Plateau de Béille


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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.

Quick Stats

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

Plateau de Béille

Length: 16.3km / 10.1

Average gradient: 7.6%

Start point: D522A turnoff

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

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.

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Looking down a layer of cloud in the valley from the summit of Col du Tourmalet