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The Malcantone region and its surrounding area is probably one of the most beautiful biking regions that one can find in the south of Switzerland. We know of many trails that are not included on any map. We have been working in this region for the last 15 years and know hundreds of trails. Most of these trails are very difficult to find since on entry they look similar to paths used by deer or wild animals.
We will be happy to show you the most beautiful side of Ticino this weekend.
For the journey to and from the Ascent Bike Weekend we recommend the SBB. Click here for a bike reservation and for the ticket purchase. If you want to avoid a bike reservation, we recommend the EVOC Bike Cover Bag which you can buy in our adventure shop.
On this Ascent Bike Weekend you will master some vertical meters also with the cable care, please note our page for tour preparations. You will be mainly in Level S1 and Level S2 on technical trails.
The Malcantone region is probably one of the most beautiful biking areas…..
……. that one can find in the south of Switzerland. We know of many trails that are not included on any map. We have been working in this region for the last 15 years and know hundreds of trails. Most of these trails are very difficult to find since on entry they look similar to paths used by deer or wild animals.
Because we will form 2 groups for the weekend, we always introduce the tours that we will be riding on the following day, at dinner time. You choose the tour that you would like to ride. There are always many single trails included, irrespective of which tour you choose. Love of the single trail is a pre-requisite for the weekend. Further requirements are good stamina and technical riding skills. We must not forget the most important requirement: a good mood! Ahead of us lie steep climbs, and descents consisting of many kilometres of single trail.
On the first day we will ride together to the Prati dei Maggio which lies halfway to the Monte Lema. This is where the single trail experience starts. Back at the hotel the heated pool will be waiting for you.
Every evening we present the single trails of the following day to you, flowing and fast, or steep and tricky, possibly even a combination of both. The Monte Lema is definitely part of the program, as well as the Strada Verde and the switchback path. Would you like to ride about 30 to 60km consisting of more than 50% single trail, with about 800 to 1400m elevation? You will find fantastic trails included in both groups. We look forward to a ‘very special experience’ with you.
Getting there – this is each individual’s responsibility. We will meet at 10am in our biking gear in front of the hotel. Late arrivals will receive a map at reception showing where we will all be having lunch. The first tour will take us in the direction of Monte Lema, then over the Rene Trail and the Ruinen Trail to a good local restaurant. Then we will ride across the grüne Grenze and will take the Asylantentrail. We will follow the Wasserweg on our way back to the hotel.
Monte Lema. On a tar road we will enjoy a comfortable ride to the Lema cableway station. Once we have arrived at the top, we will drink an espresso. The descent through the beech forest ends in the valley. We will have lunch on the Italian side.
Highlight. Our guides will design a tour specific for your group abilities, with the goal to ride as little as possible on tar or gravel roads. Let us surprise you!
A hill. This hill has countless intertwining trails all of which we will be riding. Trail names are Brennesseltrail, Wildsauentrail, Steinmannlitrail, Hausbergtrail, Kapellentrail and so on. You will get to know all of them.
Departure – this is each individual’s responsibility. The hotel rooms must have been vacated by 16h00.
These tours are all examples and can be adjusted to the groups needs any time.
In the enchanting three-star hotel each room has a balcony facing the evening sun.
We recommend booking at least 6 months in advance for most of our weekend or weekly holidays. For our weekends, we recommend at least 4 months in advance. Many of our holidays sell out well in advance so it is clever to put down your booking to guarantee you will get a spot. We offer an early-bird booking discount: if you book your trip well in advance, we will give you a 5% discount. Check out our product pages.
You can book your spot on weekend by clicking ’Book Now’ on any product page. An advantage for our well-known customers, they can book by calling us at +41 44 950 59 77. A deposit secures your place, with the balance due 2 months prior to the trip. This deposit is fully refundable for the first 14 days after you did your weekend- or week-holiday booking, so you can hold your spot risk-free for a week and use that time to sort out vacation time, flights, etc…
Day events: the bill must be settled immediately.
For further details please read our Terms and conditions.
The single-track scale is divided in the three levels of difficulty light , medium and heavy
This difficulty classes are geared to the skill level of an average Bikers with a technically current mountain bike.
