I rode out to Tavernuzze, realized I had missed the team, and started my own tour. I rode out the main route (Via Cassia) to Ferrone, then took the very civilized climb up to Strada in Chianti. This is a rare hill that I can ride 2/3 of in my big chain ring. From Strada, I took the back way through La Panca to the junction with the Passo de Sugame road, where I completed the climb. It is another beautiful climb, and although I do not do it in the big ring, it stays mostly around 5% ramping up to 7 or 8% occasionally. A very nice, beautiful climb. I descended down into Greve and took a short break and refilled my water. From Greve, I rode back through Passo de Peccori, then climbed up past Castello Gabbiano to Quattro Strade, where I turned left and rode through Mercatale to San Casciano. From San Casciano, I rode over on the beautiful ridge with great views both directions through Speddaletto and Chiesa Nuova to the descent into Galluzzo. It is a great descent with many switchbacks. The roads had dried up by then, so I let it go a little on the switchbacks. From Galluzzo, I climbed up Poggio Imperiale, and went over / down to the Viale then down the big viale descent returning home. Around 57 miles in around 4 hours with 3700 vertical. Click the link for the maps and stats for the ride.
Chianti sensa squadra by ridingwithcosimo at Garmin Connect - Details
Misty clouds on the Chianti hills on the way from Tavernuzze to Ferrone.
The sky was clearing by the time I was headed up the hill past Castello Gabbiano.
With a little haze remaining, this tree stood out to me among the vineyards.
Clear sunshine and fall colors in the vineyards.