We didn’t choose the shortest route nor the quickest from Mt. Hermon in the North to Eilat, the southernmost point in Israel, but we did choose the route that will take you through the historical places and landscapes that make our country so beautiful and special.
It will be a long ride from Mt. Hermon, the highest mountain in Israel to Eilat riding through the Golan Hights, Sea of Galilee, Galilee mountains, the evergreen Mt. Carmel, Coastal Plain leading to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, the Negev and Arava deserts, and finally the Eilat mountains, ending at the shores of the Red Sea.
With total of 1,461km and elevation gain of over 20,000m it is not going to be an easy ride. The route passes along gravel roads, single tracks and ancient roman roads. This route is like no other; rough, painful and challenging but also rewarding and FUN.
In planning the route we tried to cover all the different landscapes and panoramas of Israel. Riding the Holy Land Challenge is a great way to connect to this beautiful country.
By the time you reach Eilat…you will have experienced the myriad sights, sounds, smells, tastes and vision of this incredibly historic and ultramodern country – Israel.
Starting with 2016, the HLC challenge will be available in two options;
1. HLC1400 – Full length ending in Eilat
2. HLC700 – Half length ending in Jerusalem
The best periods of the year to ride in Israel are during Spring and Autumn. However, heavy rain and muddy conditions in the northern section, or extremely hot weather in the southern section can still surprise you even in these recommended periods. Late April to early May are usually the best times – the combination of longer days with more daylight and greener surroundings after the rainy season make for the best riding experience.
To make the challenge more challenging, it was decided to publish the final GPS files (in several popular formats) couple of weeks before the event. Whether you are overseas rider or local, this will level the ground and make it a bit more fair for all participants. Hope you like it!