I started the climb up to Croce alla Vetta, and was thinking I would not be trying today to see how fast I would go up this climb. I was pushing pretty good when a guy passed me, and with a little extra effort I held on to him for a few kilometers before he truly dropped me. Well, the semi mellow pace was over in my mind at this point. I continued up the climb and did not try to stay in the big ring after it got a little steeper. I think this actually made me ride faster, as I was only 4 seconds away from a personal best on Strava. Anyway, it was fun again to push, and I am feeling great. I continued straight on Faentina after the Croce alla Vetta, and descended through L'Olmo, Caldine, and Pian de Mugnone, before getting back to Florence.
Fun ride with pretty good weather. The summary is: 34.7 miles in 2:20 for an average speed of 14.9 mph with 3230 vertical feet climbed at a sun effected temperature of 71. Ciao.
Pratolino, Bivigliano, Vaglia, Croce alla Vetta by ridingwithcosimo at Garmin Connect - Details
The view to the North from the base of the descent in Vaglia.
The view back up the start of the climb just descended in Vaglia.