I planned on getting to San Baronto on this ride, so I did not stop at Pinone at the top of the climb for a cafe. I descended to Vitolini, which is simply a classic. Super fun, not too fast, good road surface, just right. From Vitolini, I descended to the climb to Vinci, then the climb to San Baronto starts. This is a total classic climb, not steep almost anywhere, but pretty long with around 400 meters of elevation gain. At the top in San Baronto, I did stop for a cafe and a slice of crostata, which was needed. I descended to Quaratta, then had 30 kilometers or so of basically flat terrain on relatively busy roads. This is part of the route that was the time trial for the World Championships, and I worked it pretty hard solo. I kept a speed of around 33 to 35 kilometers per hour for most of the way when not needing to slow for traffic or a bus that I basically rode back into Firenze with. I actually enjoyed the work and pushed it pretty hard for me. I was pretty beat upon my return and treated myself to a cheeseburger and a beer at our local bar / panini spot. 61.7 miles in 4:05 rolling time for an average speed of 15.1 mph with 3045 vertical feet climbed at an average temperature of 49.
Signa, Carmignano, Pinone, San Baronto, Quaratta, Firenze. by ridingwithcosimo at Garmin Connect - Details
Looking up toward Monte Albano on the climb from Carmignano to Pinone.
This is the view of the valley below from the start of the descent
from San Baronto. With inversions, burning olive tree slash, and
fires for warmth, it was pretty hazy in the valleys.