Ride Reports

Ride Report - Sat. May 30, 2020 - Arugot Away Ride -  By Ted

I volunteered to myself to do this report as I have done in the past....except that in the past I was volunteered by others!!!!!!!! No joke!!!!!!!!

So we 16 met on time at Arugot but unforeseen circumstances led to a delayed departure. But the contribution of several riders including Uri and Rafi to solving a problem with one of Dina's tyres by imaginative improvisation, both cut the delay time and also enabled Dina to ride with a bandaged -up tyre using cardboard and and an inner tube. We set off eastwards thru the varied growing crops and plantations on the flat ground which surrounds Arugot and eventually passed el Azi, a Bedouin village smack bang in the middle of Israel. It is remote from other Arab locations by many Kilometres. Its inhabitants farm crops and shepherd sheep and goats. They are a respected community and interact well with their Jewish neighbours.

We eventually stated the climb towards the Tuscan- like lookout on the path that runs parallel to Road 6 south. The pleasant weather added to the atmosphere of a casual ride with Uri Nativ at the helm. We reached the Lookout point and repast while resting. with a cool breeze from the North. The ride back was a constant downhill and we only stopped to enjoy and photograph the delightful colourful Sunflower fields. Several also again mentioned that it's time we rode up tel Safi. At one point I had to remind the group that passing the lead rider is a NO-NO!! Shaikes water bag was leaking but he carried on regardless.

Talya decide to ride with her mask on but otherwise I can testify that social distancing was not on the agenda. We must not be lulled into a false sense of security. Stick to the rules please!!!!! Consult the site for details!!!!

Thanks to all who made this another great 30Kl ride and in particular the weather man or is it persons???


  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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