Nice! It looks steeper and longer than Patten. Was it paved or gravel? I'd think it would be hard not to fall over at 15 min/mile :-)
Much steeper, especially the first part. All paved, rough, lots of cracks and holes, but still way better than dirt. The grade eased up after about 10-12 minutes, got some variation. The first part was just relentlessly steep.
Actually meant that I kept my heart rate lower (about 160 vs mid to upper 160s when going up Sugarloaf), concentrating real hard on not making any mistakes, since losing momentum could put an immediate end to things.
Didn't have to resort to any switchbacking. :-)
Still, if you look at Strava, best time for the climb is just under 10 minutes, and I was 20:43. Just to keep things in perspective. (And the book I have about climbs in the NE describes the climb as up to the top of Kingsley Road and then turn left for another 1/10 mile to the height of land. Time for that was 22:42. But Stava lists the segment as just to the end of Kingsley.)
Lovely area around Monroe Bridge. I went through there (by car, I'm not a cyclist) ten years ago to explore the Deerfield River ((photos)
book about climbs in the NE
I'd like to see that! I think there's a pretty good climb down my way that bikers do, up to or near the Mt Tom summit, accessed from the road to the base of the ski area.