For the concrete classification and accurate differentiation of the routes (and difficulty classes) are six relatively well demarcated from each other levels of (S-grade) S0 to S5 used.
Thus, the lower end of the scale with for an average biker is ”loosely mobile” and the upper ”with unfahrbar” = “absolutely not rideable” equated.
The difficulty class light comprises the degrees S0 and S1, means is defined by S2 and heavy includes all beyond this S grade.
The classification of the single track is exclusively based on possible objective flat or sloping path (Wegcharakteristika) under ideal conditions as sufficient natural light and dry surfaces. The classification is therefore independent and cannot be influenced or subjectively classified by variable factors such as followed.
In the orientation according to S-grades will thus be appreciated that the running characteristics may shift claim significantly upwards, for example due to poor weather conditions or quicker pace.
The difficulty of trails varies from trip to trip, and you can find the rating on every product page shown as Activity Level from S0 to S5, more information on the Skill Scale required by viewing the skills and fitness scale page. Please read this page carefully!
Our trips vary in difficulty please check out our Itinerary tab, for every day we give your an approximately distance in km and elevation uphill in m.
There will always be slower and faster riders on every trip; in general we try to cultivate a strong group dynamic so that people understand it’s not about getting as many kilometre as possible on the odometer but about enjoying the spectacular riding and scenery in the company of other riders, and that may require waiting every now and then. We have got several offerings where we have 2 to 5 guides on an event so we will split the group to a maximum of 8 participants. Whatever your level, you’ll get the best possible enjoyment out of your trip by getting in shape before the trip – we’ll offer training suggestions in our post-booking communications to help you on your way.
Please read our Skill and Fitness Guide for more information.
We got lot of solo traveller. You will meet many great people from around the world. Solo travellers are paired in double rooms with another solo traveller of the same gender, or may opt for a single room upgrade.
We can accommodate almost all dietary requests, which you can enter into a special form we will send you after your booking. However, there are some exceptions. In Middle East and Africa, we can offer beside the ordinary food only vegetarian meals.
We recommend you bring your bike if ever possible. You will ride better and with more comfort on your own bike than you will with a rental. We offer just in Switzerland good quality local rentals – generally full-suspension. However, you can rent them directly by Rent a Bike
We offer lot of add-ons to help you get the most out of your tour! Mountain bikes can be rented at certain destinations, to single room upgrades, and pre and post-tour hotel nights. There are many options to help you have the best experience possible.
To book your add-ons, select them at your cart, when you make your initial booking.
Many of our Customers like to arrive early or stay longer before/after their Ride with us. We make it easy for you to extend your trip by taking care of your hotel bookings for you, and in many cases, we also offer full trip extension packages. Just contact us by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’ve never traveled with your bike, don’t worry – it’s much easier than you think! If you don’t have a case for your bike, then you can pick up a cardboard travel box for your bike at your local store. Some stores will also pack your bike up for you for a fee.
Alternately, if you want a higher level of protection, and/or are planning on traveling with your bike more than just once, we recommend investing in a quality bike bag or case. Our guides and past clients have recommended the following products:
EVOC bike bag | DAKINE bike bag | THULE bike case
For tips on packing your bike, watch this Thule video we linked for you!
While participating in a Swiss Bike Tours trip, the rider assumes all risk and expense related to loss or damage to the mountain bike, whether rented from a third party or owned by the rider. This assumption of risk includes loss or damage due to transportation, theft, vandalism, accident, misuse, higher forces, or other events leading to the loss or damage of the mountain bike.
If you have never assembled your bike, do not worry! Our guides will be on hand to assist.
For trips to Switzerland, we recommend an all-mountain or cross country trail bike with at least 120mm or more of travel. A dropper post is highly recommended.
We suggests a Continental Race King ProTection Tires or a Continental Mountain King ProTection Tires.. Maxxis High Roller’s are also great tires for terrain in Switzerland. We ask that all Customers be respectful of the group, and show up with the appropriate bike to minimize bike related delays before or during riding.
We recommend leg soft protection like G-Form and a CC-Helmet. A Helmet is mandatory on all Swiss Bike Tours Events! Full-body protection and full-face helmets are not necessary.
