We rode out through Le Cure then San Domenico, the turned off to descend through Maiano before the climb through Vincigliata. We hooked up with the road above Fiesole there, and climbed to the crossroads around L'Olmo. We rode over toward Bivigliano, and the rain started around 1/2 way there. The prediction was for showers after 4, but we both had shells so we were fine. Bob is from the Seattle area, so he was totally fine with continuing in the rain. It was not too cold, so it turned out to be pretty pleasant riding. Just before Bivigliano, we turned to cut over to Pratolino through Viliani and Caselline. We cut off toward Monte Morello at Pratolino, but cut back over to Via Bolognese and descended to San Bartolo. We cut over through Cercina, to the church above the town, then took descent option #3, which is my favorite.
We returned to town with a couple of cut offs to avoid traffic which involves a little additional climbing. Bob was happy to do the extra climbing and remarked many times that he loved the little roads we were riding on. Good day and thanks for the business, Bob. 32.5 miles in 3:01 for an average speed of 10.8 mph (we took it slow on the wet descents) with 3510 vertical feet of climbing at an average temperature of 59. Ciao.
Great client ride in the hills to the North by ridingwithcosimo at Garmin Connect - Details
Bob riding up the climb through Vincigliata. The weather
was cooperating at this point.
Here is Bob just after putting on the rain shell. It is a
good thing we stopped, because the rain came and stayed with us.
This is on the road to Bivigliano, one of my favorites.