Plateau de Beille

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Les Cabannes 1,790m 1,258m 15.8 km 8.0% 1,274 ****

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Climb Description

Plateau de Beille is a relative newcomer to the Tour de France, having first been used in the 1998 edition. However, it has quickly become known as one of the most challenging and most feared climbs in the Pyrenees. Stage winners here have included Marco Pantani, Lance Armstrong and Alberto Contador - giving some idea of what it takes to conquer this climb. The challenge is in the unrelenting gradients. It rarely gets above 12%, but the road also rarely drops below 8% until the final couple of kilometres, and so a sustained hard effort is needed to get to the top.

The climb itself is in forest for much of the ascent where it is quiet and enjoyable without being spectacular. However, it does open up towards the top of the climb with some great views down into the valley and across to the higher peaks in the region. The plateau itself - at the end of the road - is a small ski resort and also the start of several hiking trails.

Plateau de Beille is usually kept open throughout the year to enable access to the ski resort. It can be very cold in winter though, and we recommend riding it only from late April to the end of October.

Plateau de Beille (Pyrenees)

The scenery opens up in the final 3km

Roads & Traffic

The road is in excellent condition throughout and there is little traffic on this climb.

Alternative Routes

This is the only way to climb to Plateau de Beille.

Nearby Climbs

Ax-3 Domaines

Col du Chioula

Port de Pailhères

Col de Puymorens

Port d'Envalira

Col de Port

Col de Marmare

Port de Lers

Cycling Holidays

Plateau de Beille can be climbed as an optional extension on our Pyrenees Coast to Coast cycling holiday.

Check out the information below for details of this and some of the other tours that we run in high mountains.

Port de Pailheres Cycling
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Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 9 Days
Level: Difficulty Hard
Price: €1,980 EUR
*Bike Hire Included

French FlagFrance

Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging-Hard
Price: €1,630 EUR
*Bike Hire Included

Lagos de Covadonga
Spanish FlagSpain

Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging-Hard
Price: from €1,490 EUR