Meeting Place and Time: Moshav Elishema, 7:15am sharp (give or take twenty minutes).
Route: (Courtesy of David and Google Earth) We left kibbutz Elishema and headed south-west through the fields in parallel to Route 40. Crossing under Route 5, we continued past the Baptist Village towards the source of the Yarkon River. We rode along the river banks on the shady Israel National Trail, passing under the railway tracks and alongside Park Afek (on the wrong side of the fence) with its impressive fort. We then crossed Route 483 and headed south-west by Kibbutz Givat Hashlosha, eventually turning eastward towards Route 6. We continued east crossing both Route 6 and Route 444, gradually encountering the more rocky terrain of the Nachshonim Forest. We circled the forest from south to north on its eastern side, and from there started northwards again, passing Kibbutz Nachshonim to our east. We reached and rode through Kibbutz Einat (where we didn't stop for coffee), and then north next to Route 6 till our cars and the "Lula and Kuba Restaurant" in Hod Hasharon (where we did).
Distance: An impressive 37 km. And kudos to the people who cycled to the meeting point from Kfar Saba (Ingride, David and Rafi), Ra'anana (Anna) and Ramat Ha'Sharon (Dennis), and then back home again at the end.
Participants: 14 (with one minor fluctuation - details to follow).
Highlights, Lowlights and Miscellaneous: 1. There were a couple of shallow ponds to cross, the first of which proved extremely muddy. Two people decided against it and parted from the group, only to accidentally (but gladly, we hope) bump into us again later. 2. There was mention of a difficult climb, which we finally encountered at Nachshonim. However, despite the fact that it was indeed steep and very rocky, we all tackled it with relative ease. 3. People broke out into song here and there along the route. (And for those in doubt, this is a highlight.) 4. There were various sudden dips under roads and railway lines, but they just added to the spice. 5. Unfortunately Richard was not around this week to give us a guided tour of the Baptist Village. 6. There were lots of thistles. 7. The city of Antipatris was built by Herod the Great, in honor of his father. The fortress however is from the Ottoman period and was called Ras al-Ayn. Now, does that not have an uncanny resemblance to the nearby town of Rosh Ha'Ayin? (Yes, it does!) 8. Dates come in various genres - there are those that walk and talk; those that get you out of the house looking your best; those that frequent calendars and diaries; and those that grow on trees.
The ones offered around on the ride were of the kind that grows on trees!
Summary: It was an even-paced yet diverse ride in ideal weather conditions (i.e., cool and partly cloudy). There were no technical issues (just a passing biker borrowing a spanner), no lost or injured riders (just a couple of independent spirits), and most important of all, NO SAND!
Route: From Ra'anana down to the cliff-tops at Arsouf overlooking a calm sea
and clear coastline, then north through the Sharon Beach Nature Reserve,
through Kibbutz Ga'ash, to the southern boundary of Wingate, then back south
and over the Coastal Road to Yakum, past Europark, and back home via Café
Landwer in the Ra'anana Industrial Area for a refreshment stop.
Distance: 32 km
Participants: At the start 23, which gradually diminished to 9 by the time we reached Landwer, due mainly to family commitments (a short ride is better than no ride at all!) and the unseasonal heat (which continued to intensify as the ride progressed). Welcome to newcomers Ian, Yona and Dani. Hope to see each of you riding with Cyclenix again soon.
Riding Conditions: Warm at first, then hot, then very hot!!
Sandy? - no more, no less than one would expect at this time of the year.
Wind - Contrary to Murphy's Law, the northerly wind began to strengthen significantly towards our turn southward at Wingate, so we enjoyed some "tail" relief all the way back.
Bottom Line: Enjoyable ride over a familiar route, topped with the usual ingredient of Good Company!
History: 52 weeks ago (on 20 April 2013 to be exact) the heavens opened their sluice-gates as we were nearing the end of a Home Patch ride and it was an "each to his own" scramble to escape the wet (which of course nobody did!!). As Rafi, Ingride and I were making our way back to Kfar Saba we stopped to investigate a weak and rather pathetic "meeeoooowwww"-ing at the side of our path. The rescue operation was swift. Rafi stuffed this frightened rain-soaked kitten into his rain jacket and we rode on homewards. So for one tiny creature it was the start of a "heaven on earth" life with the Landsman Family. And what did Rafi and Nava call this now 1 year old feline? GESHEM of course!!!!!
Sixteen enthusiastic riders met at the usual meeting point on Saturday morning.
Our trusty leader David was unfortunately suffering from a knee injury and unable to ride.
Warm wishes from the Cyclenix gang for a speedy recovery , David! You and Ingride were missed.
