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Away ride - Sat. Sept. 21, 2019

Circular Route Around the Yarkon Area:


Meeting Point: the top parking lot (on HaAguda Street) of the Four Seasons Park, Hod HaSharon
Start Time: 7.00am
Please get to the meeting point in good time to start ON TIME
Waze Link: https://waze.com/ul/hsv8ycg8ve

After the ride we will stop for our usual “Breakfast”

Ride Report - Sat. March 2, 2019 - Singing in the Rain -  By Frances

Eleven stalwarts gathered under grey skies to try our luck at beating the rain in a short ride. We avoided mud, found a magnificent view of green sea and grey sky and then had to sing in the rain all the way home ... to Arcaffe, where we dripped and drank.

We rode mostly along the road but ventured into a little bit of mud along the Herzeliya airport but luckily it was a short stretch. We headed past Appolonia and admired the view at Sidna Ali. The grey was coming and while standing there the clouds spat out a few drops. We cycled with renewed vigour - some stopped off at the Sharona hotel and waited it out while the rest made our way home. Four of us stopped at Arcaffe and enjoyed some very warming coffee and the like....

20.73 km in 1 hour and 55 minutes. It was a great, invigorating ride despite singing in the rain....

We're singin' in the rain
Just singin' in the rain
What a glorious feeling
We're cycling again

Ride Report - Sat. Feb. 23, 2019 - Ride in the South - Dorot -  By Ted

(Editors' Note: this will be the 400th ride report added to this site. Well done everyone!)

It was freezing when we arrived at the launch pad at Dorot... a mere 9deg but the sun was caressing us with warmth and by the time we set off with a slight delay our cockles and other parts were tending to hot. We were apprx 15 (I did not count) riders led by Uri with David happily settled mid -way with the group stretching for almost a kilometer at times. Some of the meeker riders were phased out by the long and winding narrow singles so the pace was slower than usual. Massive quantities of spring flowering by a multitude of colourful varieties blanketed the area and many species of tress frowned down as we veered in and out and up and down the narrow treks. At times the trail was a minute 20 cms wide with undergrowth on either side reaching almost two meters. Rolling hills and dried wadis, open lands and bushy forests provided a potpourri of landscapes. Warm air and slight patchy clouds... what more could we ask for?

After Lucia's fall we nursed her along and she finished the ride (as did we all) despite pains and aches. Well done Lucia!! Hope you are better too.

A token of gratitude to Uri who guided us perfectly with directions provided by David . Uri is slowly taking over David's mantle. Good for you both.

Ride Report - Sat. Feb. 2, 2019 - Local Ride -  By David

Participants: 18 riders braved a cold morning (but with the promise of warming and lots of sunshine later)

Route: Anna led us down to the coast and southwards. See the Google Earth image in our Google Photos Album of the ride. Although we have done this route so many times Anna managed to produce a “first” by taking us from the cliffs overlooking the sea south of Herzliya right down to the beach for a 1 km ride along the water’s edge, and then back up again to the cliffs. Well done!

Riding Conditions: The weatherman kept his promise of a sunny day - in fact perfect riding conditions - with an extra “no mud” bonus.

Reminder: Some of us seem to have forgotten the principle of “follow your leader”. Its worthwhile, unless you want to end up spread out across the length and breath of Central Israel (a slight exaggeration, for the sake of emphasis!!!). There’s an inconvenience element as well - for those who do follow...

Bottom Line: A most enjoyable ride - thank you Anna!

Ride Report - Sat. Jan. 26, 2019 - Burma Road - Hapsalim -  By Anna Sheffer

The day started for me at ten to seven when my bike was packed into Rafi's car and we were off to Uria.

At Uria we met up with another seven bold rides ready for the adventure (Burma Road and Trail of sculptures)

The nine of us were Uri, Yael, Sheike, Arie, Richard, Sami, Leon, Rafi and I. Our appointed leader, Uri, was armed with the map from David. Just in case Rafi put the map on his phone as well.

