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Haute Route cycling to return in March

Haute Route cycling to return in March

Sultanate’s magnificent Al Hajar mountain variety will supply riders some of the most difficult climbs in the cycling globe – notably the daunting ascent of the iconic Jebel Akhdar, which tested and delighted these who took component in the initial-ever occasion early this year.

The 3-day challenge will be 260km lengthy with five,500m of climbing and the focal point of stage 1 and two will be the formidable twin peaks of Jebel Akhdar and Jebel Hatt, that rival iconic international climbs such as Mount Ventoux, Alpe d’Huez and Pesso Dello Stelvio.

For comparison, the famed Col du Tourmalet – a highlight of the Tour de France – presents the world’s elite cyclist with a 19km climb at an typical gradient of 7.four per cent, the ascent of Jebel Akhdar, the ‘Green Mountain’, provides a gradient of 10.three per cent with an elevation obtain of 1,411m.

Stage three has been extended from the 2019 route and will now begin in the ancient lost city of Tanuf whose evocative ruins will be the launchpad for a 30km time-trial.

As ever, Haute Route will provide the complete expert tour expertise to an international peloton of enthusiastic amateur riders, with the occasion supported by the globe-class organisational expertise of Oman Sail. Though a new member of the Haute Route loved ones in 2019, Oman has currently earned its location on the bucket list of several riders.

Oman Sail CEO David Graham stated, “We were absolutely delighted with the success of the first-ever Haute Route Oman, and we received five-star feedback from across the entire peloton. The brilliant support of the Royal Oman Police, the Royal Army of Oman, and the local Dakhliyah community allowed us to ensure the highest safety and service standards for the riders. We welcome their continued support in 2020 where we aim to attract more international cyclists to experience the incredible cycling offerings of the sultanate.”

The initial edition of Haute Route Oman attracted 262 riders from 27 nations, amongst them the 2009 F1 World Champion racing driver Jenson Button.

“Haute Route Oman was a really good experience,” stated Button. “I wasn’t sure what to expect before taking part and it was incredible.”

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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