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Wheels of Love 2019

20 years riding for the children of ALYN

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November 10, 2019
$1,650,466
Money Raised*
55% raised of $3,000,000

The 20th-Anniversary Ride: November 10-14, 2019

For over 20 years, cyclists have been coming to Israel for ALYN Hospital’s Wheels of Love Ride, one of the world’s premier charity bike rides.

Want to come for one day? Check out GalgALYN.

Planning for next year? The 2020 ALYN Wheels of Love Ride will take place from October 25-29th, 2020 in the South of Israel

Single Day Ride (GalgALYN)

This year, the single day ALYN ride, “GalgALYN”, will take place on Thursday, November 14 – the final day of Wheels of Love 2019.

Register for the SINGLE DAY RIDE ONLY at this link.

We understand that many people would love to participate in the full week-long ride, but are simply not able to take so many days off. That’s why we offer GalgALYN, a taste of the magic of ALYN’s Wheels of Love Ride. Riders choose either the on-road course that climbs and descends through the historic Judean hills or the challenging off-road course that takes riders on special paths for unique perspectives that many who live here never get to see.

All routes will finish with an extraordinary challenging climb up to Jerusalem and ALYN Hospital where the children of ALYN greet the riders in an emotional finish to the world’s top charity bike ride. Single day riders pay a 300 NIS registration fee and undertake to raise 750 NIS in tax deductible donations. Besides participating in a fully supported ride with lunch and pit stops, riders receive an ALYN riding jersey.

Click here to see maps of the routes/Strava links.

The Trail route starts here, near the Neve Illan Hotel. Riders must arrive by 6:30 AM. The Road route starts just inside the entrance of Mesilat Tzion at 8:00 AM. You can either park at the start and take our shuttle back to your car after the ride or you can park near the finish at ALYN and take our early morning shuttle to the start.

The Routes

Road Group Daily Avg: 68km (44 miles) — Climbing: 1,400m (4,593 ft) —  Pace 16kph (10 mph) 

Road Group STRAVA Links: Sunday     Monday     Tuesday     Wednesday     Thursday 

If you are not sure which route to choose, check out our training guide

The ALYN Wheels of Love Road route officially begins under the shaded trees of the Biriya Forest. Riders will ride 70km on an impressive tour crossing the Upper Galilee, with a portion along the rarely traveled  road that hugs the Lebanese border. Well-stocked pit stops allow riders to refresh and relax throughout the day. Roads will be closed by the Israeli police as the ride comes through. Mechanical and medical support accompany the ride, along with a SAG bus for riders who need a break. While there are some gentle climbs, most of the day’s ride is either gradual descent or flat roads helping riders get accustomed to the week of riding that awaits.

The day’s ride ends at the Hacienda Resort in Ma’alot, where all the roads groups will stay for the first 3 nights.

 

Today’s Cumulative Climbing: 1,506 m/4,940 ft

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Relive ‘Road Day 1’

Today will feature a tour of another section of Israel’s northern border with Lebanon. The routes winds through a counter-clockwise tour of the Upper Galilee culiinating with a thrilling descent along a series of sharp switch-backs.

With over 1,500 meters of climbing and a total distance of 73 kilometers, it will be a challenging day full of beautiful views of the Galilee. 

Today’s Cumulative Climbing: 1,635 m/5,364 ft

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Relive ‘2019 Road Day 2’

On Tuesday, riders will travel west all the way to Acre, Neharia, and the Mediterranean coast. There is less climbing today which will be a welcome respite from the climbs of the last two days. The highlight of the day will be the stop at the famous cliffs of Rosh Hanikra which sit atop the northwestern border between Isreal and Lebanon.

Riders return for the last night at the Hacienda Resort. On Wednesday, all the routes turn south toward Jerusalem. 

Today’s Cumulative Climbing: 1,167 m/3,828 ft

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Relive ‘2019 Road Day 3’

The final day of the 2019 ALYN Wheels of Love ride begins in the hills around Jerusalem and will end at the incredible finish line at ALYN Hospital. 

The toughest challenge of the day is the ascent of Nes Harim. This is a steep, winding road that Wheels of love has ridden almost every year. After a ten kilometer climb, riders will enjoy their last pit stop. Hundreds of riders from all the road groups will gather together and ride the final segment to ALYN Hospital together.

At ALYN, riders will be warmly embraced and presented with commemorative medallions by hundreds of children being treated at ALYN and their families. 

Today’s Cumulative Climbing: 1,538 m/5,045 ft

Right-click here to download map as PDF

 

Relive ‘Alyn Road/Road Plus Day #5’

Road PLUS Group Daily Average: 77km (48 miles) — Climbing: 1,555 m (5,101 ft) — Pace 25kph (16 mph)

Road Plus STRAVA Links: Sunday     Monday     Tuesday     Wednesday     Thursday

If you are not sure which route to choose, check out our training guide

The ALYN Wheels of Love Road route officially begins under the shaded trees of the Biriya Forest. Riders will ride 70km on an impressive tour crossing the Upper Galilee, with a portion along the rarely traveled  road that hugs the Lebanese border. Well-stocked pit stops allow riders to refresh and relax throughout the day. Roads will be closed by the Israeli police as the ride comes through. Mechanical and medical support accompany the ride, along with a SAG bus for riders who need a break. While there are some gentle climbs, most of the day’s ride is either gradual descent or flat roads helping riders get accustomed to the week of riding that awaits.

The day’s ride ends at the Hacienda Resort in Ma’alot, where all the roads groups will stay for the first 3 nights.

Today’s Cumulative Climbing: 1,702 m/5,584 ft

Right-click here to download map as PDF

Relive ‘2019 Road Plus Day 1’

Today, the Road Plus will be riding the first part of the day along the same route as the other road groups. The ride features a tough but spectacular climb right up to Israel’s northern border with Lebanon. The routes winds through a serious of sharp switch-backs while gaining significant elevation. At the top will be a pit stop where riders can relax from the strenuous climbing. the rest of the day has many thrilling descents.

While the main road group turns south back toward the hotel in Ma’alot, Road Plus has more riding to do. The group will first ride another 10 kilometers east to the town of Sasa. Then, Road Plus riders will climb Mount Meron, the highest peak in the Galilee. After reaching the summit in a national park, the group will return back to the main road to finish the day’s ride.

Today’s Cumulative Climbing: 1,985 m/6,512 ft

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Relive ‘2019 Road Plus Day 2’

On Tuesday, riders will travel west all the way to Acre, Neharia, and the Mediterranean coast. After riding along the Mediterranean Coats, we will have a stop at the famous cliffs of Rosh Hanikra, which sit atop the northwestern border between Isreal and Lebanon. There are no major climbs for most of the day, allowing us to enjoy the stunning views of the coast and the Galilee.

However, the last 10k of Road Plus includes a challenging climb back to Ma’alot. The climb is tough but includes spectacular views and occasional plateaus to catch your breath. Have no fear, cold beer and refreshments are only a few kilometers ahead back at the hotel.

Riders return for the last night at the Hacienda Resort. On Wednesday, all the routes turn south toward Jerusalem. 

Today’s Cumulative Climbing: 1,564 m/5,131 ft

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Relive ‘2019 Road Plus’

After three days in the Galilee, riders head south. The route winds along green hills and through lush valleys as riders travel from the Upper to the Lower Galilee and then on through the center of Israel. After the tough climbs of the week, today the terrain is much more gentle. 

When the ride finishes for the day, riders will board coach buses for Jerusalem’s Yearim Hotel. Wednesday night all riders — road and trail — will come together for our awards dinner.

Today’s Cumulative Climbing: 988 m/3,241 ft

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Relive ‘2019 Road Plus Day 4’

The final day of the 2019 ALYN Wheels of Love ride begins in the hills around Jerusalem and will end at the incredible finish line at ALYN Hospital. 

