Looking for Leona (Full Century)

Distance: 101 miles and 6800 feet of elevation gain (barometric)

We start by heading north over the Old Road to Santa Clarita (the first small peak at mile 13 on the profile below). There we join the metric century on the long climb up San Francisquito Canyon which we take all the way to the end at Elizabeth Lake Road (the peak at mile 43 below).  This is obviously the big climb of the day, but it is mostly moderate climbing except the last mile which is somewhat steep. We then head east over to Leona Valley for lunch. After lunch we pick up Bouquet Canyon. There is a short climb here (the peak at mile 54) and then the long downhill which we ride back to the Santa Clarita area. A few bumps (Plum Canyon and Sierra Hwy) get us back into the Valley and back to the start. This is not an easy century. There are several short, but noticeably steep portions (the last mile of San Francisquito, the climb on Bouquet and Plum Canyon) and even though it would appear you are done with the principle climbing by the half-way point, those final little bumps on the profile really do add up. Take it easy and take each hill one at a time and you can make it. 

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