Cycling Bashout Pass #25 World Top Bike Climb
Ride 11.7 kilometers gaining 1,382 meters at 11.8% average gradde.
Credits to Josh Baker, Al Riyadh, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Climb story (by our Legendary Mountains co-author, Ties Arts, Netherlands):
Bashout pass is in the Asir Mountains 400km south of Mecca next to the Red Sea. The Asir Mountains are spectacular. Green, rocks and with highest average rainfall of Saudi Arabia due to largely seasonal rain.
In the original Saudi Arabia there are many many steep paved roads. The Zoncolan’s and Mortirolo’s of the Middle East are based here. But the reality is they are even steeper and are a hidden challenge to be explored.
Take this challenge early in the morning because of the sweltering heat later in the day.
Meet Bashout Pass, with 62 switchbacks (6 per kilometer; 1 every 200 meters) and steep steep passages it is a true contender for any steep Italian or Austrian climb; 12% average with a few kilometers hitting 15%+ does hurt your legs.
Josh Baxter called it the Saudi’s Alpe d’Huez! Willing suffering he could enjoy his ride with his wife guided by three local cycling guides.
Thank you Josh!!