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Away ride - Sat. June 22, 2019

Tel Aviv Yafo Area:


Start Time: 7.00 am
Meeting Point: Parking lot of the Sports Center Hadar Yosef on Behor Shalom Shitrit Street approx 300m west of the Wallenberg - Pinchas Rosen intersection

Waze Link: https://waze.com/ul/hsv8y8ktxd

Ride Report - Sat. Oct. 20, 2018 - Local ride -  By Talia

A fresh and early start
for all the brave of heart;
Cyclists, geared and ready
upon their bicycles steady.


And off we set
Through fields decidedly wet,
Along the Nahal Ra'anana canal
encircling Basra and Tel Izhak in high morale.

Past Agam Udim and a new watery ditch
Gentle meanders via Nahal Poleg's bamboo pathways
With nary a delay, we stopped for a snack and kibbitz
Onwards through Yakum Park, via some well inspected avocado groves
Finally heading back towards coffee at Landwer in our droves.

It should be noted, young John, managed to climb
An extra hill in his excitement to reach Landwer in record time!
He blamed another for his little navigation rumpus
I say in response: time for a compass?

Upon our arrival we did somehow chase away
A nearby table of genteel walkers
(Was it our smell that rid us of gawkers?)
So with swathes of space we were then spoilt with many sweet delights in honour of Anna's birthday.

So many happy returns to Anna on your special day!
And please, next week would all Cyclnixers remember to include a tip when they pay!

Ride Report - Sat. Oct. 13, 2018 - Away Ride North - Eli Sat's Gadot Ride -  By Michal

The rooms were all booked, weekend plans with family or other Cyclenix members were made and we all headed up to the far north for our Cyclenix weekend up north led by Eli Set.

Friday afternoon was supposed to be an easygoing flat ride around the Dan Hatsbani area with amazing scenery. Thanks to global warming, weather in Israel is not as predictable as it used to be. Just a couple hours before the ride, the heavens decided to let all hell loose. Pouring rain, flooded streets and fields and hail! Yes bloody hail! I was in my car heading south after my morning ride when this happened. 

Definitely not cycling conditions.

So the hard decision had to be made and the Friday afternoon ride was cancelled. A bit of a bummer but it definitely was the right decision.

So we all met at our meeting point in Gadot. We were 16 Cyclenixers since a few had to cancel their weekend plans with us for various reasons.

With a bit of a late start Eli introduced himself and we were on our way. The scenery was amazing and every so on, Eli stopped t

o give us geographical and historical explanations about the area we were in.  From Gadot we headed towards Machanayim and Ayelet Hashachar, random walkers and runners all seemed to recognize Eli and all greeted him. I guess besides being a brand name in the mountain biking community he is also somewhat of a celebrity in the area. 

We were warned of 300 meters climbing that really isn’t a lot over a 30 kilometer ride. Somehow all of the climbing parts were in on or two spots so they were surely felt.

We did have a couple mishaps. Ingride who is very gracefully modelling her new pink and turquoise 27.5 lust with SLX components, missed a tree branch that was sticking out and was rudely pushed off of her bike. I have to say it was one of the most elegant falls I have ever witnessed. She got a bit of attention from her chivalrous husband who iodized and bandaged her finger.

Yael seemed to be riding a bit slow which was explained by her tire losing air. At some point we were told that she has a puncture and Uri helped her fix it. Later on she had another puncture and once again it was fixed. This time the fixing and jiffa did the job and she could ride on all the way through Hulata, Yesod Hama'Ala and back to Gadot.

I tracked 33.8 kilometers with a 373 meters of climbing. 

Even though half of our plans were cancelled, the mishaps and the ride not being too easy with the hot hours that we ran into it was yet another great ride to be written in the Cyclenix log.

There were quite a few requests for more rides up north led by Eli so we hope we can turn this into a more regular event. Thank you Eli for your offer to lead us on a ride in your area, for the choice of route, and above all else, a great biking experience for us all.

Ride Report - Sat. Oct. 6, 2018 - Local Ride -  By David

Participants: 25 which included Yoav who joined us for the first time. Welcome and we look forward to your riding with us again soon

Route: One of our more regular routes but considering the time of year relatively sand-free. For details see my GPS data (but note: this includes the extra distance from Kfar Saba back to Kfar Saba) on the following link: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/2868555280

Ride Conditions: Early morning cloud cover helped to provide ideal riding conditions. A good pace, despite 25 riders, enabled us to end our ride before temperatures began to rise into the 30s.

Bottom Line: An enjoyable ride – great company! Shavua Tov to all.

Ride Report - Sat. Sept. 29, 2018 - Yarkon ride -  By

Ride Report - Sat. Sept. 22, 2018 - Summer Holiday -  By Francis

28 of us gathered to ride into the blue yonder - no clouds, no wind - a perfect summer day. Christine (from Switzerland) joined us - good for her as she cycled to Raanana from Jaffa! And back again after our stop at Arcaffe. We hope you will join us again before going off to wheel around Ethiopia. Since Succhoth is a day away, there is the feeling of holiday all about - people enjoying the last of summer before (hopefully) winter sets in.

We went as far as the beach near to Udim (no swimming today) where we stopped for a break to see the sea and shmooze a bit. We covered around 36 km - well done to Yoavi (our youngest member by a looooong shot) for keeping up and doing so well in the sand.

Some rode home and others went to Arcaffe to refuel.

So, lets sing along with Cliff Richards and his Summer Holiday:

We're going on a summer cycle ride
No more working for an hour or two
Fun an laughter on our ride away
No more worries for me and you
For an hour or two.

We're going where the sun shines brightly
We're going where the sea is blue
We've been there before
And it's good for me and you

Ride Report - Sat. Sept. 15, 2018 - Ben Shemen Sept. 2018 -  By David

A ride in Ben Shemen does different things for different people
In some (like Tracy and Talia) it stimulates their excellent poetic talents!
So here’s in rhyme, how we spent the time - to share with one and all ...

This is a tale of a trail

With Cyclenixers galore

And the Ben Shemen forest

For them to explore

Up hill and down dale

Olives and hay by the bale

A view from a lookout

A mouthful of dust

What a thrill, such fun

Nothing better than the morning sun

 A beautiful day for a ride

Until, woe betide

A wheel went poof

And the tube leaked jiffa and air

That was the proof

"A puncture" they shouted in dispare

To work they went

Half a hour was spent

A new tube was inserted

(Although at this point I deserted)

I am sure that with tenacity refined

Back on the bike they climbed.
    -Tracy L. Amrani
Indeed, puncture repaired


Our numbers pared


And off we did pedal, continuing on yet another hill


And down the other side, what a thrill...


A final look out view,


Back to the parking lot we flew


Time for home made brew


And farewell till next week Cyclenix crew!

    -Talia Feigenbaum
And now for a touch of reality:
20 riders, 21 km, 359 m elevation gain, perfect weather, great company and a nice (sometimes tireless) ride!!!

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: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/2978917897

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!

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Rider Profile

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

Contact

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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