About us

Ethio Cycling Holidays is a cycling tour company offering cycling holidays to international cycling tourists. We are led by Ethiopia’s UCI World Tour rider Tsgabu Grmay (Mitchelton Scott) working in partnership with former British international athlete Richard Nerurkar

In setting up the company, Tsgabu’s dream was to bring more cyclists to Ethiopia and make it possible for more young Ethiopian riders to enjoy success on the international stage. 30% of the profits of the company go to supporting young local riders.

Our team comprises current and former cyclists who have ridden all the roads you will be riding and who have expertise in delivering tours to international clients.

Samuel Abraha
Operations Manager

Samuel is a close friend and advisor to Tsgabu Grmay. He is an IT expert with experience in running a travel business in Mekelle.

Kalayu Alemayoh
Motorbike Outrider

Kalayu was a national-level cyclist for six years alongside Tsgabu Grmay in the Trans Ethiopia team and competed for Ethiopia in the African Cycling Championships in 2012. He now runs a café and small business in Mekelle. He also works part-time as a massage therapist.

Mulugeta Tsehaye

Mulugeta competed alongside Tsgabu Grmay in the Trans Ethiopia team and won two national road race titles in 2011 and 2012. His skills also include repairing and maintaining bikes and vehicles.

Binyam Fitsum

Binyam was part of the successful Trans cycling team that swept national club titles. He has international cycling experience from spells at the UCI centre in South Africa and as a member of the Dutch Marco Polo team. He also works as a massage therapist and in bike repair and maintenance.

Richard Nerurkar
Sales Manager & Cycling Guide

Richard competed for the British Athletics team over 10,000m and at the marathon at the 1992 and 1996 Olympics. In 2001 he moved to Ethiopia where he established Ethiopia’s premier event-management company Great Ethiopian Run responsible for staging Africa’s biggest road race.

Alemayehu Sitotaw
Cycling Guide

Alemayehu competed for ten years on the Ethiopian cycling team, including in the team time trial at the 1980 Olympics. Now living in Norway, he comes regularly to Ethiopia and has an extensive network of friends and contacts in the cycling community. Alex is a keen runner and has completed 27 marathons.

“The team are mostly former professional cyclists and are really kind and fun to be around. They know all the best spots to stop for coffee, honey wine, juice and snacks along the ride.” Carolyn B
“The support you gave us was out of this world. Our group had such different abilities, but nobody ever felt they were left on their own. It was also a treat for me to ride with world-class athletes.” Corbyn S
“Your support was outstanding on all occasions. Every one of your team were really good, thoughtful and professional. They were also really nice people who put their heart and soul into giving us the best possible experience.” Karen D