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.
Night Ride - Thurs. July 24, 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.
Home Patch Ride - Sat. July 26, 2014
Local Ride: We will meet at 6:55am (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.
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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.
Ride Report - Sat. June 21, 2014 - Home Patch Ride Report - By John
A decision has been made that where possible, whenever there is an "Away Ride" arranged, a local ride will also take place for those not able to to the "Away" ride , but who nevertheless want to cycle.
9 of us gathered at the meeting point for what we decided would be a shorter easier ride and which ended up being a more difficult ride and not so short!! I am responsible for the "difficult" part of the ride because of my suggestion to take a different route to Yaqum via Udim. This detour turned out to be more sandy than a "bunker" on a golf course and "walking" was the order of the day!!!! All good things come to an end and happily all bad things do as well, so it wasn't too long before we were back on our saddles again.
There were no other "surprises" on the ride. Talia lived up to her reputation near the end of the ride and "got lost" but a friendly biker pointed her in the right direction and we were soon reunited. It was a hot day. There was more than sufficient sand but eventually we made it home to one of our favourite "watering holes", Landwers for breakfast. So, to summerise, a great ride (32 kms +); good weather; great company; a very pleasant "breakfast stop" at the end of the ride with good food and great service.
Ride Report - Sat. June 14, 2014 - Home Patch Ride Report - By Stephen
With spring long sprung and summer breathing increasingly hot and humid down the back of our necks, twenty five riders - bright eyed, fluffy tailed and in our prime (like Miss Jean Brodie) - congregated in the traditional hallowed meeting place: the parking lot in Ra'anana. Then after exchanging the mutual morning pleasantries and engaging in light banter, the Cyclenix Flying Phalanx swept out to reconquer the Sharon trails under the watchful eyes of Our Intrepid and Fearless Leader David, our Accomplished Tail End Sweeper Ted and Our Much Honoured Doyen John.
The route went to Bazra and onto Bnei Zion. From there we followed Nahal Poleg, climbing north to Tel Yitschak and Massua. We then wound our way to Udim, descended a steep path to stop in a pleasant glade for reassembly and a bit of a breather. Our next destination was the service station and café at Kibbutz Yakum - the traditional Saturday meeting place, amongst others, for very well off gentlemen to assemble and show off their expensive cars. Naturally, we Cyclenixes look down our noses at such conspicuous consumption and show of wealth! We most certainly don't agree with the saying: "It's easier to cry in a Ferrari than on a bicycle."
Saturday's ride was the customary mix of traversing gravel paths, winding through orchards, climbing a few uphill gradients with their following welcome downhill sweep and of course, meeting the occasional bane of all us all - having to dismount and trudge through thick sand. At one stage, we came to a short, very steep hill where most of us decided that discretion was the better part of valour, accordingly dismounted and pushed our steeds up the slope. Not for Michal! Undaunted, she decided for the sake of the show to give it a go while we chicken hearts watched in silent admiration. She gave a long run and almost made it to the top and for that she deserves a special honourable mention!
After lengthy deliberations at Yakum, it was decided to return to Ra'anana to end the morning with coffee and refreshments at the café adjacent to the park lake. As it was getting warm and the clock was close to eleven, the café was indeed a welcome and well eared oasis after a pleasant ride. Thus ended a typical Cyclenix Saturday ride: savouring the simple pleasure of getting on a bike, leaving the city behind and enjoying the sensation of riding in the countryside in the good company of like-minded and pleasant people.
Once more, a thank you to David for leading us and to Ted for being at the tail end and ensuring that everyone arrived safely.
Meeting Place and Time: Ra'anana parking lot; 7:00am Participants: We started with 23 and ended with 17. Nothing sinister, just six riders who split off at the start to go on a shorter ride; two riders who left us in Ramat Ha'Hayal to return home via Hod Hasharon; and two more riders who decided to lengthen their ride in preparation for a cycling trip overseas.