Although it was a little chilly in the beginning, the sun was shining with a promise of a beautiful day. We started out on one of the regular routes heading northwards out of Raanana. Turning west on Weizman we then rode on towards Kfar Nachman. Rumour had it that we were going to be testing our fitness by riding up "Har Ha'Zevel" (the old rubbish hill) but a left turn at the wrong junction had us all heading down towards Kiriat Sharett and out through Rishpon. Up over the bridge and into the nature reserve at Shfayim. The flowers were beautiful, out in their full glory. Up on to Gaash we rode and headed further north, past the golf course and reaching the borders of Wingate. We crossed over the bridge by Cafe Buono and followed a familiar route back through the Industrial Park of Yakum, through the fields and out on the road by Tel Itzhak. Here we turned southwards back into the orange groves of Harutzim and Bnei Zion and out the other side through Bazra. A brief stop was made for an orange break before moving on to the promise of another great breakfast at Landwer coffee shop in the Industrial area of Raanana. We weren't disappointed.
A big thank you goes to Merrill for leading us so well, with stops to check that no one was lost! Well done Merrill! An uneventful ride with no punctures, injuries or lost riders, another 31.2 lm was covered with good company and wonderful weather.
Seventeen cyclists met at our regular meeting place. After suitable adjustments were made to David's brakes, we set off into the fields. We cycled through the upper part of Bnei Tziyon and headed towards Udim. The weather was cold at the start, but the day warmed up and soon most of us stripped off our warmer clothing. We cycled through some patches of soft sand, but most of the time David was able to lead us to paths that were easy to negotiate. As Ted had leave of absence, his usual position of sweep was capably performed by Steven during the early part of the ride, and later Candy, then Hylton and others swapped with him. Some of the cyclists left early, missing the glorious fields of flowers (just see the great photos). The group ended the ride at a great coffee place in the Ra'anana industrial area. After cycling 36 km in good company, a great morning was had by all. Thanks go to Avraham for sending in most of the photos.
Thirteen of us met at Kfar Uria, for an 8 O'clock start, at 7:50am, 8am, and 8:10am (someone had to be last), prepared for the sights and smells of a beautiful spring morning, led by David and his trusty GPS. (I said "trusty GPS", not "trusty GPS batteries"... that's a different story... work it out!)
Just before we started pedaling, Ted gave a powerful and appropriate introduction to the ride, dedicating it to the memory of Ronnie Feinberg, who was Cyclenix's leader on most away-rides over the years, and the person who "opened up" many of the trails we ride nowadays, as well as teaching us riding techniques. Today's was one of his favorite rides.
Today's ride unintentionally announced spring. The weather was perfect, for riding. Clean air, bright sun, not too hot, not too cold, slight breeze. Another way to measure it... "No coats, rain or wind jackets needed; short sleeves only".
The ride was based around the Burma Road, a path of Israeli history, that kept access to Jerusalem open, when the main highways were temporarily, not an option. With all the huffing and puffing riding up some reasonably steep climbs, there was time to reflect what this route must have been like in a war situation, several decades ago.
Still, back to 2014, the route and views were exceptionally breathtaking. Etched on my brain are fields that were beautiful shades of green, ("50 shades of green?"), captured perfectly in the ride's online photo album.
When we realized we were 13, at the start, after the predictable comments about the implications of the number, itself, so many of the group gave reasons why 13 is actually a lucky number. Seems most were (suddenly) born on the 13th, or (suddenly) had some mathematical way of demonstrating they were nearly born on the 13th, so all must be OK. About 20km away, most families have at least 13 kids. Also another good sign.
Talking of numbers, there was a time when the lucky 13 group became 12. "Where's Ingride?". Hmm... No Ingride. And this didn't happen at any random time of the ride, but instead, at the top of the "final climb".
(This was David's 5th "final climb of the day"... was he Max in disguise?).
Hmmm... So having ripped his emergency Scott Tracy uniform from his backpack, Stuart jumped into Thunderbird 1 (for speed), followed by Matty in Thunderbird 2, in case any heavy duty extraction would be required. Still fresh in his Virgil Tracy uniform from Purim, Matty lost no time in getting airborne.
With the International Rescue team deployed, husband David could relax, and return to worrying only about his GPS batteries.
(If you don't "get it", http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thunderbirds_machines).
Thankfully, no drama... Ingrid was simply lost and thankfully unpunctured and uninjured, suffering only from picking too many flowers when she should have been keeping an eye on the departing group. So the final climb turned out to be the final-but-one climb for Scott and Virgil, who welcomed (yeah!) the extra pain to make them fitter for their next Thunderbirds rescue mission. No pain, no gain, when you're in charge of saving the world.
Noticeable about this ride, that the ups and downs were split about 50/50, and in that order. So, at a certain point, we faced many kilometers of downhill only, across varied surfaces and scenery, and once again giving Scott and Virgil the opportunity to dance with death, which came closest when Scott realized Thunderbird 2 didn't have any brake lights, and forced Thunderbirds 1 onto the ground, to prevent a collision.
