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Away Ride - Sat. Jan. 28, 2017.

Hof Hacarmel Area:


This is NOT a difficult ride but those participating should be capable of cycling off road for 30 kms

We will meet at 6.45 am sharp at BY THE WAY service station on the Northbound side of Road 4 (Kvish Geha) approximately 150 meters north of Tsomet Ra'anana (Central). If you prefer to travel on your own the directions are as follows:
Getting there: Travel north on Road 2; off Road 2 at Tzomet Zichron Yaakov; on Road 4 north at Furdis for approximately 10 kms turn left into Ein Carmel and park in the parking lot on the northern side of the village

NOTE: this is the postponed ride from Jan. 21. Should the weather become a factor again it may be switched to a local ride so keep an eye on the site and your emails for updates. The ride will start at 8.00am

Ride Report - Sat. Jan. 21, 2017 - Home Patch ride -  By Michal

I phoned David and quickly hung up. He phoned me back and quoted my regular mantra that he is used to hearing on Saturday mornings: "you woke up late and are running late"
I told him that that is what I wanted to say but hung up since I realized it is only 7:09 and not 7:20 so I will make it early. Laughingly I was wished that my orientation will improve throughout the day.
After cancelling the away ride due to the forecast we were hoping that a local ride will be the solution to getting home dry. Surprisingly it started drizzling before we even left the parking lot!
We headed out of Raanana into the fields towards bazra and harutzim cycling north to tel Yitzhak. The drizzle stopped right at the beginning of the ride and to my surprise so did the inauguration discussions. It seems like we had more interesting things to talk about than American politics.
Dafna and Keren joined us for the first time. We hope to see them more often on future rides. Ted is back on the saddle since his knee has been injured and seems to be that cycling is the best medicine. We succeeded in dodging the mud by walking carefully around it and feeling grateful that we will actually arrive home dry and clean. The puddle on the other hand had other intentions for us. With no way around it we had to ride through it and get our feet a bit wet.
As if I am not challenged enough it seems that Michael is amused with challenging me by trying to get me to check my limits and coordination on the bike. While I just almost managed to go over the hill he with perfect instincts caught my bike to stop me from falling.
Though I have discovered that I now can officially ride with no hands… hopefully I will keep all my teeth in place and collarbones in one piece with this new discovery.
As usual David was out numbered when the decision whether to take the faster road way or the longer off road way back to Landwer. The majority tipped the scale to a decision that really makes no difference at the end of the ride since in any case we get to our trusty coffee at Landwers.
We rode about 30 kilometers and got to enjoy a great fun ride with great company.

Ride Report - Sat. Jan. 14, 2017 - Home Patch Rainy Ride -  By Michal

16 optimists pitched up to ride this morning. With rainfalls predicted after 11:00 am everyone was hopeful to enjoy a nice dry ride and make it home before the clouds release their showers. All winter geared up, we headed towards har hazevel.
The majority decided to take on the challenge and climb the mountain! Thanks to the previous rains the terrain was nice and solid making the climb relatively easier than usual.
At the top of the mountain we were all in awe from the amazing 360 degree view of the Sharon area. We caught our breath took a group photo and headed back down to the rest of the group waiting for our return. It definitely was not yet 11:00 am, more like 8:00 am... and the heaven opened its taps on us!
Now riding with a constant drizzle keeping us just moist enough to question the rest of the ride. In spite of the rain we headed north hoping it will stop eventually. It didn't seem like the drizzling had any intention on giving up so at some point when the question of the rest of our route was raised we (myself leading the mutiny) chickened out and decided that Landwer is better sooner than later!
Just after the decision was made and we started on our journey back the drizzling stopped.

Arriving at the famous stop before turning towards bnei zion David and Arik made a bet about the off road route being muddy or not. David insisting that it is rideable and Arik insisting the opposite, the group split up as usual at this spot and waited to see who would take the pot.
our mighty leader as usual was right! besides a little patch that was easily detourable all grounds were tight and perfect to ride.
I have to mention that during this ride both David and Ingride managed to display the force that is gravity! Ingride even proved the laws of physics twice! Sadly there is no photographical evidence to these fine moments.
Despite cutting our ride short we managed to cover 22 kms and reached cosy Landwer all deserving a warm cup of java!

