Route #3

The Challenge of Lake Como on two wheels

Bellagio, Magreglio, Sormano, Zelbio, Nesso, San Giovanni, Bellagio
Level of difficulty: Hard Length: 60 km Elevation gain: 1.810 m

Two iconic climbs of Il Lombardia – Ghisallo and Muro di Sormano – await those who want to challenge their legs and hearts like the professionals do every autumn. The mileage is not long, but what brings awe is the challenging ascent of these two legendary climbs. The Ghisallo [official Strava segment] is only 8.6 km, but is made of two steep climbs that rarely dip below 10% and hit with a maximum of 14%. After a photo at the Madonna del Ghisallo and a fast descent from the pass, you begin the stiff 5 km climb to the base of the Muro di Sormano. Be sure not to blow yourself up on this first climb that averages 8% or your legs will not have the strength to continue up the feared Muro. This is the steepest cycle path in Italy which measures 1.9 km with an average gradient of 16% and peaks at 25%. When you reach the summit have a rest at the rifugio to regain your strength before the 13 km of steep technical descending off the Colma di Sormano to the lake.

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Carlo Sancassano Bike manager

A short but mythical ride. Once you reach the top of the Muro di Sormano, you can say that you have made a real achievement.

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