I set out through the Cascine then out the back way to Signa, picking up a couple of riders to Signa after Donnini. They did not go toward Carmignano, so I was on my own after that. Great climb to Carmignano and Pinone. The weather was very nice today, a high of probably around 84, so not too hot. I stopped in Pinone for a cafe and dessert. I have come to realize the pastry chef at the little restaurant / bar up there is quite good. Loved the piece of cake I had today. Next is the sweet descent to Limite, then a reasonable push into Montelupo for the second water stop of the day. From Montelupo it is up a very gradual valley to Cerbia, then the climb to Chiesanuova.
On the climb, I passed a young racer and either his father or coach. I passed them pretty quickly on the gradual climb, and thought I would not see them again. On the steep part of the climb, toward the end, the young racer, I would guess 12, came by me standing the entire steep part. I pretty much stayed with him and we shared some water at the fountain at the top. Fun to see young racers enjoing and pushing the riding here occasionally. That is how so many Italians become great pros. I finished the ride by descending the switchbacks into Galluzzo, then over through Cinque Vie back to the Viales and home. Excellent ride.
Signa, Pinone, Limite, Cerbia, Chiesanuova, Cinque Vie, Firenze by ridingwithcosimo at Garmin Connect - Details
A villa on the hill on the way to Comeana.
In the Ombrone river valley.
The restaurant / bar at Pinone. I pretty much always stop for
a cafe and dolce. Today it was excellent.
The road between Montelupo and Cerbia was particularly