This was a great stretch of road, and was very fun riding with a small group in a good pace line. We turned to climb the Croce alla Vetta, and I have been riding and feeling strong lately, and decided to go for a personal best. I like the Strava feature that lets you see how you compare with other days on the same ride. I will never be high enough overall to make a dent, but I can see how I ride that particular day. Anyway, Chris. Leif, and I stayed in a good line, taking turns until just before Polcanto, when Chris, then Leif pulled away. I worked it pretty hard and kept Leif in sight the whole way up. And yes, when checking on Strava, it was a personal best by a couple of minutes.
At the top we re-grouped and waited for Ray, then descended down to Pian de Mugnone. Chis wanted to climb there to Fiesole, as we believe that this is the Giro course on Sunday. Ray continued down Via Faentina, and Chris, Leif, and I climbed up to Fiesole. Nice climb and fun to discuss how the pros would be riding it in a few days. From Fiesole, Chris and I descended together, then Chris traced the remaining route for the Giro finish, and I rode home. Great ride. The summary is: 54 miles in 3:12 for an average speed of 16.8 mph with 2930 vertical feet climbed at a sun affected average temperature of 72.
Giro de Mugello with Chris, Ray, and Leif - plus Fiesole by ridingwithcosimo at Garmin Connect - Details
I dropped back from the pace line to take a couple of photos
on the back road from Dicomano toward Vicchio.