Israel Hosts First EWS Qualifier Event

May 10, 2021 at 16:13
by Alicia Leggett  

Press Release: Israel Enduro Series
Photos: Eliran Kadosh and Lior Sabo
Video: Loi Zachor

The Israel Enduro Series held Israel's first-ever EWS Qualifier event, with 300 riders from ages 9 to 55. The six-stage race took place in Misgav, one of Israel's most popular mountain biking destinations.

Two of the race stages were built specifically for the race, and the long day of 30 km and 1100 meters of climbing made for a hard race. The 34+ degree (celsius) weather didn't make things any easier, either.

The Full Enduro category winners are:

19+ Women- Yulia Repkin 21:45:68

19+ Men- Yonatan Yatom 16:24:88

19+ Ebike- Oren Hasson 16:38:78

The Enduro category (amateurs) raced four stages, and the Mini Enduro category ( ages 9-14) raced two or three short stages.

The race resulted in no serious injuries and lots of smiles. Festivities and fun ensued after the race, with a jump session and best trick contest, won by Ori Shamban with a backflip.

The Israeli summer is a bit hot for riding with a full-face helmet, but the Israel Enduro Series will be back this October with two more races. More photos are available here.


  • 160 63
 That race looks sick, free Palestine tho
  • 41 10
 and free other Jewish people who feel israel represents their faith. study Torah not netanyahu
  • 51 45
 An independent Arab Palestine has never existed. It didn’t exist under the Ottoman rule or the British Mandate or, in the end, under a United Nations Partition Plan that was rejected by every single Arab state and Palestinian leadership.

Now can we get back to bikes? OKTY
  • 53 14
 @splsce: I see your point, and the geopolitical climate around Palestine and Israel is pretty f*cked right now, but we really shouldn’t be letting Israel off when they’re forcibly removing Palestinian children from their homes.
  • 26 36
flag pistol2ne (May 10, 2021 at 21:35) (Below Threshold)
 You mean free rockets from hamas?

Also, great to see no masks in a fully vaccinated crowd.
  • 39 62
flag saruti (May 10, 2021 at 23:54) (Below Threshold)
 @Mattaberbay: everyone can take part of bike races and any other sport in Israel. its a fact.
I have Arab friends that ride MTB and race Enduro with us.
haters will hate.
terrorist should be dead, under the ground!
if some native Indians was shutting rocket at the City near, USA would probably bomb them. with all women and children and all. so.... this terrorists should be lucky that Israel are not just wiping them all off the ground!
there is no land called Palestine. but if you check, all the Arabs that call them self Palestinians, can live and work and do anything they want. but Hamas and other Terror groups are holding them as human shields....
  • 28 5
 @saruti: Funny, I was thinking about similar analogy. But in reality it would be like this - Russia takes the lead and forces creation of Native American country in the current USA territory (they were there before the white man, didn't they?), and supports it militarily. Former USA citizens become terrorists fighting for freedom.
  • 41 27
 Free Palestine. Zero chance I’m going to care nor watch anything about this event.
  • 21 17
 @saruti: get bent.
  • 17 22
flag streetkvnt-kvlt (May 11, 2021 at 0:27) (Below Threshold)
 @bonfire: good, get the f*ck out of here then. Because this event gives zero f*cks about what you care or think.
  • 23 15
 @saruti: it would appear that Israel IS attempting to wipe Palestine off the map, not just the terrorists.
  • 7 0
 elephant in the room , yes mate
  • 6 4
 @bonfire: free nz from the ccp.
  • 7 17
flag talefrati2003 (May 11, 2021 at 7:00) (Below Threshold)
 Palestine not exist Please
  • 11 13
 @splsce: Classic rationalization and propaganda used for validating human rights violations and breaking international law. "they're not REAL people, so let's steal their land and kill them."
  • 1 2
 @pistol2ne: what, no Russians here. To busy over here living a covid free life.
  • 5 1
 @bonfire: CCP isn't russia. Shows your ignorance.
  • 8 3
 @splsce: just right
  • 4 4
 @mybaben: you’re claiming Israelis are killing Palestinians and stealing “their” land? Is that right?
  • 4 7
 @Melon055: you talking about the 4 evictions happening from the 50 year legal battle that proved the legal owners were not In fact the people living there?
  • 7 5
 @splsce: Is that a trick question or did you just land on Earth? My serious answer is, yes, that is what has been happening in Palestine since 1948.
  • 4 0
 @pistol2ne: you can blame our former National government and their shady business dealings with billionaire Chinese businessmen with ties to the CCP for that one. A new free trade agreement with the US would be nice. Maybe give that Biden guy a call and tell him to get his A into G.
  • 9 3
 Unfortunately, the Palestinians idea of "freedom" involves Israel's decimation, and so far, any other proposal that doesn't, wasn't attractive enough for them. As in most conflicts, there is no black or white and neither of the sides is innocent in perpetuating it, but as of now I'll take survival then consider peace.
  • 2 2
 @mybaben: in “Palestine” please explain
  • 6 4
 @mybaben: I’m also confused about “their land” seems that there are actual Arabs in Israel and they are free to do whatever they want in the most democratic county in the Middle East. Why would there be warning signs on the highways telling Jews that if they exit in PA/Hamas controlled areas that Israel can’t protect them and they take their own lives in there hands? Just to clarify, Jews in Palestinian areas at risk of death and dismemberment vs Palestinian/ Arabs in The State of Israel free to be free. Weird.
  • 4 4
 @splsce: Good job memorizing all the IS propaganda.
  • 2 4
 @mybaben: versus the PA propaganda?
  • 6 4
 @mybaben: Lol "I don't like the truth that a Jewish democracy is exponentially less aggressive than Hamas Iranian funded Muslims so I'm gonna say propaganda" FIFY

