I am thinking about this route for some clients next Wednesday and wanted to get a handle of the timing. With it taking me 4 hours, I may need to reconsider, or just skip the Montefiridolfi piece. I enjoyed the Luiano climb, and just before I turned on to the road, a rider from the other direction turned on the Luiano road. He looked fit, had a total kit, so I assumed he was Italian. I was pretty surprised when I passed him in a couple of minutes, and he did not stay with me. When I was behind, we were pretty much going the same speed. Anyway, it makes an old man feel good to pass a fit young rider. I will take all the ego boosts I can get.
I decided on the addition of the Montefiridolfi loop, although this may not be part of the client ride. I just enjoy going to and through this little town. I rode over on the ridge to Bibbione, then down to the valley before starting the climb to San Casciano. I enjoyed the climb as always, although I was only 3rd on my best times. Strava is a tough task master to get a personal best. I returned home through Chiesa Nuova and Scandicci. Another fun day in the Tuscan hills. Very different riding than the Dolomiti. I think there are so many more options here, a different kind of beauty, and more user friendly. Most of the climbs I did in the Dolomiti were a minimum of 3000 vertical at a time. Here, they can be steep, but most are not more than 1000 to 1500 vertical. Fun no matter what. Love it!
Back in Firenze - Chianti hills close in. by ridingwithcosimo at Garmin Connect - Details
A couple of photos within 1/2 kilometer of each other,
on the climb above Vacciano on the way to San Gersole.