This is one of my favorite climbs. A four mile warm up climb followed by a four mile steep climb including an 18% wall. Three lakes and a 200' tunnel. A mountain stream cascading down as you ride up. Trains creaking as they slowly make their way up the mountain. What more can one ask for?
On my way back from Ride the Rockies I never gave it thought that riding at altitude would help. This wasn't a test to see if riding at altitude would make me stronger. If it was, it failed.
I always underestimate how difficult the climb is. Today was no different. It is hard. But once to the top you have a couple miles of flat on top of the mountain followed by a nice seven mile descent on Sugar Run Road. For me it's just a perfect place to ride.