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Passo del Ghisallo - Bellagio

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Average grade: 5.2 %

Length: 10.6 km

Altitude start: 202 m

Altitude top: 754 m

Ascent: 552 m

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Difficulty ranking world: 5323 (all)
Ranking Italy: 1540 (all)
Ranking Alps: 1631(all)
Difficulty score: 49.74 what?

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The Passo del Ghisallo is situated in Lombardy. This climb belongs to the Alps. Starting from Bellagio, the Passo del Ghisallo ascent is 10.6 km long. Over this distance, you climb 552 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 5.2 %.

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Story by Doug Strachan from Steyning, United Kingdom, submitted on 30/08/2016
Upon learning that my summer holiday location was right at the foot of a classic climb, I popped by Brompton folding bike into the car, guessing that no matter how long it might take, the climb would be worth it. And so it was. I''m a London cyclist on that bike and my other preference is X country plus some steeps on a Lapierre full-sus. I took 70 mins to slog my way up, but it was a terrific experience and the museum was a great place to visit. After a coffee (from my commuter bag on the front of the bike), I enjoyed to roll back down to Bellagio - I was a bit wary of the speed, stability and brake fade on such small wheels!
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Story by Rob Bernasconi from Newcastle, Australia, submitted on 25/09/2015
This is the climb that I have always wanted to conquer.Now 67 years of age,I tackled the climb with a group of 8 mates from Australia.for all of us,this was a very personal achievement. What makes the climb so hard,is that after most switch backs, almost immediately another follows,there is no rest before your climbing again. Sure,it may not be the most difficult of climbs,but it is the one to say you''ve conquered. The feeling having reached the chapel and museum at the top,is of immense satisfaction. If you do anything in cycling,put this on the top of your list to say "I climbed the Ghisallo"
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Story by Mark Stride from Colchester, United Kingdom, submitted on 21/10/2009
The climb is slightly bitty - a bit of steep, a bit of shallow, a bit up and a bit down, a bit of hairpin and a bit of ramp. Some people might like this variety on a single ride but I prefer a climb to have a more defining feature - hence it does not get 5 stars for me... but you cant get a much more spectacular starting point (Bellagio) nor a more dramatic destination (the Madonna herself) and the views over Lago di Como are breathtaking. If it is cold - and it does get cold even around Giro di Lombardia time - then the last little kicker does test the legs if you dont keep them ticking over through the flat-downhill section before the end. An iconic climb, and rightly so, but hardened alpinists will not find it particularly challenging or spectacular in itself. But that sounds sacrilegious given what awaits at the top. Bikes from Bartoli and Coppi in the same room!!!
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Story by Paul Cook from Stafford, United Kingdom, submitted on 21/09/2009
I clocked 13.5km from the hotel door in Bellagio to the chapel, and boy, was it hard work. If there was an advantage to not being able to squeeze out one more turn of the cranks, it was that it allowed you to turn around and admire the astonishing view back towards Bellagio and Lake Como. The climb was hard, the road snaking up the hillside, hairpin turn following hairpin turn until at times you were unable to work out which general direction you were heading in, other than up! An hour and a half of agony/ecstasy later, I drew up outside the chapel. Both it and the adjacent cycling museum are not to be missed. Top up your water bottles at the thoughtfully provided tap, and if you are lucky, youll get a traffic free descent back the way you came. 20 minutes later I was back at the hotel! I had to go back. I tackled to climb on the next Sunday, when the chapel forms the meeting point for the local cycling clubs. I tagged on the back of a group of 20+ as they plunged off the other side of the hill towards Erba.....75kph and a taster of what it must be like in the peleton, a real feeling of speed and power! And a few days later, I went up again, managing to reduce my time to 50 minutes for the climb. It is not to be missed!
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Story by Joe Zangardi from Scranton, PA, United States, submitted on 21/07/2008
Madonna del Ghisallo July 17, 2008 was my most memorable bike ride ever. My cousin Lou had talked about making this climb while he was in Italy for a conference, and somehow he convinced my wife and I to meet them there. Within 2 weeks we had tickets and hotel reservations with them. He had bikes rented from COMOBIKE in downtown Como(which by the way were very nice Wilier road bikes) and we went to Bellagio to start our acsent. It was nothing like i expected, the grades seemed steeper and longer than I had imagined, the scenery was unbelievable. The view of Lake Como kept getting more beautiful as we went higher up the mountain. And after a brutal 1-1/2 hour climb we crested the final hill to see the chapel on the left. This was the reason we came! The chapel was very moving, with all the old bikes, jerseys and the names on the wall. It is hard to imagine that all of this history is in one place, fittingly at the top of a mountain. After paying respects to fallen cyclists, we descended back to the lake to pick up our wives to climb the mountain yet again, this time in a car, to show them why we went up. I cannot put enough stars on this was the best.
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Story by Charlie Ryan from , Saudi Arabia, submitted on 06/06/2008
For a beautiful and really tough climb the Passo del Ghisallo is fantastic. It is not recommended to start the ride with a belly full of chocolate cake and home made beer but the town of Bellagio is too attractive not to stop in while enjoying the scenery and relaxing when on holidays. So I started my ride with a little rain and cool conditions, I rode a mountain bike with plenty of gears and am glad I did, I have been up the Passo San Marco on my race bike but the pass is a lot steeper and you will need at least a compact chain ring if you want to ride it on a race bike. I survived the ride and appreciated the beautiful views of Lake Como and the Alps in the back ground. If you are a fan of cycling history the shrine and museum at the top of the pass, the Madonna del Ghisallo are really good to see. Bon viaggio!
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