Before I begin the write-up of this weeks ride, let me take this opportunity to offer our condolences to the families of the cyclists who were killed and best wishes for a speedy recovery to those that were injured on Saturday morning. Unfortunately, all the safety measures in the world can not protect us from irresponsible drivers.
Fourteen of us set off at 7 AM from Elishema for a familiar, yet very pleasant ride along the Yarkon and Southeast towards Rosh Ha'ayin. When we reached our first water crossing, Ingride made her usual splash and some really rude people laughed at her plight. Frances and Anna were so intimidated, they scooted off looking for a drier place to cross and got lost - or at least got separated from the pack. They managed to find their way to Einat and met up with us at the gas station for coffee. Errol, a road biker friend from Hod Hasharon, joined us for coffee before making his way back to the pavement. David, returned to ride with Cyclenix after a "short" break in cycling - WELCOME!
Hylton stopped in the middle of the path along the way, almost causing a huge collision and when we finished uttering a few words that sailors would blush saying, we rode on. We then found out that Hylton's abrupt stop was because he found a cellphone in the path, which turned out to be David's!!!! Great luck for David and kudos to Hylton for his sharp vision.
The weather was overcast, so the sun was not too strong and there was a nice headwind cooling us down along the way. We chose to return on the shortest route possible in order to avoid the oncoming heat of the day. We passed through one sewage smelling waterway on the way back, got our feet wet, but made no splashes. The ride was 31 kms of easy riding and quite pleasant with some shaded paths along the way.
Upon arriving back at the cars, some members of the group were surprised to see a pair of naked legs protruding from under Frances' car - I guess some people just never grow up!
Participants: 8 then 9 (when Shaul suddenly and briefly appeared out of the blue) then back to 8 (when Shaul suddenly disappeared back into the blue)
then 9 again (when after a little telecommunication co-ordination Avi
Route: From Ra'anana north via Bnei Zion up to Udim and back via a refreshment stop at Ga'ash. A classic route with a couple of variations. Total distance 34 km
Bottom Line: Nice pace throughout - sufficient to keep a breeze on our faces and the calories burning. Good Company as always
And then there were 12
11 of us gathered in the already hot morning air at Yad Labanim to set off towards the sea on one of our familiar routes. We arrived at the lookout over the blue ocean without too many sandy patches. And in the tranquil surroundings, up popped Avi, making us 12. It transpires that he had already been cycling around the countryside and came to join us to extend his trip a bit.
We split up - some heading off for a welcome cold coffee while a few went on to burn some more in the heat. We covered about 28 km in weather that tested even the best of us. I think this poem sums up our spirit of braving the heat (and the rain of winter) :
Whether the weather be fine
Or whether the weather be not,
Whether the weather be cold
Or whether the weather be hot,
We'll weather the weather
Whatever the weather,
Whether we like it or not
There's really not much to write about. 13 (a lucky number) of us met at our usual meeting spot in Ra'anana. The weather was hot, but not too hot and we set of on a route we have ridden many times. It's not the route that makes the ride. It's the "being together with nice people" that's the all-impotant thing about our rides. We rode through the Ra'anana Industrial area and on to Bazra turning North at the entrance to Bnei Tzion. We made our way to Udim and then headed back to the SI Gas Station just passed Gaash, which seems to have become on of our favourite stops. It's never too crowded and the food and service is good. Thereafter it was back to Ra'anana. We were home not too late and I think we all enjoyed another 30 kilometres of being together doing our favourite thing!
|Ben Shemen Forest - 16th July, 2011|
(The gallery photo in today's ride of four Roller blading lassies is no mistake. One reason for its inclusion is that they are on wheels (rollers?) and furthermore they resemble several of our fairer-sex members.)
Over a decade ago when we first rode in Ben Shemen Forest we would park our cars
anywhere on a Sat morning at 7AM. Now it's a different story. They come in droves and often resemble an army of ancient warriors with their protective riding gear and face guards. They sweat and pant as they occupy almost every path and single track and push each other to perform faster and closer to the edge. What a revolution has taken place in such a short time. The array of bike types abound as each rider male or female seeks to be a "one off".
Individualism is almost a religion with unlike gear and sundry equipment prerequisite. And today we almost ran into a horse rider or was it he into us? The place is one of several off road riding Meccas which is why we also went there today. The hills and winding paths, the tree cover and the vast array of trail options and it's location contribute to its reputation and we can all say after a great ride that Ben Shemen is indeed worthy of its reputation.
Our ride today, GPS plotted and led by David, was quite different to past B.S. rides although some of us had ridden on some of the sections before. David and Ingride's daughter Simoma who has not ridden in ages needed to get into stride but once she got herself on track there was no stopping her. She had great support from her friend Or, a competent rider and she was all smiles by the end of the ride as were all 17 of us who were lucky to be there today on a comparatively cool and overcast summer day.
We enjoyed at least two scenic points and had our share of up-hills but it was as perfect a day as could be in one of our favourite riding spots (despite Eli's near miss). Special thanks to David and a special mention to Sharon for the most improved rider.
