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Local Ride - Sat. Jan. 19, 2019

Next ride: Home Patch
All home patch rides start at 7:30am :


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. Aug . 15, 2015 - Ride Report -  By Yvette

The early start and hot weather didn't seem to put off many riders this week.
All together, a head count of 14 was taken and new rider Irit was welcomed.

As our faithful leader David was cycling together with Ingride in France this week, we were well led by Rafi.
We headed northwards out towards the industrial area and turning south up the hill of Weizman and north again towards Kfar Nachman. Here we rode on towards the cemetery and on to the same track taken the week before. A slight detour and the route was varied slightly .We were soon lifting our bikes up a muddy hill and onto a mud packed trail which was broken up from time to time with little hills of mud and more bike carrying. This led us out by some of the massive construction of the 531. While several riders helped Ilan with an airless tire, the trail just ridden was aptly named by Ted as Rafi's trail.

From here we went on over the train tracks of Rishpon, turning left and going southwards we then turned west and entered into Kfar Shmiryahu along a well ridden route. Over the bridge and off on to Nof Yam we turned left and up past SidniAli beach and the mosque there, Down the hill we managed to find a little breeze and from there we were on autopilot on a direct route through Hertzaliya Pituach, heading home again to Raanana and Landwer's where we were the first customers of the day! The breakfast was as good as ever and we were happy to be joined by Megan and Dan ,John's daughter and grandson.

It was a pleasant and uneventful ride with good company as usual. We managed to get in around 23 km of bike riding and successfully avoided the heat of the day.

Ride Report - Sat. Aug. 8, 2015 - Home Patch Ride Report - Livin' on the Edge -  By Frances

19 of us gathered to brave the heat for an approximately 24 km foray along a few sandy paths and harder surfaces. We went up Weizman street and then along a different path to the right of the cemetry and eventually making our way south to the Herzeliya park where we enjoyed the views of the park and made our way to Landwer for a very welcome pit stop.

Michal had a birthday this week and arrived raring to go on her spanking new Giant - Liv Lust. So, she was heard humming Living on the Edge while trying to stay upright in the sandy bits. Cleats is a new thing for her and it was reminscent of Merrill when she first started riding with cleats - yes, toppling over.... Luckily she toppled into soft sand, so it wasn't too bad.

At Landwer, we ate and drank and sang lustily to Michal. So, with apologies to Aerosmith:

There's somethin' wrong with Michal today I do know what it is...
Something's wrong with her bike
She's seein' things in a different way
Its must be the LUST LIV
It shore ain't no surprise
she's Livin' on the edge
Livin' on the edge

Ride Report - Sat. Aug. 1, 2015 - Home patch ride report -  By John

Determined to beat the heat we have moved our starting time forward to 6:30am and 14 (I think) of us were at the starting point on time. But, before we started we'd already lost the race!!! It was already hot and humid!

Welcome back to Richard, looking and hearty, after his recent shoulder surgery.

We followed the path that we've ridden many times through Bazra, Bnei Tzion and Yakum to Udim and from there headed for Landwers to recover! On the way to Yaqum we came across a field of watermelons and one in particular was winking at Michal. Michal couldn't resist! In no time she whipped out her handy McGiver knife and it wasn't long before we were all tucking into a sweet, red, red juicy watermelon. Thank you Michal.

The rest of the ride was, apart from the heat and extra bits of sand here and there, uneventful. We all enjoyed the +/- 30 km. ride and arrived tired and happy at one of our favourite "water holes" Landwers, where we are always assured of good food and great service.

Hope to see you all next Saturday.

Ride Report - Sat. July 25, 2015 - Home Patch - Rishpon - Marina - Mandarin -  By Michal

14 of us decided that nothing will keep us from our weekly routine!

It was a relatively small turn out today; it seems that the hot weather kept some riders at home.

We started off with what would seem like technical miss haps to be... pumping up tires and adjusting seats, but thankfully none of them developed throughout the ride. What used to be a backwards ride has lately become the norm. Up Weizmann towards the cemetery and into the fields...

shortly we were out of the fields and onto quiet roads and bike paths for the majority of our ride.

The group was pleasantly chit chatty but quieter than usual. I have a feeling that Johns absence contributed to the quiet... especially from Ingrid... ;-)

Through kfar shmaryahu, to apolonia for the view, where at this point, John sent a warm drunken hello from Holland to all.

We stayed constantly with the view of the sea, from sea level alongside the beach and from high up above on the cliffs with the breathtaking views.

It wasn't too late but some were scared the heat will get unbearable and turned home on their own. Reaching the marina, Uri showed us a little spot of heaven, where one can just sit with a cold drink and gaze into the endless water and yachts. Heat being our main challenge, we quickly continued.

David treated Ingride and me to a quick stop to take a dip in the sea!! OMG!! The water was amazing! At a perfect temperature, no waves and not a jellyfish in sight it was a pure paradisiac! Knowing that everyone was waiting for us we didn't indulge for too long... out of the water, all gathered upon our bikes to continue on our voyage.

