This morning we enjoyed the later and far more agreeable start time of 7:30 am, in anticipation of winter. There were twenty-one of us, including a few who had participated in the Sweet Future ride for diabetes just the day before, which was impressive. Ingride and David arrived with the exciting news that their daughter Simone had just given birth to a baby boy, so congratulations and enjoy! Furthermore, a warm welcome to Lester who joined us for the first time.
The route was a circular one through fields, villages and nature reserves. With David in the lead, we set off along Weitzman street, cycling downhill past the cemetery and out of Ra’anana. We headed north-west, passing Kfar Nachman and Yakum, and crossing the Poleg river near Udim. From there we turned south-east, continuing through the nature reserve to Tel Itzhak. After Tel Itzhak we rode south past Haruzim and Batzra, and back into Ra'anana.
The scenery was varied and picturesque. There were a few challenges, including a fair amount sand, some dips and bumps, and a water crossing. The group also experienced various "splits and mergers", with subgroups of Cyclenixers coming and going and getting lost all over the place. Nobody was particularly perturbed, however, because we know that all roads inevitably lead to Landver Ra'anana, which is where people met at the end for coffee.
To summarize, it was a very enjoyable ride of approximately 30 kilometers, in good company and with lots of laughs.
|Oct. 8, 2016: Horshim Forest|
|Oct. 8, 2016: Bamboo Ladies Ride|
After three years of riding with Cyclenix I finally succeeded in doing the Horshim ride! I don't know why, but every time it was in the planning, it just didn't fit with me... Together with another 18 brave riders we all met up just near the kibbutz. Relatively a nice turn up for an away ride; I guess it helps that the away ride is not more than a 15 minute drive.
While we were about to take on the challenge, the majority of chickens, I mean women of Cyclenix, decided to do a more familiar route through the shady bamboo near the Yarkon.
Abraham was our leader for the day and camera man as usual. It was supposed to be a climbing route, however we did just less than 300 meter of total climbing, which isn't too shabby for only 14 kilometers of pedaling.
Leisure was the vibe of the day as we stopped numerous times and for quite long periods. Our stops included, view points, recovery from the climbs, historical knowledge and singing happy birthday to a 4 year old in Hebrew and in cat tongue. Don't ask it was a "you had to be there" moment.
The terrain was quite rocky just like the Zichron Yaakov area. Climbing was a fun challenge of the correct gear, steering, persistence and not getting stuck behind someone who just happens to stop. A huge KUDOS to Ingride on staying on her bike, for the long stretch, that got almost all of us, off our bikes.
And then came the single!
"It’s a flowing single" he said... so he said!
From my experience never trust the leader on:
1. how long you still have to go.
2. How hard it's going to be.
The small rocks that decorated the climb covered the single like white on rice! Except for a couple of braved men (including Abraham) all of us got off our bikes. I waited at a small, relatively clear path; I got a few Cyclenixers back on their bike for an awesome photo opp. Indeed as someone mumbled the single only flows when it rains there.
Just before the last climb a bunch of us ladies decided to take the chicken line. They hated me calling it that but sorry that is the technical term and I am the reigning Queen of the chicken line!
We got back to our cars to look for Ingride who had wandered off. Eventually she returned. We discussed our breakfast options and while the majority went home, 7 of us went to landwer at the new oshi oshi land mall.
It was a great day for riding with great company!
On 1st of October 20 of us turned up to our usual Saturday ride. It was the last Saturday of תשע"ו.
We did more or less our usual home patch route, about 30 km, Raanana- Hertzelia-Rishpon- Arsuf - Gaash-Bnei Zion-Bazra- Raanana. We started in excellent weather that became rather hot by the end. However this spectacle never breaks our spirit. We welcomed our "lost lamb", Zachi, who joined us again after a long time of absence. Hope to see you more during the next year.
At Rishpon, Shaul showed up with his friend Shlomo (both at one time regular Cyclenix riders) and joined us for a short ride on their way back to Hertzelia.