The toughest challenge of the day is the ascent of Nes Harim. This is a steep, winding road that Wheels of love has ridden almost every year. After a ten kilometer climb, riders will enjoy their last pit stop. Hundreds of riders from all the road groups will gather together and ride the final segment to ALYN Hospital together.

At ALYN, riders will be warmly embraced and presented with commemorative medallions by hundreds of children being treated at ALYN and their families. 

Today’s Cumulative Climbing: 1,538 m/5,045 ft

Right-click here to download map as PDF

 

 

Relive ‘Alyn Road/Road Plus Day #5’

Challenge Group Daily Average: 120km (75 miles) — Climbing: 1,600m (4,800 ft) — Pace 30kph (19 mph)

Road Group STRAVA Links: Sunday     Monday     Tuesday     Wednesday     Thursday

If you are not sure which route to choose, check out our training guide

The Challenge route will kick off the 20th anniversary Wheels of Love ride in Biriya Forest. We start with a long, challenging, yet spectacular ride. From the heart of the Galilee, we head north. We ride all the way to Israel’s northern tip at Kiryat Shemona, a peninsula of Israel surrounded on three sides by Lebanon.  We then hug the border and head south and west. This is a sparsely populated area, and we will take in impressive views as we ride along the mountain ridge that separates Israel from Lebanon. 

The day’s ride finishes in Ma’alot at the Hacienda Resort, where all road riders will be staying.

Today’s Cumulative Climbing: 2,361 m/7,746 ft

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Relive ‘2019 Challenge Day 1’

Today, the Challenge group  will be riding the first part of the day along the same route as the other road groups. The ride features a tough but spectacular climb right up to Israel’s Northern border with Lebanon. The routes winds through a serious of sharp switch-backs while gaining significant elevation. At the top will be a pit stop where riders can relax from the strenuous climbing. the rest of the day has many thrilling descents.

While the main road group and the Road Plus riders turn south back toward the hotel in Ma’alot, Challange has more riding to do. The group will first ride east toward Tsfat and then along a long east-west route that traverses the lower Galilee. 

Today’s Cumulative Climbing: 2,544 m/8,350 ft

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Tuesday is the day Challenge riders have been most looking forward to — the climb up to the ski lodge on the top of Mount Hermon, Israel’s highest mountain. The day starts early, the route is 130 kilometers with more than 2,800 meters of climbing, most of it along the steep approach to the Hermon. Riders should be prepared for extreme temperature changes as they ride along the Golan Heights. 

Because the route takes riders to the most northern point of Israel, we will stay in the Ein Zivan kibbutz rather than return to the Hacienda. This small, intimate hotel will be the perfect venue to relax and bond with other Challenge riders who have ridden Israel’s toughest climb.

Riders should get a good night’s sleep because Wednesday ride will be even longer — a full 100 mile century.

Today’s Cumulative Climbing: 2,932 m/9,619 ft

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Relive ‘2019 Challenge Day 3’

The Challenge century ride has become a Wheels of Love tradition. It’s a long, spectacular route. After Tuesday’s ascent of the Golan and Mount Hermon, the long descent will be a welcome treat for tired Challenge riders. After the descent rider will form pace-lines to tackle the long flat stretches of central Israel.

After the day’s ride finishes, buses will take the riders to Jerusalem for the final evening awards ceremony.  

Today’s Cumulative Climbing: 750 m/2,460 ft

Right-click here to download map as PDF

 

Relive ‘2019 Challenge Day 4’

The final day of the 2019 ALYN Wheels of Love ride begins in the hills around Jerusalem and will end at the incredible finish line at ALYN Hospital. 

The toughest challenge of the day is the ascent of Nes Harim. This is a steep, winding road that Wheels of love has ridden almost every year. After a ten kilometer climb, riders will enjoy their last pit stop. Hundreds of riders from all the road groups will gather together and ride the final segment to ALYN Hospital together.

At ALYN, riders will be warmly embraced and presented with commemorative medallions by hundreds of children being treated at ALYN and their families. 

Today’s Cumulative Climbing: 1,663 m/5,456 ft

Right-click here to download map as PDF

 

Relive ‘Alyn Road/Road Plus Day #5’

Touring Group Daily Average: 32km (20 miles) — Climbing: 400m (1,300 ft) — Pace 18kph (11 mph)

If you are not sure which route to choose, check out our training guide

After riding through the shaded Biriya Forest and westward through the growing city of Karmiel, the Touring group will leave their bicycles and take a tour of the fascinating village of Piki’in. This is currently a Druse village with a history of Jewish habitation dating from thousands of years. However, today Margalit Zinati at 87 is the only Jewish inhabitant of the city. Riders will get to meet her and she will give us a guided tour of the city’s ancient Jewish sites. 

The ancient synagogue of Piki’in has a wall that includes two stones that were taken from  the original Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. The 100 shekel currency used to feature former Israeli president Yitzhak Ben-Zvi with the Peki’in synagogue on the reverse side. Thousands of years ago, Piki’in was an important Jewish center of learning in the heart of the Galilee.

Today’s Cumulative Climbing: 332 meters/1,000 ft.

Open route in STRAVA

After riding in the morning, the Touring Group will visit the famous sea-cliffs of Rosh Hanikra, where we will experience the force of nature as we see the grottoes formed by the pounding waves of the seas. By the grottoes we learn the folly of Man as we observe the train tracks leading through the mountain.

Today’s Cumulative Climbing:  181 meters/600 ft

Open route in STRAVA

After spending the morning riding with the main road group, we will arrive at the ancient city of Acre (Acco.) Acre is a world UNESCO Heritage site and dates back thousands of years. In fact, it is considered among the oldest inhabited places on Earth. Visitors can see various buildings and artifacts from the Early Bronze Age (3000 BCE) to sites that played a significant role in the history of modern Israel. The city played a prominent role during the Crusader period. It was also home to the prison where Jewish leaders fighting for Israel’s independence during the British mandate were sent and some of them executed.

Today’s Cumulative Climbing:  334 meters/1,095 ft

Open route in STRAVA

On day 4, we will visit the Industrial Park in Tefen created by Ze’ev Stef Wertheimer and backed now by the Oracle of Omaha, Mr.Warren Buffet. In addition to seeing a short film about the vision of this Israeli industrialist we will visit the “Open Museum” onsite which includes a rather extensive car collection , a museum of the Art of Industry dedicated to the development of cutting tools and machinery, from prehistoric times up until the latest word in machining and turning.

We will also visit Savta Gamila’s “Wonder Soaps”, which connects to the visit to the village of Pekiin on Sunday where Savta Gamila began to manufacture soap according to formulas passed down through the generations, to which many ascribe healing powers.

Today’s Cumulative Climbing:  233 meters/760 ft

Open route in STRAVA

 

 

The final day of the 2019 ALYN Wheels of Love ride begins in the hills around Jerusalem and will end at the incredible finish line at ALYN Hospital. 

We will ascend to the site of Tel Azeka and tell the story of the encounter between the young shepherd David and the gigantic Goliath and its impact on Jewish history. We will also visit the Ha Ela Winery to wine and dine before joining the rest of the ride at the Kerem Junction and ride to the finish line in ALYN.

At ALYN, riders will be warmly embraced and presented with commemorative medallions by hundreds of children being treated at the hospital and their families. 

Today’s Cumulative Climbing: 515 m/1,690 ft

Open route in STRAVA

Main Trail Group Daily Avg: 36km (22 miles) — Technical Level: Moderate with some single tracks. Bikes can be walked around obstacles.

Stronger riders who reach specified time-check points have the option to ride Enduro segments of 10-15 km extra riding with more technical terrain.

