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LOCAL RIDE - Sat. Jan. 25, 2019

Next ride: Home Patch
All home patch rides start at 7:30am
NOTE: New start time (as of Nov. 2, 2019)

Remember to keep an eye on weather reports so you come prepared with wet weather gear if required.

Rain is forecast for this ride so please come prepared! :

Our local rides will meet at 7:30 am at the usual place in the car park opposite Yad L'Banim on Ahuza Street Ra'anana.

Please note 7:30 AM start time.

Ride Report - Sat. Jan. 18, 2020 - Local Ride -  By David

Participants: 8 optimists who had faith in the weatherman's latest forecast of NO RAIN, and contrary to what had been consistently predicted throughout the week!
Route: See my screenshot map from the "Ridewithgps" app data. Total distance 25.5 km
Riding Conditions: A rather chilly early morning, warming up as the ride progressed, and no sign of rain!. Much of the ride on paved/semi-paved surfaces in view of the wet conditions in the area over the past few days. On the offroad sections - no serious mud (somewhat surprisingly).
Bottom Line: Thanks Haim for leading us on the ride - enjoyable, and above all, the right route for the conditions! Arcafe was the refreshment destination for us all- great company as always!

Ride Report - Sat. Jan. 11, 2020 - Local Ride -  By

Ride Report - Sat. Dec. 21, 2019 - Local Ride -  By רפי

הרכיבה הפעם הייתה מקומית. נטלו בה חלק 17 רוכבים. דיינה הופיעה עם אופניים חשמליים חדשים שעוררו קינאה בחלק מהרוכבים, ועכשיו כוללת הקבוצה שני רוכבים על אופניים כאלה (כן ירבו).

את הרכיבה הוביל מאיר גלבלום מערבה כאשר אברהם וינגרטן זיכה אותנו בהפסקת תיקון פנצ'ר. משם המשכנו לכיוון מצוק געש בקטע מסלול חדש שלא ביקרנו בו בעבר וצפינו בשלולית חורף מרהיבה. בהמשך רכבנו ליקום והביתה (כמעט). נאלצנו לוותר על החלק הגסטרונומי לראשונה בגלל חוסר מקום בארקפה. פרט לאכזבה הקטנה הזו, חווינו מזג אוויר מושלם, חברה נעימה, והודות למאיר המוביל גם לנוף מקסים.

Ride Report - Sat. Dec. 14, 2019 - Local Ride -  By

Ride Report - Sat. Dec. 7, 2019 - Netanya and Emek Hefer -  By Talia S.

This morning seventeen of us met in Netanya for an away ride led by Uri Nativ. We were a bit concerned about the weather, as there were black clouds overhead and a few raindrops on our helmets. Very soon, however, the sky cleared.

Uri took us on a beautiful route through the country lanes and villages of Emek Hefer. Leaving Netanya, we rode north through Avichail, Beit Herut and Kfar Vitkin. There was a tricky downhill soon after we had started, one or two up-hills, and a slight technical issue which led to a short stop.

Reaching Nachal Alexander, we took a snack break on Turtle Bridge. From there we watched a couple of ducks quarrelling bitterly over a third duck, who looked on with interest and then swam off with the victor. We heard some nice mellow music coming from, well, somewhere, and took a few photos.

The group then continued in a south-easterly direction, riding through Ma’abarot, Mishmar Hasharon, Kfar Haim, Kfar Yedidia, and Avichail (and sorry if this sounds like a shopping list). We had a couple more climbs in Avichail, and from there it was back to Netanya.

It was a pretty ride of 23 kilometers, with perfect weather and picturesque villages. We passed the Shalgi Plant Nursery, the Don’t Panic It’s Organic store, the three somewhat dilapidated statues of Avichail, and an enclosure containing beautiful Shetland ponies.

The only down-side to the morning was the involuntary absence of David and Ingrid. David, we all send you our best regards, and wish you a very fast recovery.

(Editors' Note: Image link was incorrect, all fixed now - Joe)

Ride Report - Sat. Nov. 30, 2019 - Home Patch Ride -  By

Ride Report - Sat. Nov. 23, 2019 - Yarkon and Round About -  By Frances

A large crowd gathered at the Petach Tikveh stadium to head off into the blue yonder led by Shaike. The end result was 27 km of whizzing around the Yarkon area - some familiar sites and others new ones.

