This ride takes you from Montepulciano to through the wine areas of Val di Chiana over to the hill town of Cortona, made a popular tourist destination by the book "In The Tuscan Sun". This route follows an easier route avoiding some of the more traffic roads. The route also takes you up the easier climb up to Cortona.
CHECKPOINTS: Montepulciano - Montepulciano Station - Chianacce - Farneta - Camucia - Cortona
ROUTE PROFILE: The route is has a easy profile with one long climb up to Cortona. For gearing we suggest a compac 50/34 front gear ratio and a 11/26 rear cassette would be best. The longer climb is less than 5% average with great views of the Val di Chaina on the way up. The climb is exposed in the sun so on hot days make sure you are plenty of water.
This route takes your through the countryside so you will mostly pass through small communities. There are plenty of small coffee shops along this route and places to refill water bottles.