Flintridge Express (Long)

Distance: 56 miles and 4000 feet of elevation gain (barometric)

All three routes are substantially different today from the very beginning, so you have to make your decision right away. This long starts out with a few short hills right in the Monterey Park area. These are not long, but can be steep. We then ride over to the La Canada-Flintridge area where we climb the very steep Crown Ave. and Starlight Crest (the first big peak on the profile below. After a downhill on Angeles Crest and a possible early lunch, we head over to Altadena where we climb to the top of Lake Avenue (the 2nd peak on the profile below). This second peak is about the same altitude as the first, but the climb is not as steep as the first peak.  After a later lunch possibility in Sierra Madre, we head south down to El Monte and west to Monterey Park. There is one short climb back over to the start to end the day.

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