The canal du Midi rowing rally: “A parenthesis out of time”, from Toulouse to Béziers

The canal du Midi – an exceptional yet familiar setting dating back to the 17th century, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site – is where the oldest rowing race in France takes place. The ATPPR (Association Toulouse Pierre-Paul Riquet) is hosting the canal du Midi Rally from Toulouse to Béziers, from August 15 to 20, 2022.

The canal du Midi Rally was created in 1982 by a group of rowing enthusiasts and professionals. The race has been approved by the French Rowing Federation and is geared towards experienced rowers. For five days, participants cover 200 km – alternating rowing, leaving boats at the locks and putting them back in the water and cycling. This is a race for long-distance rowers, so a good level of fitness is a must.


The race has been a real success and has attracted participants from around the world for many years: New Zealand, South Africa, the United States, Canada, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and Italy… each year, participants are prepared to travel from all four corners of the world to row on the canal du Midi.


As for every edition, the canal du Midi Rally contributes to the preservation of our cultural heritage. The ATPPR donates part of the money raised to replanting the trees along the canal du Midi. It’s a beautiful way to pay tribute to the work of Pierre-Paul Riquet.


To find out more, visit the ATPPR website: canal du Midi Rally | (


Let's work together
to preserve the Canal du Midi

You can take part in the canal du Midi replanting project