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No Scheduled Rides Until Further Notice - September 2020

All cycling activity is at present restricted in accordance with Ministry of Health regulations. We will update you here once we have updated guidance from the Government. But until such time, all organised riding activity will stop until further notice.:

Please note that new Min of Health regulations state we are going in to a "complete" lockdown for the next while. (2 weeks as of Sept 25 2020)

Our health is paramount and we are all committed to follow the regulations in order to safeguard ourselves and our fellow riders.

All cycling activity is at present restricted in accordance with Ministry of Health regulations issued from time to time. We are committed to keeping everyone safe and healthy and will update our site here as and when we have any further information.

For further questions call - Ted 0523520000, Uri Nativ 0522445766 or Rafi Landsman 0523576385 and/or consult the Ministry of Health/ or Covid-19 Guidance Site if you have need for further clarification.

Ride Report - Sat. Aug. 29, 2020 - The History of the Ride Report -  By Ted

In the year of the Corona many changes have taken place so this report is also a change from the usual.

I forgot to "delegate" the Sat ride report and ended up realising that I have to contribute too.

So this different report is not about our specific ride of last Sat. I decided to let you know about the history of ride reports. Why do we bother with them? Does anyone read them? (Ed. Note: I do...)

When we first started the site we were a much smaller bunch and certainly more intimate but with photos and the reports we were able to record our experiences in the manner of a family, The resorts were sometimes even discussed. They were a way for the "blind" who follow the leader often without seeing the surroundings or remembering the route to later equate them through the photos. They also served to record the individual ride route before we had aps, GPS's etc. Moreover they became a way of introducing new riders and expressing a collective greeting etc.,As in Birthday greeting, Hagim and so forth.

And no less important, as we were an Anglo group it was a way of selling ourselves to other Anglos, new immigrants and all comers, to take up the sport. Over the years the "native" riders joined the group as it's ranks swelled and Ivrit reports began to appear. Even in poetry in both languages.This too was a way to melt the pot as riders from all regions and backgrounds were becoming regular riders.

Some of us recently also began to doubt the necessity of continuing with the report, as unlike the distant past, no one nowadays mentions the reports. So this time I decided to see if anyone is reading this and if you have read it please mention that you have done so on the WhatsApp group.

If you wish the reports to continue please indicate that you are in favour. This is not a survey but it will give us some idea about the value in continuing with the reports. (Ed. Note: are you TRYING to put me out of a job?)

Thanks to Uri for leading the ride . Some 12-13 riders dared the heat.....quite bearable. Apprx 31kls.

Ride Report - Sat. Aug. 22, 2020 - Nachshonim Forest Ride -  By Anna

21 riders showed up at the Segula junction. We took the usual way with some new twists towards Nahshonim. At Nahsonim we were held up by a huge heard of sheep and goats.

Uri and some followers tried to "attack" the oncoming heard, but they were outnumbered. So we had a bit of rest before ascending. The uphill ride was much easier as Uri led us to an asphalted road instead of the rocky field road. At the top a wonderful bike route was awaiting for us. It goes around a new neighborhood of Rosh Haayin. According to Rafi it is the best ever singleton ride. Well I agree and enjoyed it so much that without looking for the group rode down on it to the main road. When I was asked by one of the riders "Did you get lost?" I said no, and explained what was Haimke's mother would have said for this kind of situation. As the soldiers were marching she claimed:

כשכל החיילים פונים שמולא חיימקה שלי ממשיך ישר כי רק הוא ידע את הדרך הנכונה

After a few phone calls I rode by myself to Einat where I met up with the group. Of course I was told off and they were right. I should have stayed with the group. Eventually we got back to the parking lot uneventfully. Some of the riders went for refreshment at MAUI others opted for home me among them.

We covered 30 km under the leadership of Uri. I certainly enjoyed it. Many thanks Uri.

