The Israel Ride is a fully supported event. We provide a full support-and-gear (SAG) service on the road.
Each of our three riding groups has its own mechanics, pace cars, sweep bus, medical personnel, and crew teams to help with rest stops and riding. Lead riders pace (in front) and sweep (in back) each group as well as provide general bicycle support. Tour guides accompany each group to provide education at rest stops.
Bike mechanics help with flat tires and other minor incidents on the road. Our mechanics carry standard bicycle tubes and supplies, but we encourage riders to bring tubes that match their tires. We also have a few spare bikes in case of a major mechanical issue so you can get back to biking.
Finally, our crew teams run rest stops, cheer riders up tough hills, and take pictures. All the crew (and some lead riders) are alumni of either the Arava Institute or Hazon. We encourage riders to interact with the crew to understand more about their experiences at the Arava Institute and Hazon.
Arava Institute alumni are diverse and talented people. They are students and professionals from Israel, Jordan, Palestine, and around the world who take a break from their lives, just like you, to enjoy the experience of being on the Israel Ride.
During the Ride we offer Riders a chance to get to know crew members more in-depth through Crew Connections. Crew Connections is a program which facilitates the crew members and participants to get to know each other at specific points during the ride. There are always a mix of returning and new crew members, just like ride participants!
During Tuesday night dinner you will have an option to sit with crew members to begin connecting! You will meet up at rest stops, be greeted and cheered, and you will find times to chat throughout the week. You will have a second facilitated opportunity (just a little help from the staff) to meet with crew members on Sunday night dinner at Ketura. After the Ride the connection may last for years!
As part of Crew Connections, we offer “Crew Ambassadors” which is an opportunity for you to ask questions via email to crew members before the Ride.
Sign up for this exciting opportunity on your General Form.
Rest Stops and Pit Stops
We have a scheduled rest stop about every 15 miles. Riders must stop at each rest stop so that we can keep the riding groups together. Each rest stop has water, energy drink, and snacks. These stops either have natural shade or we provide a shelter. Riders are strongly encouraged to cool down in the shade at each rest stop. For areas without a bathroom, we create a private pop-up bathroom facility. While you rest, our tour guide and environmental educators will teach about the geography, history, landmarks, and environmental issues of the area.
Throughout the Ride, we provide nuts, dried fruit, halva, and energy bars. If you have a particular energy bar brand that you prefer, we suggest bringing some to the Ride.
We understand that the Israel Ride can be a complicated endeavor, so we provide a checklist and tools to prepare you for an adventure-filled vacation. You are responsible for booking your own flight to Israel and arriving at the starting location. The Israel Ride is here to help with many of the logistics of the Ride, including:
- Bike rentals
- Bike transportation from the Israeli international airport to Jerusalem before the Ride, and from Eilat to the airport after the Ride
- Pre-Ride and post-Ride touring options
- Booking extra hotel nights before or after the Ride
- Upgrading to single occupancy rooms at hotels before, during, or after the Ride
- Inviting guests on the Ride
- Domestic flights from Eilat to Tel Aviv (or a bus to Jerusalem) after the Ride