Distance: 59 miles and 1900 feet of elevation gain (barometric)
All four routes today stay together for at least the first 10 miles as they head north up to Sierra Madre (the first peak on the profile). This is a long gentle grade. All but the short route then head south on Santa Anita Ave down through El Monte. Just before reaching Whittier, this long splits off for a loop to the east through Hacienda Heights and back into Whittier from the east. This loop includes the climbing in the center of the profile. This is steeper than the initial climb to Sierra Madre, but still never reaches 1000 feet above sea level. After lunch in Whittier, the route heads back north by riding the Upper Rio Hondo Bike Trail to its northern end and then back west to the start in Alhambra. As you can see on the profile, after the pre-lunch climbing, there is only a gentle grade back to the start.
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