You woke leftists crack me up
  • 3 2
 @streetkvnt-kvlt: Hey, you're preaching to the choir dawg.
  • 7 2
 @diggorygardner: well, check your sources. If i had similar ones, i might not think much differently from you, but (unfortunately) i have a lifetime of living abd knowing this conflict first hand .

And to put my money where my mouth is- if you REALLY wanna learn a tiny bit of what's going on here, or even just get some context, you can PM me..
  • 5 2
 The plestinians are free
  • 5 1
 There are free
If you come to Israel give me a msg you can look on our YouTube channel
Do you know any Palestinian YouTube channel?
  • 2 6
flag diggorygardner (May 14, 2021 at 3:22) (Below Threshold)
 @foxinsocks: My sources are backed up by multiple UN resolutions declaring Israel's occupation of territory gained in the 6 day war illegal, and in breach of the Geneva Convention. This obviously in no way justifies violence (on either side), but leaves a ridiculously complicated situation. Of course Israel can lay claim to it's biblical homeland (essentially taken by the Romans), but by the same means pretty much the whole geopolitical globe could be rearranged to how it was 2000yrs ago.

I'm not trying to take sides, but there has to be compromise all round.
  • 9 2
 @diggorygardner: if the UN resolutions are your main source, than my point is even more valid. Scratch the surface and even you will realize most of them are an ironic joke.

Looking at this current skirmish as a birthright arguement or a claim for land is overly simplistic and eventually leads you (and us) nowhere. As an example, and I dont mean to condescend, imagine I said i understand the entire conflict between Ireland and England because i thoroughly watched Braveheart (yes yes, i know it's Scottish, not all analogies are airtight) Smile
Im all about having a well informed and educated opinion. That said, i wouldn't presume to know better than a local who experienced a certain reality his entire life. At the very least, I'd form my opinion after hearing him out. I invite you to PM me if you like to continue this elsewhere. Happy rides.
  • 4 1
 @foxinsocks: Just which local should I ask, because I assume that Jewish locals have completely different opinions than Palestinian locals ...
  • 4 1
 @S-Wodnik: Both BennyHop and Pozi MTB are awesome Youtube Channels for all of you to see the reality in Mountain biking in Israel.
Much respect and love to BennyHop crew you guys ride so well and got the good vibes Smile Soon I upload a new video from the competition from - EWS Qualifier Misgav - . so you could see it and realize what is really going on here Big Grin
I also going to upload it to Pinkbike so you also could watch it here Salute Beer
The EWS Qualifier in Misgav last week was such a fun event! Big Thanks to NOGA KOREM !
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 @foxinsocks: As you say, your Braveheart analogy IS ludicrous. But the N. Ireland analogy stands up quite well, with plenty of films to get your "facts" from, funnily enough generally from the viewpoint of the "oppressed"

Your local reality of course is partisan, I'm aware I shouldn't make assumptions, but I imagine your Palestinian mtber friends are hardly a representative cross-section of society, in the same way mtbers in general aren't.

Actually, f*ck it, it's clear why the situation is described as "intractable", and it's not really any of my business. Other than an interest in humanity, both with and without a capital letter.

I hereby declare a unilateral ceasefire,
something someone should have the balls to do, although peace rarely wins elections.
Enjoy bikes
  • 1 3
 @S-Wodnik: Quick Google... Yes I do, as many as I know Israeli channels. But like with everything else, show me one that isn't partisan in one way or another
  • 4 2
 @lkubica: you'd be surprised- most of us, on both sides, pretty much agree. But yeah, have talk to both, why not? Then use your own judgement.
( Almost anything is better than relying just on the media. )
  • 4 2
 @diggorygardner: there's some good irony in having a Brit saying telling guys in the middle east "f*ck it, its none of my business". I thought we passed that point 70 some years ago

Dont mean to diss u personally, im just enjoying the slight irony. If anything, maybe it shows how paradigms can shift given enough time.
  • 2 3
 @diggorygardner: Mate it actually is really simple! You touched on it. Israel needs to give back ALL the land it stole in the 1967 war and vacate all the illegal Jewish only settlements! Then they need to end the system of oppressive apartheid throughout the region. VERY SIMPLE.
I am against all violence, but in terms of legality, the Geneva Conventions allow a colonized population to fight against a brutal and illegal occupier, especially if that occupier is constantly breaking international law and treating the captive people like shit. Cheers.
  • 3 2
 @mybaben: It is not the 1967 war. The PLO is there since 1964:

It is not the 1948 war either. It is the basic concept that Jewish country in the middle east is not an acceptable idea. Many of them have like zero tolerance.