Finally, I'm so annoyed. A 27km ride in the hills of Jerusalem, (about 30km for the 2 rescuers), with some challenging ascents, eventually followed by memorable and exhilarating descents, and my trusty Endomondo recorded a maximum speed of 49.4 km per hour. It doesn't take much explaining that 50.0 kph sounds so much faster and a real achievement. I mean, I paid for the Endomondo software. Wouldn't you think the programmers could have rounded up?
I didn't personally know the late Ronnie Feinberg. Ted said that today's was one of his favorite rides. I understand why!
(Cyclenix Note: This ride was dedicated to the memory of Ronnie Feinberg who was Cyclenix's leader on most away- rides over the years and the person who "opened up" many of the trails we ride nowadays as well as teaching us riding techniques. Today's was one of his favorite rides.)
To expect no mud after a week of heavy rains is somewhat optimistic. But Cyclenix guys & gals are optimists by nature so shortly after taking the 531 route and hitting mud some groans were forthcoming but nothing serious. We picked up Dr. Shmuel on the way and he took the mud" in his stride" literally as he tiptoed over, in his words, "refesh". By the time we hit Rishpon it was all behind us (and everywhere else). Mud on shoes, bikes, clothing but in all honesty , nothing to brag about. Further down behind Herzel hill we hit more mud of a different colour and texture but it too was soon forgotten as we scaled the steps over road 2 near Cinema City. The weather was perfect and we stripped to a comfortable level and started to make our way back to Hezeliya . By then Udi had joined us and it was like old times except we were a little older. An uneventful ride to Tapuz near the magnificent Herzeliya Park was in order and so we basked in bits of sunshine peeking thru the Eucalyptus trees as we dined on an array of goodies while Purim costumed kids ran in the background. It was relaxing and enjoyable and in the spirit of good festive fun I recited my favorite Limerick which had been triggered by the discussion on the pronunciation of Titus but was really about Titian.
"While Titian was mixing rose madder,(look up rose madder if you are not familiar with it)
His model was poised on a ladder,
The position to Titian suggested fruition
So he mounted the ladder and had her".
Today's report is short and sweet. Thirteen (lucky number for some) of us met at the Ramat Gan Stadium at 7.30am and set off South through the Yarkon Park. It was a warm but cloudy day and there was a strong head wind that did it's best to blow us backwards. The plan was to tide to Rishon Le Zion. As we progressed through the park and onto the Tel Aviv Beach front the wind increased in strength to such an extent that we decided to cycle only to Bat Yam and then return. The weather seriously reduced the usual number of people out enjoying an early morning outing. That, together with the cycle path that was now a reality along the beach front, made dodging walkers and runners almost non-existent. Except for the wind the ride to Bat Yam was very pleasant, A short rest on the pier at Bat Yam and we made an about turn and headed back to the cars, with the wind now behind us... what a pleasure. Our breakfast stop saw us at a new venue... Max Brenner's at the Tel Aviv Port. There was an excellent selection on the menu at very reasonable prices and the food and drink was top class. 37 kms in all was added to our odometers and, despite the wind on the outward bound leg of our tide. all enjoyed the experience.
On our bikes having a ball,
Warm summer weather, sun on our backs,
Helmets on heads, following tracks.
It was 7.30 when we got on our way,
It really was a beautiful day.
We welcomed Uzi, new to our group,
It was great having him riding our loop.
A well-worn route was this Home Patch Ride,
At Arsuf we stopped and watched the tide,
Then Shefayim and Gaash with no delay
Heading for breakfast along the way.
Our refuelling stop at Gaash was nice,
Breakfast, coffee or a coke with ice.
And then we were back on our bikes again,
Heading for home through field and glen.
There were thirty-four kilometres under the belt,
By the time we reached where we dwelt.
Thank you all for a fun-filled ride;
And to David our very own faithful guide.
In the words of Blood Sweat and Tears - Spining Wheel:
What goes up must come down
Spinnin' wheel got to go 'round
Well that was us going up and down with the wheels spinning - albeit not the same kind of wheel....
Twenty-one of us gathered near the entrance of kibbutz Gvar'am with a lot of other enthusiasts. The parking area under the trees was already full by the time we got there. We set off in the cool morning air (16 deg to start) with the promise of a hot day (30 deg when we finished).
David lead us along the around 20 km route of roller-coaster singles - thrilling to bump and fly over. It may seem a short distance, but it required a lot of concentration through the more technical bits. There were some short steep declines followed by steep inclines - so the muscles were pumping! The flowers - bright red and yellow - were out and there was a lot of green, thanks to the recent rains. We did have a few stops - people getting lost, huffing and puffing up the hills and returning to the car, but we all got back having had a great ride with some wonderful scenery and exciting singles with lots of unexpected bumps along the way.
If you have any questions or want to get in touch for any reason, feel free to get in touch with David or John: