Fullbore for Fillmore (Coastal Return)

Distance: 115 miles and 7000 feet of elevation gain (barometric)

Both options are the same for the first 97 miles. We start with the fairly easy climb over Sepulveda and across the valley and over the Old Road to Valencia (the highest peak on the profile below). Then it’s the long flat run to Fillmore for lunch (it may be flat, but is often into a headwind). After lunch, its over Grimes Canyon to Moorpark (the peak at about 60 miles on the profile)  This is the toughest climb of the day but even it is not too steep. We take the alternative to Norwegian Grade up and over to Thousand Oaks where we pick up Mulholland Hwy (which has a few small hills including the one at about 95 miles). When you get to the intersection with Old Topanga, you make your choice. This Coastal Return turns onto Old Topanga and rides that up and over down to the coast on Topanga (the last peak on the profile). Then it is the usual return along PCH and up San Vicente to finish the day. Although this option is a few miles shorter and has a bit less elevation gain, the two options are pretty much the same. Your choice of option will probably be based on weather and desired traffic patterns. As you can see by the profile, there are numerous climbs, but you never climb higher than 1800 feet above sea level. On the map below, the red portion is the common route of the two options and the blue is the unique portion of this option.

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