We avoided wetting our feet and circumnavigated the water. As Sami said, he has had his shower already...

We stopped off to admire the giant water lilies in the vicinity of Tel Afek - usually closed to the public. Haganat Hateva were out in force - lovely to see young children enjoying nature.

Like all good magic carpets, we unraveled a bit towards the end - but all got home safely.

Weather was perfect, company was good and refreshments were consumed. So thank you to Shaike!

Ride Report - Sat. Nov. 16, 2019 - Home Patch Ride -  By Ted

They rode somewhere in the area north of Ra'anana and all went well. They came back with smiles on their faces and they were dry which is another reason for having a smile on their faces. I didn't ride so how do I know so much. Because they told me !!! Honestly. i didn't make this up.

When did they tell me all about this great ride? When they invited me to join them at Arcafe so that I could have my regular Saturday beer. They told me about the ride in about 15 seconds and then I downed by beer regretting that I didn't ride. Wow....what a ride in perfect weather. Just look at those photos all of you who played chicken.....and like me, didn't ride!!!!! But I still had my beer,
I can disclose to you in confidence however that it was not a long ride.

When the cat David is away
The mice will play.

The lesson to be learned..........weathermen can't be trusted. Well, almost !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ride Report - Sat. Nov. 9, 2019 - דו"ח רכיבה  -  By Raphi

בשבת זו יצאנו 16 רוכבים אמיצים לכבוש את יער מנשה בהובלת עוזי נתיב.

הרכיבה המאתגרת החלה במעבר דרך שער ברזל מסתובב, המשיך בעליות (כמעט) אינסופיות עד לפסגה המיוחלת, וכלה בירידה מהירה עד לנקודת המפגש.

העליות היותר קשות שאת חלקן נאלצתי לצעוד רגלית בחברת כמה שותפים ( שהצטרפו אלי רק כדי לעודד) נתנו לנו סיבות לקטר ולהתלונן.

שתי הפעולות האחרונות נתגלו במפתיע כמאוד מועילות – עובדה! הודות להן הצלחנו לסיים את המסלול.

כהרגלינו בקודש אין רכיבה ללא סיום בארוחה בחברה נעימה, וזו אכן התממשה בסעודה מעולה במסעדת אל עדווי בכניסה לקיבוץ הזורע.

Ride Report - Sat. Nov. 2, 2019 - Local Ride (Ramat Hasharon) -  By Frances

I didn't count us today - so a large group...


A large group gathered at the start - with David taking us on a mostly urban ride. Just to keep us guessing, we headed towards Hod Hasharon, but doubled back on the road parallel to the 531 and headed off towards Herzliya. Rolling hills and a bit of gravel to get the heart-rate going....

We skirted Herzliya and came upon a lovely park in Ramat Hasharon - just opposite the Maccabi building. A beautiful playground for the young and not-so-young.

We headed west then up to Kfar Shmaryahu and home. David tried to get us to go on a bit more, but once your nose is pointing towards home and coffee....

23 kms in perfect cycling weather. Some of us had to get back to see THE GAME. Yes, the SA rugby team doing its stuff in Tokyo against the British. May the best team win!

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LOCAL RIDE    Sat. Jan. 25, 2019

Next ride: Home Patch
All home patch rides start at 7:30am
NOTE: New start time (as of Nov. 2, 2019)

Remember to keep an eye on weather reports so you come prepared with wet weather gear if required.

Rain is forecast for this ride so please come prepared! :
Local Rides will meet at 7:00am at the usual place in the car park opposite Yad L'Banim on Ahuza Street Ra'anana.

Please note 7:30am start time.

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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.


Contact Info.

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
John: 050-942-2788


By joining our rides each participant confirms that:
  1. He/she is in good health and there is no medical reason preventing him/her from participating in the ride.
  2. He/She releases the organizers of the tour from all claims arising out of, in consequences of any loss, injury, damage to his/her person or property while participating in the ride.
  3. He/She is aware of and accepts the risks in participating in the ride.

New riders always welcome to join us.

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