I rode up toward Impruneta from San Gersole, turning off for the super fun descent through Barufi to just north of Tavernuzze. I had around 10 k of good spinning out the Tavernuzze road toward Greve, and turned off to take the climb through Luiano to Mercatale. Another favorite. I rode over through San Casciano and Spedellatto to Chiesa Nuova, where I turned to descend to Cerbia. Fun descent, as I almost always climb here. From Cerbia, I went down the valley road to Ginestra Fiorentina, where I climbed through La Luna to the Marliano turn off. I took the turn off and enjoyed the climb / descent / climb through Marliano to Vagliano. I turned here to climb to Santa Maria a Marciaola. The part from Ginestra to Santa Maria was the piece I had in mind starting. It did not dissapoint - what a fun ride and climb. I descended through Scandicci then back into Firenze.
Pretty hot weather today, but 4 water bottle fills and 3 total head dousings kept it cool enough. 56.8 miles in 3:55 for an average speed of 14.5 mph with 3665 vertical feet climbed at an average temperature of 92.
Solo to the south - many ups and downs by ridingwithcosimo at Garmin Connect - Details
A couple of views on the way up through Luiano.