Ride Report - Sat. Aug. 15, 2020 - Local Ride Report -  By Arik

רכיבה יום שבת 15.8

שבת בבוקר יום נעים
שגרת קיץ, שבה גם הביל גם חמים
יצאנו לרכוב בשילוב לא מסעיר
קצת שטח חולי, קצת ים וקצת עיר

יצאנו מערבה, חצינו את הכביש הגדול
הגענו לשדות ייבשי קיץ וחול
ורכבנו בעוז פה בחול עמוק נעצרנו
ובלית ברירה עם האופניים, ברגל הלכנו

זה נשמע מיגע ואפילו משעמם
אבל כשרוכבים זה דווקא כן מעניין
כי לרכוב כך בטבע אפילו שקשה ונדרש מעט כושר
אתה חש מין שחרור וחדווה ורוב אושר

וכך ברכיבה לאפולוניה הגענו
ובתצפית אל הים את הנפש השבנו
ורחש גלים מתנפצים אל החוף
וממש תענוג ליהנות מהנוף

ואחרי ששבענו מיופיו של הים
וטעמנו אכלנו מפה ומשם
המשכנו לרכוב והחלפנו הנוף
על מדרכות וכבישים, עירונים עד הסוף

ואת הרצליה חצינו בכיף
ובפרברי רעננה רכבנו בלי להתעייף
וכך מאושרים ושבעי רכיבה
נמתינה בצפייה לרכיבת השבוע הבא

Ride Report - Sat. Aug. 8, 2020 - Local Ride Report -  By Avram

Twenty two young in spirit (the real young did not appear today), who in spite of the calendar (heat JULY-AUGUST) appeared at the starting line at Achuza street.

We welcomed our guest Edwardo, and two occasional riders, Liora from Modiin and Roni from Ramat Hasharon who eventually and in time found our start point.

The ride, defined as Home Patch (I wonder how would it be in Hebrew), went by with no special events. Dina did have a small topsy turby with no ill effects!

Several of us evaporated/disappeared during the ride, for a series of reasons, (we didn’t report the police, being sure they will reach their homes safely).

Led by Uri in front, Ted at the end, and the rest of us in between, we completed a bit more than 30 kilometers in good health and condition, keeping a high spirit and humor all the time.

The route: from Raanana, north thru Batzra, Tel Yitzhak, Beit Yehoshua, along the Poleg river north and then south, Udim Reserve, Yakum, Rishpon and back to Raanana.

Thanks to Uri and our band of excellent photographers who capture the ride and riders so elequently.

Good health to all of us!

Ride Report - Sat. Aug. 1, 2020 - Local Ride Report -  By Raphi

היום יצאנו 21 אנשים לרכיבה מקומית. הפעם הצטרפו אלינו מאיר גלבלום שהחלים מהרבה שבועות של עצלות כדבריו, אנה שהחלימה לאחר נפילה בטיול לאורך הירקון לפני ארבעה שבועות, וליאונרדו וזוגתו. לרכיבה זו הציב לנו אורי נתיב שתי מטרות: אחת - לחקור ארץ לא נודעת - עברנו דרך גשר חדש להולכי רגל/רוכבי אופניים מעל לנתיבי איילון, גשר שזה עתה נפתח. ומטרה שניה - להספיק להשלים את רכיבת השבת תוך זמן סביר, מבלי להתאדות בשמש.

אחרי שהשלמנו בהצלחה את המטרה הראשונה, המשכנו צפונה עד לגשר שנמצא צפונית לבית יצחק ומשם פנינו דרומה. בדרך החולית הצליח יוסי קופרמן לפגוש את החול מקרוב ללא שום נזקים (אולי לחול). שם בדרך התלולה היורדת לכיוון מאגר המים הגדול מדרום לתל יצחק, הצלחתי לאסוף מסמר גדול שחדר לגלגל האחורי וניקב את הפנימית מצד לצד. בעזרת טד, אורי סער ועוד מספר יועצים ותומכים (כידוע דרושים לפחות חמישה גברים כדי לתקן פנצ׳ר) הצלחנו להתגבר על הבעייה ולהגיע בשלום לסיום המסע.

לסיכום: בהובלתו המוצלחת של אורי נתיב, עברנו עוד טיול מוצלח, במזג אויר לח וחברה נעימה.

Ride Report - Sat. July 25, 2020 - Local Ride Report -  By

Belatedly I realised that no ride report was submitted for Sat Jul 25 so I tried with difficulty to recall what transpired:

I think we were 17 riders mostly male and the weather was humid when we set off to the North at 06.40. We turned sharp to the east when we reached Basra and rode under the bridge crossing route 4.