At Arsuf we toasted the New Year, תשע"ז, with tirosh, and cake. After the toast we managed to ride straight on. Our compliments to Michal who thinks of everything and carried on her back the bottle, the cake and the accessories, cups and knife for most of us surprise. Hip-hip hurray!
On our way back to Raanana we couldn't miss picking up some samples in the avocado groves.
Only 15 of us reached Landwers as the rest were eager getting home.
Shana Tova to all members of Cyclenix, hope to see you in the New Year.
Three cyclenixers too many to call this ride Joseph and his brothers... you do the math.
We all gathered on this lovely morning to follow Joseph's tracks. For him this is basically his home patch ride, for us it was a new and exciting away ride.
We started at Ramat Hanadiv where very fast we started climbing. Though we were warned that the area is not level plains like the Sharon area the climb were not too steep and at the end of the ride we discovered that we had less than 300 meters of elevation gain.
Though no too bad in climbing terms, it was quite a challenge due to the rockiness of the trails. Very soon we got to our first stop where we all got off our bikes to see the vultures. Wild vultures can come and go as they please to this huge cage on the mountain cliff. Three vultures were happily resting while we were observing and discussing the topic. Funnily enough, I was not the only one that had the Jungle book pop to mind.
Watch the link and maybe the whole movie if you have time... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZDo-udXmgQ
We continued on riding still going in the general up direction on rocks of different shapes and sizes. Some succeeding, some not so much, and some getting stuck behind the not so much. It was a constant fun challenge of skill rhythm and correct choices.
At our second stop, we reached ruins from the second temple period or in David's words "from before my time". According to the signs it was what I summed up as the old school life styles of the rich and famous. It seems that the area that was built by the Baron Rothschild and his family was a wealthy area way before his and David's time.
We stood on a view point which looks over the sea, from Hadera on our south and stretching all the way up north to the Carmel.
Dina and Abraham danced on the benches while my bike and I climbed a tree. On our way again this time enjoying soaring downwards, all letting go of our inhibitions.
We arrived at another stop. This stop didn't seem to have any intentions except for a nice sweet resting spot under some trees and a place to sit. A few people got there before us but we didn't mind. We all stood and watched the strangers while they were rock climbing. Two men, a woman and a child who were all enjoying their Shabbat recreation.
Abraham swung from one of the ropes, the strapping stranger asked if anyone would like to try... my name was thrown around and I think it might have brought upon his enquiring.
It was an offer that I couldn't refuse! He quickly climbed up the side of the wall without being secured with any means except for his hands, feet and skills. He attached me to a harness and held the rope that secured me. While he constantly gave me advice and encouragement, from down below I succeeded in reaching the top! It was an amazing, fun and random experience! It also gave me answers about how much weight can my recently healed collar bone carry... as I got down my arm muscle started to cramp up but that was solved with some of Raffi's nuts and a salt capsule.
We got back on our bikes to start the last two climbs for the day, I was quite drained from the wall climbing and the rocky terrain was not helping anyone at this part.
When we finally reached Zichron Yaacov we decide to have our breakfast stop at a nice coffee shop on the boardwalk there. It was a lovely idea and was welcomed by all who decided to stay for breakfast. We covered about 20 kilometres with just less than 300 meters of total ascent but the stats in this ride were besides the point...
the company, the vibe, the views, the experiences and even the challenges were what made this ride great!
A big thank you to Joseph for taking on the lead today!
And so it came to pass that once more the Cyclenix Flying Phalanx assembled at our predestined place at 0700 hrs. on this fine balmy Sabbath morn. David, (Our Fearless Leader) had promised that our route would be refreshingly different from the usual ho-hum Sharon jaunts and verily it was.
Wending our way, we turned right at Ahuza, left Raanana and ascended to Moshav Givat Chen. Leaving the hothouses behind, a great treat awaited us - the sands of the Sahara as even the hardiest and most nimble of us were forced many times to dismount and push their steeds both uphill and down dale. As all good things have to come to an end, so did the sandy tracks when the path led us to Magdiel and from there onto the path along the Yarkon river.