Planning to shortly leave Herzelia, another few cut away from the group leaving us at a total of 8 riders. On our regular path out of Herzelia, Haim wasn't feeling well and Uri stayed with him to ride slowly while the six of us continued to Raanana.

It was only 10:30 when we got to Yerushalayim/Ahuza and at this point I continued to my car, Meir went home as well, leaving a whopping number of 4 for the refreshment stop at Arcaffe.

We did approximately 32 km's in all and had a great time. Haim we hope you feel better so you can enjoy next week's ride.

Ride Report - Sat. July 18, 2015 - Nahal Alexander Ride Report -  By David

Participants:15 including newcomer Stuart who joined us for the first time. Welcome and we look forward to your riding with us again in the future
Route:Our usual Nahal Alexander ride is from Burgata to the coast and back. However at Ted's suggestion we reversed the route. The result: instead of ending the ride "overheated" as we would have done at this time of year, we were able to enjoy a fresh breeze off the sea for much of the way back to the beach (and that's as good as it gets at 31°C). Good thinking Ted!
Description:An easy 29 km ride, scenic and varied (the photo gallery speaks for itself) and sand-free
Bottom Line:Enjoyable and relaxing, excellent company (when is it not!!), rounded off with a visit to the Kfar Vitkin shopping mall for coffee et al...

Ride Report - Sat. July 11, 2015 - Home Patch Ride Report (Hebrew) -  By Uzi

Editor: Today's ride report is provided by Uzi. I've made it in to a PDF file so you can click on the image below, and open the PDF file, or download it to view:

Ride Report - Sat. July 4, 2015 - Tel-Aviv Ride -  By Hylton

Thirteen riders started off from the Ramat Gan Stadium and we wound our way through the park and on to the tayelet in Tel Aviv which mercifully, wasn't too crowded.

Following the bike lane along the Tel Aviv promenade we went into Jaffa port, past the old abandoned Dolphinarium and on through old Jaffa towards Bat Yam.

By this time it was getting really hot and sticky so we turned back towards Jaffa and the Clock Tower and one of our regular watering holes where everyone refreshed themselves.

I left the group after coffee and my usual croissant and wound my way back home as we were meeting kids and grandkids for a picnic. The rest of the group returned to the start at the stadium.

All in all, nothing too strenuous, but nevertheless interesting and a little different.

Ride Report - Sat. June 27, 2015 - Home patch ride report -  By Jose Sunikansky

Yesterday, 19 of us started from our usual spot opposite Yad L'Banim, Ra'anana.
We had short delay thanks to my encounter with the police... well, it was my mistake to cross on a red light, even though the street was empty.

This time Karla joined us after an absence of 2 months, she knew it was going to be hard to be back in the saddle but the sooner the better!
We took road 531 and rode for few KMs until we reached a dead-end and were not able to cross. Ted tried to find a way but in vain, so we detoured to the known sandy patch entry that lead us to Rhispon and continue all the way to the Europark at Yaqum.
In the middle, we had a small break to recover a little bit... Ted was constantly pushing us in a race against the hottest hours of the day, but the temperature was increasing rapidly and we lost the race in the last hour. On our way back to our deserved breakfast at Landwer, Yochi got a puncture around Benei Tzion, the "Jifa" in her tire was not sufficient to stop the leak and it was necessary to replace the inner tube.
David and myself assisted her, with Talia's closely monitoring, her aim being to learn how to do it, while Ted encouraged her to learn from practicing next time :) We finally had our coffee stop and enjoyed nice talk and everybody went back home.

Total ride distance was around 36 km.

Ride Report - Sat. June 20, 2015 - Hof Hacarmel Area Ride Report -  By Ted

Autumn- like weather greeted the 14-15 riders at the start point at Ein Carmel by the Banana Plantation. We met there exactly to the day last year but this year the Bananas offered less protection as they were almost bare to those who dared to bare their private parts prior to setting off southwards.

After a delayed start we set off southwards in perfect conditions with a cooling SW breeze in our faces. The pace was leisurely as we reached the ancient pumice water storage cisterns where I gave a short dissertation on sex and other matters. We passed the beautiful pampered cemetery of Ein Carmel (yes, some are beautiful) where a dear friend lies and whenever I pass the point I think how unlucky she was to succumb so young and how lucky we are to be well enough to be riding.

We weaved our way thru Ein Ayalas' hot -houses and scampered down and up the drainage canal to finally reach Habonim. We visited the Crusader ruins for yet another short explanation on the history of the place and off we went towards Dor along the partly lime stone trail. By then Dina and her bike had stopped squeaking. After a short exploratory visit to the beach front gate we decided we don't pay on Sat and rode off to the Kibbutz Nachsonim's entrance where we sneaked past the front unmanned barrier where we were denied entrance last year.

A brief visit to Rothscild's glass factory, now a museum, preceded our arrival at our favourtite cove beach front. Ingride tested the water but found it unbearably cold so we gave up on the swimming idea. Michal would have jumped in but we accepted Ingride's recommendation. Strangely, last year on the same day the water was perfect.