One notable addition to the ride was Dina who has been absent since riding in Ben Shemen several weeks ago where she took a serious tumble. Also riding along was our grandson Itay who has ridden with the group in the past. We hit some serious sandy patches on the approach to Sde Warburg but upon entering the Moshav it was all road and footpath, some hills, thru as we continued North until we reached Nir Eliyahu.

We circumvented the kibbutz (yes within the K) and found our way to the restaurant located at the service station on the road to Kochav Yair. The owners gladly permitted us to sit for our break in the outer part and some of the guys even indulged in beer swilling (one bottle permitted while riding!!!!!)

We resumed the ride and wound our way back to the entrance to Zofit. Some of the KS residents parted ways and the rest of us made our way back to Ra'anana thru the northern part of KS.

A great ride suitable for a clammy July morning.
Thanks to Uri once again. And mostly, we maintained the Corona regulations but with lots of comradely distanced fun!!!

Ride Report - Sat. July 18, 2020 - Nahal Alexander -  By שייקה

Here is the ride report from July 18, 2020. I've included them here as PDF files to preserve their formatting, so please enjoy - editor.



Ride Report - Sat. July 11, 2020 - Home Patch Report -  By Talia S.

Sixteen of us showed up this morning, including Uri (# 3) who has ridden with us a few times in the past, and Neil who joined for the second time.

Leaving Ra’anana, we rode south through Gan Roshal and the outskirts of Herzliya, crossing the bridge over route 4 near the Glilot junction, and returning north through Herzliya Pituach. We stopped by the coast to enjoy our snacks, getting a bit too comfortable and having a nice natter. We made good time, as there were less people and bike issues than usual. The aim was to avoid the crowds as much as possible, and we definitely succeeded.

It turned out to be a sand-free ride of around 28 kilometers. We didn’t stop for coffee at the end of the ride because of the Covid situation, but still, the weather was good, the ride was scenic, and I am convinced that a good time was had by all.

Ride Report - Sat. July 4, 2020 - צריך לשמור על הבריאות -  By Arik

תחילת הקיץ יום בהיר
קצת חם ולחות באויר
שינסנו מתניים ויצאנו ללא חת
לרכיבת אפניים, כרגיל בשבת

נפגשים ברמת החייל איזה כיף מזרחה לאורך הירקון נרכוב בלי להתעייף
רק אריה מגיע כאילו לבדו
ואופן אחד הוא מחזיק בידו

תקלה או פנצ'ר, מנסים לתקן
אך האויר לא נכנס, הצמיג מתרוקן
ואריה (ושייקה שלאות סולידריות מצטרף)
למרבה צערנו נוטשים ומשאירים לנו לכייף

מחינו דמעה והתחלנו לרכוב
ואין מה לומר, נפלא הוא הנוף
הירקון עכור הזרם, צר אך שופע
ועל גדותיו שפע של ירוק ברוח הקלה מתנועע

הגומא או קנה הסוף משתלט בגדול
ואפשר לראות פרחים בעיקר לבן אך גם סגול
ובין קנה הסוף שיחי פטל משתרכים
הם יפים רק שלא ניתקל בחוחים

ולאורך הנהר בשתי הגדות
צומחים אקליפטוסים יפי צמרות
רבי עצמה, גבוהים, איתנים, כבירים
"אנחנו מלכי הנוף" כאילו כך הם אומרים

השביל נעים לרכיבה קצת יורד קצת מטפס
מימיננו הנחל משמאלנו פרדס
פה ושם חול המחייב קצת ברגל לצעוד
זה לא נורא העיקר להיות יציב לא למעוד

והנה השביל נעשה צר או סינגל כמו שאומרים
והדרך מתיפיפת וירוקה למהדרין
ומנהרות של קני סוף מהצדדים ומעל
מאפילות את הדרך וזה יוצא מן הכלל

לפתע מוזיקה רועשת, לאוזניים אין צ'אנס
להימלט מהרעש שניקרא מוזיקת טרנס
והקולות הולכים וגוברים ועד מרחוק נשמעים
נצטרך לעבור כמה קילומטרים כדי שיהיה יותר נעים

וכך המשכנו לרכוב לאורך הירקון
ואחרי שבע עשר קילומטר, עשינו חניון
קצת אכלנו קצת שתינו סתם דיברנו בלי מטרה
ואז על האפניים עלינו כדי לרכוב חזרה

