יום שני, 20 בנובמבר 2017

219. Israeli Brevet 1200 2018

Hello,

This post aggregates information and details about the Israeli Brevet 1200 of 2018 that will start on 23/Oct/2018. (he)

Current number of registered riders: 32.
Content Last Update: 8/Jun/2018.


This is a "live" post, that will continue to be updated until the beginning of the brevet.
It will include information and links to help riders pass the brevet successfully.

Israeli riders, please refer to the Hebrew version.




In the 2018 season, we'll have the 2nd edition of the Israeli 1200 km brevet.
Brevet 1200 is the longest brevet in Israel to date.
We've had a 1000 km brevet 3 times in the past, and there is a brevet series every year since 2006 (except 2008.)

For ISR multi-continent chasers - This brevet is in Asia! :-)

All ACP and LRM rules apply in this brevet.
Please refer to the 2018 season Brevet Series post for general information about the brevets in Israel.

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Route, as of November 2017, subject to change:

The route will start and finish in Tel Aviv (Around N32.1035743 E34.7770494 ) on a Tuesday evening, finishing on Saturday afternoon.
Route highlights: Tel Aviv, Antipatris, Dead Sea, Massada, Big Crater, Mitzpe Ramon, Ramon Crater, Negev Desert, Eilat, Red Sea, Tel Aviv.

Some motives:
King Herod: Antipatris, Massada
Geology: Dead Sea, Massada, Big Crater, Ramon Crater, Negev Desert

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Qualification for non Israelis:

A brevet of at least 400 km in the 2018 season.
You may register your interest before you qualify.

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Registration:

Registration is open. You should start the registration process by filling this online form.
The field is limited to 49 riders.

On 1 February 2018, the registered riders list will be re-sorted, and riders that rode a brevet in Israel before November 2017 will be at the top of the registration list (there are less than 49 such riders.)
From 1 February 2018, the start list will be sorted by the time of registration.
There is an option to ride with the Israeli volunteers, 2 weeks prior to the official date, on 9/Oct/2018.
Please contact us through the registration form.
If you're an observant religious rider the prefer to start riding on a different day of the week - Please contact us through the registration form.


Like all brevets in Israel - There are no registration fees of any kind!
A rider that will finish the brevet successfully could ask to be registered and homologated by the LRM.
Handling fees for LRM registration are 40 NIS (about 11 USD, 9 EUR, 8 GBP) per rider.
Handling fees are to be paid within 48 hours after the successful finish.

Registration times for a support car (that you can meet at the controls) are the same as for the riders.
There are no registration fees for a support car.

After a successful finish, there is an option to purchase a medal.
Cost of the medal is 40 NIS (about 11 USD, 9 EUR, 8 GBP), in addition to the handling fees above.
Medal fees are to be paid within 48 hours after a successful finish.

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Logistics:

There will be a group reservation of beds and showers.
Cost is yet unknown at the time of writing (November 2017,) but is estimated at 500 NIS (about 140 USD, 120 EUR, 110 GBP.)

There is no obligation to participate in the reservation of beds and showers.
The number of beds is equal to the size of the field.
The price for a bed will be fixed no matter how many beds will be requested.
The group reservation of beds and showers include a bag-drop service.

There will be a bag-drop service that will include showers. Weight limit per rider: 5 Kg.
Cost is 50 NIS.

The bag will wait at all the group reserved sleeping locations.
There is no obligation to participate in the bag-drop and shower service.

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FAQs:


1) Official Information about the ride:

This blog post is the official place to get information about the ride.
If official information will be posted elsewhere on the internet (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, etc.) then this page will link to it.



2) Flight to Israel:

The Tel Aviv Airport code is TLV.
It is about 20 km from central Tel Aviv.

Easiest way to get to Tel Aviv would be to take a taxi (on your left as you exit the arrivals hall.) Cost is about 165 NIS plus 5-20 NIS depending on the size and number of large bags.