A brief breakfast stop by the waters was followed by the ascent up to the ruins of Dor. We Oohed and Aahhed at the spectacular views and yet another informal explanation on the history of the site. We rode along the sea front in partial sandy spots as Aldo took a couple of falls in thick sand. We pedaled across several minor coves to finally reach the car park near the Habonim railway crossing. Few remember that this is the crossing where twenty years ago some twenty school kids were killed when their school bus crossed the rails just as train roared down the tracks. It was the beginning of a national plan to improve rail crossings but it took several more tragedies before the plan was finally executed.

Above us parachutes slowly made their way earthwards but that was not all that fell from the heavens. We felt slight cooling drizzle for almost twenty minutes just prior to us reaching the Airstrip at Habonim with its recently rebuilt Paras terminal. We stopped there for breakfast and gawked at the Paras gracefully landing while breakfast was served. We visited the Terminal and admired the architecture and museum pieces. We were so relaxed that it took some effort to get us back on the bikes. The temp had by now risen but cloud cover helped as we crossed the bridge at Atlit for the final assault to the car park.

What a ride, what a group, what a day. Thanks David for the ultimate ride.

Ride Report - Sat. June 13, 2015 - Home Patch Ride Report -  By Michal

Same place different time, 20 early birds pitched up at our new starting time 07:00 am. A new rider Ami joined us today and a couple riders that haven't been with us for quite some time, welcome back Nathan and Michael.
We started riding through Keren Hayesod up Weizman and Kfar Nachman and into the fields. Riding up Weizman I was almost struck by a pigeons good luck surprise which made me even luckier in my opinion that I wasn't!
At the first waiting point David informed us that it will be a short ride because he needs to leave early. Ted joined us at this point, making us into a group of 21 peddlers! We were heading towards Har Hazevel and a few wondered out loud if we were going to try and conquer it! We got confirmation from our captain and as some were ready for takeoff others decided to enjoy the layover.
The beginning was a little problematic being quite sandy and trying to figure out the right gear for the challenge but once you got it, you got it!!
The mountain was conquered!!
While the challenge was accomplished it left the 13 of us who did it, a bit out of breath but full of pride and a great view. The ride down in my opinion was worth the hard climb, with a bit of technical riding, rocks and sandy sand.
The rest of the group waited at the bottom for us challenged ;-) people.
Uzi took over the reins from here till the end of the ride and David took a vacation for the rest of the ride. We continued North West through Bnei Zion to yakum, over the bridge that crosses road number 2, avoiding the horse land mines as usual and back south to Shefayim. As I realized that Merrill disappeared on me she gave out a yell from across the field after taking a different turn at Shefayim. Good thing she knew the way back to Ra'anana. Somewhere throughout the ride we ran into Frederic and caught up a bit with him on his whereabouts.
The long stretch home took us via the forever building of the 531 road, where I enjoyed a nice sprint workout all the way to the end of it. I ditched to continue with my plans and so did many others apparently. I was told Landwer went Cyclenixless.
It was a great ride! Quite a few up hills today with the weather definitely getting hotter, more humid and OMG sandier!!! We kept a nice fast pace of 15.5 km/h in average and covered about 30 km (depending on where each person ended the ride).

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Please note 7:30am start time.

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HAIM KARSHEN






1946 Born in Poland
1957 Made Aliya with family and lived 4 years in Kfar Shalem
1961 Moved to Kiryat Shalom ; went to ORT technical college
1967 Was drafted to IAF ; served as anti-aircraft missiles technician
1970 Married Judith ; started Engineering studies in TLV
1971 Moved to Holon ; Michael was born - father of Noa and Jonathan
1973 Spent 3 months in "Africa" - Fayid air base
1974 Got an engineering degree and later has been working for 40 years with IDF Signal Corps , Telrad , Tadiran , RAD and Elbit mainly in Reliability and Quality management
1976 Ziv was born - father of Tamar and Shachar
1983 Liana was born - expects to give birth in 12/18
1997 Moved to Raanana
2013 Retired from work

Over time was involved in a variety of sports :

  • Basketball
  • Judo
  • Diving
  • Tennis
  • Biking: :In 2004 I fell from a ladder and crashed my hip joint (recovery took about 2 years). The professor In hospital suggested that biking might assist cohesion (putting pressure on the joint).
I started biking since - it had indeed a good effect

The Cyclenix Group
2013 - I joined after Hylton Sher draw my attention to the Group
Since then I enjoy biking weekly with this friendly group of people it's a lot of fun too

My Away-Away biking history:

2015 Danuba trail (Vienna Budapest)
2016 France (Loir valley)
2017 Poland (Zakopane/Krakow)
2018 Bulgaria/Greece (Sofia Halkidiki)
2019 Czech republic (Ceski Krumlov Prague)

My bikes history:

1960 Diamant (East Germany)
2006 Fuji (Japan)
2008 GT (USA)
2014 Santacruz (USA)
2018 Megamo (Spain)

My Happy hobby:
Making Lemonchelo : Lemons from my tree + Vodka/Ouzo
Sipping/Drinking with friends

BASIC MOUNTAIN BIKE ETIQUETTE

  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.
RIDE SAFELY AND HELP OTHERS TO DO THE SAME

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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:


Email: jcandy@inter.net.il
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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