Next Rides

Away Ride - Sat. Dec. 15, 2018

Nahal Alexander:


We'll start and end at the mouth of Nahal Alexander and ride inland along the river, starting at 7.45

We'll park the cars in the parking area just before the track leading down to the sea shore at the river mouth

Getting there:  Turn off the Coastal Road (Road 2) onto Road 5720 and continue to the parking area (approximately 2 km from the turn-off)

Waze link:  https://waze.com/ul/hsvbb33pqh

The route is approximately 30 kms so all riders need to be capable of riding this distance.

Ride Report - Sat. March 10, 2018 - Yarkon National Park - Nachshonim Forest -  By David

Participants: 15 riders, of whom the ladies were outnumbered 2:1. Clearly the message of Women's Day has not yet reached Cyclenix!!
Route: From a parking area just off Road 40 near Yarkon National Part via Park Afek to the Nachsonim Nature Reserve returning via Einat. Total distance 26 km (28 km for those who attempted to find a shorter and more direct route home!!).
Riding Conditions: Ideal weather for riding, and almost completely mud-free (which is more than can be said for the "inverted" 4x4 we saw en route (see photos on our Google Photos Album) .
Bottom Line: From my perspective, an enjoyable morning's ride, the zero elevation gain on most of the ride being compensated for by a "nice little uphill challenge" through the Nachshonim forest.

Ride Report - Sat. March 3, 2018 - Black Iris Hunt -  By Frances

27 of us (must be a Cyclenix record) set off on our annual hunt for the black Iris. Apart from our regulars, we had some guests - Akos from Budapest and Yossi and Chagit who happened to come upon us and joined us for the morning. I hope that they join us more often!

We made our way by way of Gan Rashal and Arsuf (to enjoy the view on a perfect day) to get to the irises. They did not disappoint. All in bloom and looking lovely - they are rare and found particularly in the Middle East. A combination of blackish purple colours they look very unusual among the spring colours of green, red and yellow. They are the national flower of Jordan and are able to survive desert conditions well.

We continued north and David took us on a bit of a detour just to make sure we worked hard up some inclines to give us a clear conscience about eating and drinking afterwards... and then back via Udim

A lovely ride of around 35 km with a stop to refuel and Landwer.

Bing Crosby crooned about Irish eyes smiling...

When Black Irises are blooming
It is like the morn in Spring
In the bright sunshine
You can hear the angels sing

Ride Report - Sat. Feb. 24, 2018 - Dorot (in the South) -  By Michal

According to the weekly bulletin, we were supposed to meet at 08:00 am at Ruhama.
A simple task one would say...

I set my clock for 06:00 but somehow woke up a bit later than that... (no need for specifics) since I have never done this route I decided to try and get there without being too late. I phoned David to tell him I was running a "bit" late, got on Kvish 6, and floored it.

Just arriving at Beit Kama I phoned David to discover that the link was incorrect and we are starting at Dorot. So another couple minutes delay... what's the difference.
So I pitched up half an hour late... surprisingly no one was waiting with a pitchfork or noose.

We hopped on our bikes and started riding. Luckily the weather was in our favor, not hot nor cold and rainy even though the forecast predicted some rain. The mud from previous rainfalls had cleared up and the single was superb! There still are quite a bit of anemone coronaria (calaniot) and we just could not go home without the famous red south photos.

Some rode faster, some slower, and others depending on where and when they were behind the first or the latter. Surprisingly, though it was not a difficult ride a few felt a bit winded. We stopped for a small snack break in hope to recover. Personally my legs felt the ride so I was very happy to stop for some of "Raffi's nuts", from Uri, Raffi, Frances and whoever opened a packet for the general public. {Sorry Uri but it has become a brand name ;-)}

We continued...
Uri had some chain problems and it seemed the group had split into three smaller groups. The faster riders continued riding ahead till they got to the cars, while some of us waited at a turning point for the last group to catch up.

Singing through the single all the way back to our cars we can sum it up as a great ride with fun company. We covered just about 30 kilometers, which after, 8 of us dined at Aroma, Beit Kama.

A little suggestion for our leaders "shlom bait": when your wife asks you a question, whether you find it just or not, interpretive dance is better than cynicism.

Ride Report - Sat. Feb. 10, 2018 -  By David

Participants - 19 bikes assembled at the start, among which we welcome a shiny new blue Giant Anthem. Good to have you riding with us New Blue Anthem, and we hope this will be the first of many more rides with Cyclenix (just by the way, New Blue Anthem’s rider is Sami - enjoy Sami). With the recent spate of high quality "newcomer" bikes the Cyclenix stable has upgraded out of all recognition to the early days. Proof is that compared to years past, the number of mechanical failures in the course of our rides has reduced to almost zero. Long may this continue!

