84Km | 3,000M+ · March 1st
The Haute Route Oman starts with a climb that is not only the hardest in the Middle East, it’s one of the most formidable in the world. Jebel Akhdar is so steep the sport’s professionals only ride half of it when they compete here during the annual Tour of Oman. You’ll be taking on an ascent previously tamed by Grand Tour winners Chris Froome and Vincenzo Nibali, but you’ll be looking upwards for much longer than those pros – you’ll cover every inch of this 14km-long iconic peak, known as the Green Mountain.
A compact chainset and a 32 cassette are not just recommended for this trip, they’re essential if you want to triumph up this craggy, limestone mountain that dishes out an average gradient of 10.3 per cent and an elevation gain of 1,411m.
And your hard work doesn’t end at the top – you’ll ride 84km and climb 3,000m during Day One and once at the summit of Akhdar, you’ll head towards the cliff-top, five-star Alila Jebel Akdar hotel near the scenic village of Al Roose before turning back to the Summit car park. While the views of the majestic Hajar Mountain range are stunning, the route will make jaws drop for another reason – you’ll face punchy, short climbs that can spike up to 20 per cent. Your reward at the end? The chance to descend the Green Mountain at your own pace, once you’ve crossed the Haute Route Oman finish line.
The stage cols will be available soon