i guess it is the Aecherli. Another highlight. Steep and beautiful.
Yes indeed Aecherli. Very beautiful and much of the descent toward the lake is sheer lunacy. I don't think I took my fingers off the brake levers and I am a very aggressive, fearless descender.
When we climbed it, about a week ago now, two thirds of the way up it had a stretch of over a kilometer of day or two old chip seal
The tar and gravel was collecting and rubbing under my fender. The surface was so nasty I didn't dare stop until I was forced to because my front wheel locked. Not even with your foot could you step off the two car tire tracks that were somewhat packed. Everywhere else was so soft it was un-walkable and unrideable - you would just sink in too deep and get covered with tar and gravel. I was able to restart the first time because I found a post at the side of the road to hold onto. The second time my front wheel locked I was going to throw away the fenders, but I looked up and only 50 meters of chip seal left. All of this nonsense at 10 or 12%. Maybe the hardest km of riding in my life, but somehow I loved every minute of it. A great adventure.
@wingguy, all you need to do to find that crazy road back up to the top of the Mortirolo, is after you descend to Monno, head to Edolo and stay to the left. I think there is a little sign to Megno. If you ride through Megno (after about a km of climbing), you are on the correct road. At the top it joins with the ridge road (turn right) that takes you back (mostly down) to to top of the Mortirolo. The ridge road has a few incredible views straight down into the valley above Tirano. Also I would definitely advise against descending to Megno. Your wheels would probably burst into flames.
When we ride disc brakes the whole deal of braking is just like a leaving a fart. It happens and then it's over. Nothing planned and nothing to get nervous for.