Here we left the city and started our first real climb. To this point, Dave was right on my tail no matter how hard I pushed. On the climb, both the local knowledge and my abilities climbing made it apparent that I would not be pushed too hard today. Before the climb I had told Dave that if he was faster than I we could work something out so he could go faster. But with so many climbs, we settled into a really nice pace for the whole ride, and I just had to back it off a little on the climbs. We continued on up to Impruneta, stopping for a cafe in the town square. We descended toward Falciani on new pavement, then hooked up to climb through Luiano toward Mercatale. We descended, then climbed to Montefiridolfi and took a very short break and filling our water bottles. We rode across the pretty ridge road, then descended to the main road below.
I gave him the last option talk, and he wanted to add in San Pancrazio, so we went through Ponte Rotto, then climbed to San Pancrazio. More water there, then over through San Quirico to Montagnana, then descending fast to Cerbia. Dave was tiring on the climb to Chiesanuova, and we stopped at the top for more water. We made a good pace over, then down to Scandicci, then back to Florence by Bike. Great job, Dave, and thanks for the business. I love staying busy. Ciao.
Chianti hills with Dave Raymond - great tour! by ridingwithcosimo at Garmin Connect - Details
Here, Dave is finishing the climb above Vacciano, at least the steep part.
Here is Dave enjoying the short flat section between Vacciano
and San Gersole. What a beautiful morning.