The first-ever organised road cycling holidays to Ethiopia from the UK have been launched by Brighton-based Ethiopia specialist, Tadele Travel

The holidays will take advantage of unique landscapes, newly built tarmac roads and Ethiopia’s rich tradition of road cycling, and offer three different levels of experience, all designed to suit cyclists looking for a new challenge.

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Set in the country’s northernmost province of Tigray, the routes pass through the ancient city of Axum and the scenic Gheralta Mountains. Thanks to warm sunshine and undulating, almost car-free roads, the surrounding area has long been established as the country’s cycling hub, and is the birthplace of current UCI World Tour rider Tsgabu Grmay of the Bahrain-Merida team. Home to some of Ethiopia’s iconic sights such as the rock-hewn churches of Tigray that date back to the 4th century, it also has excellent tourism infrastructure and a network of international-standard hotels.

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The three eight-day itineraries are:

Ethiopian Highland Explorer Tour, which features four days of cycling over a total distance of some 200km starting and finishing at Gheralta Lodge, with cultural excursions to rock-hewn churches. Departures, Friday 29 September 2017 and Monday 27 November, 2018. Prices start from £2,175 per person.

Ethiopian Highland Challenge Tour. With five days of cycling over 395km, this tour is aimed at more serious cyclists covering a similar route, but with longer rides and one less rest day. As a highlight, there is a 130km ride into Axum itself. Departures, Saturday 17 June 2017 and Monday 15 January 2018. Prices start from £1,975 for the June tour, which includes a £100 launch discount off the official £2,075 price.

Ethiopian Highland Endurance Tour. For those looking for a more extreme challenge, there are 587km of cycling over six days on this journey, which covers a loop to both the north and south of Mekele. Departures, Saturday 21 October 2017 and Monday 29 January 2018. Prices start from £1,975 per person.

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Prices include accommodation in three- and four-star hotels and lodges, all breakfasts, lunches and dinners, airport transfers in Ethiopia, all ground transport (including the option to travel by car for part of the cycle route), all luggage transfers, expert cycling guides, support vehicles, mechanics, and tour guides for any sightseeing. International flights are extra.

Tours will be led by Tadele Travel co-owner Richard Nerurkar. Richard, a former GB Olympic marathon runner and ex-race director of the Great Ethiopian Run, will be joined by Alemayehu Sitotaw, who has a 35-year history as a competitive cyclist in Ethiopia.

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For more on Tadele Travel, contact James Ellis (07956 499 043, at All About The Story.

  • Tadele Travel is the UK’s first Ethiopia specialist tour operator, launching in late 2016. The company is owned by former Ethiopian tour guide Girma Moges Tadele and British Olympic marathon runner Richard Nerurkar, who lived and worked in Ethiopia for more than a decade. Based in Brighton, Tadele Travel offers bespoke tours to Ethiopia that utilise Girma and Richard’s vast network of contacts, from local tour guides to government officials, to ensure once-in-a-lifetime experiences for their clients.