Great Western Loop 

Tried and true, the Great Western Loop is the "gold standard" east county ride.

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Author: Angela W.
Date: 24 Jun 2007 8:18:16 AM
Source: AllSport GPS on my phone
Activity: Bicycling
State: California (CA)
Distance: 42.04 mi  (Change units)
Calories: 1377
Average Speed: Overall: 14.8 mph - 0:04:03/mi
Active: 15.5 mph - 0:03:51/mi
Duration: Total: 2:50:46
Active: 2:42:25
Resting: 0:08:21
Unaccounted: 0:00:00
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 4464 ft
Total Loss: 4469 ft
Net Change: -5 ft
Difficulty: 5 / 10
Tags: California, El Cajon
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

On this local favorite, you get to enjoy a little bit of everything east county has to offer. You get the steady climb of Dehesa, the "wall" before turning at the beehive, and the rollers and twisting, winding, fast descent down Lyons Valley. If you're in a group, there is a sprint for the sign near the bottom of Jamul Drive. If you DON'T LIKE twisty, winding, fast descents, you'll be better off doing a GWL variation and heading home via Skyline Truck Trail - fast but not curvey. So - the next time you meet for the JB Ride at Rancho San Diego (leaving Sundays at 8:15 from the Starbucks parking lot) and somebody says "hey, let's finish up the ride with GWL", you'll know what they're talking about! Or, you could finish up with where ever JB wants to go (likely Janet's coffee shop in Alpine). JB's motto is "slow and taper", which makes for a nice day of riding. :)


Great Western Loop

Distance: 42.04 mi Points: 675 Calories: 1377
Total Time: 2:50:46 Speed: 14.8 mph Pace: 4:03 / mi
Active Time: 2:42:25 Speed: 15.5 mph Pace: 3:51 / mi

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