Two rowing events on the Canal du Midi
The ATPPR (Toulouse Pierre Paul Riquet Association) proposes two events from 15th to 20th of August 2022
The traditional Canal du Midi Rally and a new L’Enduro Canal event!
In an exceptional tourist setting, you can participate in one or the other of these events that will take place simultaneously between Toulouse and Béziers over a distance of about 200 km for 5 days.
Canal du Midi Rally
Labeled Randon’aviron by the FFA (French rowing federation), this hike is done in a yolette whose crew is composed of 4 rowers, 1 helmsman and 2 cyclists to take turns and ensure its technical assistance (embarkation, disembarkation …).
The route is punctuated by locks that are crossed after docking, using adapted trolleys and transported on each yolette,
At the finish, on Friday afternoon, there will be a criterium on the Orb, at the foot of the city of Béziers with, in addition, the crews of the Enduro Canal.
Participation in this hike requires good physical fitness and good rowing practice to achieve 165 km and to get out and put the yolettes in the water.
This new 2022 is a timed long-distance race, in skiff (not rented) or yolette, open to rowers from 18 years old.
Each boat must be accompanied by a cyclist to take turns and provide technical assistance. The yolettes are equipped with a trolley to cross the locks.
It is a race where speed and performance should not make us forget the sporting values: team spirit, respect for others, respect for the site…
It is a race that is aimed at seasoned rowers at least 18 y.o. and requires to be up to date with medical obligations (certificate of non-contradiction to the practice of rowing in competition).
At the finish, on Friday afternoon, there will be a criterium on the Orb, at the foot of the city of Béziers with, in addition, the crews of the Rally.
Sunday, August 14th of august :
- welcome of the participants, Allées Paul Sabatier in Toulouse, to finalize the registrations and receive the documents of the trip
participants arriving with their boats will be expected in Port Lauraguais.
Monday, August 15th, meet at 7am Allées Paul Sabatier in Toulouse (with your luggage), where buses will take participants to Port Lauraguais, the starting point of both events.
Two formulas are proposed :
- Complete: youth hostel for the first 4 days and then in a hotel.
505€ and 305€ (under 25 Y.O.)
- Free: camping, cottage, bed and breakfast … reservation and payment at the expense of the participants who have opted for this formula.
135€ and 85€ (under 25 Y.O.)
Lunches, prepared by a caterer, will be served on the table by the organization’s team.
For those who have chosen the free formula, lunches can be reserved when they register :
16€ per meal
For all participants : festive meal on Friday evening.
« Special Rally » and « Special Enduro » buses will transport between the accommodation and the start and finish points of each stage.
Participants who have opted for free accommodation move on their own.
A team from the organization accompanies all the boats by bicycle from the towpath. This team assists in case of need and ensures the safety of crews and cyclists when crossing the roads, which cut the route of the canal.
A team is present at the starts and finishes of the stages.
It is in constant contact with the security team throughout the journey.
It is essential to prepare physically.
(Read : « Prepare physically« ).
Conference on the history of the Canal du Midi given by the archivist of VNF.
Guided tour of the city of Carcassonne (register first).
Tasting of regional wines.
- A technical team helps with the maintenance and repair of boats and bicycles.
- It follows the route with a boat trailer and a bicycle trailer.
- On the last day, all crews participate in the cleaning of the boats and their loading on the trailers.
- Yolettes and bicycles are offered for rent, not skiffs for Enduro-Canal participants.
Package seat/trolley : 92 € per person or 460 € for the whole boat (5 seats and 1 trolley)
Bicycle : 44 €
Rules to be respected
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Canal du Midi site is the subject of careful care by VNF (Voies Navigables de France).
We must respect :
- the people who co-exist there (tourists, lockkeepers, fishermen, boatmen ..), let’s not forget the rules of courtesy.
- its environment, no waste should be abandoned and we practice as much as possible the selective sorting.
We use equipment (boats, bicycles …) to which we must also pay attention, the exit and launching of boats are very often delicate.
As for the safety of all, this is one of our major concerns.
For all these reasons, it is required, for all crews, a pace traffic on the towpath.
Group participation is the rule.
One coordinator per group is appointed to manage the equipment whether rented or not. Rentals, if applicable, are entered by the coordinator on his registration form.
The « I am on my own » box is to be checked only for rowers registering for the Rallye du Canal du Midi and wishing to be integrated into a crew to be constituted according to the registrations.
The total amount displayed on the coordinator’s form includes the amount of rentals to be paid in a single payment, at the expense of the coordinator to distribute the cost among the participants in his group.
Téléchargez ici tous les documents nécessaires à votre préparation.