Tandem Tour in the Gran Fondo Dead Sea Cycling Festival
This year the Gran Fondo Dead Sea Cycling Festival will for the first time ever include a tandem category. This will be the first Tandem Stage Race in Israel. Tandem cycling is attractive to all ages and to either gender. In fact a mix of age and gender is possible. To be successful in this category both cyclists should train developing a mixture of speed, strength and endurance to be successful.
This event will consist of two stages:
Stage 1. This will take place on Friday noon from Masada West all the way to Arad. This is 20 mostly flat kilometre cycle on the 3199 road.
Stage 2. This is the Queen's stage, and it will start on Saturday early morning at the hotels area in the Dead sea. The participants will ride south along the Arava Road to Hazeva Junction. From there cyclists will start a long modest climb, arriving at Scorpions Pass aka Ma'ale Akrabim, which is long, very steep and twisting climb. Once at the top, participant will find out that the desert has more hills, flats and climbs to challenge them all the way to Hatroorim Junction.
There is no doubt that for tandem riders that the Gran Fondo Dead Sea Tandem Tour offers additional challenges. This is because the route includes variety of long and steep climbs, on which the tandem's speed advantage on flats and decent simply vanished.