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 Adamah, a Hazon program. We encourage riders to interact with the crew to understand more about their experiences at the Arava Institute and Hazon.
During the ride, we offer riders a chance to get to know crew members more in-depth through Crew Connections. Before the ride starts, we will connect interested riders and crew members who have signed up for the program.
During Tuesday night dinner, you and the crew member will sit together, and from then on it’s up to you! You’ll meet up at rest stops, you’ll be greeted and cheered, you will find times to chat throughout the week. You are welcome to bring the crew member a very small gift or souvenir from your region. After the ride the connection may last for years!
Sign up for this exciting opportunity on the logistics page [coming soon].
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