Lugano-Arogno-Argegno-Menaggio-ferry to Bellagio-Madonna di Ghisallo-Sormano-"Il Muro di Sermano"-Colma del Piano-Nesso-Como, with Stone and K81. A day full of epic climbs! The day started with the climb to Arogno, with some very steep parts up to estimated 20%. The next climb was up to Madonna di Ghisallo, the patroness of cyclists. This climb will also be tackled during next Saturday's Giro di Lombardia, go Ivan!
Looking at the map, we figured out a small pass (Colma del Piano) which leads down to Lago di Como. However, there was also a shortcut on the way up and just from looking at the 1:100'000 scaled map, it seemed steep. When finally reaching the bottom of the "short cut" climb, we saw a signpost with "Il Muro di Sermano - The Wall of Seramo", uhhh... :). The sign did not promise too much; I think I have never ridden a tougher climb by roadbike before, the climb was just brutal. While it was only 1.7km long, it gained some 280m of evelation, an average of 17% with a max. of 25%! We all made it without pushing the bike but it was really tough. The coolest thing of the climb was that every elevation meter was painted on the road!