Following the success of last year’s country-wide cycling event – the Tour d’Israel, this year cyclists can choose between two different cycling experiences, on-road and off-road. The on-road Tour d’Israel will take place from 7-10 March 2011, with the off-road event taking place 30 March – 2 April 2011. Both tours will offer participants unrivalled views and experiences throughout the ever-changing landscape of Israel.

Tour d'Israel 2011

 

Photo: Courtesy Ministry of Tourism

(Communicated by the Israel Ministry of Tourism)

Following the success of last year’s country-wide cycling event – the Tour d’Israel, this year cyclists can choose between two different cycling experiences, on-road and off-road. The on-road Tour d’Israel will take place from 7-10 March 2011, with the off-road event taking place 30 March – 2 April 2011. Both tours will offer participants unrivalled views and experiences throughout the ever-changing landscape of Israel, as well as the chance to compete in an important sporting event.

Riders in the on-road tour will pedal across the Land of the Bible, from the snow-capped Mount. Hermon in the North to sunny Eilat on the shores of the Red Sea – a 613 km cycling challenge passing through regions, cities and sites that evoke memories of biblical history and the topography of the Old and New Testament lands. Sites and areas included in the tour: the Galilee hills and their magnificent vistas, legendary Masada, Negev Desert expanses, the shores of the Mediterranean Sea; Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee; Jerusalem and Beersheba; the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea. Overnights will be in local field schools, hostels and hotels. The competition ends in the resort city of Eilat on the Red Sea, giving participants the opportunity to enjoy some well-earned rest and relaxation in Israel’s premier vacation resort.

Riders taking the more challenging off-road course from 30 March – 2 April will cycle from the Northern Golan Heights to the southern tip of the Carmel Forest mountain range in a 360 km, 7000 meter climb through some of the best scenery in Northern Israel.

Both events include overnights in local field schools, hostels and hotels and have been designed as 2 person team competitions. The two races features nine separate categories based on gender and age: Men; Women; Mixed Gender; Adults, Masters (the cumulative age of team members exceeds 80 years) and Grand Masters (the cumulative age of team members exceeds 100 years). Daily laps will run between 125 and 180 km (on-road) and between 65-96 km (off-road) with the ranking each pair receives based on the time clocked by its slower rider. Total prize money: $15,000 (on-road) and $10,000 (off-road).