Sunday, September 2, 2012

Pratolino, Bivigliano, Monte Morello - 9-2-12

Pratolino, Bivigliano, Monte Morello by ridingwithcosimo at Garmin Connect - Details

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.

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