We got out at a reasonable hour this morning, and did my suggested tour in the Mugello. We climbed up Via Faentina to Olmo and the crossroads just below the Pass, Vette alla Croci. Neither Don or Kay had ridden on this road, so that was fun, and they liked the road and climb. We continued climbing at a much shallower pitch over to Bivigliano, then really enjoyed one of the great descents here down to Vaglia. Multiple switchbacks, sometimes linked with no straight in between, just a super fun descent. From Vaglia, on the main road through San Piero a Sieve, then toward Scarperia, then turning off on the fun road to San Agata and a nice stop for cafe and water. I love the little town and the bar that I get the cafe machiato at.
From San Agata, there is a little climbing left to the descent to Galliano, then down the main road to the turn for Bosco ai Frati. I love this little road, mostly a descent and tiny and all but abandoned. Fun! Back to San Piero a Sieve, then over to the turn off on the outskirts of Borgo San Lorenzo to access the climb to Vetta alla Croci. I was determined to keep the pace easy and keep everyone together, but before Polcanto, where it steepens up a little, Kay suggested we go ahead as she was happier going her own pace alone. Fine with me, and I jumped off and really cooked on the remainder of the climb, with a Strava time that put me 7 overall on this part of the climb out of 51. Not bad for an old man. We regrouped at the top, and Don dealt with some bike issues, then a smokin descent through Fiesole, then down to Le Cure and home. Nice, fun ride on what turned out to be a cloudy, but pretty nice day. La bella vita!
Check out D&K - Faentina, Bivigliano, Vaglia, Sant Agata, Bosco ai Frati, Borgo, Vette alla Croci, Fiesole, Firenze on Strava.com! It's a 87.0 km ride I did on Tuesday, April 29, 2014.
The always beautiful road from Olmo to Bivigliano.
At the stop in Bivigliano, this view is over the little retaining wall.
Don and Kay on the way to San Agata.
I love this tiny road through Bosco ai Frati.