The wildest among the many valleys that are engraved in the Ticino Alps is the Verzasca Valley. The river runs inside a deep gorge and the mountain pathways hang on the precipices. It's almost impossible to plan mountain biking tours here. The only way to reach the Verzasca's mountain with the bike is climbing from the nearbouring valleys. For instance from the wide pastures of Cimetta that lead to Cima della Trosa.
Monti della Trinità - Monte Brè - Cimetta - Cima della Trosa - Alpe di Bietri - Fontei - Viona - Orselina - Monti della Trinità
The details of this track are described in the book!
In Monti della Trinità (above Locarno) there is a steep road that climbs towards Monte Brè and above, passing the tree line. In Pian di Strii leave the paved road and follow that MTB signs that indicate a wide single-track. After a flat section it clambs up to Cimetta, and it offers you the first panoramic views over the Maggiore lake.
Cima della Trosa extends on the opposite side. The path is unrideable, so you'll have to carry the mountain bike for almost one hour. The summit is a pile of stones with an elegant white cross that offers some more nice views over a wide landscape, from the gentle Italian hills to the Prealpine mountains.
The downhill path is a narrow grey line that curls in the pale green of the meadows. The ground is bumpy, and good technical skills are needed to overcome the obstacles.
After a series of hairpin turns you will reach the quiet and shady buildings of Alpe di Bietri. Turn right and follow the easy path that crosses the woods and gets back out in the sun. Then it will get more twisting and you'll have to go trough some u-turns. Keep the left on the next bifurcations and follow the path towards Monti di Lego.
When the trail starts getting flat, take the bifurcation on the right, which will guide you down towards the bottom of the valley. Past some stairs you'll reach the stone houses of Fontai. Then you'll have to overcome even more stairs, where you should rather walk. In Resa you will reach the paved road that gets back to Monti della Trinità.