The weather was great for riding with clear view. We started with a climb that never ended. Even though at some parts we descended, but it meant more climbing afterwards that some of us did on foot. The scenery was beautiful, very green, with spots of yellow, red and purple flowers. We didn't miss any turns as we had "corner people" to guide the "late comers". I'm sure Leon hade a great time though sometimes he asked wondering if we know where we are. Collectively we climbed about 500m, did 23km and went home tired but very happy with what we achieved.

At one point I almost lost my back wheel, so I better visit Asher to deal with it that it shouldn't happen again.

I must tell that it was a wonderful feeling that David called, thinking of us, "the lost children" riding in the wilderness.

Many thanks to Uri for guiding us on this ride, Well done!

Ride Report - Sat. Jan. 12, 2019 - Gvar'am Ride -  By Sami Heinhorn

היום השתתפתי ביחד עם עוד 7 חברים באתר הסינגלים הכי נחמדים שעשיתי.
נפגשנו ליד יער האקליפטוסים סמוך לקיבוץ גברעם ,יחד עם מספר די גדול של רוכבים, כאשר כל קבוצה בחרה את המסלול שלה.
הרכיבה בוצעה בשבילים צרים ומפותלים עם עליות וירידות צמודות שחייבו את הרוכבים לשנות הילוכים כל רגע בכדי לעלות ולרדת לפי צורת הדרך.
יש לציין שהשביל היה מסומן באדום-סימן המראה את דרגת קושי המסלול.
הרכיבה בוצעה בתוך היער וגם בנוף פתוח ירוק שבו כלניות בצבצו במספר מקומות אשר יחד יצרו נוף פסטורלי יפה.
סיימנו את הרכיבה במסעדת נחמדה ליד שדרות.

Ride Report - Sat. Jan. 5, 2019 - Local Ride -  By Stephen Schulman

I cycle the winter paths again,
The sand, the water, the mud,
Wherever I doth wend, my ways do end,
Completely covered in crud.
These lines entitled "Muditations on a January Ride" composed by the Romantic lake poet William Mudsworth aptly describe our first (home patch) ride of the good year (we hope!) 2019.

Meeting as usual at our appointed parking place, the multi-hued, suitably winter attired Cyclenix Flying Phalanx set off with our indefatigable leader David at its head and devoted sweeper Ted at its tail. Cycling past the disapproving glances of some of our more pious coreligionists on their way to Sabbath morning devotions, we crossed the busy intersection and were soon in the fields.

That this winter has been blessed with rains was very much evident as we encountered large puddles and muddy paths that had been often churned up by tractors and 4WD vehicles often making them completely unrideable and necessitating improvised detours that tested our nimbleness and agility.

We passed Bnei Zion and along the way crossed over a small river that led to Nahal Alexander. Beside it, a pumping station was working at full blast pumping a copious stream of what seemed to be effluents into it. Judging from the color of the water and the foam floating on top, I hoped that the turtles and fish in the river had been previously vaccinated! We turned off into large, dank citrus orchards very muddy and puddlesome and at long last after muddling through (kindly excuse the pun!) and upon exiting took a welcome break to enjoy a clementine or two fresh off the tree and bursting with flavor. Then there was the long climb to Tel Yitschak where we waited a while as the first puncture of the day was being fixed.

While resting there, a few of us were greeted by three equestrians riding by on their beautiful horses – a sight that reminded us of Shakespeare's King Richard the Second's famous lines after his rear tube had deflated: "A horse, a horse, my bicycle for a horse!" Our route took us up to Udim and we descended down the well-known and well-travelled slope to the path alongside the river. Crossing the bridge and turning south along the other bank, we discovered that the path, having been previously churned into a quagmire, was completely impassable. Nevertheless, an alternative route had been previously forged and which we were able to take advantage of.

The phalanx then arrived at the big service station and rendezvous café at Kibbutz Ga'ash where we, on our bicycles, looked askance at all those fellow humans who had to resort to the use of a horseless carriage! From then on, we were homeward bound, eventually turning left through avocado orchards onto the path parallel to the railway, crossing the line before turning right onto the homeward stretch. Even then, the way was not easy as we had the challenge of navigating around the many large puddles and pedalling along in thick mud before finally reaching the metalled road behind the Raanana cemetery. From there, a merry company descended to carouse at Landwer Café while the rest of us with more pressing matters rode straight home.

