I started out going by the shop to clarify rentals for a client ride next Wednesday, which was a good thing as there was some confusion between the shop and the client. Hopefully it is all set now. I ended up going out the viales then over to Bagno a Ripoli on my normal route. From Bagno a Ripoli, there is a pretty steady climb to San Donato in Collina. A great descent follows only broken by a 40 vertical meter climb just before Palazzolo. I turn off to catch the bridge over the Arno, then climb on the other side to the turn off to Mattissino. You descend a bit, then ride flats, climbing a little until you get around 2 kilometers from Castelfranco. Then there is a short real climb followed by the Sette Ponte road. By this time, I had already refilled the water bottle 3 times and soaked by head and helmet as well. As I said above, Sette Ponte was perfect, then I stopped in Regello for a slice of pizza, cold, and a cafe machiato.
Refueled, I climbed then descended to Donnini, then did the final real climb to Tosi, another favorite of mine. A super descent from Tosi to just before Pelago follows, then a short climb to Pelago. After Pelago, more descending to Pontesieve, then a push into Firenze for around 20 k on a mostly flat road. Another great ride here in Tuscany. Remember I am here to guide you should you want to ride with Cosimo. 62.6 miles in 4:06 for an average speed of 15.3 mph with 4050 vertical feet of climbing at a pretty hot average temperature of 94. I am thinking this will be the route for some clients next Wednesday. Ciao for now.
Sette Ponte via San Donato, Castelfranco, Donnini, Tosi, Pelago by ridingwithcosimo at Garmin Connect - Details
A couple of pictures on the way up to San Donato
in Collina, the first climb of the day.
A monastery just before Castelfranco. For some reason
I had never noticed it before.
The beginning of the Sette Ponte route leaving Castelfranco.