Road Cycling Highlight (Segment)
Kings Mountain Road arrives about one mile into the descent portion of your loop. This is a narrow and very twisty road that descends for a little over four miles without a break. The overall average grade of this descent is about -7.5%. The first three quarters of the descent (before the entrance of Huddart Park) is a two-lane road divided by a dash yellow line down the middle, where I'd qualify the lane widths as "fair", though there are no marked shoulders. The last quarter of the descent is divided by double yellow solid lines and features lines marking the outer edges of the lanes, but the shoulder space outside those lines (if any) hardly ever exceeds a foot in width. The pavement is quite good and is almost never broken. The descent is fast and exhilarating, with almost all of it taking place under moderate tree cover. While car traffic on this road is very light, it's not non-existent. Make sure you keep that as well as the popularity of this road with cyclists in mind as you decide which speed you should maintain through this descent.
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