Please note that new Min of Health regulations state we are going in to a "complete" lockdown for the next while. (as of Dec 28 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.
20 riders turned out for our Saturday ride. It was very cold when we arrived at the parking lot. I waited inside the car with 3 layers on to keep myself warm up till our leader announced "off we go". It started up on dry land with a bit of ups and downs towards Bait Aharon. The problems started when we headed towards Nahal Alexander. Did we see mud!? That glorious mud even "invited" Ingrid to roll into it. I hope that she has already recovered and her bike is back to its sparkling colour. I just biked through all the puddles getting mighty dirty from head to toe. We stopped next to the bridge over the river watching turtles and ducks and finally singing for Rafi " היום יום הולדת..". On the way back we encountered a locked gate that forced us to change direction. When Uri warned us about a deep slope I lowered my seat, just in case, however the seat wouldn't spring back to its original height and it slowed down my riding. After the mud dried up on us a strong wind from the east sprinkled us with sand. After about 27 km we got back with great spirit to the cars.
Many thanks from us to Uri for the excellent new route.
Participants: Do you trust your weatherman? Well, 18 optimists did this morning, against the promise of sunny skies and a high of around 20 degrees. So despite a rather chilly start, no one was disappointed, and the weatherman duly delivered. Among the trusting optimists, newcomer David on his spanking new Orbea e mountain bike. Olay and Bienvenido! And we hope to have you ride with us again soon.
Route: Our fearless leader, mindful of the rather heavy rains of the last few days, steered us away from the muddy paths northwards and instead we made for the coast, down to the Herzliya Marina and then southwards along a very pleasant stretch right on the water’s edge for about 1.5 km, up to Mandarin, inland and back to Ra’anana – total 29 km.
Ride Conditions: Near perfect riding conditions – correction, just perfect without the "near". A cloudless sky, gentle breeze, and the Med? Well I’d say just about as majestically beautiful as it gets. Oklahoma and the Herzliya coastline had something in common today - "Oh What a Beautiful Morning"!
Bottom Line: Thanks Uri for a most enjoyable ride. And of course, and to all participants, as always, Great Company!!
A ride is more than just getting on a bike and pedaling. It is a comprehensive exercise that encompasses multiple factors including the bike, terrain, landscape, trail, climate etc., etc., and of course the rider.
Our ride to Britanica Forest last Saturday was as comprehensive as you could hope for. Absolute perfection. All factors hit the mark.
We were 14 avid riders at the start with only minor issues stemming from "getting through the gate" but thanks to Eyal, my son-in-law, all comers were welcomed.
The details of the route are best explained by viewing the photos or our "pep arachis".
No mishaps but Dina's screwed up tyre was a point of discussion.
We conquered the highest peak and scrambled downwards on the return portion. Either than the misbehavior of several riders who rode off without waiting for the leader and lost themselves, the ride back was uneventful. Again, the real specialty of the ride was the magnificent scenery. One of the riders remarked we were riding in Irish greenery.
This morning an impressive 18 cyclists congregated at the meeting point despite the weather. We welcomed a new rider called Rafi, admired Fernando's newly acquired Trek, and wished Dina a very happy birthday. Yochi soon discovered that she had no brakes and unfortunately had to return home.
There were a few light showers during the ride, with heavier rain only towards the end, which was lucky for those of us without raincoats. The route itself was a combination of off-road and pavement. We left Ra'anana through Givat Chen and cycled alongside Route 531 until we reached Gan Rashal. There we turned south and continued through Herzliya to Ramat Hasharon. We then rode west through Ramat Hasharon and crossed Routes 4 and 2, continuing through Herzliya Pituach. From there, we crossed back over both highways and cycled east through Herzliya to Ra'anana.
There were two technical stops, the first to replace a puncture and the second to reposition a front derailleur that had shifted out of sync. (For details, ask David!) We gathered by the psychedelic whale in Herzliya Pituach to record happy birthday for Dina, in line with our latest Cyclenix tradition. We took a snack break in the park nearby, and while Ingride and Barbara played Word Blitz, the rest of us chatted, ate and swung.
By this time Ted and Dina had already headed back home, possibly for celebrations. A second unintentional split occurred as we were all leaving Herzliya Pituach, so that by the time our section of the delegation reached Ra'anana, we were down to seven riders! In Ra'anana I saw a large group of people clad in long white flowing rain-capes, which made the place look a bit haunted.
