From Limite, a quick 10 minutes of flat riding to Montespertoli, where I got water and took off my base layer. Only a lightweight long sleeved jersey on top - hooray! I rode out through Samontanna to the road to Ortimino which is a nice gradual climbing ride up a gentle valley. A rider was in front of me almost all the way, when I got on the road, I could barely see him, and I eventually passed him around 1/2 kilometer before the climb started to Ortimino. He stood on the pedals and quickly passed me, but I just hung in there with the gear I know works for me, and I passed him and ended up putting around 2 minutes into him by the road junction. I was surprised, as I expected him to be basically right behind me. I enjoyed the ridge climb to Montespertoli. It is a beautiful ride, a nice road, and on a day like today, if you don't like this, what are you doing out there riding?
From Montespertoli, down to Bacciano, with a 5 minute snack break on the way. I quickly caught a line of traffic following 3 large, very slow moving trucks, and I just thought, why get in this line. I finished the day up and over Montagnana, then up to Chiesa Nuova, and home via Cinque Vie and Ponte a Ema. What a sweet ride on an incredible day. 63.3 miles in 4:10 rolling time for an average speed of 15.2 mph with 3665 vertical feet climbed at a sun effected average temperature of 73. Nice!
Signa, Pinone, Limite, Montelupo, Samontanna, Montespertoli, Firenze by ridingwithcosimo at Garmin Connect - Details
Looking back toward Firenze from just above Carmignano.
Rolling in to Santa Christina a Mezza just above Carmignano.
The real climb to Pinone starts just after the climb. I guess the
150 meter of climbing to Carmignano are not real?
What a day, and what a view, quite close to the top of
the climb to Pinone. Great cafe in Pinone!
A view toward Poppiano from my break on the descent from