And a question: In 1967 Israel fought against Jordan over Judea and Samaria area. And Israel have peace treaty with Jordan. Is that the case described in the Geneva Conventions?
  • 2 1
 @bonfire: Zero chances you are rider.
Zero chance you are aware of Palestine Tenor
  • 94 53
 Free Palestine! Stop the evictions!
  • 27 34
flag TranquiYanqui (May 10, 2021 at 19:08) (Below Threshold)
 When there is an enduro race in the Americas, do you proclaim freedom for indigenous communities?
  • 39 8
 @TranquiYanqui: Maybe we should? I was thinking the other day that at least a couple of the trails I ride were probably traversed by indigenous communities long before plastic bikes were even an idea.

Either way, colonialism has touched almost every part of our (American) lives.
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flag pistol2ne (May 10, 2021 at 21:37) (Below Threshold)
 @Melon055: For the better too. You're able to proclaim your woke virtue signaling on the internet without fear of being killed.
  • 20 2
 @Melon055: one of the coolest new Trailforks features is that it has an indigenous lands overlay and information on individual trail pages about which native peoples land they are on!
  • 10 1
 @TranquiYanqui: I absolutely know the 3 indigenous groups whose home territories are the same areas where I shred my bike. And I absolutely do think that decisions regarding land usage and events in the area should at a minimum include consultation from the original inhabitants. Mtb is a sport for everyone to enjoy!
  • 12 16
flag callumreynolds (May 11, 2021 at 5:38) (Below Threshold)
 Great so they can bomb the crap out of the western world more easily? Looks like Anti-semitism is alive and well...
  • 11 4
 @callumreynolds: I'm not sure anti-semitism plays much of a part in it, in the same way as the anti-apartheit boycotts weren't "anti-south africa"
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 @diggorygardner: If you are saying "Free Palestine" you are supporting a group who want the annilhation of Israel primarily because they hate Jews. The Free Palestine Movement was founded by Yasser Qashlaq, a Syria-born Palestinian businessman of considerable wealth.Yasser is known for his antisemitic views, having repeatedly called Jews "dregs of European garbage", a "gang of criminal murderers", and "human pieces of filth" that should be deported to Europe.
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 @callumreynolds: Come on mate, that's old IS state propaganda. Everyone knows that! Palestinians fight the Zionists because they are settler colonialists who STOLE THEIR LAND, and created a state of Apartheid!
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 @callumreynolds: Never suggested support for the "Free Palestine Movement", simply that the behaviour of the State of Israel towards Palestine is pretty shitty. Not to mention illegal under international law
  • 2 2
Amnesty are woke snowflake libtards obviously (/s). Random civilian casualties from rocket/mortar strikes (something like 30/40 in the last 10 yrs) aren't excusable, but the Palestinians do have a legitimate grievance
  • 9 9
 @diggorygardner: Whichever way the media choses to paint it Israel is simply defending itself from Hamas. Just whatever...
I know I'd rather chose to support a people who have suffered from a holocaust than radical terrorists responsible for 9/11
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 @diggorygardner: There is also no such thing as "International Law". Law is determined in different nations differently as I'm sure even the most basic fool could comprehend. I'm certain you'll agree that most middle eastern countries do not treat their citizens with anything resembling so-called "International Law".
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 @callumreynolds: OK..
1.we can argue about who threw the first stone all day. Israel has an aggressive expansion policy, I'll leave that there.
2.I'm not sure hammas had a lot to do with 9/11, happy to be educated.
3. International law exists, as the most basic fool can read here -,falls%20into%20two%20different%20categories.
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 @callumreynolds: one could say they’ve come full circle. Putting Palestinians into camps, evicting them from their homes... slippery slope to a gas chamber.

International Law is a thing, thus the international court in the Haag. It’s also where we try war criminals. Hopefully soon we see Netanyahu on the stand. Beyond constantly avoiding charges in his home country. Guy is as corrupt as they come.

Also suggest you look up what a Semite is. Quick hint, it’s not another word for Jew.
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flag callumreynolds (May 11, 2021 at 12:27) (Below Threshold)
1. Fake news. They are not interested in expanding their territory rather than just defending what they have.
2. Hamas/Al qaeda/ Fatah same difference. Same crappy muslim terrorists.
3. Hiring a lawyer to work on a case in another country is not the same as dictating to another nation what they can and can't do is it? Who enforces it?
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 @bonfire: They have tried for decades to evict in a legal way... The terrorists riot so they are forced to move Palestinian families for their own safety.
The court in The Hague has extremely negligible power in enforcing "international law".
Don't be dumb. I know what a semite is. It is universally accepted that an anti-semite is someone who is prejudiced towards Jewish people.
  • 3 2
 @callumreynolds: universally accepted or not, it has nothing to do with being Jewish. They have just commandeered it to be themselves.

Tried to evict them legally lol. Ok. Sure. On what grounds? Similar to how the British have tried to evict indigenous peoples all the over world? “We put a flag up, you’re evicted now”

Get outta here.

