Cycling Mount Entoto Addis Ababa

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Mount Entoto - Addis Ababa (MTB)


Basic data & ranking

Average grade: 7 %

Length: 6.86 km

Altitude start: 2490 m

Altitude top: 2976 m

Ascent: 486 m

Mount Entoto rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 2965 (all)
Ranking Ethiopia: 2 (all)
Difficulty score: 75.19 what?

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Description

Beautiful climb out of the smoggy city into the clean air of the mountains.

The Mount Entoto is situated in Adis Abeba. Starting from Addis Ababa, the Mount Entoto ascent is 6.86 km long. Over this distance, you climb 486 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 7 %.

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Stories, information and comments from Mount Entoto climbers
Story by AdamN from LONDON, United Kingdom, submitted on 22/09/2015
The difficulty rating on this climb only tells half the story.

Firstly, if you are in the centre of town or Bole, in the south, its 12-15km to the top...

Secondly If you have just arrived in country, its a town about 2000m, with a peak above 3000m

It is however, breathtaking, figuratively as well as literally.

If you are not aclimatised to the altitude, take it easy, much easier than you think you should. You can tap tempo on the 3-5% five to eight KM to the vlimb proper, but you are just building up a debt that you are never going to come back from as you get closer to 3000m

I have climbed a lot in the alps, but not a lot above 2000 and you can tell the difference. The 10% section saps, and every effort round a switchback takes a long time to come back from - it doesnt help that I am a grinder and not a spinner. My FTP is around 4w/kg, and I am a reasonably well kept amateur, but it was tough, tough and incredibly rewarding

one of the most memorable climbs I will do - for scenery, for people, for dodging Addis'' rush hour on the way to the foot of the climb proper

If you are going to addis. Take a bike. Totally worth it for this alone
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