Rain had been forecast for today, hence the postponement once again of our proposed "away ride", and indeed at 3am the was a brief heavy downpour in the area. But, by 7am when 24 of us met at our usual meeting point the sun was shining and it looked as though the rain was going to give our area a miss. We decided to keep away from mud and David, who led the ride did exactly that. The paths we traversed (some off road and some not) were familiar ones that we have ridden. The weather was great and the company greater. After travelling some 28kms we arrived back in Ra'anana and made our breakfast stop at ArcCafe. All in all it was a very pleasant ride with great company and an enjoyable breakfast stop. As we were about to leave ArcCafe there were a few drops of rain that didn't develop into anything.
I want to end off by repeating a request that has been made before. We are looking for others to lead the rides and do the weekly bulletins. Please volunteer your services. ☺
Have a great week.
On a coolish Saturday morning 19 of us ventured to Rishon Le Tzion to do Arik's home patch ride as he lives there. It was an easy start on paved bicycle paths that lead us to the wilderness by the Sorek River that I have never seen so wide.
However we soon ended up at a small airfield and we were leisurely standing on the airstrip till Ted made us abandon it and wait further away for Arik who was searching for the right direction. Finally we got moving. The route in the nature reserve was very sandy but in some parts we were facing water patches that made us slaloming among them.
We rode on and sometimes walked but reached our destination towards the Palmachim Beach. At this point some riders decided not to carry on. Actually they joined David who had problems with his bike and they all went, biked back to the parking lot. 15 daredevils reached the sea but by that time it was already very hot. When we got back to the cars it was already thirty degrees. This ride was a preparation for the summer to come.
Altogether we rode 38km. At the end some stayed for refreshment and the rest went straight home. Thanks Arik for leading us on an enjoyable ride.
Because of the weather forecast our planned "away" ride was postponed (hopefully to this coming Saturday) and we met, 26 riders in all, at 7am at our usual starting point for another Home Patch Ride. For the third week in a row our turnout was great. Keep it up! This time the ride was led by Rafi (or was it Anna?) and the route chosen took us over familiar ground, albeit in a different order. There was a wee bit of sand, but nothing too much, and we even had two occasions when a light drizzle caused some to stop and put on rain gear.
No one got lost!!!
The route is not important. We'd seen it all before, but what makes our rides a "hit" is meeting up with good friends, enjoying good exercise and last but not least our "Breakfast stop".
Once again we graced Landwers, Ra'anana with our presence. As usual, the food and service was excellent and the chit chat even better.
Here's an appeal. Will those interested in leading the ride or doing a "Ride report" now and again, please contact either me or David (Our contact numbers are on the website).
Watch the website or our Facebook page for details of our next ride. If you aren't on our mailing list and want to be, hit the "contact" button on our website and let us know. Your information is kept private.
An impressive turn out of regulars and a visiting South-American contingent (24 in all) set off for a home patch ride on 14 April. The weather has taken a turn to the warmer side, and a charming route was devised by Uri that set skirting Hod Hasharon and through Neve Hadar joining up along the Israel National Trail and some welcomed shade. In total the ride was around the 36km mark with some extra mileage enjoyed if you rode from home, or got particularly creative in getting separated from the group.
We enjoyed a scenic routing back through Neve Yaraq and Elishama with a minor detour to a petting zoo - before heading back towards a much required coffee stop (which required a bit of searching for one that was both open and could accommodate a bunch of good looking people in lycra).
Thanks again to Uri for leading, and we look forward to many future rides with you at the helm! If you are keen to lead a ride, please let David or John know.
When 31 riders turned up this morning but no David or Ingride, Uzi was "volunteered" to lead the ride. After Pesach with Matzos, heavy and sweet food, family squabbles, wine, song and more "whine", screaming kids and an overdose of Ma Nishtana, a ride cures all which explains the heavy turnout. So Uzi decided to go easy on the group and ride the Cinema City route via Herzeliya. Perfect weather greeted the group with the sun peering occasionally to remind us that summer is just around the corner. Barely 15 minutes into the ride Barbara had gear issues which our in-house tech people could not solve so back home she went with Beni in tow after hearing of her troubles. A little further down on the Herzeliya park approach we ran into a rider whose rear wheel became entangled in twine but no amount of effort brought total relief but we were able to get him mobile as our tech group created innovative miracles. Some of our "lost riders" by then were back in the fold too. I should have mentioned that at the starting point we already encountered problems in Alon's brake pad change leading him to decide to ride with only the rear brake. The tech group was already on the go before the start so the omen was there. Meanwhile back at the ranch we managed to regroup at the Ramat Hasharon "army" base but by the time we reached cinema city part of the group headed for home. The remainder continued to Sea and Sun, a glimpse at the sea and back via the Marina. Last heard they were heading for Arcafe. A special mention about John our co-founder and resident photographer who has mercilessly and diligently documented the rides for over 20 years. According to my calculations he has shot over twenty thousand photos and if you have trouble accepting that factually, I have the numbers to prove it. Thanks John for your tireless efforts or should I say tyreless efforts!? Other more recent shooters include Rafi, Yochi, Avram and Michal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Get well David. By order!!!!!!!!!!!!
Cyclenix was well represented with 12 riders taking part, preferring the less crowded off-road route, and riding together as a Group throughout.
This year saw some slight changes to the familiar course of past years, and perhaps even a little easier - not that the old course could, by any strength of the imagination, be classified as difficult!!
But this is an annual events where the ride itself, however enjoyable and relaxing, takes second place to what makes this event so special in so many ways.
To see those who are physical or mentally (or both) challenged participating in the best way that they can, as well as those special people who assist in making it possible for them to do so, is indeed a humbling experience. Yes - it's an easy course, but only because we who have the good fortune to be able to make that classification!
A big THANK YOU to Michal who, as in previous years, promoted this charity event amongst "Cyclenixers", registered on our behalf, collected our money, paid it over, collected anddistributed our Etgarim goodies, told us how and when to get there, answered our questions,and organized our "Landwer Afula" get-together after the ride.
Let's have 24 Cyclenixers participating next year!
A recipe for a perfect ride Ingredients:
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.
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
Over time was involved in a variety of sports :
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