It’s an awkward time when the oppressed become the oppressor. Seems similar to 1939 and just this time we are calling them “refugee camps”.
  • 4 2
 @callumreynolds: viewers, please listen to this guy... He knows what he is talking about. The only thing the "Palestinians" are good at, is fooling the world that they they are the victims. Launching rockets from places like hospitals and mosques and using civilians as human shields which is what the outside world fail to see. What you would do to defend your country if you were being attacked in this method. Fact, Israel invest their money in to defence systems where as "Palestinians" use any money they get given to invest in methods of attack. When have you ever heard of Israel instigating attack on any country? There are so many other examples but its obvious. If anyone thinks differently it is most likely because they are blind or because their conscience or sub conscience just simply wants to hate Jews...
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 @jnahary: lol, it is amazing how easily you've been manipulated to believe this rhetoric. It has nothing to do with outside opinions of Jews. What a pathetic catch all of a defence. Israel has immense funding and support from the Americans, there is an insane difference here in terms of wealth and therefore available tactics. Israelis provoke and provoke and then get attacked, like a child in the back seat of a car with their sibling "I'm not touching you, I'm not touching you", then claim innocence as they unleash significant warfare.

Palestinians are left with tried and true guerilla warfare tactics, shitty. But when you have millions not billions it's what you play with.

This is an apartheid turning into a genocide. But its kosher because the Jewish community was once a victim?
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 @bonfire: wow, it's amazing to see how there are so many naive people there are in this world that are so brain washed by the media. Pathetic example of kids in a back seat. There is so much poverty in gaza because it is controlled by a terrorist organisation who control where the funding is spent. Israel is mainly funded my citizens tax payers. Furthermore, gaza is a strip of about 20 miles long which wouldn't require so much funding. Israel handed over gaza in immaculate condition and the Arabs turned it in to a run down ghetto which just shows you their values. There are so many examples. Put an Israeli in gaza or the west bank and see how far he gets. Put a "Palestinian" anywhere in Israel and he'd be able to walk the whole stretch untouched. Furthermore, if he were to fall injured, he'd be treated by Israeli medical care as opposed to the israeli in gaza who wouldn't last a minute but probably get linched. Go back and do a bit more research mate. Go for a holiday in Israel and then take a trip over to gaza and then get back to me.
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 @jnahary: Come on mate. This is a sad and pathetic point of view that is both outdated and inaccurate. Not only is it just IS propaganda, but it completely ignores the questions of What and Why are the Palestinians resisting? As if they just woke up one morning and decided to launch rockets into IS. Ridiculous. They resist a brutal vicious occupation that breaks international law, steals all their land, and runs a system of apartheid.
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 @jnahary: 1. You have that totally backwards. US media is totally subservient to IS, so if I was brainwashed by them, I would actually see things your way. YOU are brainwashed. And your position is so extreme in rhetoric that I can only assume you are Jewish and were raised in IS, because Jewish Israelis are taught these lies from the time they are little children.
2. All the points you mention are false, and have been completely debunked by many journalists on the ground, historians, academics, and human rights organizations. Also, there are very honest and courageous Jewish groups fighting for truth and justice such as Jewish Voice for Peace. They would laugh at your remarks.
  • 1 1
 @bonfire: it's thanks to Netanyahu that there are now zero covid deaths in Israel due to his achievement in getting vaccinations so rapidly to Israel. The man is a Saint. He is being scrutinised too much by the media
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 @mybaben: Palestinians aren't resisting. They are attacking. And yes, they pretty much did wake up one day and say "let's attack Israel" as they would find any feable excuse to do so as they are TERRORISTS!
  • 1 1
 @jnahary: You are free to believe all that rubbish.
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 @mybaben: it's as simple as this. In short. Hamas want terror (Hence they are a terrorist organisation). They find an excuse to launch rockets at INNOCENT CIVILIANS. Israel need to retaliate and demolish Palestinian launching ground and rockets in order to protect their citizens. Hamas are using their civilians as human shields so unfortunately and enviably, they get caught in the crossfire. I don't believe what I want to believe. I know because those are the facts.
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 @jnahary: Have a good day.
  • 44 6
 Eesh poor timing on this announcement.
  • 29 0
 Maybe bikes can be what ping pong was to relations between USA and China? Maybe I should expand my knowledge of world history beyond Forest Gump...
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 Hello Pinkbike readers. My name is Noga Korem. I am a professional Enduro racer, from Israel. I have been representing Israel at international mountain bike races all around the world for the past 12 years. During these year I have heard all the bad comments about Israel you can think of. It has become very important for me to show people all the different sides of Israel. Last Saturday, two of my partners and I organized the 2nd race of the Israel Enduro Series which was also the first ever EWS Qualifier event in Israel. You can read about the event in the race report above. As you can see, their is no political statement in the article because we don't belive that politics have any place in the world of sports. You should know that we hosted a Palestinian ride at the last two races. We also had a bunch of Muslum and Christian Arabs and Druze at our races. So I welcome you all, dear readers, to come one day to Israel, see the country, see the reality and the conflicts for your selves so you can have your own opinion. I hope you all have a great day and get out on the trails! Noga
  • 7 1
 Well said Noga, thank you.
  • 8 1
 Noga, you said it so well , thanks from all of us Smile
The competition was perfect , Me and all my fellow riders here enjoyed it a lot !
  • 8 1
 @Nogakorem thank you for the amazing day on the race trails, and for your accurate and clear voice on the political issues.
  • 2 0
 You are a great ambassador in the mountain biking world. I have seen you use mountain biking to encourage and empower women, children and even amateur hour athletes like myself. At Sea Otter 2018, when I was a guest at the GT booth you (and the rest of the GT crew) were exceptionally kind and I will forever be appreciative that you being a professional factory rider with your own busy schedule took time to help me, a total novice understand the DH track I would be competing in. You treated me with the respect you give your crew and teammates. To this day, I still would say you're the most humble and generous professional rider I know. I'm not Israeli, I'm an Asian-American guy from WA state; two entirely different backgrounds.

