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!
Participants: 16, but reduced to 14 quite early on in the ride.
Route: From Ra’anana southwards through Givat Chen and into Hod HaSharon down to the Yarkon, then eastwards along 8 km of the Shvil Israel, then further east to the Kessem Interchange and back north to Ra’anana via Neve Yarak with a stop at Mawe Bar and Coffee House in Hod HaSharon for some welcome personal refueling!. Total distance 36 km
Riding Conditions: Cool and overcast conditions enabled us to maintain a good pace throughout. So with the rainy season still awaited, we could take full advantage a cooler ride on a still firm summer riding surface - before Yarkon rides inevitably become a rather muddy winter affair.
Bottom Line: Riding along that stretch on the banks of the Yarkon, with its twists and turns, ups and downs, shade and bright (and not least the many bamboo reed tunnels along the way), is always a fun experience. I wonder how river bank rides in our Land can match this natural beauty. We are indeed lucky to have such rides on our doorstep!
Participants: 15. To some of you who may think a 7.00 am start is still too early, well the good news is that from November we revert to our regular 7.30 starts, and on Sunday 27/10 we get back that extra hour of sleep that we lost in March!
Route: Northwards to just south of the Dror junction, westwards up to Tel Itzhak then on to Udim’s mini-lake for a “snack-stop” under the trees and back to Ra’anana via Yakum and Ronit Farm . Total distance 32 km. See route and gps data at: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31333671
Riding Conditions: Excellent riding weather, even slightly chilly at the start (a sign of more of the same to come!) and far less sand that I had expected, having regard to the time of year and dry conditions. The sand we did encounter was mostly rideable.
Bottom Line: An enjoyable ride and as always, great company! Chag Sameach to all
It's always refreshing to be led on new routes albeit, variations on a theme, of old routes. Talia is an excellent exponent of the opportunities that our local ride can offer and yesterday she did take up on the challenge. A Paganini ride it was. Variations. We did ride along 531 on leaving Ra'anana westwards but we reached the recently developed "nature" reserve hill created by the many tons of earth excavated when building 531. New to me! In years to come it will be loads better with the greenery that is in now early growth. We continued towards Rishpon along newly created roads and eventually reached Nof Yam where we rode an old path, now newly paved, that hangs high above the shore just south of Appolonia where we were refused free entry! Ingrid did run off for a short gig looking for archaeological artifacts but returned empty handed. We then rode Northwards from Nof Yam along "Dina's* route, still sandy in parts. On hitting the road we took the eastwards directions and then disaster struck when we arrived at Route 2 and started to ride along the culvert towards Rishpon bridge. We valiantly fought demons and Lantella and other creepies and crawlies. The tunnels and drainage pipes reminded us that we were lucky the rains were still to come. Getting caught there in a heavy downpour would be deadly. Succot is infamous for the "Yoreh" but we were spared. We eventually made it out and set off back to Ra'anana where we breakfasted at Arcafe. Great ride Talia. Keep on challenging us with your innovative path finding. Good weather also contributes to enjoyable rides but even Talia can't take credit for yesterday's fine conditions. Hag Sameach!!!!!!!!!!!
New Year Cycly no. 1!
20 of us set off on the same lovely ride of 32 km that we did under the leadership of Talia F. We set off at a good pace, enjoying the cool morning air while it lasted.
We went via Rishopon, Shefaim, Ga'ash, Yakum to our most northerly point, Udim. This time there was no Yair Lapid to be seen, but the usual motor biking lot. A few left us to make their way home (but like the proverbial bad pennies turned up again at Arcaffe).
We opted out of doing the singles at Udim - but we did stop by the lovely lake with its bird watching hut. Very peaceful and time to enjoy what nature has to offer
We stopped off at Arcaffe for refreshments. A lovely ride - may our cycling year continue in the same vein!
There was a nice turnout of 20 people for the last ride of the year. However, we hadn't ridden very far when something unfortunate happened. Turning into the parking lot of Kenyon Ha'Park, Kobi hadn't noticed the partition on the ground between two lanes. He went flying and hit his face on the ground, hurting his nose and upper lip. A few riders administered first aid, and then Talia F. kindly accompanied him back to the meeting point in Ra'anana, from which he drove himself to the hospital.