Cheaper would be to take the train to a train station in Tel Aviv (there are 4 train stations in Tel Aviv, the central station is called "Savidor," and continue with either a local taxi, or a bus.
Train ticket is about 14 NIS one way (about 22 NIS return.) Local Tel Aviv taxi could cost about 40-60 NIS (metered,) and bus is about 12 NIS (about 6 NIS for a 1 person ticket, and another ticket for a large bag.)

Assembled bikes cannot go on local (urban areas) buses.
Assembled bikes go for free on inter-city buses.
Assembled bikes go for free on the train during off-peak hours.



3) Tel Aviv Sleeping Options:

Tel Aviv has a full range of accommodation options.
Hotels are the most expensive.
Cheaper are boutique hotels.
Cheaper are single rooms at hostels.
Cheaper are dorm rooms at hostels.
Free are services like couchsurfing or warmshowers...

There are also many Airbnb places in Tel Aviv. Prices vary.

There are quite a few convenience stores that are open 24/7 in Tel Aviv, so no problem getting groceries and food at any hour, day or night.

The ride starts and finishes where the Yarkon River meets the Mediterranean Sea, near the Tel Aviv Port (not the Old Port of Jaffa.)
Around N32.1035743 E34.7770494
Tel Aviv is flat, so it doesn't really matter where you sleep.
The northern part, towards the Yarkon River is a little more quiet, and it gets busier as you move southwards towards the center.



4) Visiting Israel:

If you have never been to Israel, and have some time to spare, I would recommend visiting these places as well: Sea of Galilee, Haifa (and the Bahai Gardens), Nazareth, Jerusalem.
The Brevet will take you to the Dead Sea, Massada, Negec Desert, Eilat, and the Red Sea.

As noted above: Bikes go free on the bus and train, so you could take your bike and ride around these places, but I wouldn't recommend riding in the big towns if you're not familiar with "Mediterranean Driving" (if you know what I mean... ;-) )




5) Desert Section:

There is a 90 km section on the Negev Desert. We plan to have 2 places in this section that will provide water for free. Riding with 2 standard bottles (mid size, at least 600 cc each) should suffice.

The Brevet will go on that section after the 2nd night.
We would be happy if everybody would leave together in the early morning hours.
But if you want to rush it, and not wait for the other riders - Know that it is possible to go unsupported through that desert section. 3 liters of water should be enough.

To make things clear: As this is an official LRM randonnee brevet, Every rider is entitled to ride in their own pace!


The brevet route goes through many petrol stations with convenience stores that are open 24/7.
Except for the area south of Mitzpe Ramon.
There is one restaurant there, which will be open when you go through it (both times.)



6) Route, Climbing:

The ride has some notable climbs, and also long flat sections.
Some of the notable climbs:
From the Dead Sea: from minus 350 meters below sea level, to plus 330 above sea level, in 16 km.
Paran: about 10% for 1 km.

A long part of the ride, especially the start and the finish will be flat.



7) Sleeping Place During the Brevet:

There is one sleeping place where we will be staying for 3 nights. It is planned to be in Sde Boker.
There are numerous options to sleep there (apart from the general sleeping that will be supplied to all riders who'd want to secure a bed,) and you could have a B&B with your SO. :-)
There are several hiking trails around Sde Boker that can be explored while you will be riding.

There is a petrol station near the sleeping place with a convenience store which is open 24/7.
There are also a bike shop and a grocery store that open during normal business hours.



8) GPS File(s):

A GPS file with a track and waypoints for controls will be provided. It will not have a route.
(You could create the route yourself, as I don't know what kind of map you'll have on your GPS.)
For clarification: Waypoints are place markers. Track is a "dumb" line. Route is a "smart" line between points that supports turn-by-turn-navigation.
(Some GPS models support turn-by-turn-navigation with a track.)

Another gps file with waypoints at places that are open 24/7 will also be provided.



9) Jersey:

Currently there are no plans on making an event jersey, to keep costs low.
If there will be enough demand - A jersey would be offered, at additional cost.

There is a demand for an event jersey.
A similar request was in 2014 after the ride, but this year we'll produce the jerseys before the ride.
The design is not final yet, and registered riders are aware of the design.

