the ruins of Serravalle Castle and towards the day’s destination, Biasca.

Details: 35 km (Single-Trails: 10 km), uphill 1.245 m, downhill 2.385 m

Services:

  • 4 overnights stays with breakfast
  • Daily luggage transport 
  • Ticino Ticket
  • Guide 
  • Detailed tour documentation
  • GPS-data available
  • 7-day Helpline 

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  • Airolo - Pesciüm cable car. Approx. CHF 21.00 with half-fare and bike 
  • Optional: Olivone-Campra bus journey. CHF 5.00 with half-fare card and bicycle

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