Ride Report - Jan. 7, 2017 - Elishe-mud Ride -  By John

14 of us met at the entrance to Elishema knowing that perhaps there might be a bit on mud en route, but what we encountered, no one expected!! Our leader's (David's) intention was to ride to the Nachshonim Forest and back, but it seems that that was just not to be! Less than 10 kms into the ride after encountering not just a wee bit of mud, two of our riders' bikes suffered broken derailleurs at almost the same time. After a long delay, David succeeded in doing a temporary repair job on Sami's bike to enable him to ride back to the starting point and Rafi did likewise for Yael. Full marks to both David and Rafi on jobs well done. Repairs are easy when you know what you’re doing! Cyclenix is lucky to have two "experts" amongst our members.

After they had set off back to the starting point our leader wisely decided that to continue on the intended route was not wise as we'd lost a fair amount of time, BUT, for some reason or other I think David decided to punish the remaining riders because the altered route that he led us on was even muddier than the first 8 or so kilometres. The photos tell the story!

Eventually we got back to the cars a little dirtier than when we had started. In fact we didn't go for breakfast because there was some doubt that any place would let us in in our rather muddy state!!! I can't speak for the others, but after I'd cleaned my bike it must have weight a kilo less than at the finish.

Despite the mud, I think everyone enjoyed the experience and the company. This was definitely the muddiest ride that I have ever been on!

See you next week and here's hoping for a less muddy ride.

Ride Report - Sat. Dec. 31, 2016 - רכיבה בסוף שנה -  By אריק לוין

רכיבה בסוף שנה
צריכה להיות כה מהנה
אך מה חבל שהחזאי
שיבש מעט...זה בוודאי

הבטיח הוא גשמים לרוב
ולרכיבה זה כבר לא טוב
בשל כך לא מפתיע , ואין להכחיש
לרכיבה לא התייצב כמעט אף איש

למעט ארבעה תמימים
שחשבו שבגשם לרכוב זה נעים
ג'ון וחיים ואריק מאי שם
וברברה הופיעה גם

הארבעה מתחו הברך
ובשמחה יצאו לדרך
אבל מיד, ממש קרוב
ברברה, חשה לא בטוב

וג'ון, הג'טלמן המושלם
חזר איתה, נו זה מובן
ונותרו על האופניים
חיים, אריק לרכוב בשניים

ומזג האויר דווקא הפתיע לרוב
ובדרך כלל הוא היה ממש טוב
חוץ משבר ענן קטן
שנמשך מעט, מעט מאד זמן

ומאחר ומזג האויר היה חביב
רכבנו כך עד נמל תל אביב
ושם ישבנו ,גבינה ותותים אכלנו
קפה ולמונצ'לו בכיף כך שתינו

וחזרנו לרעננה ברוב בשמחה
על מזג האויר תבוא ברכה
וכמובן לא נשכח לברך את כולם
בשנה חדשה הכי טובה בעולם

שהכול יתגשם לכולם ומיד
שהכול יהיה כה טוב ונחמד
ושכולנו נמשיך יחדיו כך לרכוב
ובלנדבר לקנח בכול מה שטוב

מדווח ומאחל

Ride Report - Sat. Dec. 24, 2016 - Home Patch Ride Report -  By John

Number of Participants: 14
Weather: Cold, but no rain and little wind
Ground conditions: Very muddy in parts but, none of those horrible "sand traps".

First let me say that today the group was like a headless and tailless animal. Our leader David and our sweep Ted were not with us, Ted because of a knee injury!!! We wish him a speedy recovery. Hopefully he will soon be back in the saddle.

We rode along an oft ridden route with only one incident... Arik's back wheel suffered a puncture which took forever to repair. The first repair wasn't successful and a second change of inner tube was necessary!!! Apart from that all went well. Everyone had a good time and didn't overheat. As we often do, we finished off at one of our favourite "watering holes" where we socialized, satisfied our thirsts and hunger and then headed for home. Another 29 + kms of good exercise and fun under our belts.

See you this coming Saturday, the last ride of the year (weather permitting).

