It all started some 50 some odd years ago. I was born in a small town in New England when the doctor said to my mum, "you need to keep an eye on this one he's a born 29er"... We had no idea what that meant, but apparently the doctor was clairvoyant as well!
Fast forward through the aches and pains of elementary school, high school, the army, the joy of being married to my soul mate, being blessed with 5 children along with finding a job that was rewarding enough to pay the bills, and oh yes my love for biking and you have my life in a nutshell.
And let me continue with a confession, in short I don't work for Intel. I work for a small but profitable semiconductor company from Northern California that sells manufacturing equipment to Intel...and I service the equipment. I've done this for 18+ years...and when I was asked to go to Israel and help support our local team ..how could I refuse? All I would need is plenty of family visits and of course my bike.
The family visits were logistically taken care of but the bike???? Riding with who? How?
On my first Israel visit in January, I left my bike home for a trial separation of 3 months... :(
During this time frame I was at the mercy of rental bikes and limited trails.
By early April I had my fill of bike rentals and decided to travel my bike...via Delta Airlines to the fun filled city of Ashkelon. And thanks to Al Gore and the internet I was able to find the Cyclenix cycling club and contacted John and David. I was preparing myself for the big commitment of joining a riding group and touring Israel.
Sure enough my big day came and I remember endless calls to John and David on how to get to Ra'anana pre-Waze days and holding odd looking maps with names of streets that might as well be alphabet soup. But I eventually found my way and arrived at the "homepatch" meeting spot.
My first impression of the group was "Social" as everyone seemed to know everyone. But this is quite normal as clubs this well established will have members that have known each other for years. Dave and John wasted no time to introduce themselves to me and I was taken aback on how young I was... and I was wondering if the ride would be overall challenging.
About 5 minutes into the riding we left the road and were exposed to the elements of the "kibbutz". I was amazed on how and with ease EVERYONE managed the ride, and not missing a beat in their conversations as well. It took all I had to keep up and stay with the group, never mind conversations. Good thing for me there were plenty of stops in between to regroup. And the ride was at times "technical" enough in that you definitely needed skills to maneuver through.
Even though I was new to the group I never felt like I was a burden or the odd man out. From day one everyone was friendly and genuinely courteous. And from day one I knew this was the group I needed to be associated with.
About a year ago I broke my collar bone... on a singles track that would be technically laughable today. It shattered my confidence level and I needed to build that confidence back. I had found my confidence builder... along with a great bunch of people I wanted to spend my riding time with.
Throughout the year I did drift from time to time to ride with another Ex-Cyclenix group, as with everything, variety is the spice of life. And along the way I did do some charity rides with my good friend Stuart. But in the end, I drifted back to Cyclenix. (With a few scrapes / bruises and scars to boot).
And I will miss everyone like they were family. Think of this as not a good bye, it's more like "until we meet again".
Take care, be safe and ride often. I know I will.
Special Announcement from John - Aug 2014
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Night Ride - Thurs. Sept. 4, 2014
Local Night Ride: We'll meet at the usual place, cnr Ahuza Street and Reh. Yerushalaim at 7.30pm. Remember to have lights on your bike (front and back) and bring a bit of cash for our refreshment stop.
Away Ride (At Last!) - Sat. Sept. 6, 2014
Jerusalem Hills starting at Eshtaol:
Meeting Time 6.30am on Kvish Geha. (Southbound) for those wishing to travel in Convoy.
For those wishing to travel on their own:
Take the Tel Aviv - Jerusalem Highway (No. 1)
exit at Sha'ar Ha'Gai
Travel South about 5kms
at the Shimshon Junction at Eshtaol make a U-turn and travel back North about 1km to the parking area on the right hand side
(Co0rdinates for GPS users 31*4647.27N 35*00 50.55 E)
The ride starts at 7.30am
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Whilst Israel's friendly neighbour continues to fire rockets in our direction our weekly rides have been restricted to cycling in urban areas so as to be within easy reach of a shelter.
Despite it all, 18 riders presented themselves at the start and off we went, ably led by David, discovering lots of urban roads that we never knew existed. We also had an opportunity of see the progress of the new 531 highway presently under construction.
