Ride distance: 53 km
Elevation gain: 1300 m
Ready to climb like a pro? This ride features two steep Lake Como climbs featured in the Giro di Lombardia, the final one-day Monument of the professional World Tour that has been raced each fall since 1905.
Our first climb is the Salita Madonna del Ghisallo, which during the race actually begins about one kilometer down the road from Hotel Il Perlo. Instead of having a few hours under your belt like the pros, you'll start the climb out of the gate from our rental point. Put your bike in a low gear and slowly warm up the switchbacks and rollers to the Ghisallo chapel 7 kilometers above where we'll have a brief visit to pay homage, then continue to our second and biggest climb of the day.
After descending from the Ghisallo to Asso we will start the long climb to the Muro di Sormano and ultimately the Colma di Sormano. Don't blow yourself up, the climb to the base of the Muro is still challenging, you'll be spinning up an 8% grade most of the 5 kilometers. After the village of Sormano you have the choice of tackling the brutal Muro di Sormano (only 1.7 kilometers with an average 17% grade, maximum 27%) or the more gradual main road, both which lead to the Colma di Sormano, its restaurant, and breathtaking views of the Triangolo Lariano hills and valleys. The Muro has only been featured in only a few editions of the race, the pros calling it "...simply beastly, impossible to ride."After catching your breath from one of the hardest efforts you've done, enjoy the view of the valley below, grab a well-deserved snack, and get ready for the last part of the day's ride.
Continuing your quest to ride like a pro, you are rewarded for all your climbing to the Colma with the long, technical descent to the lake - but be warned to follow the cautions and conservative pace of your guide, this descent offers tricky, technical switchbacks that even stymie the pros. Once in the lakeside village of Nesso we'll take the rolling hills back to Bellagio....and then if your legs can handle it one last steep climb to Hotel Il Perlo.
This route is perfect for: Advanced cyclists who have always wanted to tackle these two iconic climbs of the Giro di Lombardia.