The descent from Panzano is really nice, and continuing the descent after the turn off to Lucarelli is excellent. Another classic climb from Lucarelli to Radda, then a climb with a few descents along the ridge to Casellina. A stop in Casellina for water and some food, then a short but steep climb to get to the ridge over to San Donato in Poggio. Mostly a descent, and pretty fast, it has a few climbs in the first couple of kilometers. Great views off toward Poggiobonsi, where the landscape opens up a bit. After San Donato, I continue the descent to Sambuca, then ride the valley to the climb to San Casciano. Another nice climb, nothing too steep, which now that I think of it, all the climbs today fit that description. Back to Tavernuzze though Machiavelli's old town of San Andrea, then home through the Centro.
Just a great tour, and one I would like to share with clients, but it is a little long and perhaps too difficult for most. I bet Don and Kay will be up for it when they are here. 68.3 miles in 4:33 rolling time for an average speed of 15.0 mph with 5141 vertical feet climbed at an average, sun effected, temperature of 57. So lucky to have such a classic tour available to ride, let alone use as a training run.
Strada, Chiochio, Panzano, Radda, Casellina, San Casciano, Fi by ridingwithcosimo at Garmin Connect - Details
I liked the view of the final part of the climb to Chiocchio.
Nice road, twisty, and fun.
I pulled over to catch the view to the North on the final
part of the climb to Panzano.
The view of the entrance to the old town of Radda in Chianti,
around 1/2 way through today's long ride.
The ridge just above Casellina has wonderful views to the South.
Another view from the ride. Yes the skies are clearing and it
is starting to get sunny - yeah!
Another fun road shot, here in the valley between Sambuca and
the start of the climb to San Casciano.