Israel’s camp leaves a lasting impression on ISN passengers and staff

It had been two years since the Israel Start-Up Nation cycling team was able to reunite in Israel for a preseason camp, and it was worth the wait.

When Israel reopened its doors to tourism last month, ISN passengers and staff were some of the first to set foot in the country. They had one goal: to experience the best that Israel has to offer.

“Discovering the wonders and historical sites of Israel has been incredible for all of us and I look forward to returning soon to see more,” said four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome as the participants prepared to depart. week.

It’s safe to say that Froome spoke on behalf of the entire team.

Over seven action-packed days, the team visited historic sites in Jerusalem, including the Western Wall and the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, had the honor of meeting President Isaac Herzog, and toured the stunning locations of Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.

ISRAELI RIDER Omer Goldstein is obviously very familiar with the Holy Land, but many of his cycling teammates from Israel Start-Up Nation will visit the country for the first time this week. (credit: courtesy)

For Froome and some of his teammates, the opportunity to mountain bike in the desert surrounding Masada, on the Dead Sea, was a clear highlight. Alongside cultural activities, the team experienced Jerusalem and Tel Aviv as tourists, touring the cities with a series of bonding activities and group challenges.

No matter where the team went, one thing stood out: the fans. From meeting and greeting at Bar Bahar on the outskirts of Jerusalem and the Ironman 70.3 Tiberias, to meeting the next generation of Israeli riders at the Sylvan Adams National Velodrome, the sense of pride and passion among the team’s Israeli fans will not be forgotten. For the runners, who visited Israel for the first time, it was an opportunity to feel the warm support they receive during the season firsthand on Israeli soil.

“I have really enjoyed these days with the team here in Israel. It has been a great experience for everyone. These types of bonding camps are very important for when the races start again, as this is something that really brings the team together, ”added Froome.

For Israeli ISN pilot Guy Niv, the camp was an opportunity to show his teammates his home roads in the warm November sun.

“It’s great to show my teammates my country and the training camps, as this year we visit northern Israel again. The Sea of ​​Galilee, the Golan Heights, everything is so beautiful. Also, we finally had a good time. This time we were lucky and we were able to enjoy and explore the beautiful country in the sun. “

The pre-season union camp was not just an opportunity to discover Israel, it allowed the new riders of 2022 to integrate into the team in a relaxed environment. While many WorldTour teams bring their riders together for a short bonding camp at the end of the season, ISN’s incredible journey to Israel and itinerary were unique.

“It was great meeting the team and getting to know everyone before the new season begins,” exclaimed two-time Monument winner Jakob Fuglsang, who visited Israel for the first time. “Exploring Israel has been a true privilege. It is such a historic area in the world and we have seen a lot this past week both on and off the bike. After being with the team this week, I can’t wait for the new season to start. “

ISN’s newest star sprinter, Giacomo Nizzolo, echoed Fuglsang’s thoughts.

“The first meeting with the team has been great,” said the 32-year-old Italian. “It has been very interesting meeting everyone in unusual settings compared to a normal training ground. I think this was the right way to connect with everyone and I received a warm welcome from the staff and all the other riders. I am very happy and now I really want to see you all next year ”.

For Sylvan Adams, owner of ISN, Camp Israel has set the stage for the 2022 season.

“Our bonding camp in Israel was probably the most successful edition to date. A combination of sightseeing, fun team-building activities, combined with scenic drives in the Judean Hills and Golan Heights, gave passengers and staff a taste of Israel’s geographic and cultural diversity. “

With temperatures of 30 degrees in November making the conditions for the holidays perfect, it is no wonder that passengers are eager to return.

“Many of the passengers told me how much they loved their stay, and several added that they would plan another trip on their own in the near future,” Adams said. “We also had the opportunity to meet our local fans, both on the bike and at the fan exhibition of Israel’s first Ironman competition in Tiberias, on the Sea of ​​Galilee. Overall, a most successful camp, which brought us closer as we look forward to a successful 2022 ”.

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