You stay on this road and eventually climb to Ortimino, then continue climbing along a spectacular ridge to Montespertoli. I had hoped to start this ridge another valley over, climbing from Castelfiorentino, but it would have added around an hour, and I did not want to push the timing, as Emily and I are having dinner at Kate's and playing with the kids before dinner. I was pretty happy with my pace and was feeling pretty strong on the ridge climb. At Montespertoli, there is a fun descent to Bacciano, then another climb to Montagnana, then another descent to Cerbia.
I got more water in Cerbia, then climbed to Chiesa Nuova. It started to sprinkle on me on this climb, but the sun also came out, and the sprinkling stopped before Galluzzo. So, from Chiesa Nuova I went over the ridge then descended into Galluzzo. I took the main road here up the Viale Michaelangelo, then went left down the wonderful curvy descent to Porta Romana, then through the city, teeming with tourists, then home. Another fun ride. The summary is 50.7 miles in 3:18 for an average speed of 15.3 with 2370 vertical feet of climbing at an average temperature of 69.
Sort of flat - Montelupo, Sammontana, Montespertoli. by ridingwithcosimo at Garmin Connect - Details
Looking up through vineyards in the valley around Sammontana.
A villa and vineyards from the ridge - opposite direction from the one below.
A villa and vineyards off the ridge below Montespertoli.