Negev in November

Cycle for charity through Israel’s majestic trails
and most spectacular regions!

November 22-25th, 2015: 4 Days, 3 Nights

Cycle for Unity invites you to challenge yourself for the charity of your choice — and we’ll reward you with a deluxe Israeli riding experience!

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You choose the cause, we create the experience!

Experience the thrill of Mountain and Road Biking in Israel’s vast desert, The Negev! During the day enjoy challenging trails and experience some of the best riding Israel can provide. With varied terrain, majestic landscapes, and striking peace and tranquility which only biking in the Negev can provide. Embrace the challenging terrain, single trails, incredible landscapes and nature. This ride will pass through some of Israel’s most spectacular scenery including the Ramon Crater, Zin Valley, and the Halukhim Range.

In the evenings, relax, get a massage and enjoy the  kosher culinary experience of Israeli chefs — menus will reflect the local cuisine and will provide our Kosher bikers with an authentic and delicious culinary experience.

CFU rides are designed to be a unique combination of fitness, history, philanthropy, and gastronomic delight – an experience of a lifetime!


Touring with Cycle for Unity furnishes our charitable champions with an unforgettable and stress-free travel experience. CFU provides:

  • Premium accommodations
  • All meals included — large, nourishing breakfast, nutritious lunches, and a gourmet dinner with local beer and boutique Kosher wines
  • Expert & knowledgeable tour guides
  • Fully supported (van, mechanic, & medic)
  • All entrance fees are included
  • Complimentary gear (CFU cycling jersey, t-shirt, and sweat band)

This is a signature CFU Biking Adventure in conjunction with Medraft —expertly guided, small groups, great food, premium hotels, and awesome causes.

Level: Active Rider

Registration Fee: $360 (applied to fundraising goal)

Price: $1800

Registration Opens: June 1, 2015

Registration Deadline: October 1, 2015 Please e-mail info@cycleforunity.org for additional information.

Please Note: Each route must have 10 riders by the deadline. In case of route cancelation, full refunds will be provided.

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November 20 – Baruchim Habaim! Welcome to Israel
Registration, Bike fitting, drop off and assembly – Our meeting point will be at Yeshiva University in Bayit Vegan.
Our representatives will meet you for registration and your bikes will be ready to go on Sunday morning. More details will be sent to you after registration.

November 22th – Day 1- Departure from Jerusalem YUI to Sde Boker and Riding in Sde Boker

We begin our epic off road ride through the Halukim single trail, the Zin Plateau and the Zin Valley. 
We will ride on historic single trails used by the Nabataeans 2000 years ago. During this ride, we’ll enjoy the majestic views from the Negev highland to Sde Boker. 
Our ride will take us to Ein Akev, one of the most beautiful desert oases in Israel. From there we will climb to Sde Boker, visiting Ben-Gurion’s Tomb National Park. From there, we will continue along Halukim trail that will lead us to our night in Shayarot Desert Inn. 
We hope you’ll be hungry for a deluxe BBQ dinner and bonfire under the cool desert skies. 
Overnight at the Shayarot Desert Inn. 50 Km 700 high meters

November 23rd – Day 2- Crossing the Negev high land to Mitzpe Ramon

We’ll take time to enjoy a healthy Israel breakfast in front of a magnificent vista and stunning views. Our ride will begin from the Inn crossing the Zin Valley passing ancient ‫ ‫ cisterns. We will climb to Nafha range and from there well proceed to ride deep into the desert until we reach Mitzpe Ramon. We will end our day enjoying the sunset on the edge of the breathtaking Ramon crater

50 km 800 high meters  – Check in the Ramon Inn

November 24th – Day 3- Machtesh  Ramon

Our day will start with stunning ride along the “Hava trail” a part of the Israel bike trail going from the Golan Heights to Eilat. This section will take us for an unforgettable ride on the edge of the Ramon Crater. We will descend the Noah assent to the bottom of the machtesh to the geological park and its great trails. We’ll navigate along the Ardon valley, the dykes and other unique phenomena. Our day will end at the Beerot Inn where our transfer back to the Ramon Inn will await us.