Trail STRAVA Links: Sunday     Monday     Tuesday     Wednesday     Thursday

The 2019 Wheels of Love Trail and Enduro groups start on the slopes of the shaded Biriya Forest. Biriya Forest is the largest planted forest in the Galilee, and is situated on the slopes descending east from Tzfat to Rosh Pina. Biriya boasts a variety of fascinating sites – groves, springs, an ancient synagogue, a lime pit, revered tombs, diverse flora, hiking trails and scenic lookouts.

It also is home to an exciting single. The single has rolling hills although is mostly descending. Since it is not a technical single, riders can keep a strong pace with beautiful views on the Hula Valley. All riders will experience several kilometers of this exceptional biking trail. Those who meet the Enduro time cut off will get to ride an extended segment before rejoining the rest of the riders. After the single, riders will ride through the flowing stream of Ein Yarden where they will see the unique geology of the area as hard basalt rock covers layers of soft limestone. We finish the ride along the Yarden river and conclude the ride at the Village Hotel, our home for the next three days.

Today’s Cumulative Climbing: 144 m/472 ft

Relive ‘2019 Trail Day 1’

The ride heads South along the Yarden on Tuesday through beautiful fruit orchards and agricultural fields. Our first climb is above the Ein Avazim, the “Goose” spring. After about 25 kilometers we reach the Ramin Single, a fun — sometimes challenging ride that ascends to Tel Hai in the northern “finger” of Israel. By Nachal Iyun, we will have a short hike-bike section as we cross the stream with our bikes.

Within 5 minutes we will be riding again, crossing one more stream as we continue to make our way to the Manara Cliffs, on Israel’s border with Lebanon. While we will stick to cross-country trails, this area is known for downhill riding and there are many races that takes places down the cliff side. After a long day, we complete our circle and return to our hotel at Sde Nechamia.

Today’s Cumulative Climbing: 648 m/2,126 ft

 

Riders begin the day riding alongside the Hatzbani River, one of three rivers that feed the Yarden. Before too long the route curves and enters a bamboo forest where the overhead bamboo forms a tunnel through which the path travels. The route circles Tel Dan, and ancient site by the Dan River. After that, riders close in on the Lebanese border with an impressive view of snow-capped Mount Hermon. 

Now the serious climbing begins as the route takes us up the Golan by Tel Azzizyat, scene of a major battle in the Six Day War. Today, the area hosts a monument to the brave fighters who fell protecting the State. Riders continue to the TAP line, an old pipeline that carried oil from Iraq to Haifa many years ago. Enduro riders will climb and ride a route alongside the TAP line while the rest of the group take a parallel path at a slightly lower elevation. Prepare the get wet as all riders will cross the Yardenit on our way back to Sde Nechamia and the Village Hotel. 

Today’s Cumulative Climbing: 523 m/1,715 ft

On Wednesday we say good-bye to the Village hotel for the last time and head south. We ride through the beautiful Hula Valley, known as one of the world’s best bird-watching points as birds from 3 continents converge here during their Winter and Summer migrations. 

We start a gradual climb to Ramat Naftali which will include a short section (100 meters) where we will have to dismount and hike with our bikes up the slope. After the climb we will enjoy a beautiful descent to Sde Eliazer where we will take the buses to Neve Illan for our final evening together.

Today’s Cumulative Climbing: 498 m/1,633 ft

We leave from the Neve Ilan hotel on the final day of the ride and ride through a few of the Judean forests, including the Martyr’s Forest (Yar HaKidushin.) This forest was created by the Jewish National Fund, who began planting six million trees in memory of the victims of the Holocaust in 1951. The trail runs by the Kesalon River in the Jerusalem Hills. 

Riders emerge from the forests by Ein Kerem and begin the final climb to ALYN Hospital.

At ALYN, riders will be warmly embraced and presented with commemorative medallions by hundreds of children being treated at ALYN and their families. 

Today’s Cumulative Climbing: 1,041 m/3,415 ft

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The Hiking Group walks for 6-8 hours along beautiful but moderately difficult trails in the same region where the riders will be. Hikers stay in the same hotels as all the road groups (Road, Road Plus, Challenge, Touring) enabling non-riding partners to participate in Wheels of Love.

Hikers need to bring comfortable hiking shoes, a small-medium backpack, and a hat. Rain gear, a flashlight, and trekking poles can also come in handy. We will provide food and water for hikers to carry.

The Hiking Group is part of Wheels of Love and should not be confused with ALYN’s winter “Heels of Love” desert trek.

A “nachal” is Hebrew for a stream. The Nachal Amud hike is one of the most pleasant in all of Israel. A wooden path goes alongside and sometimes through a shallow stream. If there has been recent rainfall, it can be either dry or full of water. We will walk past numerous ancient water-mills, pools and wild-flowers.

On our return loop, we will visit the Sekhvi Pools – the place where the Sekhvi and Amud streams come together, forming small, shallow pools of clear water, shaded by tall plane trees.

Read more from Israel by Foot.

 

Nahal Betzet is a stream in the Upper Galilee in Israel. The stream runs through the Betzet nature reserve.  The Betzet stream is the northernmost stream in Israel which empties into the Mediterranean Sea within Israel’s borders.

The Betzet stream runs through limestone and is fed by the Karkara springs. Many caves have been formed in the limestone by the stream. These include the Keshet cave and the Namir stalactite cave, both within the Betzet nature reserve. A few ancient sites can also be found within the nature reserve. We hope to explore the caves, but it will depend on the weather and other factors. 

The Montfort/ Nahal Kziv loop in the Galilee takes hikers to one of the most spectacular viewpoints in Israel, at the top of an ancient Crusader Castle. 

The path leads down into the Kziv stream, where we will walk next to the river along the green trail.  This path twists and winds its way under a thick canopy of trees in a valley. Along the hike there are many wonders including a crumbling Crusader fortress, waterfalls, and a secret cave.

Read the description of the hike from Hiking the Holyland.

History and nature combine on this thrilling off-the-beaten-track trail.  Ancient Yodfat (Jotapata) is mentioned in the Mishna as a fortified Jewish village dating from the time of Joshua, corresponding with the Iron Age.  It was here that Josephus, who was a general in the Great Revolt of the Jews against the Romans (66-70 CE) before he was its chronicler, was captured by Romans. From the top of the mound, Josephus’ rich description of the site and the battle comes alive.

The trail follows a long, narrow ridge with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. 

Read more from Bible Walks.

We start at the top of a ridge that overlooks the beautiful Dolev valley. As we start hiking down the ridge, the foliage is lush and the views spectacular. There are many places where we will help each other scramble over the boulder piles that can be found throughout the trail.

There are two fun attractions near the bottom of the trail. One is a natural rock slide where the surface is so smooth, you can slide down on an old piece of cardboard or plastic bottle. Since so many people come to slide here, there are always examples available.

The real attraction is the bat cave. Steps lead down into this completely dark and cool cave. You can guess how it got its name and observe thousands of bats hanging from the ceiling. Thankfully, they will be sleeping at the time of our visit.

Read more from Hiking in the Holyland. (Note, the article describes a short hike to the rock slide and bat cave. We will be taking a much longer route.) 

After the hike, our bus will take us to ALYN for the closing ceremony.

 

Check-in and Buses to Start

Wheels of Love officially begins on Sunday, November 10, 2019. All riders need to come to ALYN for check-in at the following times:

Wednesday, November 6:  2:00 PM to 9:00 PM 
Thursday, November 7: 9:00 AM to 10 PM 
Friday, November 8: 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM 

Our address in Jerusalem is: 84 Shmaryahu Levin St., Kiryat Yovel

How to get to ALYN

 


To start the check-in process, bring your bike to the rack outside the ALYN entrance. (Those coming from the airport can drop off boxed-up bikes in the garage.)

When you enter ALYN, we will go over your information and check you in. You then pick up your jersey, fundraising incentive gifts, drop off donations, and meet other riders. You can have your name printed on your jersey as well. Light refreshments will be served.

