A fun bike scene at the top, and as seems normal, a few of the cyclists knew either Lorenzo or Ricardo, my riding partners. Although both of them are definitely stronger than I, and quite a bit younger, they did not have to wait much for me, which made me feel good. We descended down the road we had just climbed, and decided to return pretty directly to Firenze, as the temperatures were getting quite hot. We had originally planned on turning off to Panna, then going through Galliano, but re-traced the climb instead. It was a blast. From the base of the climb, we stayed on Via Bolognese through Vaglia, where Lorenzo knew of a great spring for water. Up to Pratolino, then down home through Montorsoli and Pian de Bartolo. Right at 100 kilometers in 4 hours 8 minutes of riding time. I would guess that we climbed a total of 5500 to 6000 vertical, so a good hard effort for me.
The Bar / Cafe at the top of the Passo dela Futa.
The sign by the front entry saying owned and operated by
the same family since 1892.
One of the guys wanted to take a picture of me in front of the cafe.