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Israel Cycling Academy hike to Jerusalem - Gallery

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Israel Cycling Academy hike together on a bonding trip to Jerusalem

Israel Cycling Academy hike together on a bonding trip to Jerusalem
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Zak Dempster looks at the names of the Righteous among the nations while listening to the tour guide

Zak Dempster looks at the names of the Righteous among the nations while listening to the tour guide
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Cristiano de Rosa takes a picture of the children in their new kits

Cristiano de Rosa takes a picture of the children in their new kits
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Co-owner Sylvan Adams speaks at the team presentation

Co-owner Sylvan Adams speaks at the team presentation
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The riders show off their new kit for 2018

The riders show off their new kit for 2018
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Team manager Ran Margaliot speaking at the

Team manager Ran Margaliot speaking at the
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Gino Bartali's name in the list names of the Righteous among the nations

Gino Bartali's name in the list names of the Righteous among the nations
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The riders test out some city bikes

The riders test out some city bikes
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Co-owner Ron Baron talking at a press conference in Tel Aviv

Co-owner Ron Baron talking at a press conference in Tel Aviv
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A press conference was held in Tel Aviv where riders were awarded status as 'Ambassadors for Peace in Sport'

A press conference was held in Tel Aviv where riders were awarded status as 'Ambassadors for Peace in Sport'
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The children got to test out their new bicycles with some assistance from the riders

The children got to test out their new bicycles with some assistance from the riders
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Ruben Plaza helps one of the children put on a helmet

Ruben Plaza helps one of the children put on a helmet
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The riders pose with the students after the ceremony

The riders pose with the students after the ceremony
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Hamish Schreurs enjoys the ride as the riders focus on team work with stretcher carrying

Hamish Schreurs enjoys the ride as the riders focus on team work with stretcher carrying
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Team manager Ran Margaliot talks to the team

Team manager Ran Margaliot talks to the team
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The riders try to build up some energy on their walk with some early morning shouting

The riders try to build up some energy on their walk with some early morning shouting
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After a press conference in Tel Aviv, the riders give some city bikes a good going over

After a press conference in Tel Aviv, the riders give some city bikes a good going over
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Co-owner Sylvan Adams talks during a press conference in Tel Aviv

Co-owner Sylvan Adams talks during a press conference in Tel Aviv
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Co-owners Ron Baron and Sylvan Adams given certificates for 'ambassadors for peace' at the Peres Centre for Peace

Co-owners Ron Baron and Sylvan Adams given certificates for 'ambassadors for peace' at the Peres Centre for Peace
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Ben Hermans with his certificate

Ben Hermans with his certificate
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Turkish rider Ahmet Orken was awarded a certificate naming him an 'Ambassador for Peace in Sport' along with his teammates

Turkish rider Ahmet Orken was awarded a certificate naming him an 'Ambassador for Peace in Sport' along with his teammates
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A press conference at the Peres Center for Peace

A press conference at the Peres Center for Peace
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The riders and staff were blessed with good weather all week

The riders and staff were blessed with good weather all week
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Riders pray at the Western Wall

Riders pray at the Western Wall
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Israel Cycling Academy practising martial arts at team camp

Israel Cycling Academy practising martial arts at team camp
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Israel Cycling Academy ready to start the long hike to Jerusalem

Israel Cycling Academy ready to start the long hike to Jerusalem
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Israel Cycling Academy bond on camping trip to Jerusalem

Israel Cycling Academy bond on camping trip to Jerusalem
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The riders and staff from the Israel Cycling Academy before the start of their walk to Jerusalem

The riders and staff from the Israel Cycling Academy before the start of their walk to Jerusalem
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Ahmet Orken attempts to run around a rope held up by his new team

Ahmet Orken attempts to run around a rope held up by his new team
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Luis Lemus and Aviv Yechezkel tuck into lunch

Luis Lemus and Aviv Yechezkel tuck into lunch
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Team manager Ran Margaliot talks to the team when they arrive at their overnight spot

Team manager Ran Margaliot talks to the team when they arrive at their overnight spot
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Riders were woken from their sleep for a midnight martial arts class

Riders were woken from their sleep for a midnight martial arts class
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Ben Hermans and Dennis van Winden do some self defense in a midnight Krav Maga lesson

Ben Hermans and Dennis van Winden do some self defense in a midnight Krav Maga lesson
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The team poses in front of the Western Wall

The team poses in front of the Western Wall
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The riders learn about some of the victims of the Holocaust

The riders learn about some of the victims of the Holocaust
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The team is given a tour of the Yad Vishem Holocaust Rememberence Centre

The team is given a tour of the Yad Vishem Holocaust Rememberence Centre
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The riders listen to a guided tour of the Yad Vishem Holocaust Rememberence Centre

The riders listen to a guided tour of the Yad Vishem Holocaust Rememberence Centre
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The riders do some team building with stretcher exercises

The riders do some team building with stretcher exercises
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Tents are emptied before dawn for the final stretch of the walk to Jerusalem

Tents are emptied before dawn for the final stretch of the walk to Jerusalem
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Tyler Williams running away during one of the games played en route

Tyler Williams running away during one of the games played en route
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Israel Cycling Academy riders enjoy team camp in Israel

Israel Cycling Academy riders enjoy team camp in Israel
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Israel Cycling Academy rider hike for two days to Jerusalem at team camp

Israel Cycling Academy rider hike for two days to Jerusalem at team camp
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Israel Cycling Academy having fun bonding during team camp in Israel

Israel Cycling Academy having fun bonding during team camp in Israel
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Israel Cycling Academy's hungry riders grab some food on a team camping trip

Israel Cycling Academy's hungry riders grab some food on a team camping trip
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There may still be a few weeks left of 2017 but teams are already setting down the base for their 2018 campaigns. The Israel Cycling Academy is no different and they have headed to their native Israel for a team bonding camp.

After stepping up to Pro Continental level at the start of the year and with a Giro d'Italia start looking more than likely, the team has made some big changes to its staff as well as its line-up. Ben Hermans is the team's biggest signing for 2018 as he moves from the BMC Racing set-up after four years.

The Belgian is joined by sprinter Kristian Sbaragli, WorldTour veteran Ruben Plaza, Norwegians Sondre Holst Enger and August Jensen, Nathan Earle, and first-ever Turkish professional Ahmet Orken.