Route - From Ra'anana up to Udim and back home. This sounds like our regular route, and so it would have been but for the fact that our leader today was Merrill, whose variations on a well-worn route made all the difference. Thanks Merrill for a most enjoyable ride.

Riding Conditions - Ideal weather (warmer than usual as the weatherman would say) and very little mud. A few rather daunting water crossings for the more adventurous and for those less, detour and avoidance was the better option.

Bottom Line - A fun ride, ideal conditions, great company!

Ride Report - Sat. Feb. 3, 2018 - Sea View -  By Frances

16 of us set off on a 23 km ride with a bit of everything: sun, sand, sea, mud, uphills, downhills, people jumping out of aeroplanes, greenery...

We rode from Ein Carmel mostly along the coast - Nachsholim, Dror and on. Each bay was tranquil and inspired a kind of Mexican wave with lifting our bikes against the backdrop of the sea. Merrill attempted an obstacle but flew off and has a lovely purple bruise for her troubles...

The weather was perfect and the inlets remind me of the Clifton beaches in Cape Town - one lovely bay after another. David led us along mud puddles and into a bit of mud too - I guess I will be cleaning my bike with a toothbrush again this week.

So, in the spirit of Wordsworth and his daffodils (with a LOT of poetic licence):

We cycled happy and with glee
And whizzed over mud and sand
When all at once we saw the sea
Stopped and were so glad
We lifted up high our bikes
Fluttering and dancing with many likes

Ride Report - Sat. Jan. 27, 2018 - By the Numbers -  By Ted

Statistically this ride...

  • Six riders dared the cold
  • Departed 07.37 , Temp 9 deg
  • Rode 25 kls
  • Men 4 ladies 2
  • No rain no mud
  • Strong winds
  • Mixed clouds and sunshine
  • To Tennis centre RH, to Cinema city, to
  • Marina, to Ra'anana
  • Beer and coffees at Arcafe Ra'anana
  • No photos only Ya'acovs clips
  • 6 wows for great ride

Ride Report - Sat. Jan. 20, 2018 - Ride Report - Holy MUD and other surprises! -  By Michal

20 riders pitched up for the home patch ride on this chilly winter morning. We welcomed my friend Nitsa for the ride and hopefully for others as well.

The aim of the day was a nice easygoing home patch with a couple of fun surprises planned by David for Ingrides 20 th Birthday. So we started pedaling up Ahuza towards Herzelia where we hit an unplanned turd (sorry I have a cold). Holy MUD! And we were deep in it! Trying to push our way through, while constantly cleaning off our wheels and derailers to prevent any costly damage.

At last we found clear grounds! Still cleaning off our bikes we were happy with every puddle that would wash away the mud. The mud detour had David shorten his original plans due to surprises that would be later throughout the ride. it was quite amusing listening to David brush off THE question of the day: where are we going to have breakfast? I happened to be in the loop of things because of my interfering on the previous day in the ride plans. We headed to the Herzelia beach cliff on the cleanest way that we could to enjoy a nice birthday celebration for Ingrides birthday. Ingride had brought a couple cakes and Haim brought his infamous Limoncello. We sang, had cake and got a nice buzz going on for the rest of our ride.

Continuing back the way we came and alongside the 531 leaving everyone wondering where we were going. Still with the repetitive question in the background like a mediation mantra: where are we going for breakfast? David nonchalantly brushed them off with the simple answer that we haven't decided yet.

At this point we were very close to our destination and I could hear Ingride telling Frances about how their daughter lives near by. Surprisingly we just happen to ride right past the entrance to her house as David remembered that he missed a turn. A maneuver that could only afterwards be seen as a small decoy. Entering Simonas garden it still seemed as if Ingride Innocently hadn't picked up on the surprise! waiting there was a lovely spread organized by her loving husband, daughter, son in law and grandchild.

I have to mention the small details... David made two infamous traditional birthday cakes. A cheese cake and a chocolate cake they were both yummy! Simona prepared a lovely book with photos of precious times for all of us to write in it for Ingride. Haim prepared birthday hats because it ain't a B-day without party hats! Last but not least little Eden brought down the house with the cutest little smile and confidence that one can expect from a toddler.

P.S no tell Simona but I'm sure he had more strawberries than he was allowed to have

Happy Birthday Ingride and many more to come! Love from all Cyclenix members!

Ride Report - Sat. Jan. 13, 2018 - Ride Report  -  By Michal

Away ride - Hazorea

Two bulletins were sent out. the first one announcing another home patch ride. While reading I could hear Davids disappointment to another away ride postponed due to the weather. Lucky for us the gods listened to his prayers and the moment there was a hint to decent weather another bulletin was sent out.
IT'S AN AWAY RIDE!
15 Cycelnixers gathered for the blessed occasion. Arik arrived with his new purchase: A brand new carbon Rocky Mountain which got well-deserved "ooh ahhs".
After an absence of a few weeks I surprised a few people and I am glad that it seems that I was missed. The ride was not the regular KKL ride in the singles but a route that we have previously done about two years back.
At the beginning of the ride Kobi asked if it will be very hilly I replied without any knowledge what so ever that it won't be too bad and the pace will be easygoing. The pace was definitely nice and slow however I think I owe him an apology since we did cover about 500 meters of climbing.
Anna wasn't feeling good, already at the beginning. But Anna being Anna she continued and finished the ride. We hope you are feeling better for next weeks ride. When we arrived to the water spring we enjoyed a short stop and some of Raffis nuts. Then we made our grand attempt to cross the river. It was hopeless it could not be crossed without getting your feet wet. While that is fun on a hot summers day, not so much in winter... even if it is our sissy Israeli winter.
We all sucked it up, crossed the river with help from the chivalrous Cyclenix men and could continue with our ride. We now found mud. I did make sure to mention to David that this wouldn't have happened if we would have done the KKL route, however the water and mud definitely added to the fun factor of the ride... my pointless remark probably a bit less.
We had a few challenging uphill's that raised our heart rates and a few wrong turns which always add to the character of the ride. Surprisingly I had a brilliant moment which shortened an uphill towards the end of the ride, but don't expect that to happen too often. It is a rare occasion that I remember previous paths. We all enjoyed a great ride in nice chilled weather with signs that Israel does get a few drops of rain a year. The ride itself was fun and challenging and the company was relaxed and easy going.
We covered 25 kilometers with about 500 meters of climbing and the majority enjoyed breakfast at Yankale.
The signs of the upcoming spring are already visible so make sure to join so you don't miss it.

Ride Report - Sat. Jan. 13, 2018 - Ride Report  -  By Michal

Away ride - Hazorea

Two bulletins were sent out. the first one announcing another home patch ride. While reading I could hear Davids disappointment to another away ride postponed due to the weather. Lucky for us the gods listened to his prayers and the moment there was a hint to decent weather another bulletin was sent out.
IT'S AN AWAY RIDE!
15 Cycelnixers gathered for the blessed occasion. Arik arrived with his new purchase: A brand new carbon Rocky Mountain which got well-deserved "ooh ahhs".
After an absence of a few weeks I surprised a few people and I am glad that it seems that I was missed. The ride was not the regular KKL ride in the singles but a route that we have previously done about two years back.
At the beginning of the ride Kobi asked if it will be very hilly I replied without any knowledge what so ever that it won't be too bad and the pace will be easygoing. The pace was definitely nice and slow however I think I owe him an apology since we did cover about 500 meters of climbing.
Anna wasn't feeling good, already at the beginning. But Anna being Anna she continued and finished the ride. We hope you are feeling better for next weeks ride. When we arrived to the water spring we enjoyed a short stop and some of Raffis nuts. Then we made our grand attempt to cross the river. It was hopeless it could not be crossed without getting your feet wet. While that is fun on a hot summers day, not so much in winter... even if it is our sissy Israeli winter.
We all sucked it up, crossed the river with help from the chivalrous Cyclenix men and could continue with our ride. We now found mud. I did make sure to mention to David that this wouldn't have happened if we would have done the KKL route, however the water and mud definitely added to the fun factor of the ride... my pointless remark probably a bit less.
We had a few challenging uphill's that raised our heart rates and a few wrong turns which always add to the character of the ride. Surprisingly I had a brilliant moment which shortened an uphill towards the end of the ride, but don’t expect that to happen too often. It is a rare occasion that I remember previous paths. We all enjoyed a great ride in nice chilled weather with signs that Israel does get a few drops of rain a year. The ride itself was fun and challenging and the company was relaxed and easy going.
We covered 25 kilometers with about 500 meters of climbing and the majority enjoyed breakfast at Yankale.
The signs of the upcoming spring are already visible so make sure to join so you don’t miss it.

Coming soon

Ride Report - Sat. Jan. 6, 2017 - Local Ride  -  By

coming soon

News and Events

Next Rides

Our Next Ride

Away Ride    Sat. Dec. 15, 2018

Nahal Alexander:


Click HERE for details

Free Bootstrap Seminar

Special News and Events

To All Cyclenix Members    Friday April 13, 2018

An Important Message:
To all Cyclenix members
Throughout the years that Cyclenix has been riding together, the group has always been organized by the same members. W...
CLICK HERE for the whole story

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

Disclaimer

By joining our rides each participant confirms that:
  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.



New riders always welcome to join us.

Missing our newsletter?
Kindly notify CYCLENIX if you have changed your e-mail details