I was made in Israel, but born in the UK, spending my childhood in the seaside town of Southend-on-Sea in Essex. I finished high-school in 1981, and two months later arrived at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to start the Mechina (preparatory year) and learn Hebrew. I continued on to complete a batchelors degree in Social Work and, after my studies, served in the IDF as a ?mashakit olim? (Immigrant NGO). I then worked as a social worker in a psychiatric hospital in Jerusalem, where I discovered that many of my patients earned more than I did.
In 1989, I moved to Tel Aviv, and started a masters in English Literature, having (foolish) aspirations to become an author. A secretarial job advertised through the university led me to a technical writing position in a large software company, and I worked there for over two decades. Over the years I was joined in Israel by my sibling and parents.
My sporting history has been somewhat more erratic. At school, Physical Education always brought in the lowest grade, and I used to loathe jogging around the hocky field in the freezing cold. I loved hiking and cycling though, having taught myself to ride at a young age. At university I did some absailing, and in more recent years, Iyengar yoga. After getting a bored with yoga I tried acrobalance, floor gymnastics, arial silks, arial hoops, pole dancing (which John will never let me forget), and flying trapeze (which scared the living daylights out of me). Today I am at a gym with both feet firmly on the ground, and I ride with Cyclenix once a week.
Admittedly, cycling stayed on the back burner for many years. It was the late Ronnie who suggested I join Cyclenix, although I didn?t actually have a bike at the time. John kindly brought along one of his spares, but probably regretted it after having to take me back half-way through, exhausted. My commitment was questionnable until about seven years ago, when I purchased a basic but sturdy Giant bike. I returned to Cyclenix with a vengence, only to have a nasty fall shortly afterwards, knocking myself out and breaking a bone in my face.
Luckily neither the accident nor my dreadful sense of direction has managed to put me off. I have been riding with Cyclenix ever since and really look forward to Saturday mornings. The rides are challenging and rewarding, the routes are beautifully planned and navigated, and there are often places of historic interest along the way. The group members - who are multi-national, well-informed, and extremely friendly - range from their twenties to their eighties, with nobody letting their age get in the way.
Although Cyclenix was founded by Hilton and John, today?s ?upper management? consists of David, John and Ted (and two of their wives). David is the planner and leader of many a flawless route, Ted is the sweeper and announcer, and John is the photographer come joker. Psychologically speaking, they are perhaps the Ego, the Super-Ego and the Id of the group, but I?ll let you make up your own minds about who is who. At any rate, they are the backbone of Cyclenix and the reason that it is so successful.
Riding with Cyclenix has taught me many things. I have learned that that the group is as fast as its slowest rider, that a spare tube is an important accessory, and that the ocean is the enemy of the bike. I also discovered that not everyone appreciates muddy ponds, not all flying insects are looking where they?re going, and not all coffee-shops have the Cyclenix stamp of approval.
I recently started a new job in Herzlia, and am constantly exploring back ways to work. Every so often I recognize a Cyclenix path in the middle of nowhere, and get such a high. This indicates to me just how much I love these rides, so thank you everyone for making them what they are, and for finding me when I get lost.
Home Patch Ride - Sat. Aug. 29, 2015
Home Patch Rides will meet at 6:30 am (NOTE: New Time) at the usual place in the car park opposite Yad L'Banim on Ahuza Street Ra'anana. 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.
Always remember to take plenty to drink.
(Please note these rides may change so check back often)
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FOR ALL RIDES - HELMETS COMPULSORY
by Law Always ensure that you bring 2-3 litres of water, energy snacks for the breaks, a spare tube, and that your bike is cleaned, oiled and in perfect working order
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Ride Report - Sat. Aug. 29, 2015 - Home Patch Ride Report - By John
Michal was supposed to do the write up but when I got her report it read as follows: "We met. We rode. We ate!" so I thought I'd enlarge on it a wee bit!
Eleven of us met at our usual meeting point and considering that a large number of our riders are abroad taking part in a biking happening arranged by Anna this can be considered as a good turnout. Hopefully Anna will arrange to have photos posted from time to time. It was also good to have our regular leader David back with us from a boat/bike Hat Tours cycling trip in France with Ingride. It was also great to have Ingride's tyre back as a target!!!! and Hylton wasn't there to save the day.
We were also back to 32.kms plus as David refused to allow short cuts!!!
There were one or two complaints about not getting away in time so at the request of a nameless one I'm asking everyone to note that our meeting time at the beginning of our rides is 10 MINUTES before the starting time!!!
We eventually made a start 11 minutes late (not a catastrophe) and made our way via the Ra'anana cemetery towards Shefayim, the fields of Yaqum, through Udim and then back again to our favourite breakfast spot "Landwers" where we are always assured of good food and good service.
