Why Ethiopia?

Although barely known to the outside world, cycling has been a big sport in Ethiopia for the past sixty years.

At the Olympic Games in Melbourne in 1956 Geremew Denboba led a team of four Ethiopian riders as the first Ethiopian cyclists to compete at the Olympics. Denboba himself finished 25th in the Olympic Road Race won by the Italian Ercole Baldini.

Cycling in Ethiopia is still a big sport in certain parts of Ethiopia today, and particularly so in Mekelle where we are based. If you come and ride with us, we will introduce you to local riders who are trying to make their way in the sport.

Beyond the world of cycling, in recent years Ethiopia has opened itself up impressively to international trade and tourism. And with its Nobel Peace Prize-winning Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and its fast-growing economy, the country has been one of Africa’s success stories.

Ethiopia also has a rich history and is a country of stunning and varied landscapes. By cycling with us you will get a glimpse into Ethiopia’s ancient Christian heritage that continues to influence contemporary life and culture; you will also be blown away by the beauty of the scenery.

Whether you come just for the cycling or have time to add on other excursions before or after your cycling, you will discover a country like no other in the world giving you experiences that will stay with you for a lifetime.

“We spent a fantastic week with Sammy, Muli and the team from Ethio Cycling as they showed us this wonderful part of the world.” Jon M