Muro di Sormano is a short but devastatingly steep climb in Sormano, a municipality in the Province of Como in the Italian region of Lombardy. This asphalted climb is famous as one of the most severe of any road cycling race, featuring sections in excess of 25% grade. It’s one of the hardest and most epic climbs you can ride on two wheels.
With less than two kilometres in length, it has an average gradient of 17% but features sections in excess of 25%. When the climb featured in three editions of the Tour of Lombardy in the 1960s, many riders were famously forced to get off and walk. This climb is famous as one of the most severe of any road cycling race, with an average gradient of 17% and a maximum of 25%. The road up the climb, though famous in cycling folklore, fell out of use from 1963 to 2006. It reaches an altitude of 1.107m above the sea level. The road to reach the summit starts in the junction with SP44 road.
Pic: Carlo Pagani