A bicycle built for two

ALYN’s Wheels of Love: Pedaling for rehabilitation, fun and love

By MIKKI SHANA
December 6, 2018 19:08
A bicycle built for two

Carol Sober from the US triumphantly holds up her bicycle. (photo credit: Courtesy)

 
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For the past year, every Wednesday afternoon Rocky Brody leaves her mosaic studio in Alon Shvut to volunteer her time with the Swift and the Bold cyclists. Less than an hour away in Jerusalem, Adina Elbaz, a former patient of the ALYN Hospital, cuts short her daily routine to join Rocky for a training ride. This is not, however, your ordinary cycling group. The Swift and the Bold is a group of dedicated volunteers from all over Israel and a group of extraordinary children, patients and former patients between the ages of 10-22, who come together to train for the annual 5-day bike ride, “Wheels of Love.” The ride, attended by 600 cyclists from around the world, operates in the model of “riding for a cause,” in which each rider undertakes to raise funds for Israel’s only paediatric rehabilitation hospital, ALYN. There are many teams that take part, but, without a doubt, the most inspiring and determined team is the Swift and the Bold, five of whom tackle the Jerusalem hills on their hand-bikes, or those like Rocky and Adina, who ride on tandem bikes. It is here that friendships are made sharing together the bumps of the ride both physically and emotionally.

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