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Image courtesy of Samarathon Desert MTB Race


Are you a serious cyclist? Register for the Samarathon (February 15-18, Wednesday to Saturday)! 


Israel is covered with spectacular Velcro-like singletracks that are perfect for high-speed mountain biking. Plus, with stunning views and a culture of outdoorsiness, Israel provides the ideal backdrop for a vigorous, beautiful, and even holy ride. Not all races are created equal, but if there were titles being handed out, Israel’s Samarathon would easily be crowned king.

The Samarathon is a desert mountain bike race like nothing you’ve ever experienced before. Experienced riders can take part in this race that brings with it the unique challenges of this terrain with desert paths, camel trails, and nerve-testing ascents and declines during a four-day race that spans across three race stages. Riders must be prepared for harsh desert conditions – parts of the race have no shade (and it can be hot, even in the middle of the winter), and you may encounter sandy or loose terrain among the intense slopes of the hills.

Beautiful Backdrop

Fly across Israel from the Negev traveling through the Arava, and complete this demanding race in the sunny Eilat mountains. Every leg of the journey promises excitement, action, and an intimate look at Israel that you won’t forget.

The rider’s village will migrate from one beautiful location to the next, stopping to admire the nature, culture, and atmosphere of each. The first night, riders will camp in Mitzpeh Ramon, a gem of a city situated in the Negev that is famous for the Ramon Crater. The next two nights will be spent in Kibbutz Samar where riders will be pampered after their long trek.

Registration opened September 12 this year. There are only 150 spots for the race, so be sure to register fast to secure your place in this riveting cycling challenge of a lifetime!

Registration will close on November 30th or when the 150th team enters.

For those who are interested in extending their visit to Israel before or after the race, Kenes Tours can provide just the right excursions for you – another outdoor adventure or tours of any other nature.


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