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

Lahav Davidzon’s favorite cycling loop 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 6 we feature Lahav Davidzon. “This one is beautiful and incredibly diverse,” he says.


It was not hard for Lahav Davidzon to design his favorite loop in Israel. “Most of the route is super quiet,” the Israeli sprinter confirms. “Most roads are small, which make them amazing to ride. There is everything on this route, from long straight flats to twisty hilly sections. If you want you can also do a few longer climbs.”

“I love this route because I can step out of the door, click in, put my Hammerhead on and go ride. I will see vineyards, the mountains and the sea. And if I like, or feel I need to get some calories in, I stop at the ‘flower station’, a good coffee-stop with some amazing pastries.”

To download Davidzon’s favorite route/GPX-file, click here.

Davidzon’s favorite segment, click here.

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— Sjors Beukeboom to israelcyclingacademy.com

Sanad Abu Fares’ favorite cycling loop 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 3 we feature Sanad Abu Fares. “I have need for speed.”


Sanad Abu Fares loves the downhills on the road bike. It is one of the reasons why this route is his favorite in Israel.

The downhill of the Beit Oren is fast and furious, Abu Fares knows. “Perfect to go with high speed through the curves and descent on full speed!”

Another reason is that he is the owner of several KOMs on this route. “I train here a lot,” Abu Fares says. “The roads are good, and there is a lot of variety in this route, so it basically suits any kind of training. The views are very beautiful, I would say one of the best views in Israel.”

The Israeli continental riders loves to stop for a coffee on this route. “There are a few options with good coffee,” he says. “[You] can stop once to rest and enjoy. Or twice. Or three times!”

Abu Fares’ favorite loop, click here
Abu Fares’ favorite segment, click here

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— admin to israelcyclingacademy.com