We took off toward Lastra, but stopped to meet some other team on the way. Eventually, we all hooked up, but a few of us were a little cold from waiting, so were happy when the tour started again. By the time we got to Lastra, we had lost 5 or 6 of the overall group and were down to 5. We continued, and as I don't really understand the rapid fire Italian, I just stayed with the group I was with and was happy with the tour we did. We climbed from Lastra over the little pass to Ginestra, then rode over and up to Montespertoli. We regrouped in Montespertoli and were down to 4, but continued on down along the ridge to Artimino, always a fun ride, although I rarely do it in this direction. From Artimino, we continued down to the valley, the down the valley to turn on the road for Sammontana. Again, a different direction for me, but nice.
As we left the Arno river valley at the start, we climbed into sunshine from fog, and the temperatures got warmer. We rode from Sammontana back to Montelupo, then down the Valley to Cerbia. Climbing to Chiesa Nuova, we hooked back up with 4 of the people we lost on the way to Lastra, and rode with them to Scandicci. As I said before, a few of us stopped to visit Moreno in the hospital, then I rode home. 52.0 miles in 3:13 rolling time for an average speed of 16.2 mph with 2365 vertical feet climbed at an average temperature of 46.
Lastra, Ginestra, Montespertoli, Artimino, Sammontana, Cerbia, Cheisa Nuova by ridingwithcosimo at Garmin Connect - Details
The guys in front of me on the ridge ride to Artimino.
You can kind of see the view from the ridge ride to Artimino
from Montespertoli. I took the picture riding quite quickly,
so that is my excuse.