At the start of the climb, I expected to drop the group, but no, at least one shadow stayed with me, which I thought was Filippo. I stayed with the pace, pushing it pretty good, then Adam passed me and we had really dropped both Nicola and Filippo. I ended up passing Adam again soon, and then thought with the current effort, I might as well see if I had a personal record in me today. As it turns out, 4 seconds slower than my personal record, so close, but no cigar. Adam totally dropped me on the climb to Montesenario from the top of Via Faentina where we all got back together. It was quite warm in Florence when we started, and I had on short finger gloves. At the top, it was really quite chilly, so the long gloves and a bandanna came out, but the descent was still kind of cold. Filippo went directly back, as he needed to get home, but Adam and Nicola went with me and we went through Bivigliano, Viliano, and Caselina to Pratolino, where we stopped to warm up and have a cafe. After the cafe, we descended directly down Via Bolognese to the apartment, where I bid them farewell. Great ride today all. 48.2 kilometers in 2:21 for an average speed of 20.4 kph with 991 meters climbed.
My compatriots for today's ride at our objective, Montesenario. What a beautiful spot.