From Tavernuzze, I climbed a small amount on the main road picking up a follower I passed who stayed on my tail until the turn off to San Andrea. I said Ciao and we discussed the climb awaiting just in case I did not know what was coming. Well, I ride this road a lot, and it was again fun. A good climb, quite scenic, takes you through San Andrea (Machievelli was exiled here in the 1600's?) to the road from Chiesa Nuova to Mercatale, going through Spedellato and San Casciano. Just before Mercatale, I turn off to descend the Luiano road, which is normally a climb for me. It takes you back to the road from Tavernuzze to Greve, where I turned toward Greve. I only stayed on the main road for a few kilometers, then turned off at Ferrone to climb to Strada. I really enjoy this climb which I can do in the big ring. Around 1/3 the way up, I was passed, then stayed with the rider for a while eventually letting him go. I wanted to enjoy the day and the ride, not push it. Surprisingly, I caught him and passed him on the way to Strada in Chianti. We both turned toward Grassina, and stayed together for a while, then I let him pass and go ahead. I wanted to coast at times, and he was relentlessly pedalling. I enjoyed the descent, then turned off for Cinque Vie and took the back way to Piazza Ferrucci, joining the Viale there, then returning home. Around 38 miles with over 3000 vertical climbing in around 2 hours, 45 minutes. Check the link for more information.
Pozzolatico, Monte Oriolo, Tavernuzze, San Andrea, Mercatale, Luiano, etc. by ridingwithcosimo at Garmin Connect - Details
The beautiful walled climb on the old road to Pozzollatico.
They sure look like spring flowers from bulbs to me, but they a blossoming
in different locations this fall. Makes me smile.
A villa and vineyard below with the leaves turning to fall splendor.