I started up the back way to San Domenico, the continued up through Fiesole to the pass called Vetta la Croce, a good climb, but not steep and a relatively relaxed effort. I descended toward Borgo San Lorenzo, turning off for Scarperia before reaching town. I rode through Scarperia, picking up a water refill at the town park. I rode up and down and up and down through San Agata to the turn off for Marcoiano, which has the climb I had in mind for the day. The road is beautiful, and it is around 9 kilometers long with around 1 kilometer quite steep, averaging around 15%, then one little stretch where it hit 34%. Wow! After the steepest part, you have a little more climbing, then catch the road where I turned right to Panna. I had not ridden this part before, and it was nice. You actually descend to Panna, where there is a big bottling plant for water that is sold all over Italy under the Panna name. From Panna, you climb to the road to Passo della Futa, where I had previously climbed with the team. The junction is only a few hundred feet below the pass, and I did not do the out and back to get to the absolute top there. I descended down a long ways, eventually crossing a beautiful bridge over a large reservoir, and was back on Via Bolognese. I climbed through Vaglia, where I took a break to have a snack and re-coop some energy. There is a pretty good climb from Vaglia to Pratolino, where you are almost finished climbing. A great descent home. Check out the details on the Garmin link. Ciao!
Big day, lots of climbing, 34% max - hard to believe by ridingwithcosimo at Garmin Connect - Details
A shot of the beautiful landscape between Scarperia and Sant Agata.
A pretty piece of road between Sant Agata and the turn off to Marcoiano.
Riding into Marcoiano - the steep part awaits.
The landscape above Marcoiano.
An interesting statue on the hill above Santa Lucia.