Take advantage of this panoramic ropeway to considerably reduce the climb!
From Monte Tamaro, various MTB trails lead towards Malcantone from where they branch off. This is typical Sottoceneri Ticino terrain with its gently undulating hills and dense vegetation, picturesque villages and extensive chestnut woods. The trails proposed take advantage of the official MTB trail network which wends its way across this wonderful region.
These six trails all share the first section between the cable car arrival point at Alpe Foppa and Arosio, but each route has its own special characteristics which we would encourage you to discover in the relevant information sections.
The proposals cover circular routes starting and finishing at the Rivera cable car departure station. Some routes may be interrupted when you get down to the valley bottom, for example at Ponte Tresa (local public transport: boat/light railway), Caslano (boat/light railway), Magliaso (light railway) or Agno (light railway). The light railway runs between Ponte Tresa and Lugano and transports MTB at staff discretion. Between Lugano and Rivera there are many trains offering limited MTB transport services; find out in time what restrictions apply!
You are free to interrupt/deviate from the route as you wish but bear are in mind that not all the public transports lines transport MTB throughout the day. For the longer routes we advise you to consider staying overnight in the various lodgings scattered across the area, some of which are equipped with ad hoc services for the lovers of the two wheels.
Note: the Arosio-Bedano path is not recommended as it is assessed as "double black", subject next year to renovation works, we recommend using the Arosio-Gravesano road.
Unlike the official trails, our selection of routes does not feature one-way signage; this of course means that you will need to take great care when riding. In some sections you can find signage which may provide additional information and/or confirmation but bear in mind that it may be misleading. So, for this reason too, we would strongly advise you to do the following:
1. Download the GPS data provided, print the sheet attached to every proposal and download the free SwitzerlandMobility app which allows you to accurately find out where you are. It also contains the official MTB network. We would also advise you to get hold of Lugano Region’s official MTB map which does not include the “Monte Tamaro” routes but the official riding trails. It is also for sale at the Rivera cable car departure station.
2. Before setting out on the excursion, find out what level of technical and physical effort is required.
3. Be prepared for any eventuality before you set off and treat the routes with respect; plan ahead and in detail.