Britain’s Jenson Button, 39, who quit F1 in 2017, will be the star attraction when Oman hosts the first edition of Haute Route Oman from March 1-3.
Oman Sail, the organiser of Haute Route Oman, confirmed Button’s entry for the event on Monday, saying that the former world champion racer has accepted the challenge to compete in Middle East’s first-ever Haute Route cycling event.
Button, a 15-time F1 Grand Prix winner – will join an international peloton of keen amateur cyclists participating in the unique three-day adventure through the country’s magnificent Al Hajar mountain range.
Taking part in the event with hundreds of other riders, Button will take on Jebel Akhdar.
In his comments, Button said, “I can’t wait to take part in Haute Route Oman on what will be my second visit to the country. I’m thrilled to be returning to ride what looks like a challenging but stunning course. It will be great to share the experience with Omani cyclists, as well as those from the Gulf and riders from all over the world.”
The route will take the riders on a 237km route that will include climbs with a total elevation gain of 5,248m.
The event consists of two days with classic road stages of 83km and 145km respectively, followed by an individual 9km time trial on the final day which will see riders pass through the idyllic 400 year old village of Al Hamra.