We highly recommend that all riders take a guided tour of ALYN during check-in, even if you have done so previously. ALYN is constantly innovating and it is amazing to see what the donations you have raised have made possible. 

Once you finish upstairs, you can proceed to the garage where our team of mechanics will be on hand to unbox and assemble bikes and also make any needed mechanical adjustments.

Riders should stay with their bikes until after all work is done. The mechanics will have a variety of bike components that will be available for purchase (tires, pedals, chains, derailleurs, etc.) 

When you are satisfied that your bike is “ready to ride”, place it in one of the racks designated for your route. The bikes will be waiting for you at the start at Biriya Forest.

Buses to start are free of charge

Sign up for buses here.

Saturday Night (Buses Depart at 8:00 PM):

Sunday Morning 

Please be at stop 10 minutes in advance.

Time City Bus Stop Link on Google Maps Bus Stop Link in WAZE (Open on phone)
5:30 Jerusalem Liberty Bell/Train Theater parking – next to Sonol Jerusalem Liberty Bell
5:30 Efrat Efrat – Hamacher parking by Medical Center Efrat
5:45 Tel Aviv Al Parashat Drachim – 2000 Terminal/Savidor Central Station Tel Aviv
6:00 Jerusalem Har Hertzl parking lot Jerusalem
6:10 Modiin Modiin/Chashmonaim-bus station past police station Modiin
6:10 Raanana Southern Raanana Junction (on Route #4) Raanana
6:15 Latrun Latrun Gas Station Latrun
6:30 Beit Lid Hasharon Junction – Beit Lid Beit Lid

For riders who will make their own way to the start, it is at the Biriya Fortress in Biriya Forest.

Ride Info

Mornings
Mornings start with breakfast at the hotels, usually between 6:30 and 7:30. (You can check the signs in the lobby for exact times). We try to get all the groups on the road between 8 and 8:30. Mechanics are available for any last minute adjustments or repairs. (If your bike needs a repair, see the mechanic in the evening before dinner.) For those who want to pray with a minyan, each hotel has a synagogue where we will host davening before breakfast. (Usually around 6:00 AM). 

During the Ride
Every route has ride leaders and vehicles with staff, mechanics, paramedics, and a bus for those who feel they cannot continue the day’s route. The Road routes will also have a police escort. Due to police rules, no rider can ride ahead of the ride leaders or behind the follow-vehicles. While the routes will spread out at times, the police may require us to take short breaks to regroup.

Three times every day we will have pit stops where riders can take a break, refuel, and use a bathroom. We also have plenty of short water breaks if you need to fill your bottles.

Evenings
All routes will reach the hotels by 4:00 PM. Riders put their bikes into the racks, step into the hotel, and can grab a cold beer (or a variety of beverages) and salads. Afterwards, riders can relax in their rooms until dinner, usually around 6:30 PM. Staff will be available throughout the hotel to answer any questions. After dinner, we will have short briefings for those who are interested in learning about the next day’s route.

Wednesday
Rather than returning to the hotels, after the ride on Wednesday we will bus all riders to Jerusalem. Riders will stay in Neve Illan (Trail) or Maale Hahamisha (Road) Wednesday night. After dinner at the hotels, we will have a special ceremony for all riders to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the ride.

The Finish
All routes finish at ALYN Hospital in Jerusalem around 3:00 PM. At ALYN, riders will be warmly embraced and presented with commemorative medallions by hundreds of children being treated at ALYN and their families. A short ceremony will conclude Wheels of Love. Riders will be able to get food and a finisher t-shirt at ALYN.

 


Challenge, Road, Road Plus, Touring

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday Nights

The Hacienda Forest View

The Hacienda is set on 17 acres of natural forest and is designed to resemble a Spanish Estate. Wheels of Love has reserved the entire hotel for our stay. Come meet up and swap stories with riders from all the road groups in this pleasant retreat where we will rest and relax to prepare for the next day’s ride.

 

 

Wednesday Night

Yearim (Maale Hahamisha) Hotel

For the final night of the ride, we will return to the Maale  Hahamisha Hotel where we stayed in 2018. Conveniently located on the outskirts of Jerusalem, we will begin our final day of the ride here. The hotel will also be the scene of our special evening awards ceremony.

 

Trail and Enduro

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday Nights

The Yarden Village Hotel

This lovely boutique hotel will be home to all the trail riders for three nights. Wheels of Love has reserved the entire hotel four our stay. Meet up with fellow riders where you can relax and swap stories of the ride. Of course, the grassy gardens are the perfect place for the legendary off-road “Happy Hour” parties. With many trails starting from the hotel’s location by the Yarden River, it is the perfect place for our group to stay.

Wednesday Night

Neve Illan Hotel

On the final night of the ride, we will return to the Neve Illan Hotel. As riders from 2018 can attest, the newly-renovated hotel is clean, comfortable and the food is sensational.

 

 

Wheels of Love encourages the formation of teams.  Team fundraising can be a useful and effective tool to maximize fundraising efforts and it creates a healthy sense of camaraderie among team members as well as good-natured competition with other teams.

We will set up a team fundraising page, which will be in addition to a rider’s personal fundraising page. Riders can choose to send either page to their donors.

When a donor makes a team gift, the donation is split evenly among all team members registered to the team at the time the gift is given. Each team member must still satisfy the individual fundraising minimum. Individual fundraising might be required if the team fundraising is not sufficient to meet the minimum, once team gifts are divided among all riders. (The only case where this does not apply is when the team is made up of immediate family members.)

To form a team or for questions about teams, please email us.

 

While we highly recommend that you bring your own bike on Wheels of Love, we understand that some prefer to rent a bike for the duration of the ride. The decision is entirely yours and we stand ready to help get you on the road whether you ship or rent your bike.


Shipping Your Bike

You should have your bike packed carefully. Most bike shops provide this service. Packing usually involves removing wheels, pedals, handlebars, and saddle, which are wrapped in foam and packed separately.

When you come to check-in at ALYN, our team of mechanics will unbox your bike and assemble it. (If you prefer, you can do this yourself.) During the ride, all bike boxes are stored at ALYN. After the ride, the mechanics will repack your bike for the flight home.

 

Renting a Bike

While it is preferable to bring your own bike, you can also rent either a road or a mountain bike from our supplier. We have carefully selected our supplier for providing exceptional service and pricing. If you rent a bike, your are responsible for returning the bike and for negotiating payment, insurance and repair issues directly from the provider.

Wheels of Love will treat your rental bike with the exact same policy as all bikes that are privately owned and brought on the ride by individual riders. In other words, we will handle your rental with great care.

To rent a bike, get in touch with our supplier below. You must come to ALYN during rider check-in the week before the ride. You will pick up your rental bike at ALYN and then go through the same check-in procedures as all riders.

A team of mechanics will be available to make adjustments to your rental bike. You also have the same access to our mechanics during the ride as any other rider. Often riders who rent bikes bring their own pedals and even their own seat. The mechanics will help you install these on the rental bike. Just remember to return the rental pedals and seat to the rental company when you return your bike. 

Asaf Rockman, rent@bikejerusalem.com, Mobile phone: (972) 052-3201273

Erez & Tamar Levininfo.rentabike@gmail.com, Mobile phone: (972) 054-314-8409

 Days could be hot and sunny or cold and rainy. Take gear that you can ride in no matter what the weather. 

