Oad Reizen
Swiss Olympic

Nestled between the Alps and the magnificent lakes, the most southern region of Switzerland has always attracted cyclists. Thanks to the 2009 Mendrisio Worlds, Ticino catches up with legendary cycling. The fabulous Worlds which took place in Lugano in 1953 – won by the great Fausto Coppi – and in Mendrisio in 1971 – where a superb Eddy Merckx triumphed – remain profoundly engraved in the heart of all sports lovers. The unique bond between Ticino and cycling was also reconfirmed more recently, in 1996, when Lugano again hosted the Road Worlds and in 2003 when the MTB Worlds erected their quarters on the hills of the Monte Tamaro Mountain.

Thanks to the pleasant Mediterranean climate, the numerous cycling routes, all immersed in nature, can be explored at all seasons. The variety in landscape and altitude makes the region attractive for all type of cyclists: from the road professional to the mountain biker, without forgetting leisure cyclists. Lakes and wild valleys, glorious mountains and soft hills: in Ticino nature and man unite in a particular relationship and tradition integrates with modernity.

Pedaling through the Mendrisiotto, the visitor discovers numerous treasures: the fossils of the Monte San Giorgio Mountain recently recognized as World Heritage site, the historical town center of Mendrisio, the picturesque villages, the vivid and international ambiance of the Architecture Campus.

Oenology and gastronomy have a longstanding tradition. The dining table is generous of authentic flavors and boasts a great variety of excellent wines and local dishes.

Ticino, a region to discover and to enjoy.