That said, you have welcomed people like myself with open arms in mountain biking and I hope someday people can reciprocate that inclusivity you bring to Israel and every where else you travel around the globe.
  • 6 1
 Well said my dear friend. Keep it up Am a muslim Arab mtb rider from Jerusalem, Noga is my friend and we ride together. I participated in the last race she organized and it was an amasing event so well done Noga ! I think its wrong to talk about politics here, its a bike site and this isnt the right place to talk about politics at all.. We bike all together, muslims christians druze and Jews we dont let the differences in religions affect our love to the sport. I hope sports will always win
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 @Raneem11: Sorry mate, but it is time to make "inclusion, equality and justice" a reality ALL THE TIME EVERYWHERE, not just in isolated places. Not just when we're on our bikes...
I posted this earlier. I'll put it here to.

The era of pretending there are two realities, or of compartmentalizing the reality of the world is over! The time has come to stop "just focusing on what we like" and choosing to ignore the realities of what is happening in the world. I will not "just focus on MTB". There is only ONE world, ONE humanity, ONE reality, and it is time for darkness, corruption, and violence to be cleared from this planet! Let it be known.
  • 52 28
 Free Palestine!
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flag pistol2ne (May 10, 2021 at 21:44) (Below Threshold)
 Stop shooting rockets at people lol
  • 14 6
 @pistol2ne: very good ,you have put a lot of thought into that one .oh is that rockets from water pipes or from multi million dollar fighter bombers
  • 12 17
flag pistol2ne (May 11, 2021 at 4:22) (Below Threshold)
 @nick1957: virtue signal harder for a paramilitary group shooting rockets at jews. It's a great look.
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 @pistol2ne: LMAO!! You're obvs very knowledgeable on the subject.
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 @nick1957: Right?! Don't forget about the attack helicopters and tanks against the slingshots and rocks!
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flag pistol2ne (May 11, 2021 at 10:16) (Below Threshold)
 @mybaben: Here's an idea, don't shoot rockets at Jewish schools and you won't get clapped back.

I know the woke thing on here is to shill for Hamas and Palestine but reality is a lot more nuanced and complicated.
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 @pistol2ne: It's actually super simple. Tell the Zionists to stop ethnically cleansing Palestine and perpetuating Apartheid, and tell them to give back the land they stole. Then maybe all would be well....
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 @mybaben: You can keep using your new found woke language and continue being historically ignorant. I don't mind, seriously, it just makes you look bad.
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 @pistol2ne: If you want to talk history bring it. What do you want to know? Also, for the record, I'm in my 50's and have been studying political science for years. I hope you know who Edward Said is...and I hope you're not bringing a knife to a gun fight.
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 @mybaben: "studied political science" Oh, so you're a political hack, neat. Me too, but I don't wear it like some badge of honor.
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 @pistol2ne: Still waiting for you ask me some history questions, instead of making assumptions about my knowledge....
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 @pistol2ne: Please read this, if it's not too hard work. I'm sure you you have a low opinion of woke liberal organisations like Amnesty, but they are generally respected
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 Or how about this?
BTW, oh yes, bikes and racing are amazing , and great-looking event.
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 @diggorygardner: lol ya gonna link me splc or the aclu next?

