Welcome to Israel

Not much bigger than New Jersey, Israel welcomes an average of more than 3.5 million tourists a year. 

From historical sites to vibrant beaches, important religious holy sites, to great food and warm, open atmosphere, Israel has something to offer to all those who visit.

Israel is very easy to travel – Jerusalem (1 hour drive from Tel Aviv) with its 3,000 years of history, the Roman old city of Caesarea (30 minutes drive), the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea (1.5 hours drive), the Sea of Galilee (1.5 hours drive), the unique craters of the Negev desert (2.5 hours drive) and even Eilat with its colorful coral reefs (4.5 hours drive) are all a day tour away from Tel Aviv.

The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) had appointed “Amsalem Tours” as the local travel agent to assist in planning and a tour to one or more of these special places, and many others. They’ll be offering special deals for the competition arrivals.
For further information please contact Mrs Hila Nidam – hilan@amsalem.com (and don’t forget to mention you’re with the UCI JTWC event).

Tel Aviv – the host city

Called ‘Mediterranean Capital of Cool’ by the New York Times, a 24-hour city with a unique pulse, combining sandy Mediterranean beaches with a world-class nightlife, a buzzing cultural scene, incredible food, UNESCO recognized architecture, and an international outlook. 

Tel Aviv is the sporting capital of Israel. On top of many annual events, such as the Tel Aviv Marathon, Triathlon, Night Run, Cycling Marathon, with each attracting thousands from Israel and abroad, many elite sporting events discovered the city’s potential; FIBA, IJF and other international federations held a major event in the city – and came back for more. The city also hosted the finish of stage 2 of the 2018 Giro D’Italia, the first time a Grand Tour began outside of Europe.

Tel Aviv offers a huge variety of hotels in a wide range of prices.
Please note that End of August is a pick season and you should reserve your accommodation fast.  
Those who want assistance in booking accommodation are more than welcome to address our official travel agent ——.

These are the official competition hotels:

  • UCI Official Hotel:

    Leonardo Boutique Hotel – Tel Aviv (4*)

    Address: HaBarzel St 17, Tel Aviv-Yafo, 6971023, Israel

  • Hotels reserved for the teams:

    Leonardo City Hotel (4*)

    Address: Zisman Shalom St 14, Ramat Gan, 5252903, Israel

    Prima Link Hotel (4*)

    Address: Mota Gur St 4, Petah Tikva, 4900300, Israel


    In order to use public transport you can download the Moovit app where you can both find directions as well as pay for your ride. 

    The closest bus station is right outside of the velodrome, and another is in the Sport Center – 200 m’ west of the velodrome.
    Bus lines that arrives there are: 708, 278, 189, 80, 44, 2.

    The closest train station is the TA University, and it is 25 min walk away or 7 min to the bus station.

    Please note that there is construction work in progress on the street outside the velodrome for the new trum, so please check at the Moovit app for changes.


    If you use a taxi anywhere in Israel, make sure they turn the meter on – moneh b’vakasha (meter please).

    Uber do not operate in Israel, The most popular taxi app in Israel is Gett, with a huge fleet, where you’ll be able to know the cost in advance and.

The local currency is the New Israeli Shekel. Each shekel is worth about 30 cents of american dollar. Shekel coins come in units of 1 , 2, 5  and 10 as well as much smaller coin denominations called agorot. Shekel bills come in units of 20 , 50 , 100and 200 denominations. 

Major credit cards like VISA and MasterCard are accepted throughout Israel. Most banks and credit card companies charge a foreign transaction fee. Be sure to check with your bank/credit Card Company about what their fee is and also let them know you will be traveling abroad prior to your departure.

The electrical current in Israel is 220 volts. The electrical plugs hastwo rounded prongs. 

The water in Israel is properly treated and is perfectly safe to drink. Bottled water is widely available and inexpensive or you can bring a water bottle and fill it as needed. If you plan on hiking in Israel, especially in the summer, consider a Camelback or other device to carry larger quantities of water.

Israel enjoys warm, dry summers (April-October) and generally mild winters (November-March). July & August are the driest months.

August in Tel Aviv (and almost all other coral cities averages around 30 C and about 70% humidity. Inner parts, away from the mediterranean sea, are usually warmed and dryer.

According to the Jewish calendar, the date changes at sunset. The 7th day (starting at sunset on Friday, called “Shabbat” in Hebrew) is the Holiest day of the week, and as a result some places will be closed. In others (such as hotels), there will be some minor changes in the breakfast or lunch menu, and some other changes such as the use of the “Shabbat” Elevator, which will stop on each floor on that day.

Public transportation (buses and trains) will also stop working from about 2-3 hours before Shabbat, till about an hour after. Shuttle service to and from the venue will of course work as usual.

These are the official Shabbat times during the competition:

  • Friday August 19th 2022 at 18:59 to Saturday August 20th 2022 at 19:58
  • Friday August 26th 2022 at 18:51 to Saturday August 27th  2022 at 19:49

While there is a tremendous variety of cuisines and food eaten in Israel, certain dishes are considered typical Israeli food. 

  • Israeli salad: typically chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, onions & parsley in lemon juice & Olive oil 
  • Jachnun a filling dish made from dough and cooked overnight (mainly Saturday breakfast food)
  • Shakshooka: poached eggs in a spiced tomato sauce 
  • Hummus: a mashed chickpea spread 
  • Tahini: a delicious spread made from ground sesame seeds
  •  Excuse me  –  S’licha 
  • Good evening  –  Erev Tov 
  • Good morning  –  Boker Tov 
  • Good night  –  Lyla tov 
  • Hello, goodbye, peace  –  Shalom
  • How much? How many?  –  Ka’mah?
  • Yes  –  Ken
  • No  –  Lo
  • Please, you are welcome  –  B’va-ka-sha 
  • Thank you  –  Toda Raba 
  • Where are the bathrooms?  –  Eh-foh ha’sherutim? 
  • Wonderful  –  Yofi