ויודע כל רוכב ואפילו הוא קטין
שבכוון ההפוך הדרך שונה לחלוטין
הנוף דומה אבל זה לא אתו דבר...
כי הפעם לשמאלנו זורם הנהר

ואנו על עקבותינו חוזרים ושוב ירוק ופרדסים
ובאוהל הטרנס המוזיקה נמשכת ללא הסוסים
והנה רמת החייל, סיימנו בכף והנאה
ואנו כבר מוכנים לרכיבה בשבת הבאה

ולסיום לאורי נתיב שלמי תודה
שבהובלת הרכיבה עושה יופי של עבודה
שומר על תזמון ועל קצב ומקבל אחריות
עם ובלי קורונה, צריך לשמור על הבריאות

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Family: Father of 3 children and a devoted grandfather of 7 grandchildren (+ 1 in the near future).

Education: Technion Haifa, Faculty of Industrial & Management Engineering.

Work Experiences: A wide variety of work places and activities which included implementation of salary incentive methods, systems improvement, as well as project management, factory construction, logistics and the purchaser for electronic companies etc. For the last 30 years until my retirement I served as Vice President Operations in a large and well known data communications company.

Hobbies: A few ? which I enjoyed for a short while only - a self-defense course, wind surfing, sailing an 420 sailing dinghy, horse riding, Jeep driving.

Others - which I constantly enjoy - reading (especially subjects on meditation, fiction, thrillers, adventures), participating in many different kinds of lectures (Bible research, leaders and people who have influenced world history, globalization, linguistic changes in the Hebrew language, subjects relating to cinematography etc.) walking Israel trails (including the Shvil Israel), traveling abroad and, as (you may have guessed!)....cycling in Israel and abroad.

As I am still quite young, I hope to add a few more hobbies in the future!!


  1. ARRIVE ON TIME - Your time is no more important than anyone else’s. Check the night before for air in the tires and that all is in proper working order.
  2. RIDE PACE - This usually determines itself depending upon who and how many are riding. A smaller group is almost always quicker, while larger rides tend to be more relaxed and chatty – accept this reality!
  3. KEEPING UP - Try to keep up with the pace of the group – it makes for a more enjoyable ride for everyone. If there is consensus that the pace is too fast, tell the leader!
  4. NOBODY GETS LOST - Make sure that there is someone behind you who sees your riding direction. If not, wait until someone sees you before you continue… that person behind you will do the same. If everyone in the group does this, nobody gets lost and the group does not have to stop as a whole. We need to have space between riders – it is acceptable that the group is spread out, as long as you have sight contact with the rider in front of you.
  5. YIELD – YIELD – YIELD - Always keep to the right unless you are passing. If you want to pass, make sure they are aware of your intention. Never change “lanes” before making sure you are clear to do so – sudden moves with no warning can cause an accident.
    If you have to dismount due to sand, mud, a technically difficult uphill, etc., pull off the path, so as not to impede the momentum of the riders behind you.
    Always yield to pedestrians, hikers, horses (all are unpredictable!).
    If a rider approaches from the opposite direction and there is no room to safely pass, be prepared to pull off the path and stop.
    The rider going uphill ALWAYS has right of way.
    Restricted Line of Sight? Slow down, increase your awareness and be ready to stop. If you are coming to a blind curve, ring your bell or yell “BEEP, BEEP”.
  6. STAY TOGETHER –If you head up to the front of the ride or pulling away from the group always wait at the next junction for everyone to catch up. If you need to head back to the carpark, phone the leader, or at very least make sure you ask someone in the group to tell the leader.
  7. TECHNICAL SECTIONS – Always wait until there is a safe distance between you and the rider in front before beginning a technical section. If you end up behind a slower rider don’t ride too close behind, it only increases the pressure on that rider and can cause an accident. Hang back and give both of you space to enjoy the trail until you can overtake safely.
    On a section that you would prefer not to ride, walk well clear of the track.
  8. BE PREPARED - Ride with spare inners and/or puncture kits, tools, pump and basic first aid kit. Always wear a helmet, sunglasses, sunscreen, have plenty of water and some snacks. Do NOT wear earphones when riding – hearing what is happening around you is important.


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If you have any questions or want to get in touch for any reason, feel free to get in touch with David or John:

David: 054-474-1424
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