I rode out through Piazzale Michealangelo, then up to Poggio Imperiale. I actually made it to the river and turned around, as my first position for the camera, on the side of the top tube, was not working at all. So, I turned around and figured how to use the helmet mount. Anyway, from Poggio Imperiale to Galluzzo, then up to Impruneta on the main road. I took the descent toward Ferrone that puts you on the main road for 100 meters or so before the Luiano turn off, which I took. I enjoyed the climb through Luiano, and up the the Mercatale road. I rode into San Casciano on a stretch of road that is gorgeous.
I descended from San Casciano on the main road and took the turn to Ponterotto, finishing the descent at the Pesa river. I enjoyed the climb to San Pancrazio, on a very nice and shady road, but was starting to feel a little tired. I think I needed the break I am taking today after 9 days in a row on the bike. More water in San Pancrazio, then over on the ridge to the turn off at La Ripa. I rode down to Cerbia, then took a break and took the camera off the helmet, as my neck was getting sore. Just a little ways up the hill to Chiesa Nuova, I stopped and mounted the camera to the helmet in the middle, and tried that for the remainder of the ride. Water at the best spot around in Chiesa Nuova, then over / down on the ridge, taking the turn to Scandicci. I enjoyed the descent, then powered through some fatigue home in Firenze. Summary is: 43.9 miles in 3:09 rolling time for an average speed of 13.9 mph with 3460 vertical feet climbed at an average temperature of 88.
Testing video to the South - perfect weather for a ride in Chianti by ridingwithcosimo at Garmin Connect - Details
I loved the way the gate and trees framed the villa beyond. Yes,
it was windy.
A nice view of the vineyards between Mercatale and San Casciano.