To conclude, it was an enjoyable and chat-worthy ride of approximately 30 kilometers. We hit serious mud only once (kudos to the organizers) and even got to do some singing in the rain.
לטיול יצאנו - סיכום רכיבת השבת
בוקר שבת מזג האויר, נהדר ממש
ואנו בכפר סבא לקראת רכיבה במסלול חדש
הפעם אריה בהובלה, בראש החץ
ודיוויד לידו, רק קצת ליעץ
וזאת ההזדמנות לדיויד ואינגריד לאחל,
מזל טוב לשובם איתנו לרכוב ולטייל
חיוך תמידי על פניהם נראים צעירים מתמיד
ואנו נאחל רק בריאות וחוסן ואיתנות תמיד
וגם יעל שבה לרכוב, וברור זה הסימן
שחום הקיץ מאחורינו והסתיו הוא כבר כאן.
אז זהו אנחנו בתקן מלא כמעט
אף שמרוכבנו הקבועים חסרו לא מעט
רוכבים מזרחה, מהעיר יוצאים
ביער קפלן, מהאקליפטוסים, מאד נהנים
ואחרי רכיבה לא ארוכה ולא קשה בכלל
הגענו וחצינו את קיבוץ אייל
ועכשיו לפנינו עליה תלולה למדי
אך לא קשה, וכולנו אותה מטפסים בוודאי
באמצע העליה לאריה באפניים תקלה
אך אין מה לדאוג אורי וטד יתקנוה על נקלה
מקצה העליה יורדים ירידה תלולה למכביר
קלקיליה ממזרח ולשמאלנו כוכב יאיר
והדרך יפהפיה וכבר צור יצחק כך מעלינו
ומטעי אבוקדו מלווים כך את דרכנו
אנחנו אזור תעשיה של טירה ובליבנו שירה..
ואנו בשבילי השדות, בכוון כפר סבא בדרך חזרה
שוב עוברים ביער קפלן ואנו בקצה המסלול היפה...
ושלמי תודה לאריה על טיול מעל המצופה
Participants: According to Ted “almost 16”! Well that’s good enough for me, especially as, for counting purposes, our fingers are mostly covered, and toes completely so, and we don’t bring calculators on our rides. But whatever the number, it was a “comfortable” group, and not that many as to make the ride unmanageable for our esteemed leader. No one got lost, but some of us did go somewhat astray!
Route: From Raanana down to Rishpon, then onwards to the coast, turning south through Herzliya and the Marina, up to the Blue Whale, then back to Raanana. For more details see the map in the Google Photos Album
Ride Conditions: The welcome rains earlier in the week were enough to harden otherwise rather sandy sections, but thankfully not enough to be muddy – not yet! Add to that almost perfect weather, and you have ideal riding conditions.
Special Mention: Congratulations to Avraham on his 80th birthday who was celebrating with his family in the South. In his absence we wished him a STO LAT at the Whale and sang to him in Polish, Hebrew and English - thanks Arye for the video clip!
Bottom Line: Thanks Uri for a most enjoyable ride. And of course, and as always, Great Company!!
זו הייתה לנו רכיבת בכורה אחרי תקופת השבתה בעקבות סגר הקורונה. יצאנו שלושה עשר רוכבים לרכיבה במזג אויר מעונן ערפילי וצונן בהובלתו של אורי נתיב. מכיוון שמזג האוויר היה לטובתינו, ניסינו בכמה קטעים לגלות נתיבים חדשים ועלומים שכף רגלו של האדם הלבן טרם דרכה בהם (צמיגי אופניים כן) תוך כדי חקר הדרכים החדשות יצא לנו להקיף מטע אפרסמונים מלא פרי. חסרו עוד שש הקפות כאלה, והמטע היה נופל. בקיצור, הדרך חלפה בנעימים, את ההפסקה עשינו בשמורת אודים, הצטלמנו במרווחים (ההוראות מחייבות). וכל זה גם כדי להוכיח לספקנים שאפשר לרכוב יחד ולהישאר בטוחים.
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.
If you have any questions or want to get in touch for any reason, feel free to get in touch with David or John: