The Anzac Centennial Bike Tour in Israel is celebrating 100 years, 100 Kilometers in one track that follows the trail used by the Australian & New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) that conquered the city of Beer Sheba and opened the path to Jerusalem in World War 1.
Every boy and girl in Australia and New Zealand know stories of the ANZAC warriors, who conducted their courageous campaign during World War 1 in the Middle East. They all know about the tragic defeat in Gallipoli and many know of the victory of the Battle of Beer Sheba from the Ottoman Empire's military forces. In what is considered to be the last cavalry charge in modern history very few Israelis know of how this Australian victory freed the path for General Allenby's British soldiers to advance to Jerusalem and change the course of history.
This coming October, exactly 100 years since that heroic battle, a unique (once in 100 years) opportunity is being offered. It is to live history and ride like an ANZAC. However, instead of horses – bikes, instead of war – peace, but the spirit, location and path are the same. The Anzac Centennial Bike Tour will take you back 100 years, in a 100 Kilometers track (covered over two days) that follows the trail used by the Australian & New Zealand Army Corps to victory.
Organized by the Budo for Peace, a non-profit organization as a fund-raising campaign for The Kids Kicking Cancer Program in Israel - this amazing bike ride is already attracting hundreds of mountain-biking enthusiasts from around the world to enjoy the remarkable & famous single-biking trail of Kibbutz Beer to the outskirts of Beer Sheba.
Riders may also enjoy a typical Australian and New Zealand cultural evening and the viewing of the reenactment of the horse-back charge by Australian and New Zealand troops (some of whom are family of the original Australians and New Zealanders who fought the battle 100 years ago!).
Other special ceremonies at the time are sponsored by the Israeli, Australian and New Zealand governments, planned in Beer Sheba and to be attended by Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu as well as Australian and New Zealand heads of state.
So register now for the October 30-31 Centennial Tour! And come Ride Like An ANZAC! at www.anzacride.com. Riders can choose from 3 available tour-packages:
A) 2-day ride (October 30-31) totaling 100 Km that starts at the ANZAC memorial near Kibbutz Beeri and ends at the Beer Sheba park. This package includes the night accommodation and the festive dinner event.
B) 1-day ride (October 30) with or without the evening program - full day (52km) or shorter (30km to Park Eshkol).
C) Community and family ride (October 31) suitable for families, children from 14y ears and people with special needs. This is 16km from Neot Hovav to Park Beer Sheba.