Cycling Sharon Goshen Road (Route 128)
Ride 3 miles gaining 581’ at 36% average grade
Begin climb in West Cornwall
“Another popular area ascent, Sharon Goshen Road is a variable grade hill that can lead to other riding/climbing nearby. It begins in town over solid grade. Soon it eases as you ride through thick woods. A flat is then found before climbing resumes in a stair step fashion. Where Route 125 goes straight, bear left to continue on Route 128. The climb soon ends where the road begins to descend down Route 4.” (This quote is provided with the approval of John Summerson from his book, The Complete Guide to Climbing (by Bike) in the Northeast, pg. 58.)
Climb summary by PJAMM ambassador Dan Razum.
The climb starts in the town of West Cornwall. Just before the climb there is a covered bridge over the Housatonic river, which is neat to ride through.
The climb starts just after the bridge, at a moderately steep gradient. The beginning and the end of the climb are the steepest sections, although they aren't too bad, they don't quite reach double digit gradients.
The road condition is good throughout, with a decent shoulder as well. There is some traffic, but the road is plenty wide so it's not a concern.
After leaving the village we mostly ride through a forest. After about 2 miles we reach an intersection and bear left to stay on Rte 128.
Roughly a mile later we reach Town Street, which is the top of the climb. However, for a little more climbing we can turn left on Town Rd and ride for about a half mile to reach the high point of Town Rd.