I rode out through the Cascine to Signa in pretty darn beautiful weather. It was sunny and actually pretty warm. I took the road through Comeana to Carmignano, where I expected to see a sign if there was a road problem. No sign, so I continued to climb to Pinone. From Pinone, there is a truly wonderful descent through Vitolini to the turn off for Vinci, which was great today. I had to take it easy though, as it started to rain lightly after I crested the top at Pinone. The rain had stopped by the turn off, so I took off the shell, and started the climb to San Baronto. Around 2/3 the way up, the light rain resumed, but it was so light, I did not get the shell back out. The bar was closed in San Baronto, so I stopped to water on the other side of the pass, then enjoyed a mostly dry descent to the main road back to Firenze. It really is around 40k from the start of the main road, mostly flat, and I pushed pretty hard most of the way. Really fun ride, although I admit to being pretty tired right now. 61.6 miles in 3:53 rolling time for an average speed of 15.9 mph with 3176 vertical feet climbed at a sun effected temperature of 56.
Signa, Pinone, Vinci, San Baronto, Quarrata, Firenze by ridingwithcosimo at Garmin Connect - Details
Starting the climb to Comeana, you leave this incredibly green
valley of the Umbrone river.
There really are spring flowers coming out all over the countryside.
These are on the way to Pinone, climbing from Carmignano.
Looking South on the climb to San Baronto from Vinci.
A view to the West from the climb to San Baronto.