South Ticino Bike Week
Something for Single Trail Addicts! Monte Generoso, Monte Lema and Monte Tamaro are some of the destinations of this biking week. Therefore, you should be conditionally and driving technically versed. Because it’s not just a matter of mastering demanding vertical metres, but also downhills of up to 30km on single trails. Could we arouse your interest? Come with us, it is worth it!
For the journey to and from the South Ticino Bike Week, 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 South Ticino Bike Week you will master some vertical meters also with the cable care, please note our page for tour preparations. We will always be in Level S2 and Level S3 from a technical point of view.
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Technischer Level S3
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7 Days of the Best Single Trails
Every year we are scouting for tours that contain a greater share of trails. Therefore, for the 2019 season at Monte Lema, we are able to add a new trail that will make the descent even more interesting.
We will be riding through forests, across Alpine pastures on selected single trails or simply right through a beech forest. This way we are always exposed to magnificent views of lakes, rivers and the already snow covered main ridge of the Alps. We will make use of the public transport system or own cars in order to cover the 40km from Sessa to the starting point of the biking tour. This way we will reach Tesserete, Rivera or Mendrisio relaxed and can look forward to a fantastic tour.
Those who are familiar with Swiss Bike Tours, know that food is all important. There are so many lovely hidden grottos around, for example in a clearing in the woods, just right for lunch, or in a small medieval village. Therefore, the culinary delights are never at a disadvantage.
On your request and aditional cost, we could meet at Zurich airport. From there we will organise your travel by train to our starting point in the Valais region and on the last day the train back to Zurich airport.
- 1 experienced English-speaking tour guide
- 6 overnight accommodations, double room, half-board
- 5 guided bike tours
- Breakfast and Dinner served in the hotel.
- All transportation during the trip
- Cable car and train tickets
- Bike tools and maintenance kit at your disposal
- Compulsory annulation cost insurance
- Travel there and back
- Lunch, drinks during the meal
- All insurances
Your guide will meet you at 3 p.m. at the hotel lobby.
Bike 38 km / 800 elevation gain
Monte Tamaro. Weather permitting, we will ride the Monte Tamaro today. Ahead of us lie in excess of 30km of singletrails, mostly downhill.
Bike 49 km / 1400 elevation gain
Corso. Today we will ride the extended Corso del Malcantone. This ride promises long and beautiful singletrails. An alternative would be riding the Monte Bar. Our decision on which option to take is weather dependent.
Bike 36 km / 800 elevation gain
Monte Lema. Monte Lema. We will enjoy a comfortable ride on tar 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.
Bike 45 km / 1450 elevation gain
Monte Generoso. We have discovered something new which means even more singletrails. Steep, rooted and lots of narrow switchbacks.
Bike 43 km / 1250 elevation gain
Monte Piambello. These hills in Italy are densely covered in beech forests. We will follow the natural slope down through grounds thickly covered in fallen leaves.
Departure – Your departure has to be individually planned by you. We have to leave the hotel rooms by 12pm but we can deposit our luggage at the hotel during our today’s tour.
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.
How far in advance should I book my weekly holidays?
We recommend booking at least 8 months in advance for most of our weekly holidays. For our weekends, we recommend at least 6 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.
How do I book my participation on a biking week?
You can book your spot on a biking week 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.
What technique scale do we use?
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.
- the degree of danger (crash risk),
- the weather (rain, wind, fog and snow)
- the lighting conditions or
- the driving speed.
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.
How technical is the trip?
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!
How fit do I need to be?
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.
What, if I am a solo traveller?
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.
Can you offer special dietary requests?
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.
Shall I bring my own bike or should I rent on?
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.
Extend your trip
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
Traveling with my bike?
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!
Bike damage disclaimer
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.
Assembling your bike when you arrive
If you have never assembled your bike, do not worry! Our guides will be on hand to assist.
The ideal bike for a trip to Switzerland
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.
The ideal tire
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.
Armour and Helmet
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.
Wether and clothing
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!
General packing list
If you have booked, we will send you a detailed packing list.
Tools and spare parts for your bike to bring
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:
- multitool (preferably with chainbreaker)
- tire levers
- 2 spare tube
- small tire pump (not a floor pump)
- 1 Rear derailleur hanger
- Front and rear brake pads (1 set of each is sufficient)
- Any rare parts that might be hard to find locally (Shimano and SRAM are generally available in all our locations, but Magura levers, for instance, might not be available everywhere)
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.
Currency in Switzerland
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.
Terms and conditions
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)
Safety and security
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.