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Local Ride - Sat. May 7, 2016.

Home Patch Ride:


Local Rides will meet at 7:30 am at the usual place in the car park opposite Yad L'Banim on Ahuza Street Ra'anana.

Our intended route this Saturday is from Ra'anana through Givat Chen, Hod HaSharon (Neve Hadar), down to the Yarkon, west along the river then up through Kiryat Atidim and the Tennis Centre and back to Ra'anana via Ramat Hasharon and Herzliya (approx. 33 km)

To participate in this ride you need to be capable of cycling +/- 30 kms OFF ROAD. The ride is not a difficult one from a technical point of view, but riders need to be capable of riding +/- 30kms.

Please note 7:30 AM start time.

Ride Report - Sat. April 30, 2016 - Amikam - Har Horshan -  By David

Participants: 13 which included Eddie (a pleasant surprise after a long absence), and Joseph (a welcome "now and again" rider with the Group). Good to see you both. Also a big welcome to 2 squeaky clean and shiny newcomers to Cyclenix - Ted's Giant and Ilan's Bergamont. Great bikes and their performance today often under somewhat testing conditions served only to reinforce the wise choices of their owners!

Route: A slight variation of the route we did just over a year ago. Unfortunately my Google Earth and Amud Anan maps don't show all possible obstacles so in plotting the changes I didn't bargain for our having to crawl through and/or under gates!! Thanks Joseph for your input on the route. Click HERE to see the GPS data.

Weather: Pleasantly warm and sunny, getting warmer as the ride progressed, but hardly an issue thanks to a low humidity factor.

Bottom Line: A ride in the Horshan area is always enjoyable with some challenges on the way, just enough to remind us why we ride off-road, and on mountain bikes!!! Great company (Cyclenix's greatest asset!) and happily no human or mechanical breakdowns. Most of us stopped off after the ride to refuel at Landwer Binyamina.

Post Script: Today's ride was suggested to me by Michal (was it in anticipation of so many trees to climb??!!). Unfortunately a nasty biking accident a few days earlier put her out of action.

Michal, we wish you a speedy (figuratively speaking of course) and full recovery, back on your bikes, and not the least writing our reports!!

Ride Report - Sat. April 16, 2016 - Nahal Yarkon Westwards -  By David

Participants: 15, but reduced to 13 en route when Barbara needed to "fast forward" to be on time for another commitment later that morning, with John as escort to ensure that she didn't loose her way home (from what I subsequently heard, things didn't turn out quite that way!).
Route: From Ranana through Givat Chen, across the bridge over Road 4 into Neve Hadar (Hod HaSharon) and down to Nahal Yarkon, then following the river westwards, at Kiryat Atidim northwards to the Tennis Center, over the footbridge into Ramat HaSharon, through Herzliya and back to Ranana - approximately 34 km.
Riding Conditions: Despite the 2 days of rain earlier in the week, riding conditions, particularly along the Yarkon, were (surprisingly for me) excellent. We did encounter a few small patches of mud which for the most part we were able to detour around.
Weather: Ideal throughout
Bottom Line: An enjoyable ride with, as usual, great company.
Post Script:
At the start of the ride, and with the best intention [insert smiley!], John led us to the Ben Gurion / Road 531 interchange from where, as he thought, we could fast track up to Givat Chen. But alas there were commando-style obstacles which can best be described, in the spirit of the upcoming Pesach Seder, as follows:
Even if we had found a crossing to the track, it would not have been enough
Even if we had made it down a steep bank to a storm-water channel below, it would not have been enough
Even if we had made it across the channel, it would not have been enough
Even if we had made it up the steep bank on the other side, it would not have been enough
Even if we had made it over a 2 meter high fence to get to the "promised" track, it would all have been just too much!!!
CHAG PESACH SAMEACH TO ALL

