The one that binds cycling to Ghisallo is a long, passionate and compelling story. Memory, this hill, which enjoys beautiful views, is one of the best known places for cyclists of all ages and all categories, competitive and not. In fact, it is at the top of this climb that some of the most famous competitions in cycling history have been decided or concluded: from the Giro d'Italia to the Giro di Lombardia, from the Coppa Agostoni to the Giornata della Bicicletta. For this reason Ghisallo is visited every year by thousands of athletes who climb up here to visit the Sanctuary, which dates back to the seventeenth century, where there is a painting of the Blessed Virgin Mary, called the Madonna del Ghisallo, proclaimed Patroness of the Cyclists since 1949, with an official papal letter of Pius XII, which attributed this role to it. The year before, Pope Pacelli had blessed and lit up in Rome the great bronze torch, which was placed inside the Sanctuary. Since then many visitors come from all over Lombardy, a region that has a particular tradition in the field of competitive cycling, but also from the rest of Italy and the world, due to the fame of the climb and the Sanctuary, which binds them a particular devotion . This is evidenced by the letters received recently from Brazil, the Czech Republic, the United States of America, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden and the publication of articles regarding Ghisallo in Italian and foreign magazines.