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Saturday 7th — Saturday 14th November 2020
Solidarity begins on a bike. Freedom of movement is a right that Palestinians are denied. Following the success of the Amos Giro d’Italia protest ride in 2018 and our Tour of Palestine in 2019, we are running our third Ride Palestine trip in 2020. So grab your bike for an incredible ride.
Amos Road Club Rides Palestine
Saturday 7th — Saturday 14th November 2020
Solidarity begins on a bike.
Freedom of movement is a right that Palestinians are denied. Following the success of the Amos Giro d’Italia protest ride in 2018 and our Tour of Palestine in 2019, we are running our third Tour of Palestine trip in 2020. So grab your bike for an incredible ride.
This is not a normal cycling trip or tour — it’s an experience, an adventure that will shape, stretch and enrich your understanding of Palestine that you won’t come close to duplicating on a traditional cycling holiday. You’ll come away with so much more than photographs.
This journey will take you across the length and breadth of the West Bank; from busy towns to remote villages — through olive groves, agricultural land and sweeping hills down into the desert below sea level.
Cycling from destination to destination, you will get a real understanding of the physical and political geography of Palestine and a deep appreciation of the varied terrain and landscape that the country has to offer. You’ll ride on wide, sweeping roads through hills and valleys, along narrow Palestinian village tracks, through olive groves and rocky outcrops and take in some world class ascents and descents, including the breath-taking 11-mile ride down to Jericho and the Dead Sea.
You’ll also ride through bustling cities — including Nablus and Bethlehem, and have the opportunity to ride into the historic old city of Jerusalem and around the Mount of Olives. Along the tour you will see few, if any, cyclists and you’ll experience the warmth of the welcome from the people you meet — those we are stopping to visit and those who see us on the roads as we cycle past.
This trip offers more than just a cycle tour through a stunning, historic landscape; each day our rides will take in visits to some of Amos’ partners and the communities that we support. This will give you a deep understanding of the daily experiences that Palestinians across the West Bank face everyday and the ways they are engaged in projects and activities that build hope and opportunity for the next generation in a difficult and challenging context.
Jericho to Dead Sea, Beit Sahour to Hebron:
With an early-morning optional climb back up to and out of the Jordan Valley (it’s a lovely climb if you’re into that sort of thing), it’s then a short ride from Jericho to the Dead Sea for a float. We will then be picked up at the Dead Sea and driven to Beit Sahour for lunch (next to Bethlehem), and then cycle down the eastern road to Hebron where we will stay in a local guest house.
DAY SEVEN: Friday 13th November
Hebron to Bethlehem:
We’ll take a walk around Hebron with a local guide and understand the impact of the settlers upon the Palestinian communities there before cycling to Bethlehem, either via the South Hebron Hills or Tent of Nations organic farm (TBC). We will stay at the Alrowwad Cultural Centre’s guest house (one of Amos’ partners), in Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem and take a walk from there to visit Banksy’s famous Walled Off Hotel.
DAY EIGHT: Saturday 14th November
Palestine Marathon, Bethlehem:
A wonderful celebration of life, you can take part in the full or ½ Palestine Marathon, the 10km or 5km run or simply watch everyone else run while having coffee and breakfast. We will then walk around the Old City and drive out to visit one of Amos’ home rebuild projects nearby organised with our partner Holy Land Trust after lunch. We will stay at the Alrowwad Cultural Centre guest house in Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem.
DAY NINE: Saturday 28th March
Tel Aviv to London:
After an early-morning ride into the Old City of Jerusalem, we’ll head back to Bethlehem to pack up our bikes and our gear. We will then transfer to the airport for our flight home.
Wait for me! While you will need to be fit, healthy and used to cycling long distances, we ride as a team — no one gets left behind.
Suggested kit list
There will be a virtual trip briefing which we will arrange in due course. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please email email@example.com and please note that you will need to bring/organise your own bike!
Still interested? Then please register your interest now.
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