Riding one of AMA Grand Sud-Est’s favourite routes for this time in the year. We were a mixed group with some familiar, some new faces also some new bikes.. AMA GSE members came riding in to the start at Cassis from as far and wide as Nice and Arles.
A hazy start which was soon dispersed by the spring sunshine. The rode route took us over the cliffs of Cap Canaille and then over Sainte-Baume using a forest road over the Plateau de Siou Blanc (628 m.).
Eight riders is a good number for group riding and it’s also OK for arriving at a village bar without notice. The group had reserved at a restaurant in Solliès-Pont for the long Sunday lunch outside under the plantane trees coming in to leaf in the square in dominated by the church of 1734. It was, of course, excellent cuisine. We looped back to Gémenos via the other side of Sainte-Baume and the Col de l’Espigoulier (723 m.).
The first bike run I’ve done with AMA or any club for three years, a welcome reminder after so long of the pleasure of riding together.