Enthusiastic amateur riders from 26 nations have signed up for the inaugural occasion – a new addition in 2019 to the higher-profile international Haute Route Cycling Series and the very first-ever in the Middle East.
The Haute Route Oman is primarily based in Nizwa and begins on March 1 passing by means of the ancient village of Birkat al Mouz. It finishes in Al Hamra’s Misfat al Abriyeen on March three. Overwhelming interest in Haute Route Oman saw a flood of registrations from the UK, Singapore, China, numerous European nations, the US and Australia as nicely as Oman itself, with female riders creating up an unprecedented 16 per cent of the peloton, the highest proportion of ladies in Haute Route history. Nearly 60 per cent of the riders in the peloton will be taking on their very first ever Haute Route occasion.
The 3-day occasion will take riders on a 238km route centred on Oman’s dramatic and scenic Al Hajar mountain variety, with a demanding climb up the iconic Jebel Akhdar, the Green Mountain, at its heart. Sharing the expertise are some huge names in sport, led by the 2009 FIA Formula 1 World Champion racing driver Jenson Button. The 15-time Grand Prix winner will be joined by two other people from the globe of motor racing: Qatari nearby hero, MotoGP and World Superbike racer Mashel al Naimi, and
Melville McKee, the British Singaporean former GP3 racing driver who tweeted that he is seeking forward to ‘taking on the daunting Jebel Akhdar climb’.
Joining them is Tour Operator Will Levy from Two Wheel Tours Australia. Hosting 19 individuals on a tour to witness or ride the occasion, he stated, “Oman is a new cycling destination and when I rode the test event, I knew my clients would love the country.”
Also racing in the Haute Route Oman are ten nearby riders sponsored by Oman-primarily based Petrogas E&P: Sultan al Maamari, Moosa al Rawahi, Aseel al Riyami, Husni al Riyami, Yousuf al Shakaili, Khalil al Mamari, Mohammed al Shandudi, Musaab al Rashdi, Hatim al Booshri and Mshari al Khalili.
“Haute Route Oman has received a positive response from all over the world and we’re delighted that the inaugural event has sold out,” stated David Graham, CEO of occasion host organiser Oman Sail. Riders will face 3 days of testing rides, beginning with stage 1 and a climb rated as 1 of the most formidable in globe cycling – the 14km route up Jebel Akhdar – which is just element of the 84km opening day with three,000m of elevation acquire.
With a total distance of 145km, day two will function a 22km climb up Jebel Haat which summits at two,000m and provides some of the greatest panoramic views in Oman. The Haute Route Oman will conclude with a deceptively quick 9.4km final day which disguises the challenge of an person time trial with a sting in its tail – a three.7km climb featuring relentless switchbacks with an typical gradient of eight per cent.
Information Source: Muscat Daily