Originally Posted by Old Dog
Does anyone have information on touring in Israel?
What would you like to know?
Israel is a compact country, about 400 miles from end to end.
And it has (in my mind) some of the best sceneries in the world,
including unique geological phenomenon, like the Dead Sea, and the Craters.
In the north it's mountainous. Can snow in winter.
And in the south it's a desert that stretches as far as the eye can see, with some roads of miles and miles with nothing but sand around you. Temperatures well above 40 degrees in summer.
If you're looking for climbs, some of them are:
Climb to Mount Hermon: 31km, 5% grade
Climb from Sea of Galilee to Golan Heights: 5km, 8.4%
Climb to Mount Carmel (near Haifa): 8.9km 5.2%, or 6km 7.4%, or 5.1km 7.7 %
Climbs in Jerusalem area: 6.8km, 7.5%, or 5.7km 7.2%, or 8.9km 4.5%.
There are also great climbs from the Dead Sea (400 meters below sea level, lowest point on earth.)
All the above climbs offer great scenery as well!
There is a large MTB scene, and some (a few thousands hard core) road cyclists.
There's also a Brevet Series, if you want to qualify for PBP, with courses that go through very beautiful places!
As someone wrote here - Israeli drivers are some of the worse drivers in the world.
They don't care about cyclists, and road cycling on a weekday in the main roads is dangerous!
If you want any other information - Just ask.