Bike Adventures in EthiopiaPosted by Joakim Larsen Thu, October 05, 2017 20:04:07
Professional and semi-professional club cycling is on the rise in
Ethiopia. In Mekele alone there are five sponsored clubs dedicated to
training Ethiopian elite cyclists.
GUNA BIKE CLUB is generously sponsored by Ethiopian Guna Trading PLC, and is the leading cycling club in Ethiopia. Among Guna's team members is also this years national champion, Haile Melekot (Haile on FB: https://www.facebook.com/evan.mayo.92?fref=ts).
On the photograph is head-coach Nuguse in front of the cups won by Guna
before 2016. In 2016 - 17 alone, Guna's bike team won 18 cups in
national and international competitions, most of them in 2017.
Bike Adventures in EthiopiaPosted by Joakim Larsen Fri, August 25, 2017 12:38:22
Addis Ababa to Mekele. October 21-29, 2017.
is a warm day. Most of this leg lies below 1.500 meters. After a solid
breakfast with plenty of Ethiopian coffee, we leave Shewa Robit and head
North. The road takes us further into the green valleys of Eastern
Amhara. We ride through the valleys along the dramatic high plateau that
rises majestically to the West with its cold and breezy peaks of up to
We drive through farm-land and pass small towns
with the occasional local market day, where busy jumbles of curious
people, and free-range donkeys, goats and sheep fill the road. Here most
people still live and farm the traditional way and the rhythm of life
is dictated by the seasonal changes. Outside the towns bee hives of reed
are hanging from the trees, while plantations of banana, papaya and
mango, and crops of millet and maize, of wheat and pulses cover the
fields. Meanwhile rivers and their wetlands provide ample grazing for
the live stock.
also camel country. These gigantic and tough domestic animals bear
witness to the low altitude in which we are. And they bear witness to
the old ways of life and the ancient trade routes that still to this day
connect the highlands to the West with the dry and sizzling Ethiopian
Rift Valley to the East, hiding right behind the mountains as little as
20 kilometers away.
On the photographs: fertile fields outside
Shewa Robit and a wet valley around Ataye with the high plateau rising
to an altitude of 4.000 meters in the back.
Bike Adventures in EthiopiaPosted by Joakim Larsen Fri, August 25, 2017 12:33:58
15 things in favor of a biking in Ethiopia
1. Visitors can enjoy a high level of safety
2. And get good value for money
3. The Ethiopians are friendly and hospitable people
4. Many speak English
5. Ethiopia is a mecca for coffee lovers
6. The food is tasty, and there are good options for vegans
7. New tarmac roads lead from the center to the remotest parts of the country
8. For the off-road cyclist, plenty of trails take you far into the countryside
9. Ethiopia has eight sights on the UNESCO World Heritage List
10. The cultural variety is unique – this includes the music
11. You can participate in an array of colorful cultural and religious festivals
12. The nature varies from low dessert, savanna, wetland and rain forest to alpine mountains
13. And it offers a range of unique geologic phenomenon
14. Visitors can easily fly between cities and travel comfortably by air conditioned car
15. Available hotels span from high class international standard to local guest houses
Join us for a bike tour out of the ordinary.
Bike Adventures in EthiopiaPosted by Joakim Larsen Fri, August 25, 2017 12:27:26
Appetite builds up, when you bike in the highlands. And unlike the
bland food you get in some African countries, the Ethiopian food is
spicy and tasty. It varies from vegan, gluten and lactose free to high
Like the Italians love gnochi and pasta, the
Asians have noodles and rice, and the Northern Europeans use the potato,
so do the Ethiopians serve the injeera. It is a spongy sour-dough
pan-baked flat bread, forming the basis of the Ethiopian diet. And it is
served with a range of dishes. For the
vegetarian different stews of yellow split peas, red lentils, or a spicy
sauce based on chickpea flower, spinach and cabbage. For the carnivore,
fried meat of lamb, goat or cow, different stews, fresh water fish,
fried, stewed or slightly cooked, and chunks of raw meat served simply
with a spicy chili powder dip.
On the photos:
SHEKLA TIBES; beef served sizzling on burning coals with fresh chili
and onion. It comes with injeera and two hot sauces, one of them
resembling a strong French mustard.
BAYENETU, injeera served with
toppings of rice, potatoes, red beats, red lentils in chili, yellow
split peas, spinach, shiro (a spicy sauce made from chickpea powder), a
little chutney, some tomato salad and a cream of fenugreek seeds.
Enjoying a large pot of DORO WOT, spicy chicken stew with boiled eggs
and injeera. It is typically served around holidays and special events.
Bike Adventures in EthiopiaPosted by Joakim Larsen Fri, August 25, 2017 12:20:52
Addis Ababa to Mekele. October 21-29, 2017.
tour starts outside Addis Ababa. Avoiding the heavy diesel exhaust in
the city, we drive our escort vehicle around 50 kilometers North to our
From here we have a long ascent. Driving through
the countryside, we pass traditional farm-highland, local villages and
eucalyptus plantations. As we ascend further we are offered spectacular
views of the deep gorges of some of the contributing rivers of the Blue
Nile far to the West. And at the top, we finally reach Tarma Ba, a
small village located at an altitude of 3.300 meters. This can be a
beautiful place. But on other days when winds are strong and clouds are
building up around the mountain top, this place can be biting cold and
with a visibility of less than 15 meters. Tarma Ba is the highest
location of the tour.
here a gravel road continues up, 70 kilometers towards the high plateau
of the Guassa Community Conservation Area, one of the homes to the
Ethiopian wolf and a few other endemic species of mammals. But following
the tarmac road through a tunnel we find ourselves on top of a long
descent on the steep Eastern escarpment, a descent that leads us deep
into the warm and fertile valleys of Wollo in the Southern part of
Amhara Region. This is a beautiful first day through the highlands and
we are now well on our way.
Bike Adventures in EthiopiaPosted by Joakim Larsen Fri, August 25, 2017 12:04:51
Bike Adventures in EthiopiaPosted by Joakim Larsen Fri, August 25, 2017 12:03:40
2015 Ethiopia was awarded best tourism destination among 31 candidates.
"The country has been praised for its outstanding natural beauty,
dramatic landscapes and ancient culture."
Biking Ethiopia offers road bike tours out of the ordinary as we take you through this, Africa's Hidden Gem.
Bike Adventures in EthiopiaPosted by Joakim Larsen Fri, August 25, 2017 12:01:14
INTERESTED IN A ROAD BIKE TOUR OUT OF THE ORDINARY?
Ethiopia is an wonderful country to visit - also when it comes to cycling.
A network of asphalt roads spreads out from the capitol Addis Ababa to
different corners of the country. They take you either through warm
savanna, or hot desert, through fertile middle hills or the highlands.
The variation is enormous, the landscape is breathtaking, and the
opportunities are many.
We are a Danish provider of road bike tours in Ethiopia. We arrange road bike tours that are both challenging and rewarding.