This morning, Saturday, I decided to ride on my own and not get up for the team ride. We were out relatively late last night, so I did not want to push it. I got started a little after 10:30 and had a good route in mind, which I ended up doing. It involved a number of other routes I often ride, but had never connected them as I did today. It was around 20 km longer than I thought it would be and had around 400 more kilometers of climbing than anticipated, so I was late getting home. Oh well. I really enjoyed the ride and it was simply a perfect day. One small pass, two bigger passes, and a really wonderful, scenic ride in Chianti. Add in great dolce (sweet pastries) and excellent cafe machiato in Dudda, and you have a close to perfect day. I loved it. 101.1 km in 4:26 for an average of 22.8 kph with 1596 meters of climbing.
Looking back to the Northeast from close to the top of the biggest climb between
Capanuccia and San Polo. Beautiful sky.
A little of the climb to San Polo remains. What a beautiful road on a perfect day.
Looking back at the climb between Quarate and San Polo.