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Gottardo Bike Stage 3: Olivone - Biasca

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This stage explores the Val Blenio, one of the most beautiful valleys in the northern Ticino, and is technically easy, mostly on old country roads. Always with views sweeping along the impressive valley slopes.
moderate
Distance 39.1 km
4:50 h
1,047 m
1,647 m
1,791 m
291 m

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 sunny 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.

Author’s recommendation

For mountain biking, follow the logo indicated on the red signposts: Gottardo Bike no. 65
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Update: May 02, 2022
Difficulty
S2 moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,791 m
Lowest point
291 m
Best time of year
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Track types

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Rest stops

Capanna Bovarina (Bike friendly)
Pineta Saracino (Bike friendly)
Ristorante Casa Greina (Bike friendly)
Casa Lucomagno (Bike Friendly)
Pensione Centrale, (Bike Friendly)
Campa Alpine Lodge & SPA (Bike friendly)
Capanna Quarnei (Bike friendly)
Capanna Gorda (Bike friendly)
Ristorante La Pernice, (Bike Friendly)
Albergo Defanti (Bike friendly)
Osteria Anzonico (Bike friendly)
Ristorante Rubino Megabello (Bike friendly)
BP service station, (Bike Friendly)
Ristoro Sass Malt (Bike friendly)
B&B Villa Ricordo (Bike friendly)
B&B Il Calicanto (Bike Friendly)
Grotto Canvett (Bike friendly)
Al Giardinetto (Bike friendly)
Hotel della Posta (Bike friendly)

Safety information

 

  • Wear protective gear
  • Assess your capability accurately
  • Give hikers right of way
  • Stay on the trail
  • Close fence gates.

    An enjoyable tour includes the careful planning of the same. Please inform yourself in advance at the local information center about the route and weather conditions. Depending on the season and weather conditions, this route may be blocked or interrupted.

Start

Olivone (892 m)
Coordinates:
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2'714'897E 1'154'220N
DD
46.529411, 8.936276
DMS
46°31'45.9"N 8°56'10.6"E
UTM
32T 495112 5152873
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Destination

Biasca

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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 sunny Blenio Valley.

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 Blenio Valley 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.

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

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Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'714'897E 1'154'220N
DD
46.529411, 8.936276
DMS
46°31'45.9"N 8°56'10.6"E
UTM
32T 495112 5152873
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Difficulty
S2 moderate
Distance
39.1 km
Duration
4:50 h
Ascent
1,047 m
Descent
1,647 m
Highest point
1,791 m
Lowest point
291 m
Public-transport-friendly Scenic Refreshment stops available Singletrail/Free ride

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