Published by Lyn on 4 August 2016
Fancy cycling the Canal de Garonne in September for a great cause? Then Cycle For Life is for you. Here's what you need to know.
It's on again! Following a successful ride along the Canal du Midi last year to raise money and awareness for the excellent Cancer Support France (you can read their ride report here), they are at it again.
This time, they are tackling the Canal de Garonne over a leisurely six days from September 11-16.
The ride follows river and D-roads from beautiful Bordeaux before linking to the Canal de Garonne towpath near Castets-en-Dorthe.
Overnight stops planned for Saint-Macaire, Le Mas d’Agenais, Agen, Moissac and Grisolles before arriving in Toulouse.
As with the Midi ride last year, you can ride any or all of the stages, and the ride is for fun – it's not a race. Daily distances range from 27km to 66km, and the route is pretty much flat the entire way, so it's suitable for all abilities. (You can read more about the Garonne bike route itself here, though note the caveat below that this particular ride doesn't take the official route out of Bordeaux).
Accommodation and bike hire
This ride unfortunately bypasses the first stage of the map below from Bordeaux to Sauveterre along the wonderful Roger Lapebie bike path, instead following D-roads and the river from Bordeaux though to Saint-Macaire (Langon). It joins Canal de Garonne towpath near Castets-en-Dorthe.
The Canal de Garonne bike ride forms part of Cancer Support France's Activity For Life program, which will see events held all over the country on September 18 to raise awareness of the work the group does to support English-speaking people living with or affected by cancer in France. It's an excellent service that provides reassurance and practical support to help English speakers with cancer (and their families) navigate the French health system and find the support they need at a difficult time.