'Twas a festive Saturday "Home Patch", with 20 riders comprising the group, including our junior division rider - displaying some pretty fine technical skills. Clear skies after the rain this week meant that sandier parts of the routes were dampened down with only the occasional mud patch to be enjoyed by all. The cooler weather this week also meant that the fetching winter attire bedecking our intrepid cyclists was only shed midway, due to a fresh and brisk easterly wind.
Our route took us South-East towards the coast, through Kfar Shmaryahu and north towards Shfa'im through Ga'ash and towards the Wingate Institute. En route we got to see (and hear) a moto-cross competition - impressive stuff! We spent a few moments on the cliffs below admiring the sea views and the sheer drops from afar the cliffs' edge - while the braver amongst us like Avrahm displayed excellent gazelle-like moves near the edge. There may have been some illicit avocado shenanigans, but that is a story for anther day...
From there it was back westward, heading via Yarkum with a small detour via the scenic Ben Zion and upwards along the gentle foothills of Bazra towards a welcomed coffee and breakfast stop in Ra'anana at Landwer Cafe; where John graced us with his presence and wit after undertaking his own ride. Props to the cafe, if you bring to your waitress's attention that your omlette was not the correct one post consumption - a second one will be sent out... but fortunately a table full of cyclists very capable in making short work of the second one.
Till next time...
Participants: 20 riders at the start - but (for various reasons) less than 20 at the "finish"!
Route: From Ra'anana down via a new section (for Cyclenix) parallel to Road 531 ending just below Nahalat Ada and on towards the coast through Kfar Shmaryahu, then north on "Dina's Trail", Shefayim, Ga'ash, and briefly into the Sharon Beach Nature Reserve just south of the Wingate Institute, then over the Coastal Road at Yakum and back south, past Europark, then parallel to the railway line, east up the hill to Bnei Zion, south again through Batzra and on to Landwer Coffee Shop Ra'anana
Riding Conditions: Ideal weather, very few sandy sections (thanks to the rain over the past week) and very little mud (doubtless that will come after the next rains!)
Distance: 34 km
I woke up at 05:30 am to go climb another peak. At 06:00 I texted Tracy to tell her that I am ditching her for a home patch ride and quality time with Cyclenix.
Her reply was: have fun and say hi to all.
So I think for the first time ever I arrived on time to the starting point. While many regulars were missing, 17 Cyclenixers pitched up. Anna joined us later taking the number up to 18 (Lucky number)
Uzi enjoyed all the "ooh aahing" about his new bike. Thanks to the thieves, he now has a new carbon Orbea!
We started riding on Keren Hayesod towards the fields as Anna phoned us since she was running late. David made a plan with her to meet her somewhere throughout the ride.
North was the general direction, going through Bazra and Bnei Zion. The weather was superb for riding and enjoying a fun morning out in the wide open.
We met up with Anna and continued to ride via Tel Yitzhak, Udim and Yakum. A happy birthday/sto lat video was sent to Abraham's granddaughter in the U.S. thanks to modern day technology.
Continuing along the train tracks and pleasantly surprised to turning right and not up Johns most dreadful climb, we arrived at Landwer where John could finally end his hunger strike that he was on due to my recent absence. The ride was just what I ordered! A nice simple fun ride with good friends who you just enjoy hanging out with.
We covered about 34 kms of pure fun.
Having not ridden my bike for some weeks, I and some 18 others gathered to set off on a beautiful morning. After the rains, the paths are more compacted and all those sandy bits have become a pleasure to wheel along!
We stopped off to admire the azure sea at Arsuf.... and went on towards Ga'ash. A way after the golf course Meir introduced us to a wander through the trees and up a little hill to another view of the sea - always good to broaden our horizons!
32 km in perfect weather - with the final pedal to Landwer. This is for David whose favourite spot is overlooking the sea at Arsuf (with a few modifications):
Oh I do like to be by the seaside
I do like to be beside by the sea
I like to wheel along the cliff, cliff, cliff
Where cyclenix gather to take pics, pics, pics
So just let me be beside the seaside
I'll be beside myself with glee
For there are lots of bikes beside,
I should like to beside.....
So what did we have today? Some rain, a few puddles, a lot of nice autumn sun and about fifteen riders. Perfect for a pleasant, relaxed HP ride, interleaved with Yiddish phrases, Polish jokes, political analysis and deep discussions regarding religion, the bible and more.
And yes, that touching hug that Ingride gave this little crying girl, injured while riding her bike (see the pictures).
We probably passed Batzra, Bney Ziyon, Udim and a lot of greenery along the way, but who noticed? David must have, but we enjoyed just being there!
This is a short report about a very long ride of 48 kilometers from Ra'anana and back. We started with 23 people and ended with 8, the late-comers and non-riders meeting us half-way or at the end for coffee, and the early-goers making their own way home. The route took us out of Ra'anana, down to the Herzliya Marina, past the Mandarin Hotel and onto Tel Baruch. From there we continued along the Shvil Israel promenade, past Reading and into the old port. Turning back, we rode east along the banks of the Yarkon river, past Ramat Ha'Hayal and into Hod Hashron, where the few "survivors" stopped for a very nice breakfast at Café Café before returning home.