Ride Report - Sat. Dec. 17, 2016 - Wet Home Patch -  By Raphi

הרכיבה הפעם נועדה לאמיצים מבינינו שלא היססו לצאת לדרך למרות טפטופי הגשם. הפעם התכנסנו פחות מחמישה עשר רוכבים, למעשה היינו שלושה: חיים, אריק ואני. בהמלצתו של חיים החלטנו לתת מענה ל-"Desert Challenge" ויצאנו ל-"kvish 531 Challenge ". מדובר בקטע החדש של הכביש המתחבר לנתיבי איילון. הכוונה היתה להספיק לרכוב שם לפני ההפעלה שלו שאמורה לקרות בחופשת החנוכה. כמובן שסיימנו בשלושת המקומות הראשונים. ההוא שמחלק את המדליות לא הגיע כנראה בגלל הגשם, במקום זה שתינו לימונצ'לו שחיים הביא בתור פרס ניחומים למנצחים. וכרגיל אי אפשר לסיים רכיבה כזו בלי פנצ'ר, אז אריק הצליח לספק לנו גם את החוויה הזו. מזג האוויר היה לטובתינו. הגשם פסק מיד בהתחלה השמיים התבהרו והשמש האירה פניה. בסך הכל היה לנו טיול נעים בחברה טובה וביום יפה.

And now for something completely different. A missive from Ted:
the sun did not shine
but the weather was fine
so three riders set out
and got a flat almost right out
but on they did ride
with time on their side
a drink L'chello
was fine for the fellow
who straight did ride
with no wobble to side
the rain drops were light
the sky also bright
so the moral is there
for those who dare
the winners take all
the losers the fall
a warm bed may work
for some lazy jerk

Kol hakavod for the three magnificent men on their riding machines

Ride Report - Sat. Dec 10, 2016 - Arugot Ride Report -  By Raphi

התכנסנו חמישה עשר רוכבים במושב ערוגות לרכיבה מהנה בסביבה חקלאית בנוף מקסים ובמזג אויר מושלם.

הטיול החל עם נקר באופניים של אורי נתיב, המשיך באופניים של חיים והסתיים באופניים של אירית . חוץ מהתקלות הקטנות האלה מכשיר הניווט של דיויד זייף ואנחנו נאלצנו לחזור על עקבותינו פה ושם. את הוראות הניווט המועילות ביותר קיבלנו מאייל החתן של טד ודיינה שטייל בסביבה עם שניים מילדיו, אותם פגשנו שוב בסוכת הגפנים בראש הגבעה. משם ניתן היה לצפות למרחקים , מהשומרון במזרח, עד לאשדוד במערב. לאחר מנוחה והתאוששות שמנו פעמינו בחזרה לנקודת המוצא בערוגות. לארוחת הבוקר (צהריים) התכנסנו ב"קפה-קפה" בגדרה שלשם הגענו רק לאחר שה-waze הביא אותנו למקום אחר ובעזרת המקומיים הגענו ליעד.

בסיכומו של יום הרווחנו חוויה נהדרת בתנאי רכיבה מושלמים.

Ride Report - Sat. Dec. 3, 2016 - Home Patch ride report -  By Talia

There were eleven people at the meeting point this morning, taking a gamble against the weather. John and Michal were there too, to tell us in person that they wouldn't be joining, and that neither would David nor Ted. So with the absence of the Board of Directors, we Cyclenix peons were left to our own devices.

Haim suggested a really nice ride that he had taken us on in the past, so we set off. We had just cycled past the cemetery and out of Ra'anana, when a puncture brought us all to a sudden halt. As standing around in the cold isn't everyone’s cup of tea, Barbara decided to return home. The rest of us continued on bravely towards Batsra (which, as Haim enlightened us, is not the Batsra in Iraq where Saddam Hussein was born).

We then rode past a rather nasty smell and stopped at a water purification plant. It was swarming with birds, despite the fact that it probably has no fish. We agreed that microbes must be tasty treats for birds too. From Batsra we crossed under Route 4 and continued on through Sde Warburg and Tsofit. After Tsofit, we cycled through Kfar Saba and into Ra'anana, where some of the group stopped at Landwer's for coffee.

