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Community => Cycle Tours => Topic started by: Bippers on November 04, 2017, 11:54:42 AM

Title: Canal Du Midi surface
Post by: Bippers on November 04, 2017, 11:54:42 AM
Is there anyone out there who can tell me the general condition of the Canal Du Midi cycle route. I have heard its a bit dodgy.
 
Title: Re: Canal Du Midi surface
Post by: PH on November 04, 2017, 02:32:56 PM
Dodgy in places would be more accurate, some parts are wide smooth tarmac, others are pretty rough, but it's all rideable on a touring bike as long as you're not in a hurry.  I rode parts of it from Toulouse to Carcassonne in 2014 and they were working on some sections then. 
I'd already ridden the Garonne from Bordeaux (Which is pretty much all good surface) so had probably had enough canal riding for one trip, when I got bored with dodging the holes and bumping over tree roots I'd find a road alternative.
Title: Re: Canal Du Midi surface
Post by: Bippers on November 04, 2017, 04:27:16 PM
Thanks PH. That is just what I had heard. We prefer tarmac, must be getting soft. Planning a ride from the Med to St Malo next year, avoiding the hills!!!