The route did not present us with any problems; not too many sandy stretches; no serious up-hills; no break-downs or punctures; and weather that only really heated up near the end of the ride. Apart from a few stops to drink, we had one extra stop to allow Michal to engage in one of her favourite pastimes... tree climbing. The aerial photo could have been more exciting, but she refused to jump from a higher point!!!! Michal, you'll have to practice!!!!
A distance of some 32 kms was covered and everything that went to make up the ride like the company, the route, the food ensured that we had a great ride. If you were one of those riding with us, thank you for gracing us with your presence.
Ride Report - Sat. Aug. 22, 2015 - Ride Report - By Michal
This 06:30 thing really has to stop! Can't wait for autumn!
12 of us leaderless riders set off like chickens running around without their heads...
who will lead? Well we dumped the gig on Rafi, who ditched early "because when the wife calls you don't ignore" or at least that's what we were fed... :)
We decided to stick to bike paths and fairly sand less terrain.
On the 531 road toward Herzliya, continuing south within the city...
surprisingly the weather wasn't too bad, at least at the beginning.
After crossing the bridge at cinema city our substitute leader passed over the reign to...
well I don't think an official leader was really appointed at this part but more like a group of united individuals working together in a mutual attempt to make it home safe and sound.
Except for Ted deciding on Tapuz as our breakfast stop! Granted the idea was logical with the route of our ride but there was not one participator who actually would have yay-ed the option if given a chance. But we did not blame Ted for any bad service due to the pattern that the restaurant has well established, we all expected it.
I can't recall Hylton ever getting what he ordered in the past so today was relatively a success when he did get his coffee and mentioned it to be good. The croissant on the other hand was not ordered so we can't complain about it not arriving... we are still waiting to hear when they will have croissants.
I neglected to mention that Yochi and Anna cut away from the group somewhere before Tapuz. I can only guess that they had to hurry home or were trying to beat the heat because there is no other logical reasoning to ditching such a fun bunch for breakfast :)
We all continued to ride back to Raanana through the back roads of Herzliya to avoid the steep climb up to Yerushalayim. John and I stopped for a quick photo op while Ted had a bit of a puncture but all was good.
John definitely misses Ingride! And we can only put at fault her absence to him BSing us about quitting riding with the group come the New Year... actually it's John, so BS is his main game...
We did about 30 km's and survived to tell the story... see ya next week!
Ride Report - Sat. Aug . 15, 2015 - Ride Report - By Yvette
The early start and hot weather didn't seem to put off many riders this week.
All together, a head count of 14 was taken and new rider Irit was welcomed.
As our faithful leader David was cycling together with Ingride in France this week, we were well led by Rafi.
We headed northwards out towards the industrial area and turning south up the hill of Weizman and north again towards Kfar Nachman. Here we rode on towards the cemetery and on to the same track taken the week before. A slight detour and the route was varied slightly .We were soon lifting our bikes up a muddy hill and onto a mud packed trail which was broken up from time to time with little hills of mud and more bike carrying. This led us out by some of the massive construction of the 531. While several riders helped Ilan with an airless tire, the trail just ridden was aptly named by Ted as Rafi's trail.
From here we went on over the train tracks of Rishpon, turning left and going southwards we then turned west and entered into Kfar Shmiryahu along a well ridden route. Over the bridge and off on to Nof Yam we turned left and up past SidniAli beach and the mosque there, Down the hill we managed to find a little breeze and from there we were on autopilot on a direct route through Hertzaliya Pituach, heading home again to Raanana and Landwer's where we were the first customers of the day! The breakfast was as good as ever and we were happy to be joined by Megan and Dan ,John's daughter and grandson.
It was a pleasant and uneventful ride with good company as usual. We managed to get in around 23 km of bike riding and successfully avoided the heat of the day.
Ride Report - Sat. Aug. 8, 2015 - Home Patch Ride Report - Livin' on the Edge - By Frances
19 of us gathered to brave the heat for an approximately 24 km foray along a few sandy paths and harder surfaces. We went up Weizman street and then along a different path to the right of the cemetry and eventually making our way south to the Herzeliya park where we enjoyed the views of the park and made our way to Landwer for a very welcome pit stop.
Michal had a birthday this week and arrived raring to go on her spanking new Giant - Liv Lust. So, she was heard humming Living on the Edge while trying to stay upright in the sandy bits. Cleats is a new thing for her and it was reminscent of Merrill when she first started riding with cleats - yes, toppling over.... Luckily she toppled into soft sand, so it wasn't too bad.
At Landwer, we ate and drank and sang lustily to Michal. So, with apologies to Aerosmith:
There's somethin' wrong with Michal today I do know what it is...
Something's wrong with her bike
She's seein' things in a different way
Its must be the LUST LIV
It shore ain't no surprise
she's Livin' on the edge
Livin' on the edge
Ride Report - Sat. Aug. 1, 2015 - Home patch ride report - By John
Determined to beat the heat we have moved our starting time forward to 6:30am and 14 (I think) of us were at the starting point on time. But, before we started we'd already lost the race!!! It was already hot and humid!
