Switzerland being synonymous with mountains, it’s entirely natural that any mountain biker would gravitate to the downhills and cross-country trails of the Alps and the Jura. Interestingly, i n many places these routes are shared with hikers. It’s a testament to Swiss tolerance that this arrangement works so well – elsewhere in the world trail-sharing has been far less easily accepted. Of course, it helps that there’s so much trail to choose from. In all, there are 65,000km of maintained hiking trails, accessing every corner of the country. Almost all are open also to mountain bikers. They range from rocky plunges off alpine highs to flowing singletrack through verdant pasture. The joy of biking as opposed to hiking is that i n one day you can traverse multiple valleys, gaining a very direct feel for the country’s corrugations through your seatpost.