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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. June 22, 2013 - Home Patch Ride Report -  By John

Twenty-two, yes, twenty-two riders met at 7am for the ride, an almost record attendance for a home patch ride. Even at 7am, the weather was already hot and sticky!!!! The path we took was one that we have traversed many times, but today, there were patches that were sandier than usual.

I have quite a few announcements to make concerning the participants of today's excursion. Firstly, welcome to Michal who joined us for her first ride with the group, and thank you Yvette for introducing her to us. I hope that you enjoyed the ride and that we will see you often on our future rides. Secondly, welcome back after a long absence to Shaul, who chose this way to celebrate his 83rd 120! It was also nice to have Megan (who has been travelling all over the world working) back after a good few weeks.

David, our leader, today showed his prowess as a slave-driver, refusing all pleas to reduce the distance of the planned route. Eventually we reached our breakfast stop at the Lake in Ra'anana and I can safely say that everyone, without exception welcomed the stop and the opportunity to "refuel".

We covered +/- 34 kms in hot, hot weather and in very pleasant company.

Ride Report - Sat. June 15, 2013 - Ben Shemen Ride Report -  By Ted

The drive to the Ben Shemen forest was filled with anticipation as the 8 car convoy wound it's way up thru the foothills. The weather was perfect and already at the entrance we were greeted by the multitudes or armored riders about to careen down the hills and thru the single tracks. There is a special undeniable quality to riding in this area. We departed without Tali and even now I have no idea if she even left home. But off we went with David and his new Garmin to show us which way.

The fact that we were off the beaten path at times did not detract in any way from the thoroughly enjoyable times we had. After all, what can beat a nice climb followed by a swooping downhill with the wind rushing by. And it was just that and lots of it.

That is the special quality I mentioned. The ups and downs just keep coming. At our lookout point which we approached from an unorthodox (Jewish religious Moshav) direction we took in the amazing scenery of the coastal plain spreading out from N to S.

At some point when we were unsure of our location and trying to figure out NSEW, I thought about my scouts learning that NESW is followed clockwise. The new generation would have trouble as they see clocks digitally!? We also walked at times, mainly up. If it's a sharp incline it is almost a requirement. The terrain sometimes put us off on the downs so getting off the bike is simply prudence.

Several attempts by Anna to lose us failed and she even loosened her saddle to improve her chances but we fixed her and the saddle and there she was with us at the finish. Or was it finished. Some went home after we found ourselves back at the car-park while several chose to explore the north side.

The ride was approx KLS20 and 16 riders were there at the start. Nobody counted at the finish but so far no calls of help have been heard from BS forest. Thanks to all for good company and a lovely ride.(Editor:[sic])

Ride Report - Sat. 8th June, 2013 - Home Patch Ride Report -  By Anna

Well, I was volunteered to report our Saturday ride.

15 of us gathered at our usual meeting place at seven o'clock. The weather was surprisingly pleasant. We headed off to Rishpon following Gabi and continued next to the railway towards Yakum. On our way to Yakum the misfortune of bikers: a puncture, hit Ted's bike. He decided to deal with it by himself waving away helpful hands, even some riders who were just looking for a good excuse to stop for a rest, till he realized he had multiple punctures. Even though, he got to Europark before us waiting in the shade. At Yakum Gabi decided to return home to exercise his right as a grandparent. The rest of us headed back to Raanana through Rishpon before having a well-deserved rest munching on our nuts and fruit at Harsuf with a great view of the sea. By this time it was getting very warm so we decided to return to Raanana without stopping at Gaash. (Anyway it is not so pleasant to stop there since it changed hands) From Rishpon to Raanana Avi tried to ride on our usual route (Ingrid tried it as well) only to discover that it is completely blocked with construction. So they followed me through the pardes ending up at "Park Central" at the lake in Ra'anana, where we made our refreshment stop. As we sat down we realized that Talia was missing. Ted's instructions on the phone brought Talia back to civilization after some frightening lonely moments for her.

All together we had a very pleasant ride, and I hope everybody got home before the big heat fell on us.

Ride Report - Sat. June 1, 2013 - Home Patch Ride Report -  By Yvette

A large group of 17 started the ride by heading out on the familiar route northwards to the industrial area and on through the orange groves of Batzra and Bnei Tzion. It was round about here that the first event of the day happened when Frances had the metal part holding her back derailer in place completely snap off (apparently this is why it is there!) Once again, a resourceful David came to the rescue with help from Uri ,he supplied the spare part, while a group of us watched closely. No one was happier than Frances who had been saved a long walk home!

