The rooms were all booked, weekend plans with family or other Cyclenix members were made and we all headed up to the far north for our Cyclenix weekend up north led by Eli Set.
Friday afternoon was supposed to be an easygoing flat ride around the Dan Hatsbani area with amazing scenery. Thanks to global warming, weather in Israel is not as predictable as it used to be. Just a couple hours before the ride, the heavens decided to let all hell loose. Pouring rain, flooded streets and fields and hail! Yes bloody hail! I was in my car heading south after my morning ride when this happened.
Definitely not cycling conditions.
So the hard decision had to be made and the Friday afternoon ride was cancelled. A bit of a bummer but it definitely was the right decision.
So we all met at our meeting point in Gadot. We were 16 Cyclenixers since a few had to cancel their weekend plans with us for various reasons.
With a bit of a late start Eli introduced himself and we were on our way. The scenery was amazing and every so on, Eli stopped t
o give us geographical and historical explanations about the area we were in. From Gadot we headed towards Machanayim and Ayelet Hashachar, random walkers and runners all seemed to recognize Eli and all greeted him. I guess besides being a brand name in the mountain biking community he is also somewhat of a celebrity in the area.
We were warned of 300 meters climbing that really isn’t a lot over a 30 kilometer ride. Somehow all of the climbing parts were in on or two spots so they were surely felt.
We did have a couple mishaps. Ingride who is very gracefully modelling her new pink and turquoise 27.5 lust with SLX components, missed a tree branch that was sticking out and was rudely pushed off of her bike. I have to say it was one of the most elegant falls I have ever witnessed. She got a bit of attention from her chivalrous husband who iodized and bandaged her finger.
Yael seemed to be riding a bit slow which was explained by her tire losing air. At some point we were told that she has a puncture and Uri helped her fix it. Later on she had another puncture and once again it was fixed. This time the fixing and jiffa did the job and she could ride on all the way through Hulata, Yesod Hama'Ala and back to Gadot.
I tracked 33.8 kilometers with a 373 meters of climbing.
Even though half of our plans were cancelled, the mishaps and the ride not being too easy with the hot hours that we ran into it was yet another great ride to be written in the Cyclenix log.
There were quite a few requests for more rides up north led by Eli so we hope we can turn this into a more regular event. Thank you Eli for your offer to lead us on a ride in your area, for the choice of route, and above all else, a great biking experience for us all.
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