Ride Reports

Ride Report - Sat. Aug. 29, 2020 - The History of the Ride Report -  By Ted

In the year of the Corona many changes have taken place so this report is also a change from the usual.

I forgot to "delegate" the Sat ride report and ended up realising that I have to contribute too.

So this different report is not about our specific ride of last Sat. I decided to let you know about the history of ride reports. Why do we bother with them? Does anyone read them? (Ed. Note: I do...)

When we first started the site we were a much smaller bunch and certainly more intimate but with photos and the reports we were able to record our experiences in the manner of a family, The resorts were sometimes even discussed. They were a way for the "blind" who follow the leader often without seeing the surroundings or remembering the route to later equate them through the photos. They also served to record the individual ride route before we had aps, GPS's etc. Moreover they became a way of introducing new riders and expressing a collective greeting etc.,As in Birthday greeting, Hagim and so forth.

And no less important, as we were an Anglo group it was a way of selling ourselves to other Anglos, new immigrants and all comers, to take up the sport. Over the years the "native" riders joined the group as it's ranks swelled and Ivrit reports began to appear. Even in poetry in both languages.This too was a way to melt the pot as riders from all regions and backgrounds were becoming regular riders.

Some of us recently also began to doubt the necessity of continuing with the report, as unlike the distant past, no one nowadays mentions the reports. So this time I decided to see if anyone is reading this and if you have read it please mention that you have done so on the WhatsApp group.

If you wish the reports to continue please indicate that you are in favour. This is not a survey but it will give us some idea about the value in continuing with the reports. (Ed. Note: are you TRYING to put me out of a job?)

Thanks to Uri for leading the ride . Some 12-13 riders dared the heat.....quite bearable. Apprx 31kls.

BASIC MOUNTAIN BIKE ETIQUETTE

  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.
RIDE SAFELY AND HELP OTHERS TO DO THE SAME

Contact

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
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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.
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