  • Cycling shorts, shoes, gloves, socks
  • We are providing a 2019 cycling jersey. At check-in, you will be able to purchase jerseys from previous years for a heavily discounted price – -while supplies last. Please wear the ALYN 2019 cycling jersey on the first and last day of the ride.
  • Bicycle helmet – PLEASE PUT YOUR NAME ON IT
  • Knee and elbow protectors (For off-road, only if you ride with them regularly.)
  • Spare inner tube, a simple set of tools and derailleur hanger suitable for your bike. Off-Road: spare brake disc pads.
  • Sunscreen
  • Vaseline, talcum powder, or other type of chamois cream. 
  • Touring riders: Small bag with comfortable clothes and shoes for touring.
  • OVERSEAS Participants need to have their passport and insurance information on them at all times
  • ISRAELIS need their identity card and kupat cholim card
  • Sunglasses
  • Lip balm
  • Insect repellent
  • Band-Aid and medications
  • Toilet paper, wet wipes
  • Casual Clothes for relaxing in the evenings
  • Money/Credit Card- Take into account that while the mechanics service is free, parts are extra. All meals/hotel rooms are included.
  • Ear plugs (for those noisy roommates)
  • Bathing suit
  • Laundry detergent, Rope to put up clothes line

For Hikers:

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Medium size backpack
  • Hat
  • Rain Gear
  • Flashlight
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  1. How much do I need to raise to participate?
  2. What happens if a rider does not meet the minimum fundraising requirements?
  3. What is included on the ride?
  4. Is ALYN’s Wheels of Love safe?
  5. Do I need spending money?
  6. What is the difference between the routes and how difficult are they?
  7. Is the food kosher? Can I pray with a minyan?
  8. What are the Terms & Conditions of the ride? What if I need to cancel?

1. How much do I need to raise to participate?

The minimum fundraising requirements depend on which route you choose.

For the 2019 Wheels of Love ride, the amounts are:

Trail & Enduro: $3,000
On Road & Touring: $3,500
Challenge: $4,000
Single day ride, both on road and off: 750 shekels ($200)

Self-funding: Our hope is that your fundraising efforts will raise visibility for the hospital and introduce your donors to the amazing work that happens at ALYN. Many who will give to ALYN for the first time through your fundraising efforts will become repeat donors to the hospital. It is a long-term plan of support. If you are choosing to self-fund your ride, the suggested donation level is $4,000.

2. What happens if a rider does not meet the minimum fundraising requirements?

The goal of Wheels of Love, in addition to producing a world-class riding experience for our riders, is to raise as much money as possible for the children of ALYN Hospital.  Participation in Wheels of Love involves making a binding commitment to raise the minimum amount of funds required by the Ride Organizing Committee.  All riders who have not met their obligations at check-in must give credit card details before taking part in Wheels of Love.

Any rider who has not raised the required amount by December 31, 2019 will be charged the shortfall. The credit card will not be charged prior to December 31, 2019, two months after the ride, so there is plenty of time to continue additional fundraising in order make up the deficit.  We strongly encourage you to satisfy (and hopefully far exceed) your fundraising obligation prior to the ride.

3. What is included on the ride?

On each of the four nights of Wheels of Love (Sunday through Wednesday night), riders stay in three or four-star hotels. Accommodations are clean, comfortable and convenient. We eat breakfast and dinner in the hotels.

During the day, there are numerous rest-stops which will have a variety of food such as fresh fruit, energy bars, and snacks. Each day, there will also be an extended pit stop for lunch. At the end of the riding day, you can relax with a cold beer and some protein and carbs at our après-ride party. All food is certified kosher (see below.) Riders can also reserve vegetarian, vegan, and glutton free food.

Every rider receives a deluxe ALYN riding jersey. 

During the ride, we provide complete support. That means that we have mechanics, medics and a sweep bus to pick up riders who are having a hard time keeping up or just need a break. We also have escort vehicles and staff ready to help if any need arises. All routes have lead and trailing vehicles. We will transport your luggage between hotels. You can also pack a small day bag that will accompany the Road and Touring routes and which will be brought to each rest-stop.

Every night the mechanics will be available at the hotel to make any repairs needed. Should you need a part (i.e. a tire or derailleurs), most things are available for purchase. Please check our packing list.

4. Is ALYN's Wheels of Love safe?

Rider safety is our top priority. We work very closely with the Israeli police and military in planning our routes. We are also in constant contact with governmental authorities in the event of a security issue. Israeli police escorts stop traffic, keep intersections clear and ensure that oncoming traffic stays in the proper lane.  

Many of the roads we ride on will be completely closed to traffic while we are riding through. In addition to police escorts, each route has a professional route manager who is responsible for the safety of all riders on the route. In the event of an accident, we have experienced medics accompanying each route who can provide immediate medical assistance.

While we make every attempt to keep you safe, riders are also largely responsible for the safety of the ride.  Please read over our Rider Safety page so that you can do your part in keeping the ride safe for all our riders.

5. Do I need spending money?

On the ride itself, you don’t need to bring substantial spending money.  We provide everything you need over these five days, including hotels, meals and all logistics. You may want to bring a little extra for souvenirs, but once you step on the bus on Saturday night or Sunday morning, you can leave your wallet at home.

6. What's the difference between the routes and how difficult are they?

We have designed the routes to appeal to a wide range of cyclists. The Road routes are often hilly and include multiple climbs that can be both steep and long, but the ride moves at a comfortable pace. Our largest group is the Road route and it includes cyclists of varying levels.

Competitive riders who are interested in riding hard and fast will love our Challenge group. Those who want a challenge but at a less-intense pace can join our new Road Plus route.

Riders who prefer a relaxed pace and don’t want to spend more than half the day in the saddle can join our Touring group which rides in the morning and spends the afternoon enjoying unique tours.

Most of the Trail riding is done along rugged jeep and hiking trails that can be muddy and dusty. Don’t expect to be clean at the end of the day! Some parts of the trail are technical and require advanced riding skills. There is always the option of getting off your bike, walking through the technical part and then getting back on once the trail levels out again.

We have Trail riders of all different abilities. Stronger riders can opt to ride on the more advanced Enduro sections, which are extensions of the regular trail routes.

All routes have a sweeper vehicle should you need or want to take a break from cycling at any point.

Each route (other than Touring), will ride every day from approximately 8:15 AM to 4:15 PM.  While every route has pit-stops and lunch breaks, you should be able to ride for 6-7 hours each day.

We encourage you to train regularly in the months leading up to the ride. The fitter you are, the more you will enjoy this incredible experience. Check out our routes, including the mileage and elevation and see which is right for you.

 

7. Is the food kosher? Can I pray with a minyan?

Kashrut policy All food provided on the ride is kosher and has valid kashrut certification. This includes fruit, all of which is purchased from suppliers who certify that their products adhere to kashrut requirements for מצוות התלויות בארץ (mitzvot teluyot b’aretz). 

During the ride, kashrut certificates for items that are not prepared under the supervision of the kitchen are available from the staff upon request. This includes fruit and nuts served at rest stops.

Soups served at lunch are prepared in a kitchen with kashrut certification. They are cooked, heated and served from pots belonging to the kitchen involved. Dishes and spoons are disposable. 

Glatt kosher food for the five-day ride is available for an extra cost. Please let us know ahead of time so that we can best accommodate you.

Minyanim

Daily minyanim are held at the hotels and at lunch stops. The hotels have synagogues on premises. 

 

8. What are the Terms & Conditions of the ride? What if I need to cancel?

As a condition of participation, you must have read and accepted the event Terms and Conditions, which includes the cancellation policy. In general, registration fees are not refundable if you need to cancel. You can switch the fees you paid to a tax deductible donation. Alternatively, you may choose to have credit for the registration fee so you can participate in the next year’s ride. Click below for details.

Terms and Conditions

 

We have partnered with Israel Way, a premier travel agency, to handle all your additional travel needs. Contact them for any of the following services:

  • Transportation to & from airport (including VIP services)
  • Hotels pre- and post-ride
  • Tour guides & organized tours
  • Car rentals

    10% of the cost of all bookings will benefit ALYN Hospital.

For more details email alyn@israelway.com.

