Bartali Gravel Tour 2021
10-15 October 2021, Israel
Join us this October on a journey of a lifetime, in support of Bartali - Youth in Movement:
Experience incredible landscapes, unforgettable food and mile after mile of rolling gravel roads through some of Israel’s most beautiful scenery.
Visit Bartali’s youth cycling centers, get an inside view into our educational work, share some memorable journeys on the bike with the students in our leadership programs and make a significant impact on the lives of some amazing Israeli youth.
Ride with us and raise funds to support our project
With your generous support we will be able to:
Launch additional youth groups in youth villages
Purchase bikes and cycling gear for the youth in our programs
Fund scholarships for our youth leadership programs
The event is limited to 100 participants. Registration ends on 31 Aug 2021.
10/10 Ramat-Hadassah to the Valley of Springs via Mount Gilboa
This day will include a guided visit in the cycling center at the Ramat Hadassah Youth Village, a fast crossing of the Yizrael Valley and a big climb to the Malkishua Youth Rehabilitation Village atop Mount Gilboa. To finish, we will descend back to the valley and take a refreshing dip in a natural spring.
11/10 Jordan Valley to the Golan Heights
A visit to the formidable ancient ruins of Beit She’an and a swim in the calm waters of the Sea of Galilee are just a part of this varied and exhilarating day.
12/10 Mount Hermon and the Upper Galilee
This day is about climbing to the highest peak! But also about the lovely views of the Hula Valley and its natural treasures.
13/10 Neve Shalom to Jerusalem
A beautiful climb of historically-rich landscapes in the Jerusalem Mountains followed by a night walking tour of the Old City.
14/10 Ben Shemen Forest: Finishers ride
Ride together with youth from all of Bartali’s programs and join us in the Finishers ceremony & event launching the Ben-Shemen Pump Track
15/10 Breakfast, check out and departure.
Bartali Gravel Tour welcomes riders of all levels. You will ride in one of three guided groups according to your experience and ability:
Level 1 - Low Key: 1.5-3 hours of daily rides, mild climbs and descents
Level 2 - Intermediate: 3-4 hours with some climbs and descents
Level 3 - Advanced: 4-6 hours with challenging climbs and descents
The tour will be led and supported by professional instructors and mechanics from the Bartali - Youth in Movement staff and young trainees.
When planning the Bartali Gravel Tour, we envisioned a ride that would enable riders from all levels to discover the beauty of the Israeli outdoors as we know it, while avoiding the risks of riding on busy roads.
The traffic in Israel is very hectic and many drivers are not attuned to cyclist safety. Gravel roads are therefore much safer and sticking to such roads also means having more fun, being more relaxed, and generally enjoying the cycling experience a lot more. In General, Gravel is considered to be less focused on the “Finish Line” and more about the journey itself, which is the exact philosophy of Bartali - Youth in Movement in general.
While we won’t be able to avoid riding on roads entirely, we have made the maximum effort to choose a balanced route that can accommodate riders at almost every level.
We highly recommend that road riders with little or no off-road experience try gravel riding ahead of the event to be better prepared.
Participants may ride gravel or mountain bikes. We highly recommend that you bring your own bike.
Rental of MTB and E-MTB will be possible.
Photo: The Israeli Gravel club
Full board, 4-star hotels, based on double occupancy
Full logistical support: before, during and after rides
Pick-up / drop-off: Tel Aviv
*Single occupancy is possible
The event will follow the latest covid-19 protocol issued at the time by the Israeli authorities, Up to date information will be issued to the participants closer to the event.
Photo: The Israeli Gravel club
Registration Fee & Donations
The Bartali Gravel Tour is a fundraising ride with the goal of supporting “Bartali - Youth in Movement '' programs in their different locations around Israel.
Registration to the event includes:
A registration fee of USD $360, as an initial donation
A commitment to raise at least USD $5,000 by October 1, 2021, in donations to “Bartali - Youth in Movement”. Half of this amount will be used to cover your participation in the event. A personal fundraising page will be opened for you once you register.
The participation package includes:
5 fully-supported cycling routes.
5 nights’ accommodation based on double occupancy (single rooms are available at additional cost)
all meals, post-ride activities, snacks
Group activities following each ride: a night walking tour of Jerusalem, visit of local Winery, an inspiring meeting with Bartali Youth staff, guided tours of the youth villages in which Bartali operates and an extraordinary Finishers celebration with the participation of all the members of Bartali Youth programs.
The package does not include: flights and arrival to and from Tel Aviv nor tips to the staff.