Distance: 45 miles and 1300 feet of elevation gain (barometric)
Today the long and the medium routes are the same for the first 34 miles to lunch. From the start, they both ride directly over to the San Gabriel River trail and ride the 8 miles up the river to the Santa Fe Dam. After riding the crest of the dam (almost another 3 miles) the routes continue north along the river to Duarte. Then both routes leave the river to work their way back west through Sierra Madre and on to Pasadena for lunch. After lunch, while the long splits off to do an extra loop and climb, this medium simply heads south back to the start. It rejoins the long route for the return through Alhambra back to the start. On the map below, the red portion is the common route with the long route and the blue shows where this medium cuts off and then rejoins the long after its loop. If you compare the profiles of the long and medium, you will see that this medium cuts out the principal climb done by the long and has significantly less overall climbing than the long. We suggest bringing both the long and medium route sheets so that you can decide at lunch how you are feeling.
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