Your ALYN Fundraising Tool Kit

We know that for many of you, the thought of asking friends for money to fundraise for the ride is uncomfortable and might be uncharted territory. Don’t worry – fundraising is much easier and more rewarding than you might expect, especially when you are raising money for such an incredible cause. ALYN Hospital is such a unique and special place, that once you share with others about the hospital and the children receiving rehabilitation there, people will be willing to support you.

How do we know? We have nearly 20 years of experience and thousands of riders who have successfully raised money for ALYN as proof.


WHERE TO START

Remember, the people who will sponsor you will do so because of your relationship with them. They are YOUR friends and YOUR family! They trust what you have to say. The more personal you can make the request, the better.

Start by personalizing your fundraising page. Send us a picture of yourself and a few sentences about why you are riding (90 words or less.) It does not have to be long, what’s more important is that it comes from you. If you want to write a lot more — great! Write your story in an email that you send with your link. Let us know if you need any help.

Once you have your page set up the way you like it, send the link with an email to your contacts. You can post it on Facebook or other social media. Again, the more personal you can make the request, the more likely you are lto receive a favorable response. We have a sample letter you can use (Fundraising Tool #2). Make sure to tweak it and make it personal, so that the people you are asking know it is a genuine ask from you. Then follow these four steps:

  1. Aim high. Set an ambitious fundraising goal for yourself. The minimum you need to raise is between $3,000 and $4,000, but we hope you will aim for more. If you can ride for five days straight, up and down hills, through all types of weather, you can certainly go the extra mile for the children of ALYN. Over 50% of riders raise over $5,000. That’s a great goal.
  2. Make a personal donation. Lead by example. To convince others to make a contribution, it helps to show that you are equally committed to the cause. Your registration fee helps pay for the ride logistics; donations are sent directly to the hospital.
  3. Ask friends and family. It’s easiest to start with those closest to you. Once you convey your excitement about participating in Wheels of Love and they learn about ALYN, they will be happy to support you. Suggest an amount with which they would be comfortable.
  4. Expand your asking circle. If you think beyond closest family and friends, there are endless possibilities: neighbors, work colleagues and business associates, acquaintances from school, college, synagogue/church, the health club and your biking club. If you work for a company with a matching gifts program, you may be able to multiply the effect of your gift. A basic rule of fundraising is that the main reason people give is because they have been asked by someone they know and trust. That someone is you!

Thank you letters. Make sure to send a short, personal thank you to each sponsor. Your sponsors will also receive an official thank you and receipt from ALYN, but they will appreciate the personal outreach and the sincere gratitude.

OTHER FUNDRAISING IDEAS

Corporate sponsorships. Wheels of Love offers public relations opportunities in exchange for corporate sponsorships. There are a number of underwriting opportunities. Please contact the office with questions.

Fundraising events. Fundraising doesn’t only have to include sending emails and letters. A number of our riders have come up with creative ways to engage their friends, family members and community to help raise funds for their ride.

Things that have been done in the past:

  • Spin class held at a local gym
  • Bowl-a-thon
  • Trampoline park outing
  • Team gear (hats, training jerseys) created with corporate sponsorships
  • Wine and cheese reception

If there is an event you would like to hold, the office would be happy to help in any way we can, including sending ALYN swag. We are here to support you in your fundraising. Please contact us at any time for ideas or to edit your fundraising page online.

Good luck with this important task and we can’t wait to see you in November!

If you use the letters below, make sure to personalize it with your name and the link to your fundraising page. If you forget the link, just look up your name here and click on “Sponsor.”


Sample letter for first time riders

Left-click here to download this letter in Word.

Dear 

I’m very excited to share with you that this November I will be participating in the Wheels of Love Israel charity bike ride, benefiting the children of ALYN Hospital.

ALYN is the only facility of its kind in Israel and is one of the world’s leading specialists in the active and intensive rehabilitation of children with congenital and acquired disabilities. ALYN changes lives and transforms disabilities into abilities. You can learn more about ALYN at www.alyn.org.

I will be cycling for 6 to 8 hours a day over 5 days in Northern Israel. They are expecting 350 riders from 15 countries. On the final day of the ride, we all ride into the hospital and celebrate with the children and hospital staff.

This year’s fundraising goal for Wheels of Love is to raise $3 million, to bridge the shortfall gap between reimbursements and the actual costs of the high-level services provided to the children. Thank you, in advance, for being as generous as you can be.

There are two easy ways to donate:

1. Donate online with a credit card at (INSERT YOUR FUNDRAISING LINK)

2. You can also send a check:

United States and Canada
American/Canadian Friends of ALYN Hospital
122 E. 42nd Street, Suite 1519, New York, NY  10168.

The American Friends of ALYN is a qualifying 501(c)(3) organization, and your contribution is tax deductible in the US. If you work for a company with a matching gifts program, you may be able to multiply the effect of your gift.

Israel
ALYN Hospital
84 Shmaryahu Levin Street
Kiryat Yovel, P.O.B. 9117
Jerusalem, 91090 

Friends of ALYN Hospital has a contribution certificate from the tax authorities according to section #46 of the Income Tax regulation. Donations are tax deductible under Israeli law.

If you live elsewhere, please email the office at ALYN for options to donate in other currencies.

Thank you for helping me to help these kids!

Sample letter for veteran riders

Left-click here to download this letter in Word.

Dear 

I’m very excited to share with you that I am returning to Israel November 10th to November 14th to ride in my ## Wheels of Love charity bike ride, benefitting the children of ALYN Hospital.

ALYN is the only facility of its kind in Israel and is one of the world’s leading specialists in the active and intensive rehabilitation of children with congenital and acquired disabilities. ALYN changes lives and transforms disabilities into abilities. You can learn more about ALYN at www.alyn.org.

I will be cycling for 6 to 8 hours a day over 5 days in Northern Israel. They are expecting 350 riders from 15 countries. On the final day of the ride, we all ride into the hospital and celebrate with the children and hospital staff.

This year’s fundraising goal for Wheels of Love is to raise $3 million, to bridge the shortfall gap between reimbursements and the actual costs of the high-level services provided to the children. Thank you, in advance, for being as generous as you can be.

For those who have supported me before, thank you. Others of you I am contacting for the first time. There are two easy ways to donate: 

There are two easy ways to donate:

1. Donate online with a credit card at (INSERT YOUR FUNDRAISING LINK)

2. You can also send a check:

United States and Canada
American/Canadian Friends of ALYN Hospital
122 E. 42nd Street, Suite 1519, New York, NY  10168.

The American Friends of ALYN is a qualifying 501(c)(3) organization, and your contribution is tax deductible in the US. If you work for a company with a matching gifts program, you may be able to multiply the effect of your gift.

Israel
ALYN Hospital
84 Shmaryahu Levin Street
Kiryat Yovel, P.O.B. 9117
Jerusalem, 91090 

Friends of ALYN Hospital has a contribution certificate from the tax authorities according to section #46 of the Income Tax regulation. Donations are tax deductible under Israeli law.

If you live elsewhere, please email the office at ALYN for options to donate in other currencies.

Thank you for helping me to help these kids!

The work that ALYN does is inspiring. The more you can relate to your friends and family about the impact ALYN has on children, the more effective your fundraising will be. Here are three stories that demonstrate how important ALYN has been to so many families.


Roi: Coping with Cancer

Roi is 9 ½ years old from Jerusalem, the second of four children.

He likes to play games like Legos, marbles, chess, checkers and to draw. He is an excellent student and particularly good at math. Roi was diagnosed in January 2017 with brain cancer and came to ALYN Hospital after beginning his treatment.

From the Channel 2 news broadcast:

Roi started his treatment at ALYN Hospital as an inpatient in our Rehabilitation Department and is now a patient in the Day Hospitalization Department, coming for intensive therapeutic treatments four days a week.

After the removal of the cancerous growth from the back of his head, he experienced serious developmental decline and didn’t talk or move for a long time. Roi now is still too weak to walk alone or without the assistance of a walker, and uses a wheelchair for longer distances.

