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    Route 66 (Lugano Bike)

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    Monte Bar

    The mountainbike route with the number 66 is a legend. It circles the entire Lugano region, and in the meantime the route with the number «Route 66» has become famous. Ride Magazine has taken the route by the chest and has done a good job of upgrading it. Especially the last section through Malcantone now contains much more singletrails, but especially the summit of Monte Lema. With Monte Bar and Monte Tamaro, all three of the region's great summit classics are now integrated into the route.

    We start in Monte Brè high above Lugano. The funicular, which only transports bicycles from the middle station, takes you here. You now follow the signposted mountainbike route with the number 66, from where the name «Route 66» comes. At Alpe Bolla, as an alternative to the official route, you can take the singletrail to Villa Luganese and from there climb up a small road to Pedrolzo. The official route makes a not very useful and exhausting detour over Monte Roveraccio. On a gravel road and later on a singletrail you reach San Lucio. The pass is the starting point of the legendary trail over towards Capanna Monte Bar. A detour to the hut is worthwhile, even if the actual trail branches off to the left shortly before and leads on a supertrail through the southern flanks of the Monte Bar. Via Motto della Croce you reach Cola di Lago and via another trail the village of Camignolo near Rivera on Monte Ceneri. Here you take the cable car up to Monte Tamaro, the ascent under your own power makes little sense here. The legendary Monte Tamaro descent continues in singletrail mode to the La Bassa crossing, where the official route is left out and instead on the right hand side on a trail to Arosio. Arosio is the entry point to the last section of Route 66, the one through Malcantone. Here the official route goes up and down through the woods. In the version of Ride Magazine, the route is shortened considerably here, but in Miglieglia you take the cable car up to Monte Lema. The official version of the route does not include the Monte Lema. A trail descent later reaches Astano and descends via Sessa to the banks of the Tresa river. Again, the official route makes several unattractive additional loops, the Ride version is more compact and attractive. The brilliant final section remains the same: the bank trail to Ponte Tresa is a worthy conclusion to this wonderful circumnavigation of Lugano.

    Tips for the stages: There are several places to stay overnight along the route, so the daily stages can be defined quite freely. A common version is the first overnight stay in the Monte Bar Hut and the second in Malcantone, for example in Miglieglia at the foot of Monte Lema.

    Lugano – Monte Brè – Villa Luganese – Sonvico – Cap. Pairolo – San Lucio – Monte Bar – Cola di Lago – Rivera – Monte Tamaro – Arosio – Miglieglia – Monte Lema – Astano – Molinazzo – Ponte Tresa
    Route details
    90 km
    difference in altitude uphill: 
    2860 m
    difference in altitude downhill: 
    5320 m
    Highest point: 
    258 M.ü.M.
    Lowest point: 
    1891 M.ü.M.
    3 Tage
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    Ponte Tresa TI
    gut tauglich für E-Mountainbikes
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    Lugano–Monte Brè
    Rivera – Alpe Foppa (Tamaro)
    Miglieglia–Monte Lema