Throughout the year, join us for a variety of programs including cocktail hours, Shabbat meals, spin classes, and free bike rides. We have events for everyone – young professionals, families, experienced cyclists, and new riders.
Some events require registration beforehand (click below for details). We encourage you to RSVP to any bike rides, in case they are cancelled due to inclement weather.
From May to September Hazon and the Friends of the Arava Institute is hosting a series of Tribe Rides in cities like NY, Philadelphia, Boston and DC. These Sunday/after work rides are an excellent way to meet new people, explore your city, or train for the Hazon/Israel Rides!
Join our Tribe Ride Listserv
Stay in the loop about Hazon rides and hear about other rides taking place in your area.
How to Prepare for a Hazon Summer Ride
Rides will start from a central location. A leader will distribute cue sheets and will be able to guide you while riding, but will not provide water, food, or SAG (support & gear). You should prepare for these rides as you would for a ride completely on your own.
What you should bring on a Hazon Ride
- A bike (ideally a road bike or hybrid)
- A helmet (mandatory – no one will be allowed to ride without a helmet)
- Water bottles or hydration system (Camelbak) – with at least 1.5 liters of water for longer rides
- Food or money for food – you should have something to eat about every hour – either a few bites from a sandwich, a Powerbar, etc.
- Spare tubes – there are usually people on the rides who can help you fix flats, but you are responsible for having spare tubes.
- Extra layers (recommended)
What you should do to prepare for the ride:
- Eat a good breakfast with lots of carbs!
- Fill up your water bottles
Please come to the starting location with time to spare.
Summer Ride Leaders
These rides are led by volunteer Ride Leaders. Ride Leaders should be familiar with the route and help direct the ride according to the cue sheet. Ride Leaders are not expected to provide food, water, or mechanical support, but are expected to lend a hand when possible and to provide encouragement and help less experienced riders.
If you are interested in becoming a Ride Leader, please contact The Hazon Office.
Summer Ride FAQ
What if I’m not training for anything – can I still come?
YES! Everyone is welcome, whether you’re getting ready to ride a century on the Hazon Ride & Retreat, gearing up for 30 miles in a day, or just want to ride a bike with new friends. Please respect ride level categorizations – a long ride is not appropriate for a beginner rider. However, there is no requirement that you be ‘in training’ for anything at all.
What if I am training for the Hazon Ride & Retreat- will training rides get me ready?
YES! Training on these rides is a great way to get in shape, get used to sitting on your bike seat for long periods of time, and slowly work your body up to a point where it can ride 100 miles in two days – or more!
If I have not been on a bike this season, can I come?
If you have not ridden in a while, we strongly suggest going out on your own to get your legs back in shape before joining us.
What if I can’t make it to any of these rides? Is there another way find biking buddies?
We suggest you join our Tribe Rides listserv, which is open to both registered riders and anyone in the community. We will be using the listserv primarily to promote our training rides, and also to publicize other events and items of note for the wider bicycling community. This listserv will be the best way to find out details about our training rides and last-minute information about cancellations due to weather.
This is an open listserv, and all those subscribed to the listserv are welcome to post by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We encourage you to email the listserv if you are looking for ride buddies, if you are riding to fun destinations, or if you have heard of an event of interest to the Hazon cycling community.
Where can I rent a bike?
If you do not have your own bike, most bicycle shops will rent a bike for a day. Check out a list of rental bike shops from Bike New York.
What if the ride is canceled? How do I find out?
Check our online calendar to make sure that rides have not been canceled or rescheduled. If rides must be canceled last minute due to weather conditions, we will email the listserv and call everyone who has RSVPed for the ride.
Do I need to RSVP for the Summer Rides or can I just show up?
While it is not necessary to sign up for rides in advance, we encourage you to RSVP in advance to give us a sense of how many riders to expect.