The weather can be quite cool, especially in spring and autumn, with lows dipping below 10 degrees Celsius, so we recommend you pack accordingly. Daytime highs are usually quite ok in spring and autumn, ranging from mid 10 to low 25 degrees. During summertime, we will have from mid 20 to low 30 degrees.
Although rain is rare, we still recommend you bring quality rain gear or shell.
This event will take place in any weather!
If you have booked, we will send you a detailed packing list.
We recommend bringing the following tools with you. Rest assured your guides will have a full tool kit, but it’s a good idea to have the following items with you in case of trailside breakdowns:
All Breakfast and dinners are included in the trip price. Lunch will be taken in local restaurants or on the trail. You should budget approximately CHF20-25.- per Lunch, excluding drinks.
Available every day on your own expenses.
Available every day.
Please visit your local travel clinic for the most up to date information.
Withdraw money from an ATM in Switzerland (which are widely available) – you can withdraw local money (Swiss Francs in Switzerland and Euros for visiting Italy) and will usually be charged the best rate by your bank at home.
For more on our Terms and condition, Terms of payment and Cancellation terms, please visit the following page
Travel medical insurance and trip cancellation is mandatory for all of our trips. If you have your own travel medical insurance it needs to:
a) cover evacuation (e.g. air evacuation) and hospital costs while in other countries
b) cover mountain biking trips (some policies include mountain biking in their list of ‘extreme’ sports that are not covered).
c) Trip cancellation up to 100% of your trip cost
We strongly recommend also getting insurance that covers the following:
• Equipment protection for delay, loss, theft and damage (if traveling with your bike/expensive equipment)
• Trip interruption up to 100% of trip cost
• Medical expenses up to CHF 50’000
• Emergency medical transportation up to CHF1’000’000
Please note that our cancellation policy is strict. If you decide not to purchase cancellation/interruption insurance, and then get hurt or sick before or during your Ride, please don’t ask us for a refund.
For travelers from around the world, we recommend World Nomads.
For U.S. travelers, we recommend Global Rescue (Individual Medical Plan with Signature Travel Insurance Plan)
Another option for U.S. travelers, we recommend Travelex (we suggest the Travel Select Plan with the Adventure Plus Pak).
If you have booked we will send you a detailed contacts for your family.
Our guides are all 1st aid trained and certified and know how to respond to emergency situations very well. They always cary very well-stocked 1st aid kits in their day packs.
Rest assured that your safety is our #1 concern, and steps are taken to mitigate risk and prevent incidents from happening. If you were to be injured on the trail, our guides will act as first responders and will look after you with proper and professional care. If emergency help or an evacuation is needed, our guides will have the contact information of the nearest hospital/emergency care facility, along with the required communication equipment (cell phones and/or satellite phones) and help will be on its way. If you are traveling in Switzerland, you are a lucky boy, Switzerland has one of the world best emergency organisations. Have a look at REGA.
Did you check the Visa obligation for Switzerland? All travelers require a valid passport (with a minimum of 6 months validity). Citizens of some countries will also require a visa. Do you require a visa? Click Here Information for Entry to Switzerland (e.g. Visa obligation)
Switzerland is a safe country; however, certain precautions should be followed, as with all foreign travel. To maximize your safety during our tours you should exercise common sense and caution at all times. We recommend that you always stick to set travel arrangements, and avoid unknown areas. We also recommend that you wear minimal jewellery and that you keep valuable items safely stored. Always keep a copy of your passport, airline tickets, traveller’s checks and credit card numbers separate from where you keep the originals.
We encourage you to tip your guides if you feel you have received excellent service and have had an enjoyable trip. A typical gratuity usually varies between 2% – 6% of your Tour price per guide, depending on your level of satisfaction. e.g. CHF600.- trip = CHF 12.- to CHF 35.- per guide.
Your Guide will meet you at 10 a.m. in front of the Hotel. You have to be ready to bike!
The Weekend- or Week-Tours will end at approximately 4 p.m. in front of the Hotel. It will be possible to take a shower after the last raid, check it out with your guide.