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Roger Lapébie cycle track: Bordeaux / Créon

[ Cycle routes Canal des deux mers à vélo ] [ The canal de Garonne by bike from Bordeaux to Agen ]
  • 23.5 km
  • famille Level Family

Leaving Bordeaux, after crossing the St-Jean Bridge, a cycle track that runs in part alongside the Garonne leads to Latresne, where you join the beautiful Roger Lapébie cycle track. It’s named after the winner of the Tour de France in 1937 and is remarkably well laid out along a former railway line, with several dedicated stops in former railway stations. The way heads to Créon. This place, set around its arcaded central square, a remnant of a former bastide fortified town, is well worth a detour.

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The route

Provisionally, the route starts from Bordeaux SNCF train station. Head down to the Pont St-Jean Bridge, accessible via a ramp, to cross the Garonne, whose east bank you then follow for a while. From Latresne, the Roger Lapébie cycle track is tarmacked, well-equipped and safe.

SNCF train stations

 

Bordeaux St-Jean train station:
TER regional trains and Intercités trains serve > Agen/Montauban/Toulouse/Carcassonne/Béziers/ Sète/ Montpellier/Marseille (numerous trains daily); Royan via Saintes (6 to 10 trains daily)
Further destinations served by rail from Bordeaux include: Le Verdon (Pointe de Grave); Angoulême/Poitiers/ Tours/Paris;  Niort/La Rochelle/ Nantes; Arcachon/Mont-de-Marsan/Dax/Bayonne/Biarritz/ Hendaye/ St-Sébastien

 

Buses

Bordeaux/Lacanau (line 702) - Tel +33 (0)9 74 50 00 33

 

Check timetables

 

Tourist offices

Office de Tourisme de Bordeaux
Office de Tourisme de Créon
Créon cycle station

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Entre-deux-mers appellation (AOC) wines

Between the Dordogne and Garonne Rivers (nicknamed ‘mers’, or ‘seas’, here), the beautiful geographical region known as Entre-deux-Mers produces the widest range of Bordeaux wines: reds, whites (dry and sweet), rosés and old-fashioned clairets. This is the largest area in the département of Gironde for producing AOC wines, and it accounts for a massive 85 % of Bordeaux wines (that is, wines made in the Gironde département). From as early as the 11th century, Benedictine monks at the local Abbey of La Sauve-Majeure set about improving the area’s methods for cultivating vines.

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