I had thought about only doing early morning rides, but when I tried that, I was kind of a prisoner in the apartment, not wanting to go out in the afternoon. I would rather ride, which creates it's own breeze, and enjoy the afternoon exercise. I will probably limit the time for these hot rides, but when you gain altitude, it also cools off. Today, I did a fun ride that I have not done in a while, as part of the road fell away with the heavy spring rains. It is now repaired enough to have one lane open, which works for me. I climbed up Via Bolognese through San Bartolo, Montorsoli, to Pratolino, where I turned off to get to the Monte Morello road. I had noticed a water fountain on this road before, and today I tried it. A sweet water source, it is cold, good, and in a nice shady spot with good views, along with little or no traffic.
I rode over to the Monte Morello road, then up the nice, relatively gentle climb to the top, stopping to take the pictures you see below. It is a nice down hill from there. For a while pretty gentle, then dropping pretty steeply for a good stretch which includes a series of 6 super tight switchbacks at a 10 to 15% grade. Exciting! You eventually drop into Sesto Fiorentino, then take some relatively busy roads back through the city and home. Nice ride, and remember, embrace the heat. Ride summary is: 22.4 miles in 1:37 rolling time for an average speed of 13.9 mph with 1950 vertical feet climbed at an average temperature of 96. Ciao.
Monte Morello - embrace the heat! by ridingwithcosimo at Garmin Connect - Details
The bike at a new water fountain find in Pratolino, just
starting the connector road to the Monte Morello road.
Shade, views, cold water. What more could you ask for?
Put these next 3 photos together to get a panorama
of the view at Monte Morello. I took them to show
how the heat was making the sky seem to shimmer.