1. Al khoudh Street
The roads near Sultan Qaboos University are a popular route for an afternoon cycling session. Start off at the Mazoon Roundabout at Al Khoudh Street; pass the “book roundabout,” and ride all the way to the next and last roundabout, just before the Expressway. A left from there, leads you down another long road winding back to the SQU entrance number two, and continues to the Armed Forces Hospital.
Distance: 12 kilometres approx.
2. Qantab Road
Qantab has one of the best and most challenging biking spots thanks to the steep hills that require great stamina to summit. From Wadi Kabir, start off on Al Bustan Street heading towards the Al Bustan Palace roundabout; turn to take Qantab road just before the roundabout. Ride straight up and down the mountains, passing a couple of roundabouts, until you reach the Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah entrance.
Distance: 9 kilometres approx.
3. 18 November Street
This long, straight, relatively flat street is popular among cyclists in Oman. Start at the Almouj roundabout in Al Hail and ride all the way to The Chedi hotel in Al Ghubra. If you love pure, long distance biking, and don’t mind sharing the road with passing cars, then this is the best route in the city for working on speed.
Distance: 17 kilometres approx.
4. Shatti Street
Hit Shatti Street in Qurum for a lively seaside ride. Start off at the Crowne Plaza and head down the hill, past the coffee shops on Love Street, and continue towards the Ministry of Foreign Affairs round about. Go left at the round about and turn right at the traffic light to get on Al Kharijiya Street. Ride past Bareeq Al Shatti and Al Masa Mall until you reach the Sarooj petrol station.
Distance: 7 kilometres approx.
5. Muttrah Corniche
Starting at Bait Al Baranda Museum, ride up to the Muttrah Corniche (Al Bahri Road), past the Mirani Fort, under the Gate Museum, all the way to Al Alam Palace in Old Muscat. This ride has challenging hills and beautiful views.
Distance: 5 kilometres approx.