We continued on through the groves on a well ridden route alongside the dried out river bed of Poleg river and up the hill to the railway bridge by Tel Itzhak.

From here we were led by Dennis on a detour heading towards moshav Bet Yoshua and onto the pedestrian bridge crossing the railway lines. From here we continued back onto our familiar route through moshav Udim and through the nature reserve. It was about here that coffee came up in the conversation and by consensus agreed that a coffee stop at Buono was in order. The second and "special" event of the day was celebrating John's birthday. A delicious cake was ordered (as well as other things) and we all tucked in after a round of "happy birthday" to the birthday boy - wishing you many more John! We all struggled to get on our bikes again and head off over the bridge and on to the way home except for Ingrid who was seen zooming off with a cloud of smoke behind her. Unfortunately, the third event of the day occurred when we found Ingrid and her bike on the ground, Ingrid with a few scrapes and scratches which were soon washed off and cleaned up. Sasha helpfully had plaster spray to cover the scrapes.

Moving along and homewards it was around Rishpon that the fourth event happened, when an insect flew into Uri's eye causing him to stop to remove it. We waited until he was able to continue and carried on towards the finish post of another wonderful ride with great people company.

Ride Report - Sat. May 25, 2013 - Netanya to Nahal Alexander and back -  By Frances

18 of us set out from Poleg on a circular route with the midpoint around the turtles viewpoint at Nahal Alexander. We headed off north through the industrial area of Netanya under cloudy skies. Luckily for us, the clouds offered protection for quite a while before we were under the burning sun. We cycled around 38 km with our route taking us on paved roads, sandy paths and a few steep uphills. The compensation was the sight of the blue blue sea along the Netanya promenade.

We passed through some moshavim where we saw some interesting, grandiose architecture and those that had the inclination, feasted on mulberries. We went through, amongst others, Ma'abarot, Kfar Vitkin and Beit Herut. These were established around the 1920's and 30's and still have some of the lovely old stone buildings.

Some of the highlights: Stuart's puncture; (he uses tubeless tyres!) eating ice cream; some steep uphills; a bit of sand; cycling along the promenade.

Due to miscommunication, we didn't have a refueling stop - but those lucky enough, did get a cup of coffee at the gas station in Poleg.

Some trivia: what do you call a group of turtles? A bale/dole/nest of turtles. Now who knew that??

Ride Report - Sat. May 18, 2013 - Home Patch Ride -  By John

David, our regular leader has a nose (see the photos) for finding something new, even on our well-worn regular Home Patch Rides. Today, he took us to a new view site on the cliffs of Arsuf . A big "Thank you" to Avraham who had told David that the entry to Arsuf had been enabled by a court order allowing entry to the public, which, until now, public had been prevented by the residents of Arsuf. And something else (rarely seen) happened on the way to the new view site. David accidentally parted company with his bike, but not in the conventional manner! He dismounted over the handlebars and instead of using his feet as the landing gear he used his nose!!!! Fortunately it was wasn't too heavy a landing and little damage was caused. Only two other "exciting" things happened during the ride. Whilst we were waiting for our food and drinks to arrive (it took a long time!) A Lamborghini and a Ferrari (both red of course) made a noisy entrance to the parking area and were greeted with many oohs and ahs and photographers (including me) and towards the end of the ride we thought we had lost Uri and Andy. But alls well that ends well and when we did eventually make contact with them they were well ahead of the group and safe and sound. By the way, the Lamborghini which looked brand new was actually 31 years old!!!

All in all, we covered some 32 kilometres in perfect riding conditions and perfect company. A good time was had by all.

Remember, ride with Cyclenix once a week, and ensure that you're always at your peak.

Ride Report - Sat. May 11, 2013 - Home Patch Ride Report -  By John

Today was the Annual Wheels of Hope Ride in the Galil and Cyclenix was well represented there. A local impromptu Home Patch Ride took place. Four of us (Anna, Barbara, Hylton and yours truly) met at the usual meeting place half an hour later than usual and set of in perfect cycling weather. The route was a familiar one. En route we managed to ride through a rather thorny patch and all four of us sustained some good scratches. {See the photo}.

A little later,on the approach to Yaqum, Barbara rode over a piece of concrete with a length of reinforcing steel in the shape of a hook protruding from it. The steel got tangled with her wheel bring her bike to a sudden stop, but, Barbara carried on and took a hard fall. Fortunately she wasn't badly injured and we continued on to Cafe Buono (which we haven't visited for ages). There we stopped for "breakfast".