Ride Report - Sat. April 9, 2016 - Local Ride -  By Michal

The weather forecasts all reported a heat wave from hell, which could explain the small turn up for today's ride.
Only 10 Cyclenixers were crazy enough to take on the pre Pessach weather. Luckily for us it seems that the satellites and predictions were all bonkers and not us!
The humidity that was supposed to be 35% but felt like the 80% we have in august. The temperature felt more like 26, instead of 36. The sun was hiding behind heavy clouds and we even had an extremely light drizzle.
So with a bit of a wet feeling we peddled happily and easily along the Sharon area.
Our wise leader decided that we should try and dodge the front winds on our way back so we rode up Weizmann and out of Raanana heading north towards Yakum.
This brought on a backwards ride. A route that we all are quite used to was done anti clockwise which spiced it up a bit.
Ingride and I enjoyed going speeding down the road surrounding the cemetery while Rafi, who passed us was singing along "anything you can do I can do better..."
His attempts to antagonise us were brushed off with the conversation on age and getting the reference. I proved them wrong explaining that you don't necessarily need to be old but do need to hang with old people.
And then there are times where the youngsters should learn to keep their mouths shut!
A cynical question from me made David stop the group all to let me climb a steep hill to time my efforts. Full gear ahead I pushed my way up and conquered the hill to come speeding down it. He tried to get me to improve his false timing but instead we all continued.
The single before Yakum was full of thorns, but all ten of us managed to get through it without any injuries.
From Yakum we crossed the bridge over road number 2, where we encountered a bit of cycling traffic going up.
All good chickens succeeded in crossing the road. The question as always is why? Well in this case it was literally to get to the other side. Heading south alongside the road passing Gaash, Shfayim and around Rishpon we rode happily back to Raanana for our breakfast stop at Landwer. So at the end the weather was in our favour and the ride was a great one.
We tracked 31 kilometres of easy-going, fun quality time.

Ride Report - Sat. April 2, 2016 - Elishema - Einat -  By John

Twenty of us met at 7.30am at the entrance to Elishema. Welcome to a new rider Gidon. Hope you enjoyed the ride and that we will see more of you in the future.

The weather was HOT! It looks as though summer is here with a vengeance and soon we will probably need to starty our rides earlier to beat the heat!

The Route: From Elishema South, following Nahal Kane down to the Yarkon River then East along the Northern side of the river crossing over to the opposite side at Abu Rabah. Then East under Road 40 then Road 5. From there we continued East and South (partly along Shvil Israel). We passed the Baptist Village, the Yarkon Nation Park, the source of the Yarkon and then further South passed Park Afek. A little further South we crossed under Road 483 and then over Highway 6 to Einat, where we made our "breakfast" stop at the gas station situate on the side of Road 444. Perhaps because of the hot weather only 7 of us made the "breakfast" stop , the rest having decided to head back to our cars at Elishema. The total distance cycled was 33kms.

We had our fair share of mud along the way (see the photographs) and at one poing had to cross a somewhat very muddy stream. Our brave leader David went first and found himself ankle deep in thick black mud! So, the rest of us decided that a bridge needed to be built!! Avraham started piling vegetation across the obstacle and a few others added stones and flat rocks and "hey presto" Cyclenix built its first pedestrian "bridge" and the remaining rider made a "clean" crossing!

Along the route we passed quite a few historical sites. Explanations of the various sites were photographed and make very interesting reading (enlarge the relevant photos and read these).

So, that's another enjoyable ride under our belts.

Ride Report - Sat. March 26, 2016 - Home Patch Ride -  By Machal

"Come Fairies; take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you upon the wind and dance upon the mountains like a flame!" William Butler Yeats
8 courageous riders were ready to take on the dodgy weather. An additional two got cold feet from seeing it rain on the way to Beit Shemesh and turned around to join the more promising Sharon area.
Yep so my morning started at 04:30 am to get prepared for a 6 hour navigation ride with Dana somewhere near Beit Shemesh. However after having rain accompany us for quite a bit of the way and actually arriving at our destination I gave John a call to beg for the group to wait for us. Surprisingly we made it on time.
So 10 all together we peddled off to a quite familiar route led by David. Riding up Ahuza, towards Kfar Shmaryahu and over road no. 2 to our beloved view point at Arsuf.
I am always in awe from the scenery standing at the edge of the cliff. One feels so small staring at the open waters gushing at the shore on this beautiful cloudy grey day.
We appreciated, we chatted, we took some photos and I personally managed to have my first sandwich of the day. (Take in consideration that I prepared for 6 hours of uncertainty)
We continued to Shfayim just after Barbara left us to go indulge in another great passion of hers... dancing.
The sandy parts leading towards Yakum were worse than they should be this early in the spring. We can expect some of the paths to be more than a challenge in the near future.
surprisingly Ingride asked to stop and wait a couple times only to realize that she was searching for broken pieces of glass left behind by the glass factory that once stood there.
David did not cooperate with her, John tried to figure out why there would still be glass from roman times, I cursed the "bloody w(r)omans" (reference from the life of Brian) and all continued.
At this point we were riding with a front wind adding to the challenge but beyond the regular complaints it didn't seem to slow us down too much. Talia seemed to be a bit behind and while I was wondering if she may have been ahead of me without noticing, she appeared to be riding happily and without even noticing that she knew the way without anyone leading her to us.
Way to go Talia!!!
Riding too close to the thorns I got pricked on two different occasions. I guess that pricks will tend to leave you hurting... (All puns intended to the"derogatory term used to sum up the existence of a worthless a$$hole" not the other kind)
Ingride also got a bit of a bleeder on her ankle but neither one of us was in need of attention beyond the constant attention that we demand. Somehow after 34 km's we landed up at Landwer! I bet you didn't expect that!
There Ted was waiting for us for breakfast...
It was a great ride with nice chilled weather and great company

