Once you leave the town, at the 8 kilometre mark, you'll start a more difficult climb. It is important to start slowly because the most difficult sections of the route begin here: three sections of 600-700 metres with inclines ranging from 8 to 12 percent. Moreover, these sections are not shaded, so expect to sweat a lot under the summer sun!
At the 10.7 kilometres mark, you'll reach Santa Lucia (700 metres above sea level), where the uphill road becomes quite difficult. At the 11.6 kilometre mark, the road flattens out for the next 400 metres, but after passing Monte di Fo, the inclines become more difficult. This section of road is about 1,800 metres long and features a series of hairpin bends that can reach an inclination of 10 percent. Finally, near L’Apparita (at the 13.8 kilometre mark) the difficult climb ends.
For the next 700 kilometres, the route is basically flat and takes cyclists to the top of the 'Passo della Futa', or the Futa Mountain Pass, where on the wall you can find the plaque dedicated to the great Gastone Nencini, the unforgettable champion in the 1950s and 1960s from Mugello.