Plateau de Béille

With a reputation for predicting the eventual winner of the Tour de France, the climb to Plateau de Béille is also often compared to the infamous Alpe d’Huez. With switchbacks to negotiate you will wind your way through shaded forest which will be very welcome on a hot summer’s day. The gradients which are quite steep at the start do eventually soften as you make your way closer to the top. Pace yourself and you can finish very strong at the summit.

Suggested cycling route

Distance: 61.5km / 38.2mi

Start elevation: 725m / 2,378ft

Max elevation: 1,788m / 5,866ft

Climbing: 1,709m / 5,607ft

Descending: 1,709m / 5,607ft

Categorised climbs: 1

Food and water

Top up with food and water before you leave your start point of Ax Le Thermes. You can also refuel at Luzenac and Albiès.

Climb statistics and gradient profile

Gradient profile of Plateau de Beille from Les Canbannes

Plateau de Béille

Length: 16.3km / 10.1

Average gradient: 7.6%

Start point: D522A turnoff

Elevation at top: 1,788m / 5,866ft