Jabal al Akhdhar Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling






Jabal al Akhdhar

Oman

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Page Contributor(s): Ard Oostra, Switzerland

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Climb Summary


 

Cycling Jabal Al Akhdar

World #44 Road bike climb

Ride 13.9 kilometers gaining 1,431 meters to elevation 2,020  meters at 10% average grade.

The name Jabal Al Akhdhar means “green mountain,” but this is more an magnificent limestone massif than a mountain.  The name green mountain logically derives from an area moist enough to support vegetation, thus “green” in an otherwise barren environment. Jabal Al Akhdhar is part of the Al Hajar Mountains range of northern Oman. In 2011 Jabal Al Akhdhar was designated a nature reserve by the Sultan Qaboos.

Ard began his climb from the mosque in Birkat Al Mouz   مصلى العيد

About 5 kilometers from the beginning of the climb.

Climb summary by PJAMM’s Ard Oostra, Switzerland:  

Jebel Akhdar is the steepest paved road in Oman that I have discovered in my research.  According to the website ClimbByBike.com there are some extremely steep unpaved climbs in the southeast but I found no sources to corroborate that claim. The road continues past the viewpoint on to the northeastern tourist destination of Saiq in the Ad Dakhiliyah Region (northeast Oman), but the true climb ends just beyond the viewpoint at 2035 meters.

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The climb begins north of the small village of Birkat Al-Mouz in the Ad Dakhillyah Region of Oman. The approach to the start of the climb from the village is flat, but the climb begins with a steep ascent for several hundred meters and then levels off at a police station and road block.  I was told by a guide at the village that the police would not allow a cyclist on the road, but I passed through the checkpoint and posted officers with feigned ignorance and was not stopped there.  As I rode up the mountain, on a couple of occasions police cars drove alongside me, but I ignored them and they eventually drove on without engaging me.  Thus, I must say that your chances of getting up the mountain on a bike are uncertain. I believe that my opportunity to ride the mountain was improved because I had a support vehiecle with me.

Checkpoint in the background - make a run for it!! . . .

. . . just kidding 😉

There are some very nice hairpins on this climb.

Be sure to bring 4WD if you have SAG support on this climb because non four wheel drive vehicles are not permitted.

Speed on hairpin

Arabic 35 on top and western figures for kilometers on the bottom.

There are a few more gradual sections along the climb which does give a bit of relief to this brutal bike climb.

What a find in the desert!

The roadway surface is excellent for the entire climb and there is a narrow lane to the right of the traffic lane that is designated by a yellow line that I was able to ride in or near most of the climb.

Finish - 2020 meters.

The summit is a brief distance past the viewpoint at 2035 meters and is not named.  While there is a parking lot at the viewpoint, all the traffic we observed while at or near the top continued on over the top towards the tourist area to the north. Many of the drivers either honked and/or yelled encouragement at the unique sight of a bicyclists riding up this highway.

So, I come to the Middle East to ride my bike in desert-like conditions . . . and . . .

. . . get rained on 😕

While the rain did provide a mild respite to the otherwise broiling heat, it did make the roadway very slippery.  Even the 4 wheel drive vehicles had a day of it descending on the wet and slippery road.  The steep grade naturally creates danger for trucks descending in the great heat (several escape lanes are available along the descent), but in the rain, the hazard is magnified 10-fold.

Thank you Ard - what an adventure!!

Jabal Al Akhdhar has commonly been the principal climb of the annual Tour of Oman which consists of 6 stages in February of each year. The climb is exceptionally challenging at 10% average grade over 14 kilometers.

Tour of Oman Stage 5 - February 2, 2019

Official Route Map

2014 Tour of Oman

Photo:  INRNG.com

Excellent article on Jabal Al Akhdhar INRNG.com 2-22-14

The Tour of Oman was held for the first time in 2010 and has attracted top professional cyclists each year, including Fabian Cancellara (winner TOA 2010; 4x World Time Trial Champion; 8 stage wins TdF; 3 stage wins Vuelta ), Chris Froome (TOA 2013-2014; TdF 2013, 2015-2017; Giro 2018, Vuelta 2017), and Vincenzo Nibali (TOA 2016; #1 TdF 2014, Giro 2013, 2016, Vuelta 2010)

Chris Froome won the 2013 and 2014 Tour of Oman

Leader jersey is red in the Tour of Oman.

Photo:  Cyclingweekly.com

Stage 5 2019 Tour of Oman on Jaball Al Akhdhar

Photo:  Amaury Sport Organization - P. Bailet

2019 Stage 5 profile

Jabal Al Akhdhar Profile - Tour of Oman

General classification

Rider

Team

2010

Switzerland

Fabian Cancellara (SUI)

Team Saxo Bank

2011

Netherlands

Robert Gesink (NED)

Rabobank

2012

Slovakia

Peter Velits (SVK)

Omega Pharma–Quick-Step

2013

United Kingdom

Chris Froome (GBR)

Team Sky

2014

United Kingdom

Chris Froome (GBR)

Team Sky

2015

Spain

Rafael Valls (ESP)

Lampre–Merida

2016

Italy

Vincenzo Nibali (ITA)

Astana

2017

Belgium

Ben Hermans (BEL)

BMC Racing Team

2018

Kazakhstan

Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ)

Astana

2019

Kazakhstan

Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ)

Astana

Wikipedia - Tour of Oman