I rode up Via Bolognese through Pian de San Bartolo, Montorsoli, and turned off in Pratolino. I continued climbing from Pratolino over the the road through Casellina and Viliano to the western edge of Bivigliano. I rode over and down to Vaglia. I had taken Roger on this route a couple of weeks ago, and thought the descent into Vaglia was a blast. Again today, it was super. I counted the switchbacks today and came up with 18 - sweet! I also really like the back road through Casellina and Villiano. At Vaglia, I rode through town and connected with the main route toward San Piero a Pieve, and turned off after around 8 k to connect with the road that crosses over to the base of the climb of the Croci alla Vetta. I got a phone call from Kate right after I started the climb, and I think the stop for a few minutes kept it from being a personal best on the climb.
It is a great climb, and for the first time ever, I rode the whole climb in the big ring. I was pretty excited about this, as I had a steady head wind as well. From the top of the pass, I rode down Via Faentina to Piazza della Cure, then over the railroad tracks and home. Fun, fast ride. I am really getting into and actually enjoying pushing my pace, in particular on the climbs. Who knows when I will reach the point where it is not fun to push myself, but I will see. The summary is: 35 miles in 2:11 for and average speed of 15.4 mph with 3215 vertical feet of climbing at an average (always sun affected) temperature of 75.
Fun, fast 2 plus hour ride - Pratolino, Vaglia, Croci alla Vetta by ridingwithcosimo at Garmin Connect - Details
My picture here is not great, but the stonework and shape
of this building caught my eye when I stopped for more
water at a new location in Casellina.