Rolling out of Cannes early on a Saturday morning to beet the traffic and the heat I set off on a ride recommended by the guys at Cafe Du Cycliste. In the distance as I rolled along the coast just west of Cannes you could see in the distance the red rocks of the Estérelle rise out of the Mediterranean as I headed towards the VAR and the village of Frejús. Accompanied by local riders and clubs all the way to Agay I turned right and up into the hills above the coast. The traffic stopped and I had the road to myself as I climbed up on quiet roads towards the Col de l’Ariasque and the treeline that defined the shape of the hills. Passing into the Adrets is marked by the stunning Auberge Des Adrets as you start to roll back down towards Cannes.

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