It was good making a reacquaince with this route. It is varied and undulating with many dips and rises, twists and turns and the pleasure of having the greenery of the river alongside you. Its popularity is justified and we met many other riders going in both directions. Approaching Ramat Chayal, we halted and after learned counsel it was decided to change course and not return the same way but to ride on the opposite bank as the sun was getting high in the heavens and more shade was promised. Ultimately, after traversing a fair number of open paths the promise was kept and we entered a lovely patch of single track bordered by overhanging reeds which often formed a complete archway.
Let it be noted that at one stage we all waited patiently as Michal and Uri disappeared into the distant undergrowth together. After a few minutes of waving arms, the couple emerged and we were informed that they had been on a mission of mercy and had unsuccessfully attempted to extricate a recalcitrant canine from the river. Someone remarked that this was the most original excuse they had ever heard!!
Upon exiting the reeds, we found ourselves in Hod Hasharon opposite the big Chetsii Chinam mall. From then on it was all asphalt (John had sworn he would not return via the sandy trails and not a few of us felt the same!) and the road led to the nearest oasis which happened to be the Hod Hasharon Café Landwer. We sat in the garden under a vine covered pergola, enjoying the pleasant atmosphere and the absence of the omnipresent piped caf´ musak! After the usual palate tingling repast, we bade our farewells and set out for home.
0nce more, a most pleasant ride in the best Cyclenix tradition - good route, good company and thank you David for leading us.
7.am saw 14 "raring-to-go" Cyclenixers at our regular starting point in what was, for this time of the year, an above average hot day. Our ever-faithful pathfinder, David, led us over paths that we have travelled many times So as far as the scenery is concerned, there's nothing really to report, except that on the approach to Kibbutz Yaqum, the cotton fields on both sides of the track are blooming.
The new section of the 531 highway is progressing at a reasonably fast rate. That's a plus for motorists but a minus for nature lovers as many of the paths along which we used to ride are now part of history.
There was only one minor injury on the ride, Barbara’s arm, and that was ably attended to by "Dr" Rafi.
The "Piece de Resistance" of the ride was our "breakfast stop" at the home of Uri, whose wife Etti provided us with excellent, healthy and tasty fare. Thank you Etti from all of us who had the good fortune to be there.
What better way can there be than to start the day with a 29km bike ride in Nature, with great company and finishing off with a feast at the Sa'ar residence?
Twenty two gathered to brave the sunshine to complete a good ride of just over 30 kms. While the main cats were away (David, John and Ted), Rafi kept us under control..... with a team of leaders - Meir, Merrill and Anna. We rode on familiar routes lengthened a bit by a quick sighting of the sea at Poleg. I didn't realise the beach was so close.. but since most of the time I don't really know where I am, it is not surprising!
On the way back we lost part of the crowd - but they found their way home as all roads lead to Lanndwer. Not everybody stopped for breakfast - 6 of us stopped at Arcaffe, while others continued home to Kfar Saba and Hod Hasharon to beat the heat. It was Haim's actual birthday today - so Mazal Tov to Haim. We actually started the day with a tot of his Lemon liquer. That certainly got the blood pumping....
Thanks to Rafi and co. for a lovely ride to start the day.
|התכנסנו 20 רוכבים לרכיבה מקומית ומיוחדת. כאשר משימת ההובלה הוטלה על סשה ומטרתה הייתה להוביל את טור הרוכבים כך, שבערך בשעה 9:00 נגיע אל "התפוז" שבפארק הרצליה, שם חיכתה משפחתו של חיים עם שולחן ערוך לחגיגת יום הולדתו ה-70.
