I had a reasonable amount of time this afternoon, but did not want to start too soon, as it was in the middle to high 30's until noon. I got out a little after 12:30, and decided to do the Montesenario climb. I climbed Via Bolognese yesterday, so I climbed Via Faentina today. I had never connected Via Faentina with the Montesenario climb so it was fun and a little different. The views at the top were wonderful as always. A really clear day made them even better, as I hope the pictures show. I descended into Bivigliano and continued through town to the west to the turn off for the road over to Polcanto. This is a fun road with little to no traffic, although the surface is a little rough in places. After Polcanto, the final 1/3 of the Croce alle Vetta climb awaits. This was fine, although the temperatures really dropped between Bivigliano and Polcanto. They came back up, I finished the climb, then enjoyed the descent to Fiesole then Firenze in quite mild temperatures. Super fun ride. 32.6 miles in 2:31 rolling time for an average speed of 12.9 mph with 3586 vertical feet climbed at a sun effected temperature of 56. Please note the Garmin went a little crazy at the start - I definitely was not climbing at 100 mph. Ciao.
Via Faentina, Montesenario, Bivigliano, Polcanto, Fiesole, Firenze by ridingwithcosimo at Garmin Connect - Details
The view to the east caught my eye climbing to Montesenario.
Look hard, on the top of the hill is the sanctuario de Montesenario.
This is climbing around 2/3 the way up.
At Montesenario, this view is to the Southwest. I like
the composition with the cross. It is a functioning
Monastery after all.
The view to the West from Montesenario. I had to enlarge this one as the view is truly awesome.
The view to the North from Montesenario. Somewhere on that
ridge in the distance in Passo del Giogo which I rode on Sunday with the team.