These organizations are nothing more than woke grifters that take your money to make you feel better about your identity politics. Reality is exponentially more complicated than Israel bad, hamas good (which is comical at best).
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 @pistol2ne: Do you actually have any idea what Amnesty International is/does? I pity you if you don't believe their work around the world isn't of value.
And as for your (and others) repeated accusations of "woke" as a perjorative term, I really don't understand. According to Wikipedia, "A term that refers to awareness of issues that concern social justice and racial justice" Would you call yourself "anti-woke"? Anti social and racial justice? That is a sad place to be.
I (and I don't think anyone on this thread) have never stated "Israel bad, Hamas good", that is patently bollocks. But there are historical facts that you can choose to ignore if you wish. Shame
  • 19 1
 Wow, i never really thought of Israel as a strong mtb place, but i guess its alive and well.
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 It very much is. I went there for work several years ago, and had the opportunity to do a day of riding at a popular spot (Ben Shemen forest). It was quite a scene - dozens and dozens of cars unloading nice bikes, and a solid trail system. As my Israeli colleague said, “Mountain biking here is like golfing in other countries - it’s what professionals do.”
  • 6 2
 I'd love to visit Israel someday. Sam pilgrim and Fabio wibmer both have pretty sick videos showing off mtb there. Cool to see the sport expanding anywhere in the world though. Sure seems like South America could be a mecca for mtb in the future as well.
  • 56 37
 Free Palestine End Israeli Occupation!
  • 14 35
flag splsce (May 10, 2021 at 19:15) (Below Threshold)
 Occupation.... wow
  • 19 13
 @splsce: what else do you call their violent abuse
  • 3 5
 Why didn’t everybody else think of that. So simple!
  • 11 8
 @zak9x: Hamas
  • 2 3
 @splsce: Actual I am P.L.O Style who's the most who's the wild.
  • 16 1
 Great to see so many countries with healthy riding scenes. One step closer to DH or Enduro as an Olympic sport.
  • 4 1
 They need to hurry up and add those to the Olympics already. Definitely cool to see the sport expanding.
  • 23 8
 You can't "sportswash" the truth on the ground!! That includes Chris Froome and his new team...
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 Bike clubs across the world used to be part of the anti-apartheid movement. Now we are a target for sports-washing the human rights records of repressive governments. We should not be part of celebrating events that mountain bikers can't attend because of their ethnicity.
  • 10 2
 @Mattaberbay: who can’t attend?
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flag mybaben (May 11, 2021 at 8:53) (Below Threshold)
 @Mattaberbay: 100%.
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 @Mattaberbay: indeed we should, but... why do you think thats the case? Do you want names of arab/muslim riders who competed in this race, cuz i can easily give you some.
You truly are barking at the wrong tree this time.
  • 4 1
 @Mattaberbay: Why you think Arabs or Muslims cannot attend? There are Muslims Arabs in our national teams. There are in judges the supreme court, commanders in the army, in the parliament...
  • 36 21
 So cool, so boycott-worthy
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 Why boycott-worthy?
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 @Jshemuel: shooting rockets may warrant a military response lol
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 @Jshemuel: funny, if you research Hamas, they oppose the existence of Israel.
You wouldn’t defend yourself if someone wanted you gone?
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 Lol at the “free Palestine” commenters... maybe next time take a look into the numerous attempts at the two-state solution which have been backed by Israel and were rejected by Palestinian leadership (one of which occurred in 2008 when Israel offered 99.5% of the West Bank and Gaza as well as a shared Jerusalem, but Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas refused).....

..... guess that info wasn’t in the “free Palestine” clickbait title on Reddit where you got your “information”. Ha.
  • 10 4
 Yes they are their biggest enemies. Hamas can only keep the Palestinians ransom and get loads of money by perpetuating a state of war instead of investing in them. While in the West Bank there are no elections but the struggle for the power is real and it, once more, neglects common Palestinians to a secundary role.
The nationalist gov in Israel doesn't help also on trying to deflate the more pro-war Hamas crowd.
Palestinian people/nation is also a pretty new concept "created" adhoc after their arab brothers quit fighting Israel, it then changed from Israel-Arab conflict to Palestinian-Israel. All that area as always been a pool of tribes much more group wise than a nation itself, of course that was exploited with the creation of the state of Israel, but in the previous decades it could have been pretty much anything and Palestine would be nothing more than just a name in a map of a country like Pan Jordanian, Pan Syria. (just read TE Lawrence)
It's a shame, but I'm hopeful that the new generations from both sides ill turn this around, but yeah, there's got to be compromise! Something that it has been neglected in previous agreements and negotiations.
  • 10 1
 Preaching tolerance? Equality? Coexistance? Peace? This race is the perfect example for all those values!
Israeli riders, Jewish, Druze, Christian and Muslims alike, racing shoulder to shoulder without anyone so much as blinking. Sharing a passion, equally and so naturally.

I know that's not the picture most haters have i their mind. Sorry to burst their bubble. If only they took a second to look at the nuances of reality instead of looking at things in black and white and typing the first inciting slogan that comes into their head.
  • 4 1
 Exactly Big Grin
  • 11 0
 Looks like a great event, nice tracks too!
  • 7 0
 I think mountainbiking would be a good thing to bring people together and I think it could be a chance to bring Palestiniens and Israelis together by something they have in common, and when it is just a very few of them but it’s a start. I know some other projects that bring those two groups together with sports like soccer or boxing, that’s just a small step but it achieves more than somebody from a western country writing ‘Free Palestine’ somewhere on the Internet. That said I also think Palestinians should have a better access to our beloved sport.
  • 9 0
 Very cool to see enduro expanding in other countries. I've seen some cool videos about the mtb potential in Israel, definitely want to visit one day.
  • 18 10
 Wallak what a race .. amazing.
Rough trails , rough riders and good vibes.
Inaal dinak Aolam - proud to be jew
עם הנצח לא מפחד מדרך ארוכה.
  • 11 5
 So true ! Smile Smile Smile
  • 9 5
 I Agree with you Arin , Good vibes only! Mountain Biking only!
Smile Big Grin
  • 7 1
 Lets try and keep the politics away.
We ride bikes, have fun that’s what’s unites us. This race was incredible! Great vibes from everyone, awesome riders and the management produced an amazing event. I didn’t expect to enjoy so much from this event.
I’m new to mtb, and usually ride alone and travel by myself, seeing so much riders, so much people who come together to enjoy this sport was really heart warming.
I hope this sport will gain momentum here, and we will see more races and mtb riders coming together!!
Big thank q to Noga Korem, Arik Feldman and Avi Tamil for organising this evenet!! You are the best, and I hope you will keep going!
  • 10 2
 Amazing !! Bike First. Free ISRAEL from the Palestinians terror. against innocent Israeli's victims. Free also Gaza from Hamas.
  • 6 0
 I competed in this competition in the enduro category. 4 stages at a crazy level. A simple organization was perfect for all those involved in the operation and anything that touched on the competition. I have competed in competitions before but this has surpassed all its predecessors. Thank you to everyone involved in planning and organizing. And very much looking forward to the next competition !!!
  • 9 0
 Noga Korem, what a trooper !!!
  • 9 2
 Massive thanks to Noga Korem , Avi Tamir and Arik Feldman for this awesome competition! It was the best Enduro competition in Israel EVER! thanks again Big Grin
  • 7 2
You should come and ride with us here in Israel
You will find that Arabs and Jewish ride together and what you see at the media is not our everyday life

