The start is set in the city of Cantù and the first 25 km follow the constant undulations of the roads of Brianza, up to Maglio.
The following 7 kilometres, leading the riders to the hill of Sormano, are the hardest yet the most exciting of the race. The last two kilometres of this climb, the iconic MURO DI SORMANO, a totem in worldwide cycling – are the climax of the race. Here, the route climbs steeply with an average 15.8% gradient, topping out at 27%. The writings on the tarmac and the signage at the side of the road will be there to provide Gran Fondo athletes with the experience of a real Pro.
Less experienced riders may take a 2 km detour allowing them to reach the summit along a milder climb.
After a sharp descent diving into Nesso, the route levels out briefly and then undulates again, up to Regatola, where the athletes tackle the second climb of the day, the GHISALLO.
Gradients are high, but not as steep as in Sormano. The climb is not too complicated, and the route winds its way in an enjoyable landscape. The most combative athletes may grind out the bigger gears. The average slope is 6.2% over 9 km, topping out at 14% towards the end.
On the summit, the riders will be welcomed by the bells of Madonna del Ghisallo and by the most famous museum in cycling history. At the top of the Ghisallo, 70 km into the Gran Fondo, the riders have covered nearly two-thirds of the route, and the hardest parts are behind them.
A long (nearly 20 km) and broad descent leads them to Merone, allowing them to rest their legs before the final 20 kilometres, climbing again in short and steep spurts until they reach the finish at the heart of Cantù.
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