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Capital District YMCA


In partnership with the Jerusalem International YMCA & GranFondo Israel



YMCA Bike Israel 2016


Travel Dates:  November – December , 2016


Cost:  $3525 adventure trip costs and $1600 airfare, totaling $5125


  • ·        $500 nonrefundable deposit by July ; $1975 by September , and balance of $2650 by October *
  • ·        Includes: rental road and mountain bikes, all lodging (double occupancy), all food, full SAG (supplies & gear) support, local expert cycling guides
  • ·        Incidentals/Extra Costs:  tips, souvenirs, special/extra excursions (to be determined)
  • ·        All applications DUE July , with deposit
  • ·        Prices based upon 12 persons minimum


 Does adventure drive you? Travel through the entire country of Israel (north to south) by road and mountain bike (one day), enjoying swimming, snorkeling, hiking, and/or running, while seeing the work of the YMCA in action bridging cultural gaps and bringing diverse communities together.  Join expert cyclists and adventurers on the trip of a lifetime.  Averaging 25-60 miles of cycling daily, with one 100 mile day, the adventure will challenge you.  Daily SAG support or rides will be available as needed.

Send this application with your $500 deposit (payable to CDYMCA Bike Israel) to Melissa Bellew, Capital District YMCA, 465 New Karner Road, 2nd Floor, Albany, NY, 12205, by July .  Send any questions to Melissa at or fax to 518-869-9082.  You will receive a confirmation from Melissa once your application has been received and processed.


1. Name (as printed on passport):
2. Nickname (if applicable):
3. Address:
4. City, State Zip Code:
5. Home phone:
6. Work phone:
7. Cell Phone:
8. Gender:
9. Date of Birth:
10. Do you currently have a valid passport? If yes, date of expiration:

YOUR YMCA (if applicable; if not a member, leave blank)
11. Branch Affiliation:
12. Are you a Member, Staff, or Board Member:
13. For YMCA staff, supervisor’s name:

14. Emergency Contact Person’s Name:
15. Relationship:
16. Home Phone:
17. Work Phone:
18. Cell Phone:

19. Do you have any illness or conditions that may affect your full participation in this program? If so, please explain what accommodations might be needed, if any.
20. Do you have any allergies or dietary restrictions? If yes, please explain.
21. Any other medical or health conditions for which you want the travel team to be aware?
22. Do you have medical insurance valid internationally? If not, are you willing to secure such coverage?

APPLICATION NARRATIVE QUESTIONS (please limit each response to 250 words or less)

23. What are your personal expectations of this experience and why did you select the Capital District YMCA Cycling Adventure in partnership with the Jerusalem International YMCA?

24. What do you think is the most important thing about representing your community and country abroad?

25. Have you ever spent any time away in another country or in a vastly different state-side experience? If so, where did you go and for how long?

26. What do you see as your strongest quality and why?

27. Give an example of a personal weakness. How might that affect you on your this type of program?

28. What unique characteristics will you bring to the travel team?

29. Upon your return, do you have any thoughts on how this experience will be applicable to your world view or affect you?


Contact Information: Melissa Bellew 518.640.1923 or 518-221-6614 (cell/text)

*Cancellation fees: to be discussed individually on as needed basis


Is this cycling trip right for me?

YMCA Bike Israel  can be enjoyed by any experienced cyclist or someone who is physically fit, rides a bicycle, and gravitates toward very active outdoor adventures. The trip’s goal is not a cycling challenge per se, but an innovative way to experience Israel. We provide quality road and mountain bikes. You bring a helmet. You may bring your own bike. All cycling days are on the road but for one day of mountain biking. The travel will be bus when not cycling and we anticipate only one night of outside camping. YMCA Bike Israel 2014 is open to applicants residing in North America and Canada.

While a YMCA, cause-driven adventure, this trip is interfaith and nondenominational. All religious beliefs will be respected.

Who leads this trip?

YMCA Bike Israel 2014 is led by two native Israelis with cycling expertise. Haim Ben-Eliezer is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Israeli Defense Forces with 25 years of service. He has cycled this North/South route in Israel himself and his passion is Israeli tourism. He draws tremendous pleasure in showing his native country’s beauty to others. He now resides in Delmar, NY, with his wife, Dalia, and their children and grandchildren ( Harel Nahmani runs professional cycling adventures in Israel, as well as organizing other extreme sports challenges around the world. He owns and directs Gran Fondo Israel ( A tremendous endurance athlete himself, Harel has cycled Israel numerous times. He is married with three children and is a past expert in solar energy. Additionally, Capital District YMCA staff who are expert cyclists will be on the trip.

How does the YMCA and cycling in Israel work together?

YMCAs exist in over 120 countries bringing diverse people together for healthy living, youth development, and social responsibility. The history of beauty of the Jerusalem International YMCA and YMCA Peniel are breathtaking ( YMCA Bike Israel 2014 permits the experience of Israel alongside Israeli cyclists and peers. There is no better way to experience Israeli life firsthand and make connections that span years past this adventure. The local Israelis who lead, guide, and ride alongside you add local flavor and true authenticity to the experience. Local cyclists will join our rides. You will receive a hands-on opportunity to get a taste of Israel’s natural beauty, diverse culture, and rich history. If you are looking for something impactful and truly off the beaten path, this adventure awaits.

Is it safe to ride a bicycle in Israel?

Yes. We will avoid Gaza and the Syrian border. As indicated above, one of our trip leaders is retired Israel Defense Forces.

Upon receipt of your $500 nonrefundable deposit, more details will be available as final trip logistics are specified.

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