Stage 3 - Al Hamra - Misfat Al Abriyyin

9.3KM | 343M+ · 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 9.3km-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 343m 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.

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