At ALYN Hospital, Roi benefits from hydrotherapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and emotional support therapies such as music & art therapy. Since Roi has been missing regular school for many months, he also learns in our Learning Center so that he can keep up with his studies.

“Hebrew and math are important to me” he says in the interview.

His mother Gina says, “It wasn’t obvious that he would have his . . . anything. We had no idea what he would gain back, what he wouldn’t gain back. He loves math, so for me that’s amazing.” Later in the interview she says, “Every stage that he reaches, it’s simply a miracle.”

At the end of the interview, Roi says about his treatment at ALYN Hospital, “It helps me be myself and it helps me return to who I was before the surgery. A regular kid.”

Adina: Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injury

Please help me help the kids at ALYN walk, talk, and go home to their families. I know what it’s like to be one of those kids. Because their story is my story”

Adina

Adina Elbaz was 16 years old when she was involved in a horrific accident. She was crossing the street on her way to school when a minibus hit her. She suffered a severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and multiple injuries and traumas.

After her life was stabilized at another hospital, she was brought to ALYN for rehabilitation. She was unable to walk, talk, or do any activities independently.
In the beginning of her treatment, she lived at ALYN 24 hours/day, 7 days a week. Her mother was with her every morning, her father every evening, and family friends around the clock so that she was never alone.

ALYN provided her with hydrotherapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, psychological treatment, and a range of other therapies. A team of around ten doctors, therapists, and specialists worked with her every day.

Gradually she was able to go home for a few days every week. Then after 7 months, she was able to go home and continued treatment as an ALYN outpatient. Under the care of ALYN, her progress was dramatic and exceeded all expectations.

Seven years ago, she rode a tricycle at the finish line of Wheels of Love to welcome the hundreds of riders who had ridden all week in support of ALYN. Six years ago, she rode a portion of one day of the ride as a member of the “Swift and the Bold” a team of riders made up of kids who have received treatment at ALYN.

The next year, she rode a full day on a tandem bike with veteran ALYN rider Rocky Brody. Every year, she has ridden more.

For the past few years, she has been training on her own mountain bike, riding more and more on her own -something that would have been unthinkable just a short time ago.

Yusef's miraculous journey to rehabilitation

This article is a translation to English by ALYN Hospital staff of extracts of the original article, which was written by Dana Ben Shimon and appeared on mynetjerusalem on 18 April 2019. Photo credit: Yoav Dodkevich. 

He fell into a five-story lift shaft and had a big fracture in his skull. Last week, after a complicated operation and a long rehabilitation, Yusef Jardat was released from the hospital and spoke for the first time to the press: “They saved me and now things are much better.” And also: his father talks about the fears, his son’s fear of entering a lift alone, and the difficult months the family went through: “Four months that looked like ten years.”

Yusef Jardat waited for this day for a long time. After a head injury which was caused by a fall down the shaft of a lift and a two-month rehabilitation at ALYN Hospital, he was released this week to go back to his home in Kfar Aqab, but continues to be undergoing treatment as an out-patient.

“I want to go back to my friends and to my home, and I also miss school,” he told us this week in his first conversation since he was hospitalised, underwent surgery and underwent rehabilitation. “My head was open, they operated me, they saved me, and now things are much better.”

The lift opened and Yusef fell into the shaft

Yusef’s serious accident occurred mid-December, when the boy pressed the lift button in the 12-story building where he lived. When the doors opened, the lift was not there. Yusef fell down the shaft and was severely wounded in his face. “It was a rainy and stormy evening, he fell down on iron in the dark, like in a movie,” recalls his father, Kazem. “A neighbor said that there was a child from the Jardat family who fell in a lift,” says the father. “I went down quickly and realised that it was Yusef. The doctors told me that they couldn’t believe that he was alive after what happened.” Yusef was taken by ambulance to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital, with a large fracture that split his face in two. At Hadassah, they performed the unbelievable – they were able to put his skull back together during a complicated operation. He was later transferred to ALYN Hospital for rehabilitation, with his family accompanying him throughout the process. “When Yusef came to ALYN Hospital, he was not able to get up,” says his father. “Twice a day he underwent physiotherapy. He also received emotional care and a lot of encouragement from the staff. Because his head was badly injured, it affected his entire face.”

“I felt there was no point in anything”

The serious injury didn’t just change Yusef’s life, his whole family was affected by it.

He is my little son,” says his pained father, “and when I saw him that way, I felt that I had no energy to do anything anymore. I stopped going to work, and since then my wife and I have become very close to him.”

His mother Lina makes sure to always be by his side and notes that she is inspired to do so by the seeing how far her son has come. “We knew from the beginning that it would be very difficult for Yusef to get through this, because of his severe head injury. We waited for a miracle,” she says. “Here, thank God, the situation has improved, the doctors treated him very well and his mood is getting much better.”

His father adds: “The life of everyone has changed because of what happened. My wife can’t even go to the doctor because Yusef doesn’t want her to leave him. His older brothers visit him a soon as they come back from work. Everyone spoils him. These four months have looked like ten years to us.”

Rapid Recovery

Yusef underwent rehabilitation treatment, during which he got back on his feet and began walking again. “We had to teach him how to walk again because he had a very complicated leg fracture. He also had difficulty speaking because of the fracture in his jaw and we helped him with that as well, in physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and he was helped to eat independently”, explains Yusef’s accompanying physician in the rehabilitation department of ALYN Hospital. “His head injury was significant, but he was lucky that there was no brain damage. He also had fractures in his skull, and it’s very rare for someone who has experienced such an event to recover relatively quickly. He has progressed very well in rehabilitation, and I can say that he is also a brilliant child.”

“He will have to undergo a long treatment for facial scars, but there is no doubt that his rehabilitation is developing amazingly.”

Recently, as the rehabilitation process progressed and his condition improved, Yusef began to go to the school that was established inside ALYN Hospital and learned Hebrew and English there. He will no longer be able to complete his school year in Kfar Aqab, but the improvement in his condition gives him hope that he will be able to join his classmates and go with them next year to fourth grade, and especially to return to his regular life in his village.

He will have to go to ALYN Hospital’s outpatient clinic three times a week for supportive treatment and follow-up, but for Yusef and his parents, this is great news.

“Of course we’re happy,” says the father. “In recent months I have barely left Yusef’s side, I have been with him all along, and his situation has improved slowly, but now he will be able to return to his family. Lately, he was able to come home on weekends, but now he will finally be able to sleep at home every day. This is the biggest relief.”

Aviel's Victory Run

13 March, 2019

This article has been translated to English by ALYN Hospital staff. The original article, written by Lior El Hai, appeared in Yediot Ahronoth on 13 March 2019. Photo credit: Alex Kolomoisky. Click to read the original article in Yediot Aharonot (Hebrew).

Three years ago, Aviel Avrahamoff (9) from Jerusalem was run over during a family outing, and the doctors considered amputating his leg. The boy overcame the condition, grew stronger and during the long rehabilitation, even began to practise running – proving that anything was possible. Tomorrow he will participate in the 5K of the Jerusalem marathon.

When you are determined, dedicated and believe in your abilities – nothing can stop you. Aviel Abrahamoff (9) from Jerusalem proves it. Tomorrow, three years after his leg was nearly amputated due to an accident, he will participate in the Jerusalem marathon in the 5K.

The accident happened in Haifa during a fun day which he spent with his family when he was six years old. A driver who accidentally accelerated instead of braking, slid into a field near the road where Aviel was walking with his family and hit him. Aviel was seriously injured. He was transferred to Rambam Medical Center and was rushed into the operating room. “The doctor told me that the situation was complicated, and it could be possible that in the middle of the operation he would ask me to sign an agreement to amputate Aviel’s entire leg. It was shocking to me that Aviel could return home with only one leg,” recalls Aviel’s mother, Vered.