Ride Report - Sat. March 19, 2016 - Home Patch Report -  By Uri

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Ride Report - Sat. March 12, 2016 - The Givat Hamoreh Single -  By Michal

The one that left us breathless in every meaning possible.
20 brave Cyclenixers met up at the beginning of the Givat Hamoreh single. Though the starting time was supposed to have been at 8:00, due to delays we started pedalling at 8:30.
Lately I have been helping David in finding interesting away rides and because of summer rapidly approaching and the wild flowers disappearing from the scene we made a choice to do the Givat Hamoreh single while it is still at its finest.
I took on the task of leading the group. Being the only one who has done it before and knowing that it is marked for dummies and you can't go wrong, I assumed it would all be just fine.
We set off, all in a single line into the single. It started off very pretty and fairly level. Everyone was mesmerized with the beauty of the area. Quite fast, the level plain turned into an ascent. A constant one of 13 km's! That's when the difference in ability really made leading a group a bit of a challenge. It is quite hard leading 19 riders when you can't keep track of them because they stretch out way far behind you. The moment the climb got the slower riders, even slower and the faster ones got a bit frustrated and I told them to go ahead and just follow the yellow markings. From this point my job wasn't as much leading as it was herding. Ride ahead and every so often making sure that the remaining followers are still with you. I believe Ted being the sweep had a harder job.
The climb was continuous and so were the complaints/questions about when it would end.
My response was it can only get better.
The only thing that distracted everyone from it was the view. But then we got word from a few of our strays...
Alex had fallen and injured his arm. Apparently he had a deep cut. While we got the phone call about it, two young doctors happened to be around to hear about it and were sent to try and find him down the path. But not before Ingride tried to fix me up with one of them. Talk about Jewish mother syndrome!
We stopped quite often whether it was to catch our breath or to have it taken away once again by the scenery. The wild flowers around us, the green and brown fields carpeting the valley way down below, the Hermon and Tavor mountains majestically standing in the back of it all and the perfect weather accompanying us the entire way of our journey.
We continued on, climbing all the way to the top of the mountain to finally reach the part where from here it is all downhill.
The pace changed drastically! Going down the mountain was an adrenalin rush for quite a few of us. At a couple parts some even had pale faces of fear. Just before the end we found Raffi loyally staying with Haim who was seriously injured when he fell. The two bachelor doctors happened to find them before us and diagnosed him with a dislocated shoulder.
Talia and Meir were sent with his car keys back to the cars but did not know that they can cut at this point and didn't have to continue on the single for another 3 km's. Eventually Uri made it to us with his car to fetch Haim.
After 26 km's for some and 29 km's for others and an elevation gain of 635 meters, we all rode back with the two bachelor doctors to our cars. The battle was not easy and we must mention our fallen members:

  • Yochi who started our ride with a fall but nothing serious.
  • Alex who had a nasty cut in his arm
  • Yael who luckily only got a couple small cuts on her face (thank G-d it wasn't worse than that because it was a centimetre away from being a head injury)
  • Ted who had a "fun" skid
  • and last but definitely not least Haim who dislocated his shoulder. I have been informed that his shoulder is back in place and the pain has gone.
They all made it home and will live to show and tell their stories of bravery and display their wounds of honour.
After 6 hours from the beginning of our ride, the remaining 8 dined at Landwer Afula. Surprisingly I received positive feedback on the ride and was not blamed for the uphill's but credited for the amazing route and scenery. Go figure! :-)

And please check out the exemplary "Cyclebury Tales" by Stephen Schulman. An epic tale of excitement, trials, trails, verbal dilly dallying, and all that sort of thing. From last weeks ride of March 5, 2016 well worth the read.

