Riders enjoying a break

Algarve Senior Bikers make cautious return to the roads

Algarve Senior Bikers (ASB) organised their first ride since the easing of the Covid-19 restrictions on June 17 and 18.

Also during the lockdown, the ASB should have celebrated the 10th anniversary of the group in June, but the celebration has had to be put on hold for the time being.

As 37 riders registered for the latest tour, organisers Mike Evans, Philippe Payen, Peter Kenyon and Erwin Oortman decided to split them into two smaller groups over two days to ensure compliance with the current Covid-19 regulations.

Starting in São Brás de Alportel, the tour took the riders over 105km of climbing and descending M-roads with many curves through the beautiful hills of the Algarve.

At the coffee break in Cachopo, riders had the opportunity to catch up after having had to park their motorbikes for many months in the garage.

After passing through Ameixial, each group enjoyed the vistas from the picnic area at the Stupa monument in Malhão, at 531 metres the highest point in the ride.

The tour ended in Alte, where the groups enjoyed a nice lunch on the terrace of the O Folclore restaurant under the watchful eye of Balthazar the mule.

Covid-19 regulations permitting, the next tour is scheduled for July 28 and will be taking riders to the Western Algarve. More details on the website shortly.

If you want to join one of the tours, visit algarveseniorbikers.com for more details on tours or contact group organiser David Shirley by email at algarveseniorbikers@gmail.com

Paul on his trike
Peter and donkey
Peter Kenyon
Riders enjoying a break