Almdan Pass Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

17.2
FIETS
8.5 mi
DISTANCE
4,843 ft
GAINED
10.8 %
AVG. GRADE

FULL CLIMB STATS

Page Contributor(s): Ties Arts, Bussum, Netherlands

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This 8.5 mile bike climb is located in Al Ardiyat, Makkah Province, Saudi Arabia. The average gradient is 10.8% and there is a total elevation gain of 4,843 ft, finishing at 7,648 ft.

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Cycling Almdan Pass, Saudi Arabia - PJAMM Cyclist John Johnson stands with bike on side of road, next to large yellow roadsign reading, "Dangerous Curves Ahead," sun rays beam down through clouds in skyline behind

Cycling Almdan Pass, Saudi Arabia

Climb summary by PJAMM’s John Johnson.

I never get tired of saying it - “Another of the unparalleled climbs in the magnificent Saudi Arabian Asir Mountains.”  😊👍👍

Almdan Pass is ranked #38 on our World Top 100 Bike Climbs list.  This climb is in the center of the Asir Mountain area that has an unprecedented 12 top 100 world climbs within a 100 mile radius.

START

Cycling Almdan Pass, Saudi Arabia - photo collage, Climb's start, bike parked next to yellow roadsign, PJAMM Cyclist John Johnson smiles with bike at the beginning of the climb, goat herder walks behind goats on roadway

No variance here from other Asir Mountain climbs - the start is in a remote and hot area - we are in Saudi Arabia after all.  The temperature at the beginning of our climb was in the mid 90s (early November) which quickly dropped to the high 80s a couple of thousand feet up the mountain, and to the low 80s by the top.

STEEP

Cycling Almdan Pass, Saudi Arabia - photo collage, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner, Garmin device reads 21%, bike parked on side of steep roadway leaning against rock wall

This climb averages double figures for 8.5 miles - THAT gets you into the World Top 50.  While my Garmin did read at or above 20% on a few occasions, the steepest full quarter-mile is 17.5%, the steepest half-mile 15.7%, and steepest full mile ia a tough 14.6%.

Cycling Almdan Pass, Saudi Arabia - photo collage, views looking down on roadway from above on the climb, PJAMM Cyclist rides up steep roadway

EPIC

Cycling Almdan Pass, Saudi Arabia - photo collage, bike parked on roadside leaning against graffitied rock, unobstructed views looking down the climb show how steep the roadway is, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner

There is a surprising amount of greenery in the Asir Mountains, and the mountains are powerfully scenic to behold.  We are able to see the roadway below us the entire climb because there are no trees to block the view, and the mountains are so darned steep!

Cycling Almdan Pass, Saudi Arabia - photo collage, PJAMM Cycling tool shows climb grade and profile, trees along hillside, bike parked against low retaining wall

Cycling Almdan Pass, Saudi Arabia - sediment layer visible in hillside beyond road in the shape of a large "X"

X marks the spot - occasionally there are colorful and marked sediment layers visible on the mountain side.

According to the World Wildlife Foundation, the Asir Mountains are composed largely of sedimentary rocks, including limestones, sandstones, and shales, dating from the Jurassic, Cretaceous, and lower Tertiary periods.  These visible rock compositions lie atop a complex of Pre-Cambrian granitic igneous rocks.  This interesting geographical makeup is the cause for the distinctive rock formations visible in this highest land area of the Arabian Peninsula, and the reason we are able to see unique geographical occurrences such as the “X” in the photos above.

FINISH

Cycling Almdan Pass, Saudi Arabia - photo collage shows PJAMM Cyclist John Johnson standing next to bike at the climb's finish, large yellow roadsigns warn of dangerous curves ahead, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner

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