Ride Report - Sat. March 5, 2016 - Ride Report -  By Raphi

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And Check out the exemplary "Cyclebury Tales" by Stephen Schulman. An epic tale of excitement, trials, trails, verbal dilly dallying, and all that sort of thing.

Ride Report - Sat. Feb. 27, 2016 - Beit Kama - Ruhama Ride -  By Michal

My blissful sleep was interrupted at 05:30 am by my annoying but trustworthy alarm. Just a few minutes after, my other trust worthy alarm sends me a morning message: "Rise and shine" with me replying to John asking if he ever sleeps and it snowballing into a cynical chat there was nothing to do but get up and get ready.

From this point it was all a bit foggy (all puns intended)

OMG! I thought the clouds were supposed to be in the sky! The scene would have been perfect for filming a great thriller.

Bike on the carrier and we were on our way for a nice drive down south. We happened to find Yochi and Anna waiting at the wrong bus station for the convoy so we started our own two car convoy.

The fog accompanied us all the way and well into later hours of the day, but somehow all 17 of us managed to make it to Beit Kama, our starting point. Due to the lack of modern technology and the new junction some made it after a little detour.

It was already after 8:00 and the fog was still chillin' with us (or chilling us) but we were pedaling along. We made sure not to pass the 10 km speed limit because of the low visibility, but being the only one not wearing a rain coat or any coat in that matter it was sufficient to warm up. We started off going north and then east towards Ruhama. The fog really added some mist to the vibe and the photos. It also added some dew drops to my hair on my arms. Along the way Ingride's gears were giving her hassles, but like any good machine would only perform when the mechanic was not around. This was mainly a concern on the uphills, which were not too few on this ride. Though they weren't too hard they did seem to drain a few of us from our energy.

The blessed rain that the area had this winter caused the various terrain changes. Some muddy patches that for some reason my bike tends to choose to go through as if it has a mind of its own, dry cracked grounds causing bumpy and harder to ride tracks and dry skidish sand with many rocks of all sizes. Somewhere on the way I heard a noise from behind me and just after that someone called out to raise our attention. I quickly turned around to witness a deer run across our path so swiftly in escape of the human presence threatening its being. We were all in awe of it amazing beauty, speed and wonderful being.

The bees on the other hand did not get such awe but constant complaints about the hives lurking our route. I defended their honor by explaining how the lack of bees in the world is causing much more damage than the lack of people... those who were stung did not find the facts convincing. (Whoever would like to learn more on the subject watch the movie "Bee movie")

We stopped at a couple view points. The first one we got to hear about the history of the area and at the second Ingride and I had a great laugh when john wanted to do the thing with the soap in the shower. Needless to say that both of us being out of his intended context and him speaking too vaguely brought on hysterical laughter and my imagination running wild with prison scenes from movies. My advice to him was: do not pick up the soap! After he gave us his intended context to a shampoo prank at the expense of people showering at the beach we calmed down. He then discovered that his back wheel was not tightened properly. Thank god we realized it before something had happened to him or even worse to his new bike.

At some point the fog just disappeared and the day was hot and sunny. The flowers were blooming all around; the colours of the ground had the strongest were like and abstract painting with the desert being bright green of wheat fields. Stripes of yellow, red and white flowers with paths in different shades of brown, to remind us that this still is the desert.

We were a bit off our track and were trying to find our way back; it makes sense when fields grew on what was the original route on the GPS. A few calculations on David's behalf and we were back on our track all the way to the car park. All in all we did approximately 37 km's with a total ascent of about 500+ meters. We then dined at Aroma at Beit Kama and all headed home.

Ride Report - Sat. Feb. 20, 2016 - Wandering along - in the fashion of Wordsworth -  By Frances

We wandered happily in a group,
cycling through fields and up small hills when all at once we saw a crowd a host of .... black irises beside the sea beneath the trees fluttering and dancing in the breeze

Well, there wasn't much of a breeze, but the weather was excellent for cycling. 18 of us started out from Raanana and completed around 32 km that took us along the coast to the lookout at Arsuf, through the nature reserve where we frolicked among the black irises, and further north along familiar routes (except doing it backwards) and home again to refuel at Landver.