[For David's GPS data go to: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/99440134 ]
Sixteen of us courageous cyclists decided to brave the hot and humid weather conditions and turned up in Ra'anana at 7 AM to begin our sojourn. I must say, I was quite surprised that so many people showed up. It just shows how we have acclimated to Israel over the years and are more willing to put up with the ferocious sun than a few drops of rain in the winter (myself included). It was a boring ride - the avocados are not yet ripe, the corn was not yet ripe, the passiflora was not yet ripe.... You would think someone knew I was coming.
Actually, the ride was quite nice - we kept up a steady pace, hoping to beat the heat. We rode along one of our usual routes (Rishpon, Yakum, Udim, Rishpon). There was a bit of sand along the way, but it was rideable.We were able to ride across the gorge in Udim for the first time in more than a year!! We even managed to find a little mud and it mucked up our shoes and bikes - you know the kind that weighs a ton and just does not want to come off.
No punctures, but France's tire tried to escape. The little bugger was quickly caught and returned to his rim.
Half the group got lost at one point, but we met up again about 20 minutes down the line.
Refreshments at our filling station at Ga'ash, where we drove the waiters and waitresses crazy by NOT LISTENING when they brought our orders. Ted led a toast in honor of our esteemed leader's birthday - CONGRATULATIONS to David! It was then a quick ride home from there and into a nice cool shower.
About 36 km of pretty easy riding (except for the heat) and it was actually a lot cooler when we were riding than when we stopped.
I want to ride my bicycle I want to ride my bike (compliments of Queen) and we all did. A group of stalwarts set off from Yad Lebanim on what promised to be a hot, hot day. We kept up a fast pace, led by David, covering familiar routes. There wasn't too much sand - the scourge of summer - so we mostly managed to stay on two wheels. Only two minor setbacks: two punctures - but these was speedily seen to.
We stopped off at our regular stop near Ga'ash, where the food and drink are good and the service is friendly. All in all, a good 35km ride enjoyed with good company and temperate heat.
Aujourd'hui, beau temps, un peu comme à la coutume à cette période de l'année. Le groupe s'est séparé en deux, une partie à Jérusalem pour la journée de Gilad Shalit, et une autre à préféré la foule du bord de mer à Tel-Aviv.
Nous allons donc rouler tranquillement de Ramat-Aviv vers Rishon-Ouest. Shaul, en connaisseur, a choisi de rouler avec son vélo de route, et Hanna nous a présenté son petit vélo pliable qui nous a agréablement surpris.
Nous avons eu le plaisir de retrouver Megan accompagnée de sa fille Kim, qui à bien voulu se plier à nos horaires très matinaux pour un militaire en permission !!!
Nous roulons alors à une allure soutenue par le rythme de Megan, alors qu'arrive ma première crevaison... Puis ma seconde... Et ensuite, lors de la troisième tout le monde décide de prendre le chemin du retour !!!
Nous arrêtons prendre notre collation chez Aroma sur le Port de Tel-Aviv, et reprenons la route vers Ramat-Aviv et nous avons fini nos 32km.
Un grand merci à John, Yossi, Shaul, Hanna, Megan et Kim pour cette matinée ensoleillée.
English Translation thanks to Google Translate:
Today, rain, much like the custom at that time of year. The group split into two parts, one in Jerusalem for the day of Gilad Shalit, and another crowd favorite from the seafront in Tel Aviv.
We'll ride quietly Ramat-Aviv to Rishon West. Shaul, a connoisseur, has chosen to ride his bike, and Hanna has presented his little folding bike we were pleasantly surprised.
We were pleased to find Megan and her daughter Kim, who agreed to comply with our schedules very early morning for a soldier on leave!
Then we drive to a brisk pace by the pace of Megan, so what happens my first flat tire ... Then my second ... And then at the third everyone decides to take the way back!
We take our snack stop at Aroma in the Port of Tel Aviv and back on the road to Ramat Aviv and we ended our 32km.
A big thank you to John, Yossi Shaul, Hanna, Megan and Kim for this sunny morning.
Here it is...short and sweet. Ten of us set off on another HOME PATCH ride at 7am in first class weather doing a route that we have often done except for one short detour at Udim. This time we were led by Ted whom I am sure found it strange being at the head of the group instead of riding sweep. Well done Ted.
We stopped at one of our favourite "watering holes", the service station near Gaash and then headed for home after satisfying our thirst and hunger.
One little incident...Uri had a puncture just before Rishpon and believe it of not, his new replacement tube was also faulty. Sharon came to the rescue with her spare tube and Uri showed us that he too, is an expert puncture "macher". Josie also has to be mentioned as he carries a small compressed CO2 cylinder which inflated Uri's tyre is literally seconds. Not a bad idea for us each to carry one of those!
I personally enjoyed the ride and am sure all the others did as well. That's another 30kms. we can clock up in ideal weather and excellent company. See you next week.
Before the late Ronnie became a dedicated "roadie" he often participated in Cyclenix rides. His knowledge of off road trails was extensive and added a new dimension to our activities by arranging and leading us on "away rides" throughout the length and breadth of Israel.
Many of the away rides which we do today have a strong basis in "Ronnie's Rides". Ronnie passed away suddenly 3 years ago and our ride today was planned to end at Spingo where we joined the group of road riders of which the late Ronnie was a key member, to be associated with the "Tekes" in his memory and with the tributes paid to him.
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