Lots of new huge manmade mountains of sand and huge trenches from which the sand had been dug was evidence of just how big this project is (and how many moles must have had to relocate!). Avraham, the adventurous one amongst us, who is always looking for a challenge took some great photos of the consstruction. Here's an extract from Avraham's e-mail under cover of which he sent the photos taken by him...
"After parting with you and some paciflora (passion fruit) picking, I turned back to reach you at Landwer's.
But then I saw these two beautiful artificial mountains (picture 174).
The temptation was too big and I climbed one of them and took pictures of the other one with 2 bikers on top of it..."
Well done Avraham!!!
The actual ride took us through parts of Herzliya and the well laid out beautiful Herzliya park. I think that the Herzzliya and Herzlziya Pituach municipalities are to be complimented on the fascinating topiaries dotted within their municipal boundaries.
We crossed the bridge at the Herzliya Railway Station and then made our way to the Herzliya Marina and along the pier. The aerial photographs taken on the pier were not from any aircaft. Ahvraham scaled the ladder on the beacon at the end of the pier and he's responsible. I mean there was a ladder there. Avraham saw it and it had to be climbed!!!
Having watched the fishermen (where fishing is prohibited), and the canoes and the boats leaving and entering the harbour, we made our way back to the Marina and headed for home via Herzliya Pituach (more roads with which we were not familiar) with a welcome stop at Landwers in the Ra'anana Industrial area for some light refreshments.
Another very enjoyable ride (no red alerts) with very enjoyable company, albeit that a few of our regulars were absent.
Ride Report - Sat. Aug. 16, 2014 - Home Patch Ride Report - By Rafi
Ride Report - Sat. Aug. 9th 2014 - Home Patch - By Yvette
With Michal's promise of surprises for Saturday's ride it was no surprise that 17 of us turned up at the meeting point on Shabbat. Birthday packets were passed around by the "birthday girl" with a Cadbury's chocolate, nuts and cranberries. Happy birthday Michal, wishing you a wonderful year of good things, much fun and many cycling adventures! Warm wishes to both Barbara and David for a speedy recovery from their illnesses. Special wishes to Merrill who is having knee surgery shortly. Good luck and hurry back, we all miss you!! Welcome back to Megan, who has been absent for some time. Great to have you back.
We all started out with chocolate assisted energy up Ahuza Street and out onto the familiar path from Raanana Park to the railway lines by Rishpon, being lead by Uzi. Riding into Rishpon and taking a left turn we rode through well known paths through Kfar Shmaryahu, up and over the bridge crossing the coastal road and out into Hertzlia Pituach. The ride continued on, turning right into Nof Yam where we stopped for a view of the sea over the Sydney-Ali beach. Down past the minaret we carried on through Hertzalia Pituach, past the horse topiary bearing right on towards the Sharon Beach. Here we continued riding along the promenade, down to the beach front and into the marina. From here we rode onto the wave breaker where we stopped for pictures and snacks.
Then it was back onto the bikes back through Hertzalia Pituach, over a new bridge
not crossed before, back into Kfar Shmaryahu and out by the Hertzalia Park for well earned refreshments at Tapuz.
From here it was plain cycling back through Hertzlia, and past the IDC on our way back to Raanana.
All in all, a good urban ride of nearly 29 km's with great company as usual.
Ladies, we're having a "girls night" this Thursday, Michal will post the details shortly.
Hope to see you all then!
Ride Report - Sat. Aug. 2, 2014 - Home patch ride report - By Talia
Today there were three of us - Anna, Hylton, and myself. Anna led us on what turned out to be another special city ride, whose route was Ra'anana -> Herzlia -> Ramat Hasharon -> Machane Glilot -> Herzlia -> Ra'anana. We made our way through parks and along cycle lanes, over bridges and across decks, finally stopping for refreshments at the lovely Tapuz coffee shop in Herzlia. It was a gentle and scenic 24 kilometers in cool morning air, but as none of us brought a camera you're just going to have to take our word for it!
Ride Report - Sat. July 26, 2014 - Home Patch Ride Report - By Talia
I was concerned that nobody would turn up this morning, considering the security situation and the fact that the Cyclenix upper management is overseas for two weeks. But in the end there were seven of us (once Uri had popped home and back to get his bag). Uzi volunteered to navigate, promising to again stay in populated areas where it's safer. I must admit that he did sneak in one cross-country sprint at the beginning, but after that remained true to his word.
The route was a familiar one. Leaving Ra'anana near the park, we headed west across the fields and railway line into Rishpon. From there it was south through Kfar Shmariyahu, and west across Route 2 into Nof Yam. We passed the strangely named Sidney Ali mosque, and continued south through Herzlia Pituach to the beach. We whizzed down the ramp to the promenade (passing Dennis in the wrong direction), through the marina, and along the pier.
We stopped at the pier end long enough for Richard to fix my flat tire and Rafi to take more photos (so thank you both), and for all of us to compare missile-spotting experiences. There was some discussion about what to do if a siren caught us off shore, but Rafi explained that crouching under the solid concrete tide breakers along the sides of the pier would be protection enough.
Leaving the pier, we retraced our tracks back along the beach and up the ramp (our first time, Dennis's second). Then it was east through Herzlia Pituach and across the pedestrian bridge over Route 2. At the foot of the bridge was an elderly gentleman who stopped, stared, and exclaimed "My goodness, you're all as old as I am!"
We continued through the unfamiliar Herzlia Bet neighborhood, past the airport and the IDC College,
and onto the Tapuz coffee shop in Herzlia, where four of us stopped for refreshments under the trees. From there it was home.
To summarize, Uzi did a great job. It was a beautiful ride of about 32 kilometers with no sirens, and with enough hills to make it pleasantly challenging. There were people out and about by the beach, but less than usual, which meant fewer obstacles. There was also, at some point, a story about a mosque that needed renovating (Sidney Ali?), but as I missed most of it I'll have to get all the details on the next ride.
Ride Report - Sat. July 19, 2014 - Home Patch "Iron Dome" Ride - By John and Michal
Due to the situation and the fact the rockets are allowed to fall in open spaces and intercepted only over populated areas, we thought that the smart move would be a nice laid back ride on cycling paths in urban areas.
Some preferred a field ride but wisely, I think, were outvoted and our expert guide David led us from Ra'anana through Herzliya, along cycling paths I never knew existed. Full marks to the Herzliya Municipality which has constructed many such paths.
We cut through the Herzliya park (there seemed to be no lack of people there) and made our way down to the Herzliya Marina and then back home with a stop at Tapuzim (Herzliya) where Michal had her "compulsory" breakfast described by her as "yummy". Tapuzim, is set in a lovely wooded area, their service, food and location are excellent. If one is out for a Saturday morning breakfast it's a place that I can highly recommend.
Anna was the star of the ride, scoring two points... a puncture and a fall!!!!
We had nice, easy ride, with great company, lovely small talk and quite a few rude jokes... and oh yes... there were no Red Alerts! We could have ridden in the fields!
Ride Report - Sat. July 12, 2014 - Elishema - Nachshonim Forest Ride Report - By David
Participants: A 60/40 split of "Ten Brave Men [and Women] and True" (which included Stuart who, along with his sense of humour, made a welcome re-appearance after some absence) defied the anticipated weather conditions (sharav of up to 36 deg).
Route: The Google Earth image faithfully tracks our route from and back to Elishema - a total distance of 36 km, rounded off with a further1 km to the delightful Lula and Kova coffee shop.
Bottom Line: There is no such thing as a "Perfect Ride", but sometimes one comes close, and today's ride was one of them (from my perspective, anyway). We started the ride on time (7.02am to be exact), maintained a steady pace throughout, had our quota of calory-killing effort on the Nachshonim uphill, took enough (but not many and not lengthy) "ride-management" stops en route, were back at Elishema by a "sharav-beating" time of 10.15, added to which the variety of the route itself, a sand-free track, and above all else great company. Ira Gershwin's lyrics come to mind: "Who Could Ask For Anything More"!!