According to the forecasts it was not meant to rain, but they were wrong (and probably not for the last time). Half way through the ride a slight drizzle started, which got stronger as we reached Kfar Saba. It was definitely bearable though, and Yael and I both agreed that we'd take the cool freshness of a winter drizzle over the hellish heat of summer any time.

Because of the weather, we stayed mainly in the villages to avoid the mud. It was nice seeing the gorgeous houses as well as people out and about. The area was hilly, so even though the ride was shorter today, it was still quite challenging. They were too many dogs for my liking, but Uri tried to calm my down by telling me about his own family's four-legged friends.

It was a lovely ride of approximately 20 KMs in good company, so thanks to Haim and everyone else who made it happen against all odds!

Ride Report - Sat. Nov. 26, 2016 - Home Patch -  By John

Despite the colder weather 17 of us met at the usual spot to ride a route often traversed by us but this time in reverse! The photos tell the story.

We encountered not too much sand and the fruit trees were well on the way to "picking season". A distance of 30 kms was covered and we finished up at our favourite "watering hole", Landwers in the industrial area of Ra’anana where they lived up to their good reputation of good food and drink and good service with a smile. Another enjoyable ride with great company had come to an end.

Ride Report - Sat. Nov 19, 2016 - Eshtaol - Kisalon - Ein Limon -  By Arik

לרכוב במעלה נחל כסלון😃 דורש גם רצון, גם כח ואון😃 ואנחנו כך בבוקרה של שבת😃 יצאנו לרכוב בחדווה ללא חת😃 מזג האויר היה קצת מוזר😃 הרוח נשבה, אפילו היה קצת קר😃 אבל אנו, כאמור, ללא מורא ללא פחד😃 ההרה עלינו, כולנו ביחד😃 וכצפוי,זה לא "הלך" בקלות😃 והיה צורךברצון חזק ונחישות😃 אבל המאמץ היה שווה כי בסוף😃 מה שקובע ממש....זה הנוף😃 והנוף היה יפה וירוק😃 וההר הוסיף כאן עוד נופך עמוק😃 ותחושה נהדרת של ארץ יפה😃 ששווה את המאמץ לצפות בנופה😃 ...נו, בירידה שעטנו במלוא התנופה😃 היה פנצ'ר, בזריזות פנימית הוחלפה😃 וקינחנו ב"נווה שלום" ושם במסעדה😃 המשכנו ליהנות מאווירה כה נחמדה😃 בסיכום, יום נעים ביותר😃 יום שבו אתה הביתה חוזר😃 בתחושה נעימה, מין שימחה בחזה😃 שכדאי לעשות עוד טיול שכזה

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ALEX (Sasha) OFEK

My name is Alex Ofek, but my family and friends call me Sasha.
I was born on November 15, 1949, in VILNIUS, Lithuania.
I am married to Rita. She is a retired English teacher. She worked at Alon Junior High in Ra'anana.
I have two children, a son and daughter, and four grandchildren.
My son lives in Hawaii and raises two sons and my daughter lives in Zur Itzhak and has a son and a daughter.
In 1957 my family left Lithuania for Poland. Two years later, we came up to Israel. I was nine years old.
I spent my first years in Givataim where I finished my primary school and graduated from Ort Technicum Givataim. I served in the IDF for three years. After the army service I worked in the Israeli Aircraft Industry for seventeen years. Later , most of my time I worked in a private company, first as a salesman, then as a logistics manager and in the end as a service manager. In 2008, I lost my job due to the economy crisis and that is when I made a decision to go back to my studies. I took a job of a security guard in the Reanna educational system and studied as I worked. I finished successfully a three-year reflexology course at the Open University and graduated as a senior reflexology therapist. I took an additional one-year course of the Swedish massage.
On November 15 I retired. Today I am working as a therapist in my clinic at home.
I started bike riding about 13 years ago and have been riding with my group for 8 years. Riding is an important part of my life, as a sport, love for nature and my country and the bond with the people I ride with. Both my work and my bike riding together with my endless love for my family create my quality of life and fill me with mental and physical strength.

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
John: 050-942-2788

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