The ride I picked was super fun, and the last time I rode it, it took a little over 2-1/2 hours, which was about right. I climbed up Via Bolognese for the second day in a row, then changed routes in Pratolino, where I continued climbing to the turn off for Caselline. I am getting used to the Via Bolognese climb, as I don't really even notice the steep part where a year ago I had to summon energy for the effort. I was past the steep part both today and yesterday without really noticing it. The small road over through Caselline and Viliano is really nice, with both descents and climbs. I connected with the road from Bivigliano to Vaglia, and enjoyed one of the really nice, steep descents close to home. Super fun. In Vaglia, I hooked back up with Via Bolognese and rode down toward San Piero, but turned off toward Faltona before San Piero.
I powered across to Faltona, and then enjoyed the climb up to Croce alla Vetta. I was thinking that I would take it easy on the climb, but it just does not seem to happen. The bottom 1/2 of the climb is pretty mellow, big ring stuff, and I just crank when I am in the big ring. Once I get the rhythm going, I
just keep it going even when the climb gets steeper. Anyway, I was pretty quick up to the pass - no Personal Record, but pretty fast. I really enjoyed the descent to Fiesole, then down the uphill of the World Championship course back into Firenze. You can really get it going on the road down from Fiesole with all the new pavement. I even had to pass a bus on the way down. Ride summary: 36.9 miles in 2:26 for an average speed of 15.1 mph with 3190 vertical feet of climbing at an average temperature of 85. Ciao.
Piccolo giro de Mugello by ridingwithcosimo at Garmin Connect - Details
The camping area west of Bivigliano winding down for the summer.
There is a piece of the descent where around 4 switchbacks connect.
This is my attempt to capture the beginning of this stretch.
The mountains toward Passo della Futa from the road to the Olmo climb.