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Cycle tour in the Middle East?
 

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PLee
Joined: 08 Dec 2003
Posts: 3613
Location: Brooklyn, NY

10/18/18 9:03 PM

Cycle tour in the Middle East?

Anyone here know anything about this tour/race scheduled for next May?

https://www.metour.info/

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Marc N.
Joined: 12 Jan 2004
Posts: 448
Location: Israel

10/19/18 2:13 AM

First I`ve heard of it, and it`s in my backyard.It`s in March, not May as the latter would be uncomfortably warm considering where they are riding. Seems a bit steep money wise but who knows, maybe it will draw riders.
When I saw the original post, I thought it was referring to what is being called the Tour of Israel. The same Canadian zillionaire who manage to bring the Giro here, and is building Israels first velodrome, is organizing a 5 day stage race that will be used as a warm up to the Giro. Not sure yet if it will be on the 2019 calendar as it was organized only recently.

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henoch
Joined: 12 Jan 2004
Posts: 1600

10/19/18 8:05 AM

I never heard of it before but it does sound interesting.
For what you are getting I am not sure if the price is that high, consider that the GFNY is $300 and that is for one day of riding.

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April
Joined: 13 Dec 2003
Posts: 6453
Location: Westchester/NYC

10/21/18 8:55 PM

Itís a race! So thereís timing setups that a tour doesnít have to provide. And the roads need to be closed. Henoch got it right, itís inline with the Fandos.

Whether itís good value is a personal thing. It looks interesting enough that, if thereíre no other comparable offer available, it would interest *me*! (Some day, maybe. Have other priorities right now)

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dan emery
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
Posts: 6075
Location: Maine

10/22/18 1:31 PM

Price looks OK to me

Considering it's 8 days and they schlep riders and luggage (note the contextually appropriate terminology!)

Actually looks pretty cool (not literally).

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April
Joined: 13 Dec 2003
Posts: 6453
Location: Westchester/NYC

10/22/18 3:46 PM

Yes and no.

All tours schlep riders and their luggage around. That's the cost to compare this "tour" with. It's on the pricy side in that comparison.

But it's in line with Grand Fandos, which are races. (some say GF are just money grabbers. But "value" is always a very personal thing).

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dan emery
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
Posts: 6075
Location: Maine

10/22/18 4:32 PM

Whatever

Gran Fondos don't schlep begs. So look at it as an 8 day Gran Fondo where in addition they schlep your bags. Plus I'm guessing that Israel is a bit more challenging logistically to stage than a Gran Fondo or tour in the US. Plus they have several routes much longer than a typical tour. I think it's a pretty good price.

For Bike Maine you pay $900 for one less day, much fewer miles, and none of the Gran Fondo aspects.

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