Around 1/3 the way to Montespertoli, a group of three passed me quite fast, but with a little effort I caught back up with them, then a 5th joined in - the 5th was part of the group that passed me, but they had dropped him. We all rode together to Montespertoli, which was quite fun. They turned the other direction in Montespertoli, so I was solo again. Nice descent, then climb, then descent, then another climb to Chiesa Nuova. After Chiesa Nuova, Luca Durazzi, a team member, who was riding with 3 friends caught me on the way to Scandicci, and again, I dug in and stayed with them. We were together most the way through Scandicci, when everyone went their own way home. Great day and great ride. It is kind of nice that I am getting to know enough people and am strong enough to stay with some fast guys to have some competitive company on a ride these days. Ciao!
Such a beautiful road, even on a grey day on the initial climb
from Montelupo on the way to Montespertoli though Bottinacio.
After leaving the team, who all wanted to do something shorter
than I, these 4 passed me on the fun, but difficult stretch between
Montelupo and Montespertoli. I dug in and stayed with them
for this part of the ride. They turned a different
direction in Montespertoli.
The color on this hillside caught my eye on the climb
to Montagnana. I even stopped for the picture and zoomed in.
The fall colors were pretty nice on the climb to Chiesanuova.