Il muro di Sormano...

I am unable to read Italian, but the above photo accompanied what looks like an interesting design article here. Cycling landscape? Goes without saying.

One of the highlights of this years Il Lombardia (being raced tomorrow, Saturday) is the Muro di Sormano. With a grade averaging 15.3% during its final 2 km, and with a maximum slope of nearly 27% the climb, hitting the riders between the 150 and 200km mark, will provide a severe test of stamina for the peloton. The climb was last used in the race in 1962. We have seen some terrifically steep climbs throughout the year, so Il muro di Sormano will provide a fitting close (and yes, I realize the Tour of Bejing officially ends the season).