The color scheme is planned to be mainly in white, very light fabric, to suit the climate you might encounter during the ride.
It will have 3 pockets, and full zipper.

Cost is estimated at 42-45 Euros (roughly 50-53 USD) plus shipping.
We plan to ship all of the jerseys to Israel, so you'll get them in the ride kit (which will include your brevet card, frame badge, etc.)

There is no obligation to buy the event jersey.



10) Pre-ride meetup:

We plan to have a pre-ride meetup, but it's not certain yet.
Watch this space.
There is no obligation to participate in this pre-ride meetup.



11) Pasta Dinner and BBQ:
At this time, we cannot commit to a pasta dinner before the ride.
We will definitely have a BBQ after the ride.
The BBQ will be on the beach, 2 km north of the start/finish location.
Specific details will be available to the riders.



12) Helmet:
The use of a helmet will not be enforced by us.
That said, as in the PBP: It is highly recommended to wear an approved helmet throughout the event.


14) Aerobar:

As in the PBP: Tri-bars and all forms of extended bars are forbidden.



15) Charging and Electricity:

The sleep area will have electricity so you could charge your devices (mobile phone, gps, lights, etc.) while you rest.

A few standard usb, mini-usb, micro-usb, and usb-c cables will be available, but it is recommended that you will have your own chargers and cables in your drop-bag.
Europlug is compatible in Israel.



16) Online Rider Tracking:

It is planned to have some way of tracking riders in real time, as they progress through the controls.



17) Payment Options:

All payments will be made once in Israel.
Payments for the accommodations and the bag-drop services during the ride are to be paid before the ride.
Registration and medal fees are to be paid only after a successful finish, if desired.

We expect fairness, and if you realize you cannot ride - Please contact us as soon as you can, and we'll remove you from the list, so another rider could be elevated from the waiting list.

With the nature of the payments (being made right before the ride for the logistics, or after a successful finish for the registration with the LRM) - there are no refunds of any kind.
If you've requested to reserve a bed, and you won't arrive - Please contact us as soon as you know, and we'll cancel your bed reservation.
Otherwise - It's money that goes out of our own private pocket.


18) Registration Process:

Registration is open.
Registration will be done by filling this online form.

You should receive a confirmation email. You'll need to reply the confirmation email, so we know it was a real person that filled the registration form.
If you have not received the confirmation email within 48 hours - Please fill the registration form again, or leave a comment here.



19) Start List Order:

The order of registered riders will change on 31/Jan/2018, so at the beginning there will be riders that already rode in a brevet in Israel before November 2017 (there are less than 49 such riders.)
The Start List was ordered on 31/Jan/2018 so that riders that rode in Israel before November 2017 are listed first.
The Start List will not be ordered again until the beginning of the brevet.
The field is limited to 49 riders.
Once there are 49 registered riders - A waiting list will be created.
Another option is to ride in the Volunteers' Ride, 2 weeks before, on 9/Oct/2018.


20) Volunteers' Ride:

The volunteers' ride is held exactly 2 weeks before the official ride, starting on 9/Oct/2018.
If you prefer to ride on that date (e.g. due to Halloween, or whatever reason,) then it is possible.
The same registration terms and costs apply, including the option for bed, or no support at all.
At this point, no bag-drop service is offered on the volunteers' ride.


21) Brevet 200 In November:

One week after the 1200 km brevet, on Friday 2/Nov/2018,  there will be an official ACP sanctioned brevet 200.
It will be in the northern part of Israel, a circular route around the Sea of Galilee, with very beautiful views.
The route is a bit lumpy, starting near Nazareth, going to the Sea of Galilee, passing near many early Christianity attractions (like Tabgha, Capernaum, Mount of Beatitudes, Bethsaida, etc.)
climbing to the Golan Heights, and Mount Gilboa.
There is no overlap between the route of this 200 km brevet and the 1200 km brevet.
Start time is 05:00 am from Afula.

This brevet will be part of the 2019 season, and could be used as a qualifier for PBP 2019.

If you'd like to participate in this 200 km brevet - Please notify us as soon as possible.


22) IL24TE:

One week before the 1200 km brevet, on Wednesday 17/Oct/2018, there will be the 2018 edition of the IL24TE (the Israeli 24 Hours Timed Event.)
It will be in the Western Negev Desert, on a flat route, to allow for maximum distance.
It is not affiliated with Les Randonneurs Mondiaux, nor the Audax Club Parisien.
However, it is affiliates with the UMCA (UltraMarathon Cycling Association) as part of the 24 Hour Series.
and RAAM (Race Across America) as a Race Qualifier.

So, in a little over 2 weeks in Israel one could:
Qualify for RAAM 2019 and 2020, and get a score in UMCA challenges,
Ride in central, southern, and northern Israel,
be on the first PBP 2019 pre-registration group,
and have the Brevet 200 qualifier for PBP 2019.

If interested, register on the IL24TE web site (registration opened 1/Jan/2018.)


23) Social Networks:
If you want to use social networks, I suggest you use the hashtag #IL12CK (Israeli 12C (1200) K)
e.g. Twitter, Google Plus, Facebook, etc.
If you do use that, please mark your posts as public, as not all people have an account in all (or any) of these networks...

I plan to use Twitter during the ride, mainly to update about the progress of the ride, so you may want to give my Twitter handle @IsraeliRando to your friends and family.

I will not use Twitter to update the riders during the ride. This will be done at Sde Boker, so make sure you check the Announcement Board when you're there.

Whenever you see #IL12CK (in real life while in Israel, that is...) you should know that it's related to this ride. Expect to see it on the vehicle that will carry your drop bags, in the hostel in Sde Boker, in the restaurant where we'll have our pre-ride mix, and where we'll have the post ride BBQ.
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Registered Riders on 23/Oct/2018:

# Name Country
1Shai Shprung (*) USA
2Odd Gunnar Jordheim (*) Norway
3Ben Schipper (*) The Netherlands
4Carey Chappelle (*) Canada
5Aleksei Bulychev (*) Russia
6Vadim Malakhovskiy (*) Russia
7Giorgio Bozza (*) Italy
8Gary Sparks (*) Canada
9Sergey Kirgintsev (*) Russia
10Martin Cooper Canada
11Matthew Levy USA
12Tom Bockshecker Germany
13Johannes Friedländer Germany
14Boris Steinberg Germany
15Dan Driscoll USA
16Dan Diehn USA
17Konstantin Makarov Russia
18Björn Lenhard Germany
19Mohan Subramanyam India
20Guy Roefs Belgium
21Spencer Klaassen USA
22David Thompson USA
23Gerald Christensen USA
24Aleksei Zakharov Russia
25Nikolaos Konstantopoulos Greece
26Igor Shvak Ukraine
27Lukas Rathgeber Germany
28Philip O’Leary UK
29Hermann Odenthal Germany
30Manuel Jekel Germany
31Alexey Lukashin Russia
32Claus Czycholl Germany
33Stefan Lachinger Austria
34Volker Mailach Germany
35Kirill Masalov Russia
36Udo Waldenmaier Germany
37Rory O'Connor Ireland
38Robert Kassel (*) Canada
...
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49..

Last rider list update: 12/Apr/2018.

(*) Rode in a brevet in Israel before November 2017.

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Good Luck!

Tal.


Links:
Ride Report Israeli Brevet 1200 Pre-Ride.
Organizer's View of the Israeli 1200 km Brevet 2014.
Facebook Event for this brevet

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Updates:

1/Jan/2018: Registration is open. Rider list is online

3/Jan/2018: The Riders List notes who rode in Israel in the past.
This should give you an idea whether your place is secured, before31/Jan/2018.
See FAQ # 19

9/Jan/2018: A facebook event is up,
see Links

3/Feb/2018: Clarification re Qualification, and the Start List was ordered

19/May/2018: Newsletter # 1 was emailed to registered riders.
If you haven't got it - Please contact us.

8/Jun/2018: FAQ # 9 Jersey

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