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									ISRAEL BIKE RIDE




 19 – 27 NOVEMBER 2011
WEATHER
• November is usually pleasant with a slight chance of rain.

• Daytime temperature will be approximately 20-25°C.

• Remember to bring plenty of sun cream & drink lots of water!

• Evening temperature will drop to 10-12°C.

• In November the sun rises at 6am and sets at 5pm.
 SUPPORT
• You will be supported the whole way on the event by a team of staff.

• The staff on the event will include:
   • Tour Manager
   • Charity Representative
   • Mechanic/s
   • Local doctor
   • Local guide
   • Drivers (support vehicle/s)
A TYPICAL DAY
• Wake up 6.30am.

• Breakfast 7am.

• Warm up and ready to leave by 8am.

• Stop every 15-20km for water / snacks and to re-group.

• Lunch break will be about 1 hour.

• Dinner at hotel and briefing for the next days’ cycling.
THE BIKES
• The bikes provided will be 21-gear middle of the range hybrid
  bikes.

• Each bike has a water bottle holder – participants bring own water
  bottle, with lid to cover mouth piece.

• Bring your own saddle or gel seat cover, which the mechanic/s in
  Israel will try to fit.

• Everyone must wear a cycling
  helmet at all times when cycling
  (participants bring own).
 TRAINING
• To enjoy completing this challenge it is important
  to have trained.

• We recommend that you cycle regularly and on
  consecutive days to build up your stamina.

• Both challenges are designed for people who have
  trained.
HEALTH AND HYGIENE
•   Recommend; Tetanus, Hepatitis A & B, Polio, Diphtheria and
    Typhoid for travel in Israel.
•   Always consult your own GP before travelling as advice can
    change.
•   It’s important to remember to wash hands before eating.
•   Participants should bring their own mini first aid kit and the
    doctor will have some medical supplies.

•   The Tour Manager and Doctor will brief you on health &
    hygiene.
 FOOD AND DRINK
• The tap water is safe to drink anywhere in Israel.

• Water bottles can be re-filled at regular stops on
  cycling days & internationally branded soft
  drinks are widely available.

• Kosher food will be provided during the bike ride which
  is wholesome and tasty. Below are sample menus:

   Breakfast - Cereals, bread, jam, chocolate spread, peanut butter.
   Lunch - Bread, vegetables, humus, beans, corn, tuna, salad, fruit.
   Dinner - Salad, vegetable or meat dish, fruit.
ACCOMMODATION

      • Kibbutz, Bedouin tents and basic
        tourist class hotel accommodation will
        be used on these rides.

      • Rooms are likely to be twin / triple
        share.
ITINERARY – DAYS 1 & 2
Saturday 19 Nov 2011
London – Tel Aviv
• overnight flight from London to Tel Aviv.

Sunday 20 Nov 2011
Dan to Eilat
Hagoshrim
•   Transfer to Hagoshrim
•   Bike Fitting
•   Optional tour to Tel Dan.
•   Overnight in Kibbutz Hagoshrim.

Ashkelon to Eilat
Askelon – Zeelim – Mashabei Sade
•   Transfer to Ashkelon.
•   Breakfast by the beach.
•   Bike fitting after lunch.
•   Overnight in Holiday Inn, Ashkelon.
ITINERARY – DAY 3
Monday 21 Nov 2011

Dan to Eilat
Hagoshrim – Sea of Galilee – Beit Shean – Sachne Springs – Afula, 120kms
•   Cycle along the Hula Valley to the B’not Yaacov Bridge.
•   Climb up 3kms to the Golan heights and descend towards the Sea of Galilee.
•   After lunch continue in the Beit Shean Valley to Afula.
•   Overnight in Kibbutz Nir David.


Ashkelon to Eilat
Ashkelon – Zeelim – Mashabei Sade, 114kms
•   Cycle south along stunning coastal plains to the northern Negev, ending at Kibbutz Mashabei Sade.
•   Mostly flat on small roads with very little traffic.
•   Overnight at Kibbutz Mashabei Sade.
ITINERARY - DAY 4
Tuesday 22 Nov 2011
Dan to Eilat
Afula –Neve Shalom, 114kms
•   Continue through Wadi Ara to the Sharon Valley.
•   Arrive at Latrun where we will see memorial dedicated to the Armour Division of the Israeli army.
•   Opposite is the beautiful Latrun Monastery.
•   Continue to Neve Shalom where we will overnight in a kibbutz.

Ashkelon to Eilat
Mashabei Sade – Chan Hashayarot – Mitzpe Ramon, 62kms
•   Begin ride on the main Beersheva – Eilat road.
•   After lunch we will continue to Mitzpe Ramon through the wilderness
    of Zin.
•   Overnight stop is at the Ramon Hotel.
ITINERARY – DAY 5
Wednesday 23 Nov 2011
Dan to Eilat
Neve Shalom – Sdrot – Zeelim – Chan Hashayarot, 163kms

•   This is the longest day so far.
•   Terrain is mostly flat and most of the day we are 200m above sea level.
•   There is a gentle ascent up to 500m for the last 30km.
•   Overnight in kibbutz.

Ashkelon to Eilat
Mitzpe Ramon – Ramon Crater, 45kms

• Difficult terrain circling the Ramon Crater.
• Overnight in Bedouin camp in the crater.
ITINERARY – DAY 6
Thursday 24 Nov 2011
Dan to Eilat
Chan Hashayarot – Ramon Crater – Paran – Beer Menucha – Yahel, 121kms
•     Start by cycling 24kms to Mitzpe Ramon uphill to about 800m above sea level.
•     Continue down a steep descent into Ramon crater.
•     Cross the crater to the valley of Paran.
•     Continue south towards the Gulf of Eilat for overnight in Kibbutz Yahel
      where we join our fellow cyclists.




Ashkelon to Eilat
Ramon Crater – Paran – Yahel, 94kms
•     Today is the longest cycling day on this route.
•     Cross the crater to the valley of Paran, we will
      continue towards Beer Manucha and the plain of Arava.
•     Continue south towards the Gulf of Eilat.
•     Overnight at Kibbutz Yahel with the cyclists from Dan.
ITINERARY - DAY 7
Friday 25 Nov 2011
Yahel – Timna – Eilat, 65kms

•   Final day where we all cycle together!

•   Cycle along the main road with the Edom
    mountains to the left.

•   Stop for an early lunch in the nature reserve at
    Timna, where we will see King Solomon’s Pillars.

•   After Lunch commence the last leg of ride to Eilat.

•   Celebrate our achievement.

•   Overnight in hotel.
ITINERARY - DAYS 8 & 9
DAY 8
Saturday 26 Nov 2011
• Free day at leisure in Eilat.
• Celebratory meal.
• Overnight in hotel

DAY 9
Sunday 27 Nov 2011
• Transfer to the airport for journey home.
HIGHLIGHTS
 Fundraise for Norwood.
 Enjoy cycling in Israel, off the beaten track.
 Get fit and healthy.
 Forge lifelong friendships.
 Enjoy an experience of a life time.
 Achieve a goal beyond your expectations.
ISRAEL BIKE RIDE




 19 – 27 NOVEMBER 2011

								
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