So, I thought today would be a good day to test the ride and check some timing so I can plan for the Giro accordingly. I started out on the Viales, then out to Bagno a Ripoli, where the first climb starts. From Bagno a Ripoli, you climb through Osteria Nuova, and up to San Donato in Collina. It is a nice climb, not too steep, and the weather was perfect today. Then you get one of my favorite descents toward Incisa, but I turn off on the road to the outlet stores (yes, they have them here too), then over the Arno, and then head to Leccio, where the climb starts to Vallambrosa. I climb to Regello, then over to Pietrapiana, then the climb gets serious for the final 4 to 500 vertical meters to Saltino. I checked it with the %-o-meter on the Garmin, and it seems to average around 10%, but ramps up to 15% often. The weather got much cooler as I climbed, the climb from the Arno valley is around 900 vertical meters, which is a fair amount. The weather also threatened rain, and it sprinkled on me, as I hit the top of the climb in Vallambrosa.
In Saltino, just before Vallambrosa, there is a great view spot with benches, and the climb is basically over. I had a snack there and put some extra clothing on for the descent. I checked out a couple of Bars that will be great for a cafe with clients. At Vallambrosa, the real descent begins. You go down a super windy road to Tosi, then down a more normal road, that I have ridden many times to Paterno, then Pelago. There is another great bar in Pelago that is perfect for clients. I removed the extra clothing in Pelago, then rode over and descended down to Pontasieve. From here, you follow the Arno into Florence, and can keep a pretty good pace. Often, you can hook up with someone, but no one was going the same speed as I today. Super fun ride, and I hope it will be great to use for both groups.
The summary is: 53.2 miles in 3:54 rolling time for an average speed of 13.7 mph with 4670 vertical feet climbed at an average temperature of 63. What fun!
Vallambrosa test ride - will use this weekend and for Giro. by ridingwithcosimo at Garmin Connect - Details
Flowering trees, a stone wall, and the road to San Donato in Collina.
On the climb to Vallambrosa, these trees were exploding
with "spring green" leaves, just starting.
A panoramic view from the bench at the
entry to Saltino. The climb is basically complete!
I love this villa just above the road, almost
at the top of the climb, coming into Saltino.