As on the event’s first day, a long climb comes at the start of today’s ride, this time leading out of Adigrat and heading west on the road heading west to Adwa. Though the climb is longer (just short of 12km), the gradients start gentler (5-6%) but then kick up more steeply (10-12%) after halfway. A breath-taking 20km descent into Bizet follows, and from here you continue to the ride’s halfway point at Enticho. After a stop here the jagged Adwa Mountains appear ahead, and following a few more climbs you descend into Adwa and regroup ahead of the event’s second timed section which takes in two hills on the road between Adwa and Axum. The ride finishes with a flat 10km stretch past Axum airport and into the town centre. After entering Axum, you will have chance to see the magnificent Stelae Park alongside the ancient church of Tsion Mariam.
Ride distance: 127km
Overnight stay at Yared Zema International Hotel