Coming to design the 2018 routes we felt a bit like we are nurturing our intimidate relationships with the race and its routes. It’s been six years now and we kind of wanted to spice things up but not to take away from the traditional epic race routes that our competitors loved to hate along the years. Same as a couple looking to bring back to excitement to their marriage lives we were aspiring to create a new spark straying away too much from the exhilarating sensation of pure hardship and achievement.
Approaching a new terrain, in the Jerusalem Mountains gave us literally goosebumps as we were given the opportunity to utilize some of the epic climbs and single treks in the country – after all this is the Mecca of Israeli cycling!
We present you with the 2018 routes!
The race village location at Ya’arim Hotel is paramount and have a great meaning this year! With altitude of 780M, it means that riders are free to use our friendly advice – keep something in reserve for the end of the stage climb which will usually feature an 800M ascent!
Nestled at the heart of Jerusalem Mountains, The view from the race village is absolutely amazing! It’s higher than Ein Rafa, Ein Nakuba and it also a great lookout to the scenery village of Abu-Gosh.