“An iconic speedy singletrack descent combining all biomes and all trail types in the area.”
— stephen danyo
Avoid during rainy season. Clay.
Speedo is one of the iconic Menagesha singletrack descents that includes all land use types in the area, from native juniper forest to pine to eucalyptus forest to agricultural land. The trail quality is superb and has a bit of everything. It starts with technical and steep sections, meadow crossings, some twisties and undulations. There's one cruisy short climb, some long, flowy, fast sections, rock gardens, eucalyptus forest, and a long cruise through agricultural land, with red dirt channels and gullies to wall ride. It's a 30-45 minute descent for fast/intermediate riders.
Best suited for a trail or enduro bike as there are some undulations but it is mostly fast.
Like all trails in Menagesha, there are too many intersections to keep track of. Follow the drainage down. Think like a cow heading down to market and you'll probably stay on the right track. There are a few tricky turns though so use the GPS or MTB Project mobile app
and do not go straight down to the creeks; stay up in the drainage.
Access: This trail starts at the main dirt road (Menagesha Suba Forest Rd) just below Emperor Menelick's hunting lodge, above Camp 3. A new unsigned dirt road as been built that turns off of Menagesha-Suba Rd, and this is where the ride starts (It was a trail last year but is now a short dirt road).