The fast service and food were excellent. Perhaps we should consider making this one of our "watering holes" on future rides!

Having satisfied our thirst and hunger we headed home to Ra'anana. It was a great ride enjoyed by all four of us despite the scratches and Barbaras' fall.

Ride Report - Sat. May 4, 2013 - The Saturday Jail House Rock -  By Frances

We met at Yad Labanim to head northwards with the idea of splitting up with some riding to Tzomet Dror to go to Ronnie Feinberg's annual memorial and the rest returning home.

Welcome to Danna - we hope to see more of you.

Up to the point of the split, we zoomed along in the somewhat misty air, enjoying the cool morning. At the railway crossing near Rishpon, the rail guards were down and a siren was sounding. But we darted accross, before the invisible train came by. There was actually a group working further up the line, so it wasn't entirely a phantom.

We encountered some big puddles further along the line, where some of us got our feet wet and muddy - Ingride did not disappoint by getting the most wet... We continued until we got to the point of the split. Six of us headed off along the road southwards towards Dror. We made it with one minute to spare .... or so we thought! Since we hadn't told anyone we were coming, we missed the ceremony - but did see all the roadies and enjoyed some refreshments. Hilliard made a short speech - see the text below.

We then headed home - part along the new road that is being built and then we wandered in the pardessim close to the Sharon Prison. Ingride headed off, thinking we were all behind her. But we weren't - so while David went off to find her, the rest of us enjoyed the grapefruit and shade on offer. Eventually we set off again and this time found some nice tracks that took us past the prison. As we approached the perimeter some dogs started barking and the sirens went off. Soon we spotted the security car coming along --- so, I thought: Lunch in the prison. Well, only a n nu nuuuu to us and off we went again and arrived home safely.

The second group had a good ride, off the familiar routes and also arrived home safely. An eventful 30km in fine weather.

Hilliards speech:


Ride Report - Sat. April 27, 2013 - Elishema - Einat -  By David

Today's ride was advertised as starting at Moshav Elishema down to the Nachshonim Forest returning via Einat, a distance of around 40 km on our usual route. However for various reasons (not the least the weather) we didn't get to Nachshonim. The official IMS forecast for today was "sharav conditions over most of the Country" with temperatures in our area of around 35 degrees - accurate indeed added to which a humidity factor of around 15%! So the 16 of us had to be content with 31 km down to Einat (a well earned refreshment stop). As compensation a strong easterly blew us almost all the way back to Elishema.

In parenthesis, last week's ride was similarly cut short by the weather - not by a sharav but by a storm - dramatic-black skies, torrential rain, hail, thunder and lightning, and reminded me of a bit of Cyclenix history - a ride we did under similar storm conditions in 2005 in the Hadera Forest/Nahal Alexander. Eli Sat (author of the well known "Mountain Bike Day Trips") joined us on that ride and his account of his ride with the crazy Cyclenix-niks can be found on Shvoong's website at:

Back to the present: However unfriendly the heat, our usual brand of Cyclenix Good Company prevailed - and all returned home none the worse for wear (and perhaps a little better prepared for lots of warmer weather ahead).

Ride Report - Sat. April 20, 2013 - Riders in the Rain -  By Frances

Thirteen hardy cyclists gathered to set off under threatening skies. Welcome to Einit, who will hopefully return and cycle on a calmer, sunnier day!

We set off northward, through Rishpon and onwards. The dramatic dark clouds seem to accentuate the colors around us. Mindful of the threatening clouds, we stuck close to home, debating every now and then when the appropriate moment will be to turn back. Well, after doing a loop and cycling towards Batzra, our minds were made up for us. Big fat rain drops started falling which meant that we split up, each one trying to beat the downpour.

Minutes before, we had a chorus of "Raindrops keep falling on my head" - but soon it was more than drops: the hail started pelting down - each little ball stinging like a needle and pinging off my bike. I had to stop every now and then to clean my glasses - couldn't see anything besides the water gushing at me in the road. I missed part of the group huddling in a bus shelter - but we all got home safely without mishap. Considering the weather, we did a good approximately 25 km. Frederic had some apricots - or so he says - so we wait with anticipation for next week......!

With apologies to Randy Newman, who wrote the lyrics to Rider in the Rain:

Got a bag on my back
Got a bike between my knees
And I'm goin' to Batzra
Pardon me, ya'll, if you please

They're Riders In The Rain
They're Riders In The Rain
And they're goin' to Batzra
They're Riders In The Rain

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Please note 7:30am start time.

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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


  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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