Welcome back to Richard, looking and hearty, after his recent shoulder surgery.
We followed the path that we've ridden many times through Bazra, Bnei Tzion and Yakum to Udim and from there headed for Landwers to recover! On the way to Yaqum we came across a field of watermelons and one in particular was winking at Michal. Michal couldn't resist! In no time she whipped out her handy McGiver knife and it wasn't long before we were all tucking into a sweet, red, red juicy watermelon. Thank you Michal.
The rest of the ride was, apart from the heat and extra bits of sand here and there, uneventful. We all enjoyed the +/- 30 km. ride and arrived tired and happy at one of our favourite "water holes" Landwers, where we are always assured of good food and great service.
Hope to see you all next Saturday.
Ride Report - Sat. July 25, 2015 - Home Patch - Rishpon - Marina - Mandarin - By Michal
14 of us decided that nothing will keep us from our weekly routine!
It was a relatively small turn out today; it seems that the hot weather kept some riders at home.
We started off with what would seem like technical miss haps to be... pumping up tires and adjusting seats, but thankfully none of them developed throughout the ride.
What used to be a backwards ride has lately become the norm. Up Weizmann towards the cemetery and into the fields...
shortly we were out of the fields and onto quiet roads and bike paths for the majority of our ride.
The group was pleasantly chit chatty but quieter than usual. I have a feeling that Johns absence contributed to the quiet... especially from Ingrid... ;-)
Through kfar shmaryahu, to apolonia for the view, where at this point, John sent a warm drunken hello from Holland to all.
We stayed constantly with the view of the sea, from sea level alongside the beach and from high up above on the cliffs with the breathtaking views.
It wasn't too late but some were scared the heat will get unbearable and turned home on their own.
Reaching the marina, Uri showed us a little spot of heaven, where one can just sit with a cold drink and gaze into the endless water and yachts. Heat being our main challenge, we quickly continued.
David treated Ingride and me to a quick stop to take a dip in the sea!! OMG!! The water was amazing! At a perfect temperature, no waves and not a jellyfish in sight it was a pure paradisiac! Knowing that everyone was waiting for us we didn't indulge for too long... out of the water, all gathered upon our bikes to continue on our voyage.
Planning to shortly leave Herzelia, another few cut away from the group leaving us at a total of 8 riders.
On our regular path out of Herzelia, Haim wasn't feeling well and Uri stayed with him to ride slowly while the six of us continued to Raanana.
It was only 10:30 when we got to Yerushalayim/Ahuza and at this point I continued to my car, Meir went home as well, leaving a whopping number of 4 for the refreshment stop at Arcaffe.
We did approximately 32 km's in all and had a great time.
Haim we hope you feel better so you can enjoy next week's ride.
Ride Report - Sat. July 18, 2015 - Nahal Alexander Ride Report - By David
15 including newcomer Stuart who joined us for the first time. Welcome and we look forward to your riding with us again in the future
Our usual Nahal Alexander ride is from Burgata to the coast and back. However at Ted's suggestion we reversed the route. The result: instead of ending the ride "overheated" as we would have done at this time of year, we were able to enjoy a fresh breeze off the sea for much of the way back to the beach (and that's as good as it gets at 31°C). Good thinking Ted!
An easy 29 km ride, scenic and varied (the photo gallery speaks for itself) and sand-free
Enjoyable and relaxing, excellent company (when is it not!!), rounded off with a visit to the Kfar Vitkin shopping mall for coffee et al...
Ride Report - Sat. July 11, 2015 - Home Patch Ride Report (Hebrew) - By Uzi
Yesterday, 19 of us started from our usual spot opposite Yad L'Banim, Ra'anana.
We had short delay thanks to my encounter with the police... well, it was my mistake to cross on a red light, even though the street was empty.
This time Karla joined us after an absence of 2 months, she knew it was going to be hard to be back in the saddle but the sooner the better!
We took road 531 and rode for few KMs until we reached a dead-end and were not able to cross. Ted tried to find a way but in vain, so we detoured to the known sandy patch entry that lead us to Rhispon and continue all the way to the Europark at Yaqum.
In the middle, we had a small break to recover a little bit...
Ted was constantly pushing us in a race against the hottest hours of the day, but the temperature was increasing rapidly and we lost the race in the last hour.
On our way back to our deserved breakfast at Landwer, Yochi got a puncture around Benei Tzion, the "Jifa" in her tire was not sufficient to stop the leak and it was necessary to replace the inner tube.
David and myself assisted her, with Talia's closely monitoring, her aim being to learn how to do it, while Ted encouraged her to learn from practicing next time :)
We finally had our coffee stop and enjoyed nice talk and everybody went back home.
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