Would Be Fine on a Fixie - 9 1/2 Weeks - CycleBlaze

October 28, 2019

Would Be Fine on a Fixie

Bottinaccio to Cinciano

Take yesterday, substitute more Tuscan hills for the Apeninne mountains, add in lots of roadies out on their Sunday rides, and you pretty much have today.

Another one of those 'why we love cycle touring' days. 

Did we have sweat pouring off our noses? Sure.

Were our thighs burning after yet another 150 m vertical 15% climb? Oh yes.

Are we were continually awed with the beautiful countryside? In spades.

Are we we amazed at the 900 year old 'village' turned winery / fratorria that we are staying at? How could you not be!

A short, but also physically demanding day to Cinciano, an old hamlet sitting on a hill (surprised) that is now a winery/ hotel / restaurant. We've been buying their wines for a number of years and met one of the family / owners when they were passing through Calgary a few years back promoting their wines. That's when we found out about the hotel/ villas/ restaurant that is here also. We set this as one of the firm 'destination' points for this tour. We are more than happy that we did. 

There are probably scores of places like this throughout Tuscany, but we are so glad we have made it here. It is an an (overused) word ... beautiful. We're taking a day off here to really rest, read, update this blog, plan the next few legs of this trip, have a leisurely breakfast lunch and dinner in the simple but excellent restaurant, and simply just enjoy being here.

So why "Fine on a Fixie"?? - 'cause just like yesterday you only need one gear, a very low one. You are in this one when you are climbing and then you are almost immediately on your brakes when you crest the hill. Probably should be titled 'Fine on a Single Speed' but that doesn't have a nice alliteration ... I'll take the wrath of the bike nerds.

Song of the Day, Spirit in the Sky by Norman Greenbaum. Going back, way back, to 1969 ... almost as old as Cincinano!

'When I die and they lay me to rest

I'm going to go to the place that's the best'

And that could be here!

The 'wall' near the end is when we decided to go a little 'cross-country' through the vineyards to get to Cinciano. We missed the pushing yesterday!
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Our simple breakfast in the monastery accompanied by Toby
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Exceptionally beautiful and peaceful place
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just love the progression of the roof lines .., classic Tuscany!
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We took the opportunity to clean 5 weeks worth of mud and grime off our bikes!
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Thank you for the wonderful stay Sister Lauretana
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Clean, rested and ready to head for the hills!
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We could not have asked for a better day ... clear blue sky, no wind and temps in the mid 20's ... and amazing 360 degree views of Tuscany!
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Looking back to the Monastery across the vineyards and olive groves
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After about 1 km of nice rolling roads we came to our first big steep downhill ! Yeah
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....only to immediately see or first big steep uphill of the day!
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A coffee break in Montespertoli after about 30 minutes of riding. It was Sunday so the whole town was out in the square doing the same thing we were ... drinking coffee, eating sweet pastries and chatting with friends. We were here 16 years ago with our kids, rented a villa on the edge of town and used it as a base for touring Tuscany for a week. Still recognise a lot of it!
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more or less random shots of pretty things along the way. I liked this bell tower stadndng out against the blue sky
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looking back north to Montespertoli after about another 40 minutes, and a few more hills, of riding
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another hill top .... another town and castle!
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.... with vineyards stretching out below
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Screenshot of a section of our route today. See where the road goes? Right over the top of the hill! Welcome to Tuscany ... get ready to do this countless times in a day
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Lovely narrow main street of Marcialla catching the mid day sun
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classic scene ... Sunday laundry hanging out to dry!
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Hanging out in the shade in Barbarino
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John Travolta's great-great-great-great-great grandfather Francesco Barbarino - in the eponymous town! beautiful contrast with the blue sky! Stopped here for a drink and a refreshing apple .. it was starting to get hot! Haven't felt this way for several weeks now
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Kirsten spotted this jelly bean of a car in Barbarino .... makes the Fiat 500 look like a Hummer!
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after our little interlude in Barbarino, we had a nice long downhill run towards Poggibonsi. Our end point for the day is Cinciano, the buildings on the hill on the opposite side of the valley! We could have ~5 km of more down hill and then about 200 m of climbing on asphalt to get there .... or about 1.5 km of a little down hill and a full frontal assault on dirt roads through the vineyards... what do you think we chose!
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...getting close!
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... we have arrived!
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we love showing up hot & sweaty to these lovely places. The reactions we get cover the full spectrum from shock & horror to a full hearted welcome ... we got the latter today!
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our view west towards San Gimignano, quite hazy so you can't see it ... several smoke plumes coming from other villages ... burning vine prunings???
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Angela NaefLove this backlit photo with the smoke, beautiful.
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We have Camera della Nonna ... grandmothers room ... with a beautiful balcony looking west over the terrace ... the village / hamlet has been here since 1126 and is in amazing shape
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...granny was well looked after, as are we!
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It was a warm one today!
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5:14 ... went off daylight time last night. Still beautiful though
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Karin KaarsooGlad you figured that out!
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The main villa looking up from the second level terrace with the evening sun casting beautiful light on the trees and buildings
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Beautiful Fountain on the terrace
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Nonna making an appearance before dinner!
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Karin Kaarsoo🤣🤣🤣🤣
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Night scene looking up the 'main street', and only street, towards the wine production buildings and cellars
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Glenna, here's one just for Dave ... he'll know what it means!
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Glenna Jefferiescement's here.....
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2 weeks ago
Try it ... it’s good! Excellent diner in Osteria 1126, the M. Michelin recommended restaurant at Cinciano
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Signing off from Cinciano with a tasty rosé
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Today's ride: 30 km (19 miles)
Total: 2,385 km (1,481 miles)

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Scott AndersonWe’re enjoying following along here, and are considering coming this way ourselves late next fall. It looks like a beautiful time to be here.
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