'Muro di Sormano' Base Layer
The Muro di Sormano (wall of Sormano) is an absolutely brutal climb made famous by the 1960 to 1962 editions of the Giro di Lombardia. However, after complaints from riders that the climb was too steep that riders were either falling off or being pushed up by fans, the climb was taken off the route.
The rider Ercole Baldini dominated the climb during this early period, yet was quoted as saying “this climb is simply beastly, impossible to ride”.
The road covers 1700 metres, climbs 280 metres, and averages 17% with a max gradient of 25%. It is just wide enough to allow a Fiat Punto to pass and when Imerio Massignan crossed climbed first in 1960 and 1961, and Livio Trapè in 1962, the road featured gravel (making Baldini's race record of 9:24mins in 1962 even more amazing). After pressure from local cyclists it was restored with smooth asphalt and the local community has painted Lombardia’s story on the road, complete with Baldini's quote (above) as featured on this base layer. The number 1107 is the altitude at the top of the climb.
This base layer is perfect for rides when you know you're going to be doing it tough, designed to maintain optimum body temperature in the heat or in the cold when you just might have to summit a wall similar to this famous little road in Sormano.
BASE LAYER DETAILS:
- Sportful BodyFit Pro Sleeveless
- Features a super light breathable mesh to help keep your temperature balanced even in the hottest conditions.
- Diablo Mesh front panel for thermo regulation
- DRYnamic Mesh in contact areas for extra breathability