Distance: 52 miles and 3300 feet of elevation gain (barometric)
All three of today’s routes are much the same except that the long and medium each start out with some climbing which the short skips. This long, which is only a couple of miles longer than the medium, does an extra 1300 feet of climbing and some of this climbing is very difficult. The long starts out with a few short (but steep) climbs in the area just west of Sepulveda. It then heads a little west and tackles the featured climb of the day: Escalon/Encino Hills. This is a little more than a mile and it is STEEP. After Encino Hills Dr. the route does a few more short climbs (some of which are also fairly steep) and then eventually comes back down to the Valley floor near the Sepulveda Basin area. At this point all three routes come together again and stay together for the rest of the day. All routes proceed west across the Valley by a fairly flat route to stop for lunch in Woodland Hills. After lunch, we head back to the start using the well known Wells Drive Medley back across the Valley. As you can see by the profile, most of the climbing is in the first 20 miles and the Encino Hills climb (at mile 11) is by far the longest.
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