As the riders cross the border into Ethiopia it feels like they’re cycling further into the heart of the continent. A few days ago I phoned David Else and Quentin Frayne from London and spoke to them on a crystal-clear Khartoum phone line. Doing the same from across the border in Ethiopia was an exercise in after-you-Claude battling crackles and delays.
The four-day ride from Khartoum to the border was a real test of riders mettle, likened by David to riding into a hairdryer. At the border camp the Sudan side was home to an enormous mosque, while the Ethiopians offerd more earthly comforts with a ramshackle bar.
The next few days promise hills – and plenty of them. 1100m of ascent in 110km to kick things off, then plenty more chances to test out those knobbly tires.
~ Tom Hall