Yes we have conflicts, but at the end of the day Israel is a democratic state how respect all here’s citizens and we all, Jewish and Arabs, are equal
  • 7 1
 This is what Israel about. Thank you Noga and team for taking Israel to the next level in the MTB scene!
Everyone that share their political views here are welcome to stay away.
Peace ✌️
  • 6 1
 I dont think its the right place to discuss politics. Sports is made to unify people and not the opposite.

Am an arab Palestinian muslim woman, I love mtb and I bike with alot of people in the country, muslims christians druz and jewish. we respect each others and want the good for everyone. Noga korem is my friend and we ride together.
The world of mtb has introduced me to more ppl from all over the country and abroad, it made it possible to communicate and know more about each others.

Regarding everything thats happening which am against ofcourse, there are people on both sides that want peace to work out, i think this change can start from the government that should treat people farely and give them their basic human rights, otherwise the chaos will just continue unfortunately and innocent ppl are paying the price.

As an mtb rider, I think this sport makes it possible for people to get to know each others talk understand each others and make a way to make this world to be a better place.

It was fun for me to come to the last competition Noga planned for, it was really good times with my friends .

And as Nelson Mandella once said :
Sports have the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sports can create hope, where there was once only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination. Sports is the game of lovers.
  • 3 2
 The Mandela quote about sports is great. What it is NOT saying is that we should IGNORE political situations and JUST talk about sports!
  • 14 5
  • 6 1
 Israel, the perfect mountain bike destination. Diversified landscape, from the green forests of the north where this race takes place, to the arid desert of the south, single track all over the place. Mountain bike paradise
  • 16 13
 This competition was so EPIC Smile
It was so fun and successful! Smile
Thanks to the one of the best EWS riders : NOGA KOREM for making this competition and supporting the Enduro riders here!

Pinkbike Users , Remeber to be positive! No hate! Spread love and share some bike rides beautiful moments Smile

We are all here for talking about riding bikes and enjoy our lovely sport , so I suggest Pinkbike Admins to check here all the comments. #Admins.

Good vibes only!
Keep riding and having fun Big Grin
Cheers Smile
  • 15 11
 "No hate! Spread love" what audacity
  • 11 11
 @shaloUCH: The people here who love bikes should spread here love , Yes!
Haters spread hate , just like we can see here in some comments sadly.
I really hope that the Admins of Pinkbike will come here to check out all the comments and see who cares here from Mountainbiking and who isn't.

Good vibes only man Big Grin I wish you happieness and good life! Also I wish you to enjoy from riding bikes and see Mountainbiking content if you here for the reason this site exists Big Grin
  • 8 8
 I think that we are all here to enjoy and talk about Mountain biking only!
this is the main goal of the Pinkbike Site am I right?
  • 9 13
flag shaloUCH (May 11, 2021 at 7:06) (Below Threshold)
 @pozimtb: I wish your pseudo country think alike about the territory they usurped
  • 3 6
 @pozimtb: do not think so much. I am not her to talk about MTB only
  • 3 5
 @shaloUCH: Lol you should worry about your miners and the people you're killing with poorly aquired covid vaccines.
  • 2 5
 @pistol2ne: I am. 'Yankee (or any usurping companies) go home' is a widely spread slogan. Thanks for worrying
  • 6 4
 @shaloUCH: Anti-Semetic much?
  • 6 5
 @carters75: never mention Semitism. Against any genocide or illegal and violent occupation. Cheers
  • 6 1
Bro , this was the best Enduro competition in here ! so fun Smile
  • 13 8
 So many people here deal with politics and ideologies that only spread hate and anger, that is just the opposite to riding MTB
  • 6 0
 Thank you PB for the report. It is good to see that events can be organized and moreover in other places than usual.
  • 6 3
 @radek @t3rry Hey Smile
I guess that all of us here for support mountain biking and Enduro riding\Enduro Competitions.
Can you talk to Pinkbike Admin to check out the comments here please?