Route: (Courtesy of Michal and David) We left Ra'anana and rode south through the fields around Givat Chen and Hod Hasharon, crossing Route 4. We joined the Yarkon River, continuing southwest along its banks (crossing Routes 5 and 4 again respectively) until we reached the Ramat Ha'Hayal neighborhood of Tel Aviv. From there we turned north past Kiryat Atidim and Nive Sharet, and headed back into the fields. We crossed Route 5 for the second time and rode into Ramat Hasharon, where we stopped for breakfast and a chat at the Assaf Artisanal coffee shop. From Ramat Hasharon we continued north to Herzliya and east back to Ra'anana.
Distance and Time: 30 kilometers
Miscellaneous: 1. We encountered a lot of sand at the beginning of the ride, but luckily it stayed where
we left it.
2) The banks of the Yarkon river were extremely bumpy, especially for those without back and/or front suspension.
3) Michal was wearing a snazzy new riding outfit.
4) We crossed the highways either over bridges or under tunnels, not fleeing across six lanes hanging onto our helmets for dear life.
5) It started out very hot, gradually getting cooler and cooler. (Isn't that the wrong way round?)
6) Rafi and Haim were both back from vacations that sounded lovely.
7) John and Michal discovered with glee that removing letters 4-7 of the coffee shop name produces two indecent anatomy-related words.
8) I learned that a tip cannot be "nice", but it can be "generous".
9) Everyone got what they ordered and on time, so the Assaf Artisanal coffee shop has not yet been blacklisted.
10) Ted had an important announcement to make, which was that it's John's birthday on June 1st
Summary: It was another great ride under our belts, with perfect weather conditions, good company, and just enough comings and goings to polish our counting skills. Congratulations John - till 120!
Ride Report - Sat. May 24, 2014 - Ben Shemen: Great Expectations - How the Dickens Can We - By David
Great Expectations: My thoughts at the start - great expectations of an interesting and different ride! Our last few rides in Ben Shemen had been more or less similar so I thought it was time for a change. Six years ago Ben Shemen Fundi, Herzl Ushah, led us on a "different" Ben Shemen ride (a great ride even without the watermelon which he so generously provided!). Dennis was on that ride and tracked the route with his GPS. My intention was to follow the same route.
How the Dickens Can We: All went well until we left Kerem Ben Shemen (what a beautiful little village - so much character). The GPS, as well as my memory, led us to the location where 6 years ago we had gone under Road 443 in order to make our way eastwards then southwards up to Tel Hadid, and then beyond. But despite all our efforts, there was no access to the underpass (which was frustratingly visible from where we were) thanks to a stout fence, healthy vegetation and an impassable drainage system between us and our objective. So after traversing the length and breadth of the area for some time/distance to find an alternative crossing, "retreat" was the only option.
Reality: Our "intended" route was about 23 km. As it turned out, we covered just on 22 km, which included a visit to the elusive (for us) Tel Hadid and a singles section (for those who dared not leave Ben Shemen without having done at least one!) . Its great biking country with something for everyone, and I guess all 17 of us had a taste of the pie, added to which near perfect weather conditions, and as usual great company! But I believe the "Herzl's Route" would have been better... I'll work on it!
Ride Report - Saturday May 17, 2014 - Ronnie Feinberg Memorial Get-Together - By David
As the years pass it is an inevitable reality that fewer and fewer of our regular Cyclenix riders would have
known the late Ronnie and participated in his rides. But it was these few of us who, after our regular
Home Patch ride today, made our way to the Landwer Coffee Shop in Ra'anana to join up with Ronnie's
family, closest "roadie" friends and riding companions to mark the 5th anniversary of his sudden and untimely passing.
Before Ronnie became a dedicated road rider he often participated in Cyclenix rides. His knowledge of
off road trails was extensive and added a new dimension to our activities at that time by arranging and
leading us on "away rides" throughout the length and breadth of Israel. In fact many of our current away
rides have a strong basis in "Ronnie's Rides".
But Ronnie's impact on us went further, as Hilliard put it at this morning's get-together: Ronnie is fondly
remembered in promoting a cycling culture of camaraderie and friendship, courtesy towards fellow
cyclists, setting a good example to others, safety and adherence to the "rules of the road" whether
onroad or offroad.
And In the words of Ronnie's brother Alon: "In the spirit of Ronnie, enjoy and ride carefully".
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