Just a super beautiful, challenging course. The seven walls were all difficult climbs on tiny roads in very out of the way places. 3 of the climbs maxed out at 17%, 1 at 19%, 1 at 21%, 1 at 22% (the hardest climb by far as the 25% was when one was relatively fresh), and 1 at 25%. So one can easily get the picture why it was hard. I had ridden 5 of the 7 climbs before, and knew the 6th wall, which maxed at 22% was super hard. It was also when I was tired, but I made it up fine and even passed 5 or 6 on the way up. Great pasta party at the finish, but I was not too social, and basically wolfed the food down and then hit the road home. I had a cheeseburger and a large beer after getting home.
Including getting to the start in Sieci and returning back from Sieci to Florence, the totals for the day are: 138.5 kilometers in 6:24 with 2413 meters of climbing. Ciao.
People on their way to the start gate.
The scene at the sign up close to the start early this morning.
Hooray, the finish line. I really enjoyed this granfondo, but it
did beat me up a little. Many steep climbs.