The Ticino region is a unique part of Switzerland tucked in the south just across the border from Italy. At first glance, the somewhat posh region with a tropical feeling might be quickly overlooked as a riding destination. Palm trees, Bentleys, and multi-million dollar mansions that surround Lake Maggiore seem more like a facade once you spend time in the area. Beyond that is some of the best mountain biking in Europe with the Carbon trail being one of the best shuttle trails offering some unreal enduro riding. With the help of the Ticino Freeride crew, Mason Mashon, myself and Capture.Share.Repeat. spent a week riding all the trails from the valley to the alpine that Ticino had to offer.
KC making his way down towards Ascona Locarno on the carbon trail. Photo Mason Mashon
KC and Mason high in the alpine above Ascona Locarno in the Ticino region. Photo Milo Zanecchia
Mason making his way back to the hut on top of Mount Tamaro overlooking Ascona Locarno. Photo KC Deane
Cruising the streets of Ascona Locarno Photo KC Deane
KC cooling off in-between rides. Photo Milo Zanecchia
Mason Mashon Photo KC Deane
Mount Tamaro has some insane views above and below the water. Photo Mason Mashon
Last light on the carbon trail.
Big Thanks to Ascona-Locarno and Ticino Freeride for sharing this place with us.