It started out as an easy ride, mainly on pavements and bicycle lanes, but the last leg along the river proved tougher, albeit very cool and shady. It was perfect weather, which meant that both Herzliya beach and Shvil Israel were bustling with people on legs and wheels. There were four new riders recruited by Meir (welcome, gentlemen), three toilet stops (the joys of civilization), two near-punctures (averted by gunge in tires) and one fearless leader (nice to have you both back, David!). Outside Max Brenner, someone thought David said he was treating us all to chocolate, but David quickly dismissed this baseless rumor.
To conclude, it was yet another enjoyable and challenging ride, with interesting conversation and lots of laughs.
Nineteen members of the Cyclenix Family met at 7am at our usual "home patch ride" launching site. The weather was ideal for cycling.
First of all, we were all delighted to have Abraham back with us looking as good as new after his recent hip replacement. His photographs and constant smiling face always enhance our rides. :) It was also good to welcome, once again, Israel Brief who added an international flavor to the group.
In the absence of our trusty leader David, Meir once again led the way and as always, he did a fine job showing us a few new paths on the way.
Our route more or less took us through Batzra, part of Bnei Tzion, the Yaqum Nature reserve, Udim and onto the shores of the Green Beach in Poleg, where a couple of the riders downed a cold beer, while the rest looked on at the activities on the beach, in the air and in the sea, before wending our way back to Ra'anana where some of the group made another stop (for breakfast) at one of our favourite "watering holes", Landwers where the food and service are always top class .
We covered just over 31 kms enjoying great weather and good company.
See you on our next ride when we will once again have the pleasure of David and Ingride's company after their trip to Australia.
Well, for the first ride of the New Year 17 of us met at the usual spot. What was unusual was that our usual trusty leader David and his dear wife Ingride had ditched us for a very good reason. They were in Australia with their family for Rosh Hashana and to celebrate a Family wedding...MAZALTOV!
But, we were not without a leader. URI SA'AR volunteered to lead the ride and did a great job. Thanks Uri. He led us to Marina in Herzliya and I for one (and many of the others rode along quite a few new stretches, and enjoyed some new scenery close to home. Well done Uri for choosing paths that were not too sandy.
Frome the Marina we headed toward Glilot and then home via the Herzliya park to our breakfast stop at Arc Café. Another 28 kilometres had been notched up and good few calories consumed. We had all enjoyed a morning out with good exercise, with good friends and lots of exchanges of how the New Year had passed.
Yom Kippur (The day of Atonement) is next week, so we are wishing that you all be inscribed in the Good Book and that we meet again soon, spiritually cleansed and refreshed - "Gmar Hatima Tova"
This morning's ride was dominated by two core items. The first, that this was the first "'autumn" morning ride of the Gregorian year but it was also the last ride of the year as per the Hebrew Calendar. The autumn weather was characterized by the clear skies devoid of humidity, a sharp breeze from the south and fluffy white and grey clouds. In addition low temperatures made the riding a "breeze" compared with the hot conditions of the past months. Even Dina ventured out after a break of several weeks riding as if she was never absent.
Perhaps the most unusual part for me was listening to the reports from the various individuals who have been abroad recently some on rides while other just for recreation. Here is a brief description of what I picked up.
The Italian Job riders enjoyed their trip which included dramatic scenery, good food and tough riding on some days made easier by bikes with excellent gears. No rain until they hit Venice but by then it was "off bike".!!!!!
The "Devon" mob, all two of them, had a great time feasting up on English breakfasts and Devonshire cream afternoon teas. They even rode on a couple of days and on one had a gained elevation of some 700 meters in 42 kls. Phew!!! Uri's legs did cramp... small wonder?
The Polish Connection... Haim ventured out on his own after his friend withdrew on medical grounds but that did not stop our "Polish Gentleman" who rode in the Krakow region alongside Italians, New Zealanders, Canadians and a handful of non communicative Germans. He hit the Shlibowitz which almost sent him in a spiral towards the floorboards. Good Polish sausage did help.
The Austrian Mafia was a real familial affair led by Arik who spent time in the Salzburg region with his "clan". All went well in true Austrian style. He denied vociferously eating sauerkraut but sausages and kartofel were on the menu. Coffee and strudel to follow but his girth was still intact this morning.
I returned from London after attending two important family affairs and even saw an occasional patch of blue sky but most days it was pure drizzle. The day I departed they declared the first official storm of winter. No riding but I did manage two good walks along a delightful stream.
The ride this morning was a classic Udim circuit marred only by Yochi'c flat tyre and Merrill taking a tumble. All was well as rescue teams worked "tyrelessly". Ha Ha!!!
Get well Rafi and Bon Voyage to the Lewises and Shana Tova to all of you.
If you have any questions or want to get in touch for any reason, feel free to get in touch with David or John: