This section belongs to Highway 14A, the last and the most challenging section of the KOM challenge. It is only 10 kilometers long but rises 700 meters of elevation, deducing the 1 kilometer of descent, the actual average gradient exceeds 10%.
After 90 kilometers of devastation, coupled with the impact of high altitude, it would be a big test of willpower. The first half is relatively demanding. The average slope of 5 kilometers to the Xiaofengkou Visitor Center is 8.4%, and there are many steep slopes with dozens of slops. After passing the Xiaofengkou Visitor Center, you face a monster slope of about 600 meters long with an average slope of 13%. The hairpin bend at the 36k sign is the steepest place, which max gradient reaches 27%; it is the point where most cyclists decided to get off their bike.
After this section, the slope at the back will ease slightly all the way to the 1km downhill at the 34k mark, so rest your legs temporarily here. When you finally reach 3158 cafe, the downhill is over, and you are about to take the last 1.5 kilometers challenge with an average slope of 11% and a steep slope close to 20%. At this point, all you can feel is exhaustion, and you can only climb up by gritting your teeth with determination. When you see the Wuling archway, voila! You have completed the KOM route, cycling from 0 to 3275m altitudes in one ride!