The route was colourful - very green after the rains, the last of the oranges and grapefruit and of course, the deep purple/black of the irises.

We say farewell to Richard - a safe trip back to Colorado. It was a pleasure to have you along on our rides and we hope that you continue riding in Colorado (it may be a tad more challenging with the hills....). All the very best to you and your family.

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It has been a true pleasure to ride and get to know everyone in the group. Over the last two years I have enjoyed the rides, but in reality, I have enjoyed getting to know each and every one that I had the privilege of riding with. I remember the first ride and how welcoming everyone was. I was so nervous because of my lack of Hebrew and very little riding experience that I almost did not come. Once there and starting to meet everyone, that all faded away very quickly. With Ted being the sweep, David leading and John... well, just being John :), it is a very unique and special group of leaders that I don't think I will ever find in any other club. I wish I would have started riding earlier so I would have had more time to spend getting to know and talking together. As Vonda and I move back to the States, I will be thinking of each one of you. Blessings there are too many names, but everyone in the group had had an impact on me, so thank you!
You all have made my time in Israel very special and I will cherish my time with you forever.
Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of the group.
May the Lord Bless each one of you in a very special way.
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RICHARD MUMM

Well, I have been asked to tell about myself, so here it goes...

I grew up in Iowa which is in the middle of the United States. It is mostly known for corn and cows. When I turned 13, I was able to get an official job of delivering newspapers door to door. Doing this job I was able to save money to buy my first 10 speed bike. Back then, it seemed like a lot of money, but I thought it was worth it. I used to ride it all over town with my friends and we had a great time together.

When I graduated from high school I moved out West to Colorado. For me, Colorado was more exciting with a lot more things to do, especially outside. I would go backpacking, fishing, off-roading in a Jeep and just exploring the whole State as much as I could. I really enjoyed off-roading and when I was able to, I purchased a Jeep. It was a 1950 M38, basically an old flat fender military Jeep. It was very rusted and needed some work, but it was mine. Over the years I have fixed and modified it to suit my needs and still have it.

I met my wife Vonda in Colorado a couple years after I had moved there, at a church hay wagon ride and bonfire. We dated and were married in 1988 and will be celebrating our 28th year anniversary next year. We do not have children but both love animals and have had numerous pets over the years. Living in the States, we had always been very involved in our church and consider the people and childeren there as part of our extended family.

Over the years I have been blessed with the ability to do a large range of different jobs in my lifetime. Some of the jobs I have had, have been, delivering newspapers, flipping hamburgers at a fast food restaurant, industrial painter, high rise window cleaner, (yes, on the outside 54 floors up!), manager for car wash manufacturer, and repair technician, volunteer firefighter, EMT, and technician for a telephone and Internet company. Like I said, I've been blessed to do a lot of things!

We have been in Israel since 2009. As I'm sure most of you have figured out by now, my Hebrew is not good, actually it is pretty non-existent. I like to say that God gives use different gifts and mine was not language. I don't know English well,?. how am I supposed to learn Hebrew! I have heard, le?at, le?at, (slowly, slowly), but if I go any slower I'll be riding uphill backwards!

I had purchased a mountain bike from a friend here in this country back in 2013 and started riding. It was the first time I had ridden a bike since high school. It felt very awkward at first but in just a little time I was able to get used to it again. That bike was a 26" 19" frame. For my physical size, I felt like a clown riding a little mini bike! It felt good to ride again, but was uncomfortable. When we went back to the States for a visit, I purchased a used Specialized that was more my size. After bringing it back to Israel, I rode on my own exploring the local area and just getting out for some exercise. At the same time I was searching the Internet for bike clubs and came upon Cyclenix. I read the ride reports and looked at the pictures and thought it looked like a really nice group. A couple weeks later I showed up at my first ride with the group and have been riding ever since. Everyone was very welcoming and I remember when I said I don't speak very much Hebrew, someone responded, "we don't care. A lot of us speak English and are proud of it." or at least something along those lines. I have really appreciated getting to know everyone and really like how each person looks out for the other as well as helps other riders on the trail. Whether it is finding a mobile and wallet and making sure to return it to the rightful owner or fixing a chain or flat and make sure they are able to continue to ride. To me, that is what riding is all about, well that and the coffee at the end of the ride!!!

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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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