The above address has details that are accessible with a click, including altitude gain / loss, speeds, map of the ride, etc. I am really enjoying the new Garmin cycling computer.
Today Emily and I did a number of errands and strolled around the city. The heat broke on Friday, and we have had moisture and very comfortable temperatures. We went to a fair in Piazza Santissima Annuciatta, which was fun. After returning from the errands, I suited up for a ride. I rode up Via Bolognese to the turn off in Pratolino for Bivigliano, which I took up turning off for Bivigliano. The road from the turn off is really user friendly and nice. A great contouring road with a little overall climb. At Bivigliano, I turned off at the chiesa and went down a steep hill the a gradual hill over to Villiano, then Casellina, before returning to the road from Pratolino I came up on. I retraced my route for around 2k, then turned off in Pratolino to the cut-off to Monte Morello. After a few starting climbs, this road also provides a great gradually climbing contour for many kilometers, then descends gradually for quite a while, providing around 15k or really fun curvy gradual up and down riding. It then descends quite steeply to a series of 8 very tight switchbacks, then drops into Sesto Fiorentino. The ride back from there is mostly city roads, but the route is relatively easy and it has become a fun return. 29 miles with around 3400 elevation gain. Again, check out the details at the above address if you wish.
The fair at Piazza Santissima Annuciatta.
What a beautiful road above Pratolino.
The chiesa at Bivigliano with Monte Morello in the background.