Sierra Donut Ride (Medium)

Distance: 42 miles and 2100 feet of elevation gain (barometric)

The long and medium are somewhat similar today. Both head up to the Sierra Donut shop in Sierra Madre for lunch or a break and both have the same return route. This medium takes a slightly more direct route up to Sierra Madre however. Both routes start out together as they ride up Verdugo to the Montrose area and then down Descanso and on towards the Rose Bowl. Before reaching the Rose Bowl, the two routes split. This medium continues east on a fairly direct route to Sierra Madre through Altadena.  After the break in Sierra Madre, the long and medium return together by basically back-tracking much of the route up. This takes us back over the top of Descanso and back down Verdugo. The two peaks on the profile below are the two trips over the top of Descanso. The initial climb to the top is a long, but not very steep, grade. This medium is only 5 miles shorter than the long, but it does not cut any climbing.

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