Ride: 55 km 600 high metersIL10_SL_52

November 25th – From Machtesh Ramon to the Arava along the spice route

After breakfast we will transfer back to the Beerot Inn where our bikes have been waiting for us since last evening. We will ride our way out of the crater through Maale Dkalim and the Nekarot Valley. We will enjoy a brand new section of the Israel bike trail project following the ancient spice route. We will enjoy our lunch in the middle of the desert and our day will end at the Arava valley taking a transfer back to Jerusalem in time for a Thanksgiving Dinner.

Ride 50 Km 600 high meters

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November 20 – Baruchim Habaim! Welcome to Israel
Registration, Bike fitting, drop off and assembly – Our meeting point will be at Yeshiva University in Bayit Vegan.
Our representatives will meet you for registration and your bikes will be ready to go on Sunday morning. More details will be sent to you after registration.

Day 1- Departure from Jerusalem to Sderot and Riding to Sde Boker area.
We will start our day in Jerusalem with an hour and a half transfer to Sderot area. Our ride begin with a Solidarity visit with the people of Sderot. From the send off, we will ride through the west Negev along the pictures 232 road passing by Kibutizom and Moshavim. Our climb for the day will be crossing the Halukim range that will take us to an impressive afternoon view point towards the Sde Boker Plateau and the Negev high lands.
115 Km 750 high meters
The route on Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/XPhU4

Day 2- Crossing the Negev high land to Mitzpe Ramon
We’ll take time to enjoy our breakfast in front of a magnificent vista and stunning views. We will start our day with a 45 min transfer passing Dimona. Our ride will start on a descending road crossing the Big Crater (“ Hamchtesh Hagadol”) we will have a decent climb our of the Crater arriving to Yeruham. We will continue to Sde boker from there our second climb of the day will start towards Mitzpe Ramon climbing to the Nafha range We will end our day enjoying the sunset on the edge of the breathtaking Ramon crater.‬‬
Check in the the Ramon Inn
Ride: 70 km 1200 high meters
The route on Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/cfe2M

Day 3- Machtesh Ramon and Mt Harif
Our day will start with stunning ride along the Negev wine route. We will head west to Mt Harif one of the most isolated wilderness areas that Israel still has. We will reach Mt Harif on the Border with Egypt from there we will ride back and the amenities of the Ramon Inn will await us.
Ride: 80 km 850 high meters
The route on Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/AMjdH

Day 4- A Century ride from Machtesh Ramon to the Arava route 40.
After breakfast we will head down to the bottom of the crater, crossing it to the Faran riverbed. We will enjoy our lunch in the middle of the desert and our day will end at the Arava valley taking a transfer back to Jerusalem in time for Turkey!
Ride 100 Km 500 high meters
The route on Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/4RwH9

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The Commitment

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To participate in this CFU program, riders must commit to:

  • Training in the months prior the ride
  • Raising $3,000 for a charity of their choice (all 501c3 or 46A organizations are eligible to become beneficiaries);
  • Safety, security and decency guidelines outlined by Cycle for Unity.
  • Read about Fund-Racing and special incentives here
  • According to IRS guidelines, donations to your charity of choice cannot be applied to cover program cost or airfare.

Instead of encouraging each rider to raise funds for a predetermined charity, our “Charitable Champions” help shape the program and their own philanthropic destinies by raising money for charities and non-profit organizations that they choose on their own. Allowing our riders to choose the beneficiaries of the charitable work in which they have invested so much of themselves motivates them to succeed at the task at hand and ignites the spark for continued creative and generous giving. Cycle for Unity provides each rider with a robust platform and all the social networking tools they’ll need to launch a successful campaign.

Please Note: CFU provides everything you’ll need to help your charity of choice! Riders who have not raised the fundraising minimum will be personally responsible for any outstanding balance towards the minimum fundraising requirement if they have not met this requirement within 30 days after the ride.

Instead of encouraging each rider to raise funds for a predetermined charity, our “Charitable Champions” help shape the program and their own philanthropic destinies by raising money for charities and non-profit organizations that they choose on their own. Allowing our riders to choose the beneficiaries of the charitable work in which they have invested so much of themselves motivates them to succeed at the task at hand and ignites the spark for continued creative and generous giving. Cycle for Unity provides each rider with a robust platform and all the social networking tools they’ll need to launch a successful campaign.

Why should people give? People give to people. The main reason that people will give is because you have asked them to and how you have asked. Don’t let the thought of asking frighten you; just invite everyone you know to share the experience with you.