The rest of us continued west through Kfar Shmariyahu to Herzliya Pituach, and then along the coast. We started turning back slightly south of Herzliya Pituach, stopping at 'Tzuk Herzlia' to look at the ocean and to give Talia F. time to catch up with us again. David extracted a bottle of wine from his bag, while Michal took out a cake, and we all raised a toast for the new year.
The conversation turned to all things maritime. Ingrid told me of a sailing race in which David had participated, where the ocean was so rough that not one vessel returned undamaged, and all this in shark-ridden waters. David, you have my respect!
Apart from that there were bridges to cross, boats to admire, and a stunning vintage car to drool over. Back in Ra'anana we stopped at Arcafe for refreshments. Kobi texted to say that he had dry wounds only and no major damage, so that was a relief. On the whole, though, it was a lovely ride of over thirty kilometers, with good weather and great company. On that note, I wish you all a happy, healthy and successful new year.
Participants: 12 riders at the start, joined by Anna about 1 km into the ride (becoming a habit Anna?) and later by Arieh who caught up to us at our mid-way stop Ramat Hahayel after a puncture on the way to the start.
Startpoint Glitch: Once again the gate to the parking area at the Four Seasons Park was still padlocked at the time of our 7.00 am start! Did the gatekeeper/padlock-unlocker oversleep once again? Annoying but those of us who drove managed to survive the inconvenience!
Route: We did the identical ride 7 weeks previously (3.8.19) - down to the Yarkon, east for a short distance until the steel bridge and then onto the southern bank westwards, re-crossing the river at the Maccabi Bridge (Ramat Gan Stadium), then back eastwards on the northern side - total distance 28 km.
Riding Conditions: Compared to some of the rides we have done over the past 2 months during the height of summer, today could only be described as “ideal riding weather”. No doubt as cooler weather sets in as winter approaches “ideal” will change to “perfect” – isn’t everything relative? ☺
Bottom Line: This is always an enjoyable ride – scenic, varied (including one or two “obstacle” challenges due to construction works). Thanks Uri for leading us and for your “ride management” - rest stops, catch-up stops, and no wrong turn stops. Super ride, super company!
And the star is.....
We (17 of us) set off under the able leadership of Talia F. She, like Don Quixote, took off on her trusty steed Rocinante, and kept us wheeling along on a lovely 32 km ride that took in familiar and a few new ways. I (and some others) took on the role of Sancho Panza (who's donkey has no name....) and pointed out the direction. Well amazingly, nobody got lost despite us being strung out over a long distance. Talia was overheard using her schoolmarm voice to keep a few dalliers in check....David was our sweep - and kept going up and down to make sure we were all there.
We went via Rishopon, Shefaim, Ga'ash, Yakum to our most northerly point, Udim. At Yakum a sharp-eyed person spotted Yair Lapid and that sent a couple of hearts aflutter (in the political sense). Yochi was determined to be photographed with him - and she was....
We opted out of doing the singles at Udim - but we did stop by the lovely lake with its bird watching hut. Very peaceful. Shaike had a severe attack of leg cramp on the way home and thanks to David and Ariyeh for their help.
We stopped off at Arcaffe for refreshments and despite Yair Lapid, our star is MOST definitely Talia. Lovely ride!
The organizers decided on another "Home Patch" ride as a very hot day was predicted. Actually it wasn't as bad as the previous two-three weeks and I stayed for the whole ride.The group started off with 16 participants from the parking lot and I joined in from Moshe Dayan street seeing the bikers coming up.
We did more or less the usual route to Yakum and back.
Coming down next to the railway station Arieh surprised us, after several attempts, with an irreparable puncture so he was forced to make his way back to his car. By the time we got to Bnei Zion Yochi gave up and rode back home. On the way back from Yakum Alex left us for Kfar Saba and on John rode back to ArCafe in solo. The rest of us did the whole "show" and settled for refreshment at ArCafe, with Michal, who didn't ride, joining us too.
We did about 28 km.
If you have any questions or want to get in touch for any reason, feel free to get in touch with David or John: