So it was kind of up to me for the route, and I chose one of my favorites, shooting for around 3 hours, as that is my happy to ride cold limit. We went out through Ponte a Ema, Grassina, and up to Strada. From Strada, we continued up to Le Bolle, then descended to the Greve road. I am really starting to like this ride from Grassina to Greve, as I really think the flat ride in the valley from Tavernuzze is kind of boring. Maybe it is because my natural talents tend toward climbing, and the route through Strada involves 3 times as much climbing. It is also really pretty. The bar we usually frequent in Greve was open, so a cafe was in order. We then climbed up Sugame, which Luca said he had never climbed before. From the pass, it was down to the turn off for La Panca, which involves a short climb followed by one of the best descents around. We turned to ride down then up to San Polo, then climbed and descended to Grassina before returning home.
Great ride and good to be out on the first day of 2015. Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit! 73.6 kilometers in 3:04 for an average of 23.9 kph with 1103 meters of climbing. An added bonus is that Strava is starting to re-set the King of the Mountain places for the new year, so after today's ride, I have around 12 KOM's, when before I had made only 1 in 2 years. I know it is what it is, but it feels good. Ciao. Here is a nice picture from the files just to feel warm and enjoy the beauty of Tuscany.
Nate and Tina in May on the road between San Polo and Grassina. Similar, but different today.