So what is his secret?
It is this: Dawit has an illustrious father. Indeed, his dad, Mesfen Tesfaye could be called the father of Eritrea’s favourite sport: cycling.
Mesfen competed in the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne – representing Ethiopia, of which Eritrea was then a part. It was the first occasion on which Ethiopia participated in the Olympics and Mesfen competed in both the individual and team events. They were the first black African team ever to participate in the Olympic Games.