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Local Ride - Sat. June 29, 2019

Next ride: Home Patch
All home patch rides start at 7:00am
NOTE: New start time:

Our local rides will meet at 7:00 am at the usual place in the car park opposite Yad L'Banim on Ahuza Street Ra'anana.

Please note 7:00 AM start time.

Ride Report - Saturday, May 28, 2011 - Home Patch Ride + a wee bit more. -  By John

At 7.30am 12 riders met opposite Yad L'Banim for our Weekly Saturday excursion. The sky was a little overcast as we set off West along Ahuza Street naking out way along a well worn route passed the Herzliya Airport. Once we hit the Tel Aviv - Haifa railway line on the Northern side of the airport we back-tracked towards the Herzliya Park. it was then that the odd few drops of rain turned into a steady heavyish drizzle and by the time we reached the Park were were somewhat wet!!! At the point some of the riders turned back, but 10 of us carried on towards the Herzliya Marina, where, on the way we passed participants in the Women's Annual triathlon whjo were taking part in the cycling leg of the event. We carried on Southwards on the cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean making our way back through the fields of Ramat Hasharon and back to the Park at Herzliya where we stopped for our "breakfast". By this tie the rain had disappeared and the sun was shining brightly. The service, food and atmosphere at the cafe in the Park was excellent. From there we set off towards home.It was not only a great ride, companywisew and qualitywise, but we also discovered a new very pleasant "watering hole"... Another 30+ kilometres under our belts.

Ride Report - Saturday May 21, 2011 - Local Ride -  By Gavriel Raanan

Well, it felt just right to renew my participation in the weekly club rides, after a long period of absenteeism due to various family duties.

In a somewhat cool but promising Saturday morning 15 of us showed up at the usual meeting place, and took off northward under David?s direction. After crossing the pardessim of Bazra, we climbed up the Bnei-Zion hills, saw the colonial-style polo grounds and clubhouse where magnificent horses and foals trotted along, then descended and again ascended in a twisting fashion in the Great Sharon Bikegrounds. In short, we repeated the usual Udim-Yaqum-Shfayim route, with some new sidekicks known to David alone, which helped to alleviate the familiarity of the terrain.

On the way back we lost John who had to leave early, and after a short but tasty coffee stop in the very pleasant gas station in Gaash, yours truly also had to take off for the so commanded early arrival at home. I trust the remaining group members made it safely home, in what proved to be a relatively brisky ride, in excellent weather. See you all next Saturday.

Ride Report - Saturday May 14th, 2011 - Home Patch Ride -  By John

What happened to everyone this morning??? Were you all scared off by an overcast sky? We two people weren't....Frederic and your's truly.

We had an enjoyable (and shorter than usual) of approximately 25 kms. stopping off for breakfast at the Service station between Gaash and Shefayim. Until then I had no opportunity of testing out my new rain suit!

As we sat down to order, the heavens opened up and it poured until 5 minutes before we were due to head for home. Then the sun came out and off we went. On the way we did get about 10 minutes of rain and I am pleased to say that my rain suit passed the test. It wasn't at all cold and there was really no wind to speak of. All in all , very nice riding conditions and a very pleasant ride.

Next time, don't be frightened off by the weather!

Ride Report - 7 May, 2011 - Local Ride -  By Ted

Weather is as unpredictable as the Bureau that is supposed to predict the weather. The radar said no rain so we got rain...well, sort of if light to drizzle is "rain". It dogged us on and off for almost two hours but in between we dried out so it in fact was a coolant.

Not that we needed cooling as the temp was just perfect. The sun shone in between those showers so what more could we ask for.

To start with, a great route "hilly" which is what we got going north to B.Zion, the Reserve , Udim, Yaqum and Ga'ash where we breakfasted in two groups. One indoor who had no faith in the rain and those who sided with the Bureau and guess who won out. We were eleven to begin with until Shmuel joined us at Udim. We were also privileged that Shaul our good friend came along. He had the right stuff and we hope to see him again in our ranks as he qualifies...see the following definition when Geva and Yossi joined.

But first, let's examine what were the criteria that made our two latest riders come away knowing that they are "Cyclenixable"!!

  1. They had a ready smile
  2. They enjoy bike riding
  3. They go where their leader takes them
  4. They don't complain (even when the mud sets in)
  5. They don't give up (even when it's hot and the hills seem never-ending)
  6. They are willing to get up at ridiculous hours to ride.
  7. They enjoy the company of fellow riders.
  8. They love the outdoors
  9. They care for their bike.
  10. They like to explore new routes
  11. They (if you can add more items, let John have the details) look forward to Ted's reports.

Ride Report - 30 April 2011 - Elishema/Horshim Ride -  By David

Go to "Gallery" to see the photos of the ride and the link: to see my GPS data

The combination of the two says it all - great ride, great company, ideal weather.

Ride Report - 23 April 2011 - Home Patch Ride Report -  By John

Well, Spring is definitely here. I hope that you all had an enjoyable holiday. Eight of us (somewhat less than usual, because quite a few of our "regulars" were away on holiday) set off on our excursion at a wee bit after 7.30. The weather was almost perfect. I say "almost" because the was a bit of a wing against us on the homeward stretch. At one time the clouds looked rather threatening (see the photos) but no rain materialised and there was lots of sunshine. Our route was one that we have travelled many times....Along Ahuza street, through the fields opposite the Ra'anana Lake , South to the border of Kfar Shmaryahu along the Tel Aviv/Haifa Railway line, through Rishpon and across the bridge over the Coastal Road and then onto one of my favourite viewing points in the Hasharon Coast Nature Reserve.

There was lots of colour in the fields. We carried on to Spingo where we made a short stop and were joined my Jules who arrived by Jeep. Pleased to see that he's making good progress after his nasty accident (not a bike accident!) the day before the Cape Argus Race. Hope it wont be long before we see him back the saddle.

Thereafter it was back home after a most enjoyable +/-35 km. ride.

Ride Report - 9 April 2011 - Ride Report -  By John

Here it is, short and sweet.

13 riders (lucky number) met at our usual "Home Patch" meeting place for a ride that was a wee bit more than a home patch ride.

We rode West along Ahuza street and made our way through the Herzliya Pituach Industrial area to the Marina and then turned South hugging the coast line. We passed Tel Baruch and Reading carrying on to the Tel Aviv port.

From there we travelled along the banks of the Yarkon River, where I noticed the the level of the water was the lowest that I have seen in a long, long time. Attidim and Ramat Hahayal were next on our route, with a refreshment stop at Aroma. Then it was on to Ramat Hasharon, crossing over the the bridge over Highway 5 at the Ramat Hasharon Tennis Centre and back to Ra'anana via Herzliya.

The weather was perfect for riding and we must have covered at least 45 kilometres. All in all, it was an enjoyable ride and good exercise.

Ride Report - 2 April 2011 - Home Patch Ride Report -  By Frances

Round and around we go.

11 of us set off, conscious that we needed to beat the heat. All the predictions were for a scorcher. Well, luckily for us, the mist stayed and we had a cool 30 km ride on one of our usual routes.

Our route included some nature reserves, Tel Yitchak being one. Since I am challenged with routes and directions, I am like a sheep and just follow. Most of the time I have no idea where we are - although it all looks so familiar. Well, the scenery was glorious. We passed carpets of yellow and purple flowers - a real feeling of spring. That made me think of the poem:

Spring is sprung
Da grass is riz
I wonder where dem boidies iz
Da little boids is on da wing
Ain't dat absoid
Da little wings is on da boid

We tanked up at the gas station near Ga'ash. Only then did the sun start to break through and we could feel the heat. From there it was a quick ride home - a perfect day for riding.

Ride Report - 26th March 2011 - Semi Home Patch Ride at Elishema -  By Megan

Well, today the 26th of March I have decided to name "Mudder's day" so Happy Mudder's day to all the mudders out there!

We started off at the entrance of Elishema,only 7 of us, David, our leader, Ingrid, Anna, Frederic who is back from France but leaving us once again next week, Uri, Merill and myself.

We rode our regular Elishema route with our regular little addition...all in all, over 40 km. David lead us through water up to our knees. We successfully crossed without falling into the water; Ingrid started with the first injury,her new pedals are definitly grip friendly but they are not flesh friendly and they dug into our actress' leg. I must inform you all that she coped with this injury amazingly and didn't even cry! We are proud of you Ingrid. Frederic was second with his fall or should I say slide. Just like James Taylor, he too was Mud sliding. He landed up with a few scratches on his left leg, so he still has a leg to stand on.

Merril had the most painful of all the falls when she fell and couldn't unclip her foot.She received a bad hit on her shin from a rock .....just the thought of it has me cringing. We stopped to rest a few seconds at the scene of Merril's fall where Ingrid told David she needed him closer because she needed his nuts! Generous as always, he shared them with us all. Then off again......towards the coffee break, and another small slide and fall from Merril. Then we arrived safely at our coffee spot - a little math at the end......the tills weren't working .....and back to the cars. We all finished with great smiles on our faces ,as happy as pigs in Mud! Happy Mudder's day to us all.

Ride Report - March 19th 2011 - Home Patch Ride -  By David

Route: From Ra'anana down to Kfar Shmeryahu, north through Arsouf, the Sharon Beach Nature Reserve, Ga'ash to Yakum (for a disappointing refreshment stop at Café Bueno) then back via Rishpon to Ra'anana. South of Arsouf discovered a new (for us) cliff-top sea view and the kayak community out for a paddle on a near calm sea

Distance: 33 km

Participants: At the start 12, with Gadi joining at Yakum (good to see both Raanan and Gabi after some absence!)

Conditions: Cloudy at first, then partly cloudy and warm - wind light southerly up to Yakum and northerly back (what more could one want!) all adding up to perfect riding conditions

Bottom Line: Good company - Enjoyable ride

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Please note 7:00am start time.

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Rider Profile


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


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.

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