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Local Ride - Sat. Oct. 23, 2021

Next ride: Home Patch ride

Start Time: 6:45am :

Our local rides will meet at 6:45 am at the usual place in the car park opposite Yad L'Banim on Ahuza Street Ra'anana.

It is the responsibility of all riders to ensure that they strictly observe applicable Ministry of Health COVID-19 regulations (such as they may now be!) for themselves as well as for the wellbeing of their fellow riders.

Ride Report - Sat. Sept. 8, 2018 - Home Patch L'Chaim ride -  By

Ride Report - Sat. Sept. 1, 2018 - Home Patch -  By David

Participants: 13 where the ladies (represented only by Shosh and Ingride) were hopelessly outnumbered on this occasion, some being abroad, while at least one "couldn't get out of bed"!!

Route: See my GPS data on the following link:

Riding Conditions: Weather hot but not oppressive and lots of cloud cover - mostly sand free and flat (except for the climb up to Bnei Zion at the end of the ride where we shed a few calories) Bottom Line: A pleasant ride, good company (as always), at a nice pace (enabled with fewer riders than our usual 20+) covering about 31 km.

Ride Report - Sat. Aug. 18, 2018 - Home Patch -  By Anna

I suggested that I'll write the report of the local ride for the next week however I was told not to be cheeky as they knew I won't be attending it. I'll be riding at Loire Valley in France.

We did only 25km with 16 participants riding on our usual route ups and downs with a lot of sand but not further than Telmond to survive the summer heat. Luckily the sun was mainly hiding behind clouds so it was bearable. For some of us it was more walking than riding. I must confess since I have the new bike and thanks to Michal's advice I managed to ride through most of the sand patches. I still have much to learn, but I have plenty of time to catch up. Only 10 of us ended up at Landwer's for refreshment /breakfast.

To sum it up, it was a pleasant ride with the usual good company.

Ride Report - Sat. Aug. 11, 2018 - Home Patch -  By Talia S.

Note: Images have been added to last weeks ride report, so click the > arrow to go back and see them.

This morning saw a nice turnout of nineteen people, which was impressive considering the high temperatures and humidity that had been forecasted. We decided to keep the ride short, cycling to Herzliya Pituach as we had done the week before, so that we could be back and in a coffee shop before it got too hot.

We took a break on a grassy ledge overlooking the coast, where Meryl extracted from her bag a delicious homemade banana and nut cake, in celebration of Michal’s birthday last week (mazal tov, Michal!). We sang happy birthday, and then joked about how so many of Michal's belongings had Giant on them that prospective suiters must find it quite daunting (or something to that effect). Three female riders took a dip in the sea with riding apparel intact, which meant that unlike the rest of us they had a cool ride home.

There were a couple of unpleasant incidents. Leo suddenly discovered he had more puncture than wheel, so despite various inner-tube donations, he eventually told us to leave him by the beach, where hopefully his wife came to pick him up. Another rider was knocked off his bike by a car door opening, a harsh reminder of how careful we must be when cycling in urban areas, and the reason that we prefer the dust and dirt of the countryside.

Luckily, he was not hurt. We ended the ride at Arcaffe, where Chagit and Yossi taught us some words in Israeli sign language, with a couple of them evoking a myriad of giggles. I also learned about the beautiful annual Cape Argus bike ride in South Africa where, at a certain point, participants are 'greeted' by a troop of baboons looking for tasty treats.

All in all, it was a pleasant ride of 25kms in the usual August furnace, with good company and lots of laughs. And now, I'm ready for winter!

Ride Report - Sat. Aug. 4, 2018 - Home Patch -  By John

Not much to report. We'd traversed all the paths on previous rides.  24 riders.  Very hot and humid. 31 kms.

One observation: I and three others "got lost" because the rule of when one gets to a fork in the route the someone should always wait to see that the rider behind knows which route to take. Breakfast at ArcCafe.

Ride Report - Sat. July 28, 2018 - Home Patch -  By Talia F.

'Twas a warm and sunny start
Not a cloud in the sky
And off the Cyclenix did dart
Over 20 or so feeling spry
Heading off at good speed
A route leader decreed

Despite David going through a red
No traffic was ahead
And safely all did cross
And we continued to follow the boss
The routing was via Bazra
Through the fields with some hurrah

Passing Bnei Zion and Tel Itzhak
With plenty time for a hak and snack
As we lost one of the crew
And had to mount a rescue
Soon we were back in the saddle
Onwards we did traddle

A short stretch of single track
By Udim on our way back
And heading into Lev HaPark
Planning that for coffee we would disembark
Sadly plans went awry
As there was no coffee guy!

Thankfully Arcaffe had space
And put a smile on this cyclist’s face.
So till next week, it’s a cheers!
Cycle safe and be good to your gears :)

Ride Report - Sat. July 21, 2018 - Yarkon-Park Afek -  By David

Participants: 21 which included Ada who (as far as I can recall) joined us for the first time. Welcome and we look forward to your riding with us again soon

Route: From the Four Seasons Park (Hod Hasharon) car park up Har Zevel, then down to the River, along its banks, on to Park Afek and back. For details of the route see to my GPS data on the following link:

Ride Conditions: A 7.00 am start with a fair amount of early morning cloud cover and much of the ride on the shady banks of the Yarkon, resulted in relatively cool and comfortable riding on a firm track surface.

Of Special Mention: On reaching the northern end of Park Afek gate-keeper Moshe succumbed to Merrill's persistent pleas and "charm" to allow us to enter and take a breather some 50 meters inside the Park to relax and enjoy the beauty of the mini-lake and its surrounds (see photos). Well done Merrill!

Bottom Line: Another of Merrill's enjoyable routes in the Yarkon area, a good way to escape the worst of the heat, ideal riding conditions and great company.

Ride Report - Sat. July 21, 2018 - Yarkon ride -  By tba

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Ride Report - Sat. July 14, 2018 - Home Ride -  By tba

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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


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  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.

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