I descended from the pass, and turned off before Polcanto to climb, then descended down to the valley around Borgo San Lorenzo through an alternate valley. It is a steep descent, and goes through a couple of towns on a very quiet road. After it hits a beautiful valley, the road levels out a bit, but also becomes pretty rough. I joined the road in the main valley, then rode over to Vicchio, then the back road to Dicomano, one of my favorites. I found water in Dicomano, then headed out toward Rufina where I turned off to ride the quiet road on the west side of the Sieve river. On the way to Rufina, I rode with a couple of different people and it helped with a pretty steady headwind.
From Rufina, I enjoyed the "Popes road" to Pontesieve, then battled a headwind back into Firenze. It was quite hot on the way back, and I stopped in Rufina, then in Sieci for water refills. Great ride, hot, but super fun. 53.6 miles in 3:42 for an average of 14.5 mph with 2630 vertical feet climbed at an average temperature of 91. Ciao.
Settignano, Croce alla Vetta, Saliole, Dicomano, Firenze by ridingwithcosimo at Garmin Connect - Details
A line of trees on the road above Settignano.
The belltower in Sieci. I love the stone work on this
tower. I took the picture from my last water break.