Fortunately, the operation was successful. From that point on, Aviel began a long and difficult rehabilitation process at ALYN Hospital, in his home town of Jerusalem, which is a facility designed for rehabilitation especially for children and youth. In the beginning, Aviel couldn’t even stand on the injured leg and found it difficult to move it. Thanks to the intensive and devoted care of the team, slowly but surely he made progress. He was eventually able to stand on both legs and even joined the running group of hospitalized children.

Nurit Stern, a senior physiotherapist at ALYN Hospital, said: “We are not satisfied with the fact that the children will only learn to walk again, therefore we are instilling in them the value of sport, training and overcoming difficulties.”

At the end of the rehabilitation period, Aviel returned home, but continued to train with the running team. Tomorrow, about three years after he almost lost his leg, he will run with his teammates the 5K in the Jerusalem marathon to be held in the city.

Aviel told Yedioth Ahronoth yesterday: “After the accident, I didn’t think that I could run again. I am excited about the race and expect to finish the run in less than 40 minutes.”

His father Eitan will run alongside him. Yesterday he said excitedly: “When we cross the finish line, it will be a great victory for Aviel.”

His mother Vered summarizes: “Hats off to the staff of ALYN Hospital! When we arrived there we did not know in what condition we would leave. They helped Aviel undergo rehabilitation thoroughly and professionally. Aviel used to run before the injury, and now he has managed to return to his favourite sport.”


Thala's Garden

“Eleven-year-old Thala, who was severely burned in a car accident and lost her fingers because of it, wanted to work in the ALYN therapeutic garden. But she couldn’t hold onto gardening tools with just one hand. So last month, Elinor Tal and Nevo Fryd, students at the Holon Institute of Technology Fixperts course, collaborated with workers at ALYN to find a solution for Thala.  From the Times of Israel.” Read the whole article.

Heart-Warming Stories of the Children at ALYN

The Watchman, a Christian television program did a short segment about ALYN Hospital and how the staff views “no problem as insurmountable” when it comes to the rehabilitation of physically disabled children. The video presents some of the children treated at ALYN and their families, as well as interviews with the medical staff.

Shira Rides Again!

Shira came to ALYN after a serious car accident in which she lost all the muscle strength in her legs. In just a few months she stunned the therapists at ALYN with her amazing progress. This video was produced 5 years ago and since then she has ridden a portion of Wheels of Love every year.

Yusuf Eats by Himself

Yusuf is 8 years old and like to jump and play with his friends and like everyone else, likes to eat. The Pele Center at ALYN developed a solution for him to be able to eat without assistance. 

Your friends can donate by check. Please make sure that your name is written in the memo field with Wheels of Love.

ALYN Hospital
84 Shmaryahu Street
Jerusalem, 91090 Israel

Bank Transfers (From Israel)
First International Bank 31
Main Jerusalem Branch # 012
Account # 009997
בית חולים אלי”ן

From Abroad:
Swift code: FIRBILIT XXX JERUSALEM 012
Alyn Hospital account # 009997
Iban# IL900310120000000009997
NIS Transfer
409 – 009997

Check Address for US receipt:
American Friends of Alyn Hospital
122 East 42nd Street, #1519
New York, NY 10168

Check for UK receipt
Friends of ALYN London
88 Ossulton Way, Hampstead Garden Suburb

London, UK N2 0LB

You are invited to be part of a unique project which combines the love of children, the joy of cycling and the beauty of Israel.
Become a Corporate Sponsor and celebrate the power we have together to transform the lives of children with physical disabilities.

Click below and find out about more opportunities:

WOL 2019 UNDERWRITING OPPORTUNITIES 9.17

Suggestions For Small Gift Items  For Which Our Children And Our Staff Are Always Grateful

NO CANDY/SWEETS PLEASE!

For our younger children:

  • Small educational toys (especially “cause and effect” ones i.e. the child does something like pushing a button or opening a door or a top of a toy and it has an effect like a “Jack in the Box” popping up or music starts to play etc.)
  • Baking set
  • Carpentry set
  • Tool kit
  • Doctor set
  • Kitchen set
  • Puzzles (wooden with large attractively colored pieces)
  • Simple card games
  • Costume jewelry
  • Decorative hair items e.g. pony tail holders, slides etc.
  • Playdough
  • Small toy cars
  • Dolls and doll accessories
  • Stickers: any and all kinds but especially stickers of well known cartoon characters and children’s TV programs like Sesame Street!
  • Large crayons/thick and thin markers of all colors
  • Musical toys with/without moving pictures
  • Magnifying glasses
  • Plastic sun glasses for “dressing up”
  • And while on the subject of “dressing up” funny hats are always appreciated too especially in the Day Care Center!
  • Little torches/flashlights
  • Soap bubble containers and blowers
  • Kaleidoscope
  • Beanie Babies
  • Notebooks
  • Medals
  • Springs
  • Key-Rings
  • Rubber Stamps

Small items listed above like stickers,  toy cars, costume jewelry, decorative hair items etc. are excellent for our therapists to have to give out as motivation prizes to young patients in physiotherapy,  occupational therapy etc. sessions in order to encourage a child to do an exercise which demands an extra effort

For our older children i.e. teenaged hospitalized patients in our Active Rehabilitation Ward:

Anything which is “the craze” in the USA, if language is not involved, will certainly be appreciated by our teenage patients.

Also since we have a number of computer stations (in therapy units and also for leisure) in various areas of the Hospital any of the latest DVD/CD computer games, where knowledge of the English language is not a necessity, are also very welcome and appreciated.

Up Your Game!

This year we invite you to “Up Your Game.” In honor of the ride’s 20th anniversary, you ask you to set a goal of raising 20% more than you did the last time you rode in Wheels of Love. Those who achieve this goal will receive a special jersey with a unique design honoring those who made the extra effort to “up their game” for the children of ALYN.

So if you raised $3,000 last year, just raise an extra $600 to join the club. If you raised $10,000 — raise an additional $2,000.

Wear your Up Your Game jersey with pride on Wheels of Love and wherever you ride during the year.

Not sure how much you raised last year? Send us an email and we will let you know.


$5,000: ALYN Gloves & Socks

Show your support for ALYN on your hands and your feet!

Our special padded riding gloves will reduce road and trail vibrations while the ALYN dry-fit socks keep your feet comfortable after many hours of pedaling. 

It’s our way of saying thanks for making an extra effort for the children of ALYN.

$7,500: Summer Bib

From the same supplier who is providing us with elite quality riding jerseys, we will have a limited number of summer bid shorts.

The shorts are made with high quality chamois for hours of comfort. The shorts are lightweight and flexible, designed for when the weather gets hot.

Best of all, these premium bibs will sport the ALYN logo so everyone can see how much you care.

$10,000: ALYN Winter Jersey

Our winter jersey is a true cold weather jersey. With ALYN branded design, this premium jersey is ONLY available for those who raise more than $10,000! It’s not for sale.

For those who like to ride year round, it will keep you warm even when the weather is frigid.

When you wear it, you are part of a very special group: The lead Wheels of Love fundraisers.

$15,000: Wheels of Love Wind Vest

Keep warm on windy days with the ALYN Wheels of Love Wind Vest. 

The vest is a premium, branded, sleeveless vest. It will keep your upper torso warm when descending those long hills when the wind chill is freezing. When you reach the bottom, the vest folds easily away so you can continue your ride unencumbered. A special gift for special riders. 

Why Ride for ALYN?

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359 RIDERS
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DAYSHOURSMINUTESSECS
November 10, 2019
$1,650,466
Money Raised*
55% raised of $3,000,000
359 RIDERS
See full list >
DAYSHOURSMINUTESSECS
November 10, 2019
$1,650,466
Money Raised*
55% raised of $3,000,000
Wheels of Love 2019