Tourist Tip #340 / Tel Aviv’s Largest Cycling Event

The 'Sovev Turki Elite' Tel Aviv-Yafo is Israel’s largest cycling event. Sub-tip: The Ayalon Freeway closes on Sept. 25 for this event.

The Sovev Turki Elite Tel Aviv Yafo on September 25 provides a second chance for cyclists and roller bladers who missed out on the fun on Yom Kippur with four courses that cross the city. Some are for pros but some are for pure family fun.

Let us just clarify a point here. "Turki Elite" here refers to the Elite company's Turkish coffee. Elite, a subsidiary of the Strauss corporation, is sponsoring the event.

So if you spent Yom Kippur fasting or weren't in Tel Aviv to enjoy the free range given to cyclists on the car-empty streets on that day, worry not. On Wednesday, September 25, the Tel Aviv municipality is holding "Sovev Turki Elite Tel Aviv-Yafo," Israel's largest cycling event.

The route actually consists of four courses stretching along the city's streets, the Ayalon Highway (which will be closed to automobile traffic), and the city's  beaches. But you can't just show up, and it isn't free.

To participate in the event, you have to register at the website - https://www.sovevtlv.org.il/content.asp?Id=16 - by September 22.

Registration costs NIS 75 per individual or NIS 190 for the entire family.

Experienced riders can try their hands and their feet on the longest course, which stretches out over 43 kilometers and is for bicycle riders 16 years of age and up.

There is a 24-kilometer course for families out together with bicycle riders age 8 and up, for which riders below the age of 12 must be accompanied by a parent.

The shortest course is 9 kilometers long and has no age restrictions, so even a 2-year-old can join the fun.

There will be another path, 24 kilometers in length, for skaters on roller blades. All the courses will start at Rokach Boulevard next to the Tel Aviv Exhibition Grounds and will finish at Ibn Gvirol Street, next to Rabin Square, where a bicycle festival will take place on September 23-25.

Festival-goers will be able to enjoy a bicycle painting and decoration workshop by graffiti street artist Rami Meiri, an area for simple bicycle repairs and a workshop and exhibition by a sculptor who create works from recycled bicycles.

Now for some specifics. The event begins at 6 A.M. with warm-ups at Ganei Yehoshua-HaYarkon Park.

The start time for the longest course will be first at 6:45 A.M.

The roller blade course starts at 7:50 A.M., the 24-kilometer bicycle course starts at 8 A.M., and the 9-kilometer bike course begins at 9:15 A.M.

The event will end at noon at Rabin Square.

As for the sponsor, the event's website presents a link to a page that tells you how much Elite Turkish coffee will help you improve your riding achievements. You may well stand persuaded that strong coffee will boost your energy level and improve your disposition. But don't forget that the caffeine can lead to dehydration. Consuming caffeine-laden beverages when indulging in serious exertion should be balanced by more than usual water consumption.

Daniel Bar-On