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Professional Biking on the RiseBike Adventures in Ethiopia

Posted 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.

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Addis to Mekele - DAY TWOBike Adventures in Ethiopia

Posted by Joakim Larsen Fri, August 25, 2017 12:38:22

Addis Ababa to Mekele. October 21-29, 2017.

This 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 4.000 meters.

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.

This is 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.Blog imageBlog image



15 things in favor of biking in EthiopiaBike Adventures in Ethiopia

Posted 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.

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APPETITE BUILDS UP Bike Adventures in Ethiopia

Posted 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 meat content…

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.

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Addis to Mekele - FIRST DAYBike Adventures in Ethiopia

Posted by Joakim Larsen Fri, August 25, 2017 12:20:52

Addis Ababa to Mekele. October 21-29, 2017.

The tour starts outside Addis Ababa. Avoiding the heavy diesel exhaust in the city, we drive our escort vehicle around 50 kilometers North to our start location.

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.

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From 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.Blog image



Our e-FlyerBike Adventures in Ethiopia

Posted by Joakim Larsen Fri, August 25, 2017 12:04:51

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Ethiopia awarded best tourism destinationBike Adventures in Ethiopia

Posted by Joakim Larsen Fri, August 25, 2017 12:03:40

In 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.
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Ethiopia - a different biking destinationBike Adventures in Ethiopia

Posted by Joakim Larsen Fri, August 25, 2017 12:01:14

Blog imageINTERESTED 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.