Remember, donations are TAX DEDUCTIBLE to the extent allowed by the laws governing the countries in which donations are made.

Writing letters: The first paragraph of any letter is always what grabs the reader so tell your friends immediately that you are doing this ride because you want to help the charity of your choice.

Timing: We suggest that you contact people as soon as possible. You have 30 days from the last day of the ride to complete your campaign

Thank you’s: Everyone of your sponsors will receive an official thank you and receipt. It is highly recommended to also send your own personal thank you note.

Suggested size of donation: Amounts of sponsorships vary widely. Knowing what the donations are used for may help you decide what to ask for.

How do you begin? Select one of Cycle for Unity’s preferred organizational beneficiary or a choose a charity of your choice. Learn as much as you can about the charity of your choice and the different lives that are improved and changed by their incredible staff. Then think of all the people from all the circles in your life that you want to tell about this cause, Cycle for Unity and your upcoming biking experience.

Write those LETTERS
Make those PHONE CALLS
Keep up your TRAINING
Make a DIFFERENCE!

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Prices & Terms

Unless otherwise notes, all Cycle for Unity programs includes premium hotels and accommodations, 3 great meals a day, excellent bikes, guides, and admission fees for regularly scheduled activities for the duration of the trip. Prices do not include flights, spending money for gifts, tips and snacks or any optional purchases. Please note that amounts that you raise for charity can not be applied to cover program cost, airfare or any other portion of program

Program cost is $1,800

Registration Fee: $360 (applied to fundraising goal)

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Payments

  • $360 non-refundable registration fee
  • The cost is based on double occupancy (room share)
  • Single supplement- $250
  • 50% Deposit upon approval
  • Balance due 45 days before departure

The $360 application fee (not included in the cost of the program but is applied to the fundraising goal), must be submitted at the time of application through our online registration system. Upon approval to any program, CFU requires a 50% deposit to secure a space on the program. If the deposit is not paid within two weeks of acceptance, CFU reserves the right to re-assign the space to another applicant.

75% of the minimum fundraising requirement is due 30 days prior to the start of each ride. Riders will be personally responsible for any outstanding balance towards the minimum fundraising requirement if they have not met this requirement by the deadline. 100% of the minimum fundraising requirement is due by the last day of each ride. Riders who have not raised the fundraising minimum will be personally responsible for any outstanding balance towards the minimum fundraising requirement if they have not met this requirement by the deadline.

Ride Insurance and Pre-Ride Insurance

It is mandatory to purchase a supplemental rescue and evacuation insurance policy. The Number of the policy and the emergency number should be delivered to Cycle for Unity up to 15 days before departure. Cycle For Unity highly recommends that each rider secure cancellation insurance that will cover application and registration fees and other related costs. If you can’t attend a ride for any number of reasons, including training injury, illness, traffic accidents, unforeseen family situations and more, you’ll be reimbursed thorough this insurance according to their terms. Cycle For Unity can not be responsible for cancellations that arise from training injuries and other unfortunate circumstances.

Withdrawals, Refunds & Cancellations

Many of the expenses that Cycle for Unity pays in advance to our vendors are non-refundable. Therefore, we have developed the following refund schedule to help us cover some of those non-refundable expenses should you choose to cancel from the program.

Upon cancellation, please notify our office by phone or email immediately. However, refunds are processed solely upon receipt of WRITTEN NOTIFICATION to Cycle for Unity. To accomplish this, you may send us an email (using the email address we have for you on file) to info@cycleforunity.org with your official notice of cancellation.

If your written cancellation is received on or before:

  • Cancellation Up to: 45 business days before departure there will be a charge of $200 PP
  • From 44-30 business days before departure 30% of the tour costs + $250
  • From 29-15 business days before departure 50% of the tour costs + $250
  • From 14-7 business days before departure 75% of the tour costs + $250
  • 6 business days before departure, 100% of the tour costs.

For people with serious and unexpected medical emergencies, please contact CFU immediately. Also, please remember that once a program begins, there are no refunds upon early termination for any reason from the program. Credit card payments will be refunded less any service fee to recover the percentage retained by the credit card company.

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Please Note: Itinerary, prices and fundraising commitment are subject to change with notice due to airline surcharges, weather, unforeseen logistical alterations, large currency fluctuations or pricing alterations made by hotels, bus companies, and/or attractions.

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