All in all, it was a great pleasure riding together, having the privilege to see all the lush green in the countryside and enjoy looking at all the lakes formed by the winter rains. It was even a greater joy to see all the families and young children out and about enjoying the fresh air of a crisp Saturday morning.

Ride Report - Sat. Dec. 22, 2018 - Local Ride -  By John

Home patch Ride Report

The weather today turned out to be ideal riding weather. No wind, not hot, clear skies and bright sunshine, greeted the large turnout of riders at our usual meeting spot. Lately our numbers really seem to be increasing...the more the merrier!

We set off a little later than planned (nothing unusual) but after 2 kms Yael's bike refused to allow her to pedal any further and unfortunately she and Uri had to WALK back to the car, which fortunately was not too far away.

Today's ride was lead by Uri Sa'ar and he took us along lots of track that most of us had never ridden before. The rains during the recent past had left their mark... a fair amount of mud and lots of pools, some deeper than others, as the photos will show of what happened when our two brave South American riders tried to negotiate one of these pools. :)

The ride was shorter than usual - I loved that bit - but long enough to give us sufficient exercise and not leave us "out for the count" when we arrived at Landwers for our breakfast. Three of us (fore-warned by Michal) had slippers in our back packs which we donned before entering Landwers and which entitled us to a free Nutella Late (absolutely delicious) This promotion at all Landwer Branches continues until the 31st December, so, everyone, pack your slippers into your backpack for next week's ride! Just remember that Landwer reserves the right (according to their advert) to discontinue the promotion at any time, so here's hoping it will still be going next Saturday, the last ride of 2018.

Thankyou Uri for ably leading us and showing us some new paths.

See you all next week.

Ride Report - Sat. Dec. 15, 2018 - Away Ride -  By David

Nahal Alexander

Participants: 20 - who didn't give up on doing this ride 2 weeks after having been cancelled due to much rain - and in the context of Nahal Alexander, that means lots of mud and puddles, which in turn probably means lots of fun for the riders, not very good for our bikes, but very good for the bike shops!!

Route: From the parking lot at the river mouth, mostly along the banks of the river to the Bird Observation Lookout (a few kilometers north of Burgata) where we made a U-turn and a "breadcrumb" route back to the cars.

Ride Conditions: Unusually cool conditions at the start, including a wind chill contribution from a strong easterly, which got us pedaling a little harder upstream, but rewarding us on the way back. Riding conditions were a blunt realization that we had exchanged summer's sandy trails for winter's mud. Which is to be preferred? That's an ongoing debate...

Bottom Line: 31 kilometers of most enjoyable riding, super scenery and great company. Thanks for managing the ride Uri - and hopefully the beginnings of many more to come under your leadership.

Ride Report - Sat. Nov. 24, 2018 - Local Ride -  By Frances

Winter Sun Ride

After much talk about the rain and cold, Saturday was a perfect riding day. A bit of a chill in the air with bright blue skies....
Around 15 of us set off under the leadership of Shaike (with a little help from his friends ...) on some old (where we haven't been in a while) and some familiar routes. We cycled 30 km from Raanana north to Ga'ash avoiding mud along the way. In fact, the most mud was in the last 100m back to Raanana....

Some made their way home after a lovely ride enjoying the green after the rains whilst others refueled at Landwer.

So... since there was no mud glued to our wheels, I have adapted Mississippi Mud....

When the sun comes up and the tide goes out, people gather and they begin to wheel

Hey Hey, Cyclists
It's a treat to beat your wheels from getting the Mississippi Mud....

And the Hippopotamus song...
Mud mud no glorious mud
no mud to stick to our wheels
So follow me down the road
And avoid that glorious mud

Ride Report - Sat. Nov. 17, 2018 - Local Ride -  By

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ARIK LEVIN





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!!

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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