Ride Report - Sat. July 5, 2014 - Home Patch Ride Report - By Frances
20 enthusiasts gathered for a perfect day of cycling - low grey clouds blotting out the strong sun and a pleasant breeze to spur us on. Well, the breeze turned into a headwind at times, but still it was welcome...
Gabi lead us on a circular route (with not too much sand) through Rishpon, bnei Tzion, Batzra and to Herzelia. All familiar routes that looked a tad different as we did them "backward". At Herzeliya we headed to the port where four of us chose to return not along the coast, but up through Herzeliya and the park home. Jerry aptly named us the Cyclenix Spinoff.... The rest went to the Herzliya Marina
We covered around 32 km with good company, as always. Shaul, whom we haven't seen in a long time also joined us today and we all wish him a belated 84th BIRTHDAY!!!!
With a few Cyclenix "corrections"...
Oh! I do like to be beside the seaside
I do like to be beside the sea!
I do like to pedal along the Prom, Prom, Prom!
Where the brass bands play:
So just let me be beside the seaside
I'll be beside myself with glee
And there's lots of cyclists beside,
I should like to be beside
Beside the seaside!
Beside the sea!
Ride Report - Sat. June 28, 2014 - Home patch ride report - By John
My Saturday ritual usually starts off with getting up at 5.30am, having a glass of iced coffee and then getting ready for my weekly bike ride, whether it be an "Away Ride" or a "Home Patch Ride". This Saturday was no different... it was to be another Home patch ride.
The important thing about these rides is not so much the locality of the ride, but getting on your bike and cycling with good friends and enjoying the company and the fresh air.
13 of us met at the starting point raring to go but, before we set off we found we had two punctured tyres to repair. This was accomplished in double quick time and off we rode, having decided that today would be a shorter normal ride because of the HOT WEATHER!
There were no surprises on the route. David led us along one or two "new" detours. We visited one of the best view sites in the Sharon coastal area ( the photos show it all) and as the weather started heating up, we headed for, what has become one of our favourite breakfast stops, LANDWERS, in the Industrial area of Ra'anana, and then home, another +/-24kms under our belt and no one the worse for wear, despite the weather!
Thanks to all of you who braved the heat and made this another happy ride.
Ride Report - Sat. June 21, 2014 - Ein Carmel - HaBonim - Nachsholim - By David
Participants: Ingride was outnumbered 9 to 1 by the men, so for those mathematically smart
among us, we were 10 in all. As it subsequently transpired, and by contrast, a (mostly ladies)
ride was concurrently also underway for those who opted for the excitement of "home patch"
riding from Ra'anana.
Route: From Ein Carmel southwards, passing en route the remains of the ancient Roman
reservoir which supplied the irrigation needs of the Carmel Plain (thanks Ted for your
explanation), continuing on to HaBonim, with a visit to the ruins of the 13th
Fortress (thanks Adrian for the historical background), then down to the coast at Nachsholim /
Dor, an area steeped in antiquity which includes the site of the ancient Phoenician port of Dor
(thanks again Adrian for all the interesting info on this), then back northwards to Ein Carmel,
passing on the way the sky diving airfield where we were just in time to see the last few of "a
batch" (or is it "a flock") of parachutists descending (thankfully successfully!!) back to terra
firma. Total distance 27 km.
Glitch: On our previous rides in the area our entrance to Kibbutz Nachsholim had been smooth
and uneventful. But today was different - today we were confronted by closed gates, an equally
"closed" security guard, effectively saying that Nachsholim is closed to the public (legally
questionable?). Also, our efforts to change the guard's mind by a phone call to the supposed
"person-in-charge" merely reminded us just how unpleasant people can be, given a little
so-called "authority"... So we went on our way, made a detour and reached our intended
objectives nonetheless. Ironically we could have EXITED from Nachsholim through the very same
closed entrance grates just to prove a point! But we had better things to do and other places to
Bottom Line: See the pictures - worth much more than the proverbial thousand words. They tell
the whole story, well almost - also great riding weather, great company.
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