South Bay Typical (Long)

Distance: 45 miles and 3400 feet of elevation gain (barometric)

The long and medium routes are much the same today except that this long does some extra climbing on the Palos Verdes Peninsula before heading to San Pedro for lunch, while the medium takes a relatively flat trip to San Pedro. Both routes start with a loop through the neighborhood on the north side of the peninsula and then a trip around the golf course to Malaga Cove. Here the routes split. This long drops down to do the climb up Paseo Del Mar. The climbing continues on Monte Mar, Via Del Monte and Granvia Altamira up to the top of the peninsula (the highest peak on the profile below). A fast downhill on Crenshaw takes us to Palos Verdes Drive North which we take east to Palos Verdes Drive East. We take this up and over the top (the twin peaks at miles 21 & 23) and down the switch-backs to Palsos Verdes Drive South. Here the long rejoins the medium. Both routes proceed to San Pedro for lunch. After lunch, both routes stay together as they proceed back north along the edge of Palos Verdes and then down into Torrance for a relatively easy return to the start. But watch out for Doris – a short but sharp hill near the end (It’s that tiny blip at mile 43) There is quite a bit of climbing for only a 45 mile ride, but most of the climbing is in the first half.

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