All the best . Good vibes only Smile and enjoable rides ! cheers Big Grin
  • 3 8
flag mybaben (May 12, 2021 at 9:47) (Below Threshold)
 @pozimtb: Why do you want PB Admin to check the comments? Are you trying to block and stifle criticism of Israeli crimes? Do you know this is already going on across all social media platforms, that pro-Israeli organizations are monitoring these platforms to identify and crush any criticism of Israel? The truth will ALWAYS come to the light. This is the nature of truth.
  • 5 2
 @mybaben:This site is all about biking Big Grin
if you want you can talk about politics in every else media as you wish! (like facebook , Instagram etc..) feel ok to share there whatever you think Smile
Right now, the thing that your are doing is to involve politics with riding.
Admins of Pinkbike and the creators of this site has goal to open this site from the beginning and their goal was biking , not politics ,
Am I right?
  • 2 7
flag mybaben (May 12, 2021 at 11:13) (Below Threshold)
 @pozimtb: The era of pretending there are two realities, or of compartmentalizing the reality of the world is over! The time has come to stop "just focusing on what we like" and choosing to ignore the realities of what is happening in the world. I will not "just focus on MTB". There is only ONE world, ONE humanity, ONE reality, and it is time for darkness, corruption, and violence to be cleared from this planet! Let it be known.
  • 8 3
 @mybaben: No one give a shit you anti-Semitic POS.
  • 3 5
 @carters75: Charming.
  • 2 6
flag diggorygardner (May 13, 2021 at 0:02) (Below Threshold)
 @mybaben: And so eloquent. A great look
  • 2 5
 @diggorygardner: Yep. Good grammar too....
  • 4 2
 @mybaben: Change your username to Little Eichmann. It suits you better.
  • 2 2
 @carters75: LMAO! Classic. So typical.
  • 10 3
 This is superb!
  • 5 1
 This is amazing event for bikes. also amazing participates of Israel Arabs together. And all the Best for Noga. Free Bikers !!!
  • 4 0
 Thanks a lot, Noga, Avi and Arik!
What an amazing event and race!
Keep pushing the bar and the limit, keep making an amazing events like this!
  • 3 1
 For those who have never visited Israel or these beautiful trails in the forests that are shared by ALL Israelis - Jewish, Muslim and Christian - you should understand that the organizers of the Israel Enduro Series open up the competition and visitors from all of the local villages and communities. These trails are used by all of the People of Israel including local Arabs and Jews. The forest that they all share is meticulously managed to preserve the beauty so that it can be enjoyed by everyone.

The political situation in Israel and the Palestinian Territories/Palestine is a complicated one. Events like this and organizations like the Israel Enduro Series are part of the many local sporting and cultural gatherings where people can come together in peace and celebration of sport, competition, and the beautiful Land that everyone shares. I encourage everyone to become more familiar with the area and the wonderful people who work tirelessly to organize and manage these incredible gatherings and competitions. Please visit the Israel Enduro Series and join everyone in hoping for a return to peace and cooperation which is felt in abundance by everyone connected with this organization. Peace/Shalom/Salam
  • 5 0
 Zohan should be activated in order to solve that problem!
  • 4 0
 Helmet for your head required. But the protective covering on your schlong must be sliced off before racing...for GOD.
  • 5 0
 I like bike races though
  • 1 2
 Great to see the amazing mountain bikes heaven Israel has in it. It is very unfortunate to see many comments that are dealing with the Israeli- Palestinian conflict instead of acknowledging the power of sport as a bridge between people from all nations, just when we need it the most Thank you Noga and the team for creating this. We are extremely proud of you!!
  • 7 5
 Maybe they should have held off posting this one?!
  • 3 2
 Ride your bike and stop speaking about thing that not consider this article
  • 3 2
 In case you all haven't noticed, this is a bike website. So f_c_ your political opinions. Talk bikes!
  • 4 1
 Ride on!
  • 14 12
 Free Palestine
  • 1 2
 Free from Hamas Terror.
  • 18 20
 Did they have to steal the land and knock down houses, dislocating families to build these trails?
  • 7 1
 I can ask you the same, but I would not. Mtb is not about politics. You will be surprised how many Israeli arabs Muslem and Cristians ride that trail, with us. Israel is not what you see in the media Come and see first hand. You are more than welcom.
  • 5 2
 Did your grandparents stole your land from the native American ???
in our case they left in 1948 and the one that stay we expected so go back to the library and learn about israel history
  • 8 8
 Free Palestine!!!!!
  • 4 3
 its free mate
  • 1 3
 @talron45: Come on mate, that's not even a sick joke.
  • 1 1
 @talron45: it's free and in addition they receive utility supplies from Israel. All they need to do is stop launching rockets at innocent civilians.
  • 1 0
 @jnahary: For f*ck's sake, you literally don't know a single word you're saying. Israel forbids any building materials into Gaza. They can't even rebuild their water purification plant. Gaza has NO clean drinking water and they can't repair their electric plant either. They have rolling blackouts every day. Stop your propaganda.
  • 1 1
 @mybaben: Hamas blew up their electricity supply FROM ISRAEL when attempting to fire rockets at Israel! Hamas have full control and could not care less about their citizens. Most of the money they receive is spent on terror. Have you ever been to Gaza? Have you ever been to Israel. You probably wouldn't last a minute in Gaza once they see your American passport, yet, you'd be able to walk the streets of Israel freely, trouble free. Do your research mate! and keep the foul language to a halt!
  • 1 0
 @jnahary: Good lord. SMH.
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