Archive for November, 2004

Ein Sukhna Ride 2004

November 5, 2004 .The Ein Sukhna ride was once again a wonderful success. This year we started with a large group, about half of which planned on turning back and returning to Maadi. Nine riders continued on and finished the ride to Ein Sukhna. The weather was nearly ideal with light winds and moderate temperatures. The new Ein Sukhna road is an Egyptian cyclists dream come true. It is wide, smooth and lightly travelled. With the exception of a small navigational error near the end of the ride the entire ride came off without a hitch. We finished the ride with a hot shower, pasta and beer at the Stella di Mare hotel in Ein Sukhna. I think everyone who participated is already looking forward to doing it again in April, 2005.

first stop

first stop

The Ein Sukhna ride is a 130 km ride traversing the Eastern Egyptian Desert from Maadi to the Red Sea Coast at Ein Sukhna. The overnight is spent at one of several hotel resorts on the Red Sea. Since Ein Sukhna is only about a one and one-half hour drive from Maadi, it is a good opportunity for family and friends to join riders in Ein Sukhna and spend an enjoyable afternoon and evening on the Red Sea. On Saturday, the return to Maadi is either by bike (along the same route) or via private vehicle if one is not interested in cycling back. There will also be some people returning to Maadi Friday afternoon by car.

The ride starts from the front gate of CAC at 7:00 AM. From CAC the route  follows the Ring Road to the Ein Sukhna Exit about 5 km east of Maadi.  The traffic during this part of the ride can be hectic, so caution is advised. The recently opened (September 2004) new Ein Sukhna road is a smooth, high quality, divided highway with a wide berm from Cairo to the Red Sea Coast. Leaving Maadi there is a long, steady climb out of the Nile Valley. However, once this climb is finished, the route is comprised of rolling hills with beautiful desert scenery and then a long down hill run into the Red Sea Basin. The ride is easy to moderately difficult depending upon the wind. However, with proper pacing and  frequent stops most riders find it an enjoyable, pleasant experience. A sag wagon will accompany the ride to provide assistance for anyone having difficulty.