מייד בהתכנסות התברר שטליה הגיע עם אופניים מפונצ'רים. אורי סער בעקשנות אופיינית נחלץ לעזרתה למרות שאנחנו החלטנו בכל זאת לצאת לדרך. וכך יצאנו 18 רוכבים בהובלתו המסורה של סשה שאגב תירגל את המסלול הזה יומיים קודם לכן. עניין יום ההולדת היה כל כך "סודי", שחוץ מחיים גם חלק מהרוכבים לא ידעו למה ממהרים ומשתדלים לא לאחר. לא עזר לנו, אחרנו. אבל המשפחה החוגגת לא נכנעה וההפתעה הייתה מושלמת.
בדרך היו לנו כמה תקלות לא נעימות. בטיפוס הרגלי על גשר הסינמה-סיטי יוכי הסתחררה ונאלצה לשבת ולהשיב את רוחה, ולי אבד הטלפון לא רחוק משם בעקבות קפיצה גדולה עם האופניים. מייד חזרתי על עקבותי, וכשהיגעתי למקום שבו חשבתי שאיבדתי את הטלפון – התקשר אלי מאיר גלבלום על מנת לברר את סיבת העיכוב. ואז שמעתי את צלצול הטלפון שלי מבין הקוצים. וכך ניצלנו אני והטלפון וגם יוכי שהספיקה בינתיים קצת להתאושש. כך הגענו בשלום ל"תפוז" שם פגשנו גם את צמד הרוכבים טליה ואורי, ומשימת "יומולדת" נשלמה בהצלחה.
את סיום הרכיבה המוצלחת בהנהגתו של סשה חגגנו ב"ארקפה" רעננה.
התבקשתי לכתוב כמה מילים על עצמי...
ילדות בכפר בני ציון, להורים משק ובו לולי תרנגולות ופרדס.
כבר מגיל צעיר עסקתי בפעילות גופנית. שחיתי, שיחקתי כדור סל ותמיד לקחתי חלק בנבחרות בתי הספר באתלטיקה קלה.
הצטרפתי לתנועת הנוער "מכבי צעיר" ואני חייבת לציין שיש לי זיכרונות מאוד טובים מתקופה זו. הפעולות, השתייכות ללהקת מחול, ההופעות בטקסים שהיו חלק בלתי נפרד מהוואי הכפר והטיולים הרבים בארץ שחזקו את האהבה הגדולה שלי לארץ ולנופיה.
תיכון ?באוסטרובסקי רעננה, בצבא ? צפנית בחיל הקשר וסמינר למורים לחנ"ג בבאר שבע.
עד לפני שנתיים עבדתי כמורה לחנ"ג ובמקביל היו לי מס' חוגים להתעמלות בריאותית ? "התעמלות בונה עצם". מאז יציאתי לגמלאות מבית הספר אני ממשיכה עם החוגים. לאחרונה אני מאמנת אישית בבתי לקוחות, מצלמת הרבה ונהנית לגלות את כישורי בתחום האומנותי... פסול בקרמיקה.
שני ילדי הבוגרים נשואים וחיים ברעננה ואני עוזרת להם בגידול חמשת הנכדים. הבן הצעיר ? מוזיקאי , חיי ועובד בברוקלין ? ניו יורק. לקבוצת הרכיבה הצטרפתי לפני חמש שנים לערך...
ההתחלה היתה מאוד קשה. היה מתסכל להגיע תמיד אחרונה. בהדרגה התחזקתי והיום אני אפילו נהנית מהרכיבה.
הרכיבה תורמת לי בכמה מישורים: הרכיבה בטבע, הפעילות הגופנית, הצילום וההשתייכות לקבוצת אנשים מדהימה שנהנית כמוני מרכיבה רגועה בטבע.
אשתקד יצאנו 15 רוכבים למסע רכיבה מוינה לבודפשט. השנה מתכוונים לצאת למסע רכיבה ב"יער השחור".
חוויה מיוחדת, מומלצת למי שעדיין לא חווה רכיבה בחו"ל.
If you have any questions or want to get in touch for any reason, feel free to get in touch with David or John: