All Cyclenix rides are suspended for the duration of the lockdown.
Please note that new Min of Health regulations state we are going in to a "complete" lockdown for the next while. (as of Dec 28 2020)
Our health is paramount and we are all committed to follow the regulations in order to safeguard ourselves and our fellow riders.
All cycling activity is at present restricted in accordance with Ministry of Health regulations issued from time to time. We are committed to keeping everyone safe and healthy and will update our site here as and when we have any further information.
For further questions call - Ted 0523520000, Uri Nativ 0522445766 or Rafi Landsman 0523576385 and/or consult the Ministry of Health/ or Covid-19 Guidance Site if you have need for further clarification.
The sun was shining as we joined together for another Saturday morning home patch ride. Riding with us today were David, John, Ted, Ori, Gerry, Frederic, Dina, Megan, Merill and Yvette. A warm welcome back (and mazel tov) goes to David having just returned from his son's wedding in New Zealand and Merill upon her return from her travels to Costa Rica. We also welcome Ariella and Oren who joined us today. Ariella was last seen riding with the group several years ago and hopefully won't wait as long before joining us again. Ingrid and Frances were missed today and we hope to see them soon.
Although Ilan was not riding today due to a fractured arm he came along to take wonderful pictures of us all along the way which was much appreciated. Anyone wanting to have any of the pictures printed on canvas should talk to Ilan.
We were energetically led up Ahuza Street by David where the paparazzi caught us all as we headed down to Lev HaPark. Two weeks of holidaying had certainly "charged his batteries" as we sped through the paths and out of Ra'anana via our usual "homeward" route towards Rishpon. Up over the bridge and up the hill onto the Park of Statues where once again the camera man was awaiting! From here we went through to the Shfayim nature reserve and sat for a brief rest, enjoying the stunning view from the deck overlooking the sea with the photographer included. We continued riding northwards; out through the kibbutz and turning eastwards towards the grass fields of Yakum and the avocado plantations, now coming into season.
We also passed the persimmon or Sharon fruit trees, not yet in season. Persimmons were first cultivated thousands of years ago in China and scientists claim that a persimmon a day could save you from a heart attack. Definitely a good reason to ride this route again in the near future! From here we rode onto the bamboo route of the Yakum nature reserve continuing onwards to our regular "single" route of Yakum. Megan had a lucky find while riding the single route and Oren was slightly less fortunate having some problems with his brakes which were quickly fixed by David and Ted.
From here the group split up into two, those desperate for coffee going the quicker road rout and those who went over the bridge and on the regular route to the SiCafe. After 20 km of riding it was definitely time for a well-deserved coffee break. It was here that my bicycle became "two tyred" to ride any further and was whisked away on the back of Ilan's car after we said our goodbyes to the group. Hopefully it was an uneventful ride back to Ra'anana from here for you all with no punctures to be reported.
Have a great week.
We started out from the regular meeting point just after seven. The group consisted of ten; John, Ted, Frederic, Avraham , Ilan, Megan, Dina, Barbara, Galit and Yvette.
A warm welcome back to those who have just returned from time overseas - Megan, Dina and Ted (who was back with us last week). Another warm welcome goes to Galit who came along for her first time out with the group. Hope we'll see you again soon.
We were lead out of Raanana by John and Frederic going westwards towards the Har Ha'Zevel by Kiriat Sharett. Thankfully for some we went around it this time and headed out through the fields northwards towards Yakum. A fair amount of sand was on track leading us out past the airfield for the motorized hang gliders. From here we continued northwards towards the pecan trees by Moshav Udim. Frederic suggested a new route through Udim and everyone agreed that it was indeed a pleasant change of route. From here we came out by the usual crossing and onto the 'single' route by Yakum. It was easy riding from here on the usual route as the 'coffee' team could already smell those brewing beans!
A relaxing break with well-earned goodies was enjoyed by all at our favorite place before getting back on our bikes and heading for home through the Rishpon route to Lev Ha'Park. Dina noticed that she had a puncture shortly after leaving Yakum which was quickly fixed by Ted. It was around this time that some of us realized that we were missing some of the group. We all joined up in the parking of Lev Ha'Park to say our goodbyes before going our separate ways home from there. Once again it was a wonderful morning ride of around 34 km. Chag Sameach to you all.
We started 12 strong from our usual place opposite Yad Lebanim at 07:02 sharp (as is usual for our very prompt group).
Our group included: Adrian, Anna, Barbara, Francis, Fredrick, Gabi, John, Rafi, Steve, Ted, Udi and Yvette
Fredrick led us most of the way in his usual stoic manner.
We went north out of Ra-anana and did about 35km through all kinds of fields, and trails and back roads as we usually do.
We wish Gabi, Anna and Rafi a good trip on this their third leg of the European bike ride along the Danube. I was on the first trip there two years ago, but my daughter had the nerve to get married last year at that time and to have a baby this year at the same time as the trip.
We wish a big mazal tov to Adrian for the birth for his second grandchild and to Barbara too for the birth of her granddaughter Shira Youlevitch.
A group picture was taken of the four who came back from the Holland boat/bike trip in August: Adrian, Barbara, John and Steve. Hopefully, we will all be back their next year again.
I love these rides and the great bunch of people that comprise it.
Seven of us pitched up for the first ride of the new year (5773). Seven is, of course, an auspicious number in Judaism - so this can only be a good sign for the coming Cyclenix year! An example close to us now is that on Sukkot we shake 7 species - 1 Lulav, 1 Etrog, 2 willows, and 3 myrtles. And Sukkot is one of the 7 Jewish holidays celebrated during the year.
We headed off on our usual route and enjoyed a ride in good weather with very little sand. Quite a few ups and downs to keep our heart rate up. For those of us ninnies (led by me) some of the stony downs were too much after our Rosh HaShanna eating and drinking, so we walked. Had our brave compatriots been there (Megan and Merrill) we would never have been allowed to walk....
Many of our regulars are gadding about the world having fun, so all I can say is that you missed a pleasant 30 km in good company and some tasty treats at our favourite gas station. Gmar Chatima Tova to all.
Well, we ended off the year with a "Home Patch" ride. Most of the paths that we traversed were well known to us, but there were one or two detours (new to us) that David took us along. We visited the familiar Western View Site in the Sharon Coastal Nature reserve where a yoga class was in progress and then made our way along a few new paths until we reached one of our favourite breakfast stops at the service station situate at Gaash. As usual the service was good and so was the food. Three of our regulars (Dina, Ted and Merrill) were absent today and believe it or not, their presence was missed. +/- 34 kilometres from the start we arrived back home after a most enjoyable ride.
Shana Tova to you and your family. I hope we see lots of you and have many enjoyable rides in 5773.
(ed note: apologies for the state of this ride report but the technology used for this site is dated and doesn't allow for the easy display of Hebrew text.)
Seventeen of us gathered at the start for what turned out to be a 32 km ride in really pleasant weather. Everything is relative, of course, so this just means it was a degree or two less that last week.... Welcome to Steve - new to the group and to Israel. Hope to see you wheeling with us again.
We followed a familiar route through Rishpon, Udim and stopping off at Ga'ash for refreshment. A boon for a summer ride: no sand! We also managed to liberate some passiflora (aka passion fruit, granadilla). So, why different names? Passion is the literal translation of the Latin genus name, Passiflora. And the one we like so much is a vine species of the Passion Flower. Not only does it taste good, but it has great nutritional value. Fresh passion fruit is high in beat carotene, potassium and dietry fibre. The juice is a good source of Vitamin C and helps high blood pressure. The granadilla (that we South Africans know) is another species of the Passion Flower - so technically, the ones we pick here are not the granadilla's we know....
We enjoyed our usual Saturday passion (riding) with good company and a sweet treat (passion fruit) - can't ask for much more than that!
14 stalwarts met at the usual meeting place on a hot, hot day and under able leadership ,we set off West along Ahuza making our way towards Herzliya Pituach, Kfar Sharyahu, the Herzliya Marina via the Sidna Ali Mosque on the Herzliya Coast. This Mosque is still in use and has a most interesting history. (Google it and read up on it!).
Just before we turned West towards the Herzliya Airport ,we saw the 531 Highway construction that has now reached the Ra'anana area and it was sad to see how many of our cycling trail are now history! (See the photos)
On reaching Herzliya Marina, we made our way along the clifftops Southwards before turning East towards the Coastal road and making our way back to Herzliya. On the way we passed a watermelon field and guess what??? Yep, we stopped and sampled the crop. (More photos!) This was somewhat of a change to tasting grenadillas (passion fruit).
Eventually we reached the Herzliya Park where David discovered and new "watering hole", Tapuz, nestling within the wooded area of the park. It was a nice change and the venue and food and drink were more than satisfactory. There is even a cycle track where one can test one's bike skills. A few of us tried out the track. Conclusion ... Full marks to the Herzliya municipality for this development.
After a hot, but refreshing and fun-filled 34 km. ride ,we were back in Ra'anana looking forward to our next outing together. For me ,personally, this was another special ride because it's what I call a "Three generation Ride".... me, Megan (Daughter) and Kim (Granddaughter) were part of the 14 participants.
The pros and cons on whether to ride in Hof Hacarmel were quickly forgotten as soon as we set off from Ein Harcarmel. Even the parking area was reserved for us. The trail conditions were fine and the breeze was more than welcomed.
We passed by the beautiful cemetery (no joke) of Neveh Yam and then another down the trail but not before passing the huge natural pumice limestone storage tanks on our left, now abandoned. We struggled thru the hot houses at Zrufah and than gazed at amazement at the graffiti lining the underpass to road 2 followed by another struggle up steep culvert sides before hitting Habonim where we missed the ancient castle ruins (sorry, I forgot to remind David).
Now heating up we finally reached Nachsholim rushing past the Rothschild Glass Museum (see photos) where bottles were manufactured for the fledgling sacramental wine industry 150 years ago located at Zichron Ya'acov. An amazing fill-your-battery stop and a dip in the beach for some at Nachsholim beach preceded a scale-the-hill by foot adventure on the path northwards to the ancient ruins at Dor (One of civilization's oldest inhabited spots) where we took in the breathtaking scenery of the rocky shoreline which is still a nature Reserve (hopefully for years to come).
Riding along the beach in parts and on the upper slopes along the seafront, we finally reached the Para training aerodrome at Habonim in time to see several paras swooping down from the heavens. Very hot by now, we made the final charge back to the cars followed by a breakfast at the mall near Zichron Junction. All 14 riders agreed it was one of the best and who am I to disagree (for once!) and guess what...on the beach and where's the sand?
The instructor at the school gym class:
Lie flat on your backs, class, and circle your feet in the air as if you were riding your bikes, said the gym teacher. "Fred! What are you doing? Move your feet, boy." "I am freewheeling, sir."
14 of us gathered and set off on a 33 km ride, despite the heat (welcome back John, from your adventures in Holland). But there was not much freewheeling. We started the ride by going up the Ra'anana rubbish dump. The path seems to be in a better condition than it was the last time I was there. The view, of course, is always worthwhile. While we made our way up and down, there was a cyclist who went up and down 5 times - obviously an enthusiast of sorts.
We headed off towards the coast and along the way Megan had a blow-out - I even heard the air escaping as I went by. While the puncture was being sorted a few of us managed to find a wonderful crop of Passiflora. A delicious respite! We followed the regular Thursday night route to the Herzelia Marina, where we didn't stop but pedaled on despite the growing heat. Merrill went off towards the Mandarin hotel (having being told we are going there). Unfortunately her efforts were in vain as the majority decided to stand on their pedals and insist that we don't make the trip so long. Poor Merrill had to double back - the rest went on and Merrill and I took a shorter route back to Ra'anana. Moral of the wasted kms in the heat: speak up when not wanting to go on and don't go on until you actually see the intrepid leader heading off....!
We enjoyed coffee and other snacks at Arcaffe - a great ride despite the growing heat and not much freewheeling....
If you have any questions or want to get in touch for any reason, feel free to get in touch with David or John: