Guy Niv’s favorite cycling loops (!) in Israel – #VisitIsrael

With #VisitIsrael and Hammerhead, Israel Start-Up Nation shares the favorite loops of all Israeli riders in our two teams.

In volume 11 we feature Guy Niv. It is a special edition, as he could not choose between the three best loops he ever did!

What if you cannot choose your favorite route? Then you choose three!

Guy Niv, absolutely an ambassador for Israel, lives and trains in Dan, a kibbutz in the Upper Galilee region of Israel. Showing you the best routes in Israel is an easy task for him. Or a difficult one, if you look at it from a different perspective: he couldn’t choose a favorite!

Luckily for us, he selected routes for all levels:

“The first route I recommend riding is a medium one and it suits all kinds of riders. It brings you through the best landscapes in the area, starting with riding in the Hula Valley towards Kibbutz Gonen. That’s a warm-up for the Golan Heights. From there, you climb nearly twelve kilometers at an average gradient of 6%. The top of this climb, at Wasset Junction, there is a great place for a quick stop. I recommend having a look in the ‘spice shop’ there. After the stop, you can enjoy riding on the beautiful Golan, direction north, until the Druze village of Majdal Shams. From there, it is a downhill, back to the valley.”

Niv’s medium loop: https://www.strava.com/activities/3383983771

The second loop Niv recommends is one for the coffee. “It is a small loop in the Hula Valley,” he says. “There is a short hill that takes you into the orange grove roads. You will feel like you are riding in Tuscany for a moment. There is a small loop in the valley that I usually do before going back home. There are a few coffee stops along the way, but my favorite is definitely ‘Lehemke’.”

Niv’s coffee loop: https://www.strava.com/activities/3378706169

And a ride towards Mount Hermon is a must-do when visiting Israel, according to Niv. “Obviously you don’t have to do it three times like I did in my Strava activity – that was an extreme workout – but if you want to feel like you’re riding in the Alps, I highly recommend this loop. Mount Hermon is a long and beautiful climb all the way to the highest point in Israel. It has amazing views, all the way up. Don’t miss out on the typical local candy called ‘knafeh’ in the village of Majdal Shams!”

Niv’s Mount Hermon loop: https://www.strava.com/activities/3498036890

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— Sjors Beukeboom to israelcyclingacademy.com