Previously only open to skilled World Tour riders taking component in the Tour of Oman, the complete 13.73km route from the base of the Green Mountain is classified as an HC climb (hors categorie), the hardest category, with an typical 10.three per cent gradient and 1,411m vertical acquire, and is broadly acknowledged as the very best in the entire Middle East area.
It’s a mountain challenge accepted and won by the likes of Chris Froome, who won the stage on the Tour of Oman in 2013 and 2014, even though the pro racers only take on half the complete climb. On Haute Route Oman a 32 cassette and compact chainring will be crucial right here.
The Jebel Akhdar encounter is, nonetheless, just component of a course which has been created to highlight Oman’s distinctive all-natural beauty alongside a memorable cycling challenge.
From March 1-three, 2019 Haute Route Oman will take riders on a 238km route that will contain climbs with an elevation acquire totalling five,248m. Day 1 consists of the formidable Jebel Akhdar climb as component of an 83.27km classic road format stage. The second day also attributes a classic road stage this a 145.3km course taking in the 22.8km HC Hoota Climb which has an typical five.9 per cent gradient with spikes up to 11 per cent. The field’s reward is a summit view of Wadi Banyal, also recognized as the ‘Grand Canyon of Oman’, and then a quickly sweeping 23km descent.
Individual time trials on the final day will see riders pass via the idyllic 400-year-old village of Al Hamra on a 9.33km course which concludes with a 7.four per cent gradient mini-climb of 343m to the finish in the iconic village of Misfat al Abryyn in the heart of the sultanate.
As with all Haute Route events the ground-breaking Oman edition will deliver a ‘professional’ road riding encounter for keen cyclists with outriders, assistance vehicles, complete rider and healthcare solutions and professional occasion management by Oman Sail in a setting that reflects the culture of the skilled road racing circuit. In addition to the difficult climbs and amazing landscapes, Haute Route Oman will be held in excellent road situations with no pot holes and police-controlled roads with out visitors.
Salma al Hashmi, Oman Sail chief of advertising, mentioned, “As promised, our inaugural Haute Route Oman course will deliver a special and unique experience set against the country’s stunning natural environment and uniquely welcoming culture. We are excited to be able to offer Haute Route Oman riders something that no other amateur cycling event can with the Jebel Akhdar climb.” Haute Route CEO, Rémi Duchemin, mentioned, “We wanted our first venture into the Middle East to be a must-do event for riders from around the world, and I believe we have achieved that with the Haute Route Oman.” The Haute Route Oman entry charge is at present decreased by eight per cent to US$875 this unique price expires on October 31.
Information Source: Muscat Daily