Special Report

10 - May 2019
- An Important Message:

All of us are aware of the devastating fires that swept across many areas of Israel over the past week. Amongst the areas damaged or destroyed are areas through which many of us have cycled.

Someone who has on ocassions ridden with us and guided us on some super outings is Tracy Amrani, an avid and experienced cyclist. She has taken it upon herself to raise funds to restore the devestation. This is her project which Cyclenix will help fund.

My GoFunfIt project and the request from Etgarim:

Ben Shemen is burning!
The destruction, the animals, the birds, the young of all animals, the reptiles, turtles, hedgehogs, and others who will not survive the inferno ... You cannot count.
The beautiful Zagalmbia Memorial grove - destroyed. If there are no trees, there are no single tracks among the trees.

My name is Tracy, I ride a bicycle, love nature and man. What happened this last weekend - hurts. To see Ben Shemen in flames breaks the heart. Let's get together and for less than the cost of an inner tube, let's bring the green back to the singles.

Because we all love to ride in Ben Shemen, and we know that rehabilitating the forest will be difficult and expensive. Let us lend a hand in a social rehabilitation project. Target: At least 1000 trees! Which is a grove. This is our way of giving back a little to nature. It's a project for all of us!

The idea - the Riders' Grove! We aim to create a new grove or resurrect the old grove, that was burned - this is to be a contribution of the cyclists' community!
Of course, these funds will be transferred to the JNF for the benefit of reforestation and restoration.

Any amount raised beyond the target will go to purchase bicycles for the "Etgarim" bike warehouse from Kibbutz Harel, bicycles that served the disabled and the blind. A warehouse whose entire contents was burned on the weekend

Please use these 4 links:

The projects homepage is:
CLICK HERE for the project Facebook Page

If you want to donate directly to the purchasing of the bicycles for Etgarim

עמותת אתגרים
בנק דיסקונט 11
סניף נווה אביבים 118
חשבון 2222002


  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:

Email: jcandy@inter.net.il
David: 054-474-1424
John: 050-942-2788


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  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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