9.4KM | 359M+ · March 3rd
Haute Route Oman concludes with an individual time trial through the idyllic mountain villages of Al Hamra and Misfah. You’ll ride along dusty, narrow streets on a 9.4km-long course that ends with a sting in its tail – a 3.7km climb with an average gradient of almost 8 per cent.
The course offers a window into Oman’s past – during the first flat 5.6km, you’ll ride past four-storey brick and mud houses in Al Hamra that date back hundreds of years, and you’ll also pass a traditional Omani souq selling handicrafts and Arabic sweets.
The stage’s grand finale is a gruelling 3.7km climb full of switchbacks that just get steeper and steeper. You’ll ascend 350m during the TT, but it’s another inquest for your legs – Haute Route Oman concludes with a 1.6km section with an average gradient of 7.5 per cent, plus a second section that will have quads burning thanks to a 9.5 per cent gradient (with formidable spikes of up to 20 per cent).
But all that suffering will be worth it when you see the views at the top – stunning vistas of the country’s Hajar Mountain range await, as do lush palm groves, date and banana plantations and a canal that provides water to local residents. Don’t be surprised if you get a taste of Omani hospitality at the finish line in the form of dates, coffee and congratulations while you take in the views of Jebel Shams, the highest mountain in Oman.
The stage cols will be available soon