Cycling Plateau de Beille Les Cabannes

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Plateau de Beille - Les Cabannes

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Average grade: 7.9 %

Length: 15.8 km

Height start: 535 m

Height top: 1790 m

Ascent: 1255 m

Maximum: 11 %

Plateau de Beille rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 476 (all)
Ranking France: 86 (all)
Ranking Pyrenees: 32 (all)
Difficulty score: 139.18 what?

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The Plateau de Beille is situated in Midi-Pyrenees and belongs to the Pyrenees . Starting from Les Cabannes, the Plateau de Beille ascent is 15.8 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1255 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 7.9 %. The maximum slope is 11 %.

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Since 2005, the Plateau de Beille will be/was climbed in the following big tour stages:
Tour de France 2015 :  Lannemezan - Plateau de Beille on 16/07/2015
Tour de France 2011 :  Saint-Gaudens > Plateau de Beille on 16/07/2011
Tour de France 2007 :  Mazamet > Plateau-de-Beille on 22/07/2007

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Story by Rob from , United Kingdom, submitted on 09/10/2015
Robert and Peter Smith, London. 01/09/15

We take on a couple of climbs when we visit France, which is mostly every year. This year we did battle on the infamous P de B. We left our campsite at 06:30 and headed for the Midi-Pyrenees. It was overcast with rain threatening from all sides. Mercifully, about 40ks from our start point - Les Cabannes - the sky started to clear and the temp rose sharply. We arrived to a beautiful day. The Felts came off the car and were readied for the climb. As we prepared to leave a lone cyclist hit the climb and was gone. Those who know this climb know that it starts on the first 100m, 10% I would say, what a shock! We rode together for the first K until Robert gradually started to turn the screw. After 4ks he was out of site of the struggling Peter and was chasing the lone cyclist. It is a relentless climb. We didn’t have any traffic passing us - it was perfect in that sense. Robert caught the lone cyclist before the summit and waited at the top for Peter to arrive, a short while later. This climb is absolutely beautiful if you like pain, heat and stunning views. The view from the summit is a sight to behold. We train together all year and on the climbs are well matched but not today. Chapeau, mon ami
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Story by Andy from Gloucester, United Kingdom, submitted on 06/10/2012
While on holiday in the area in June 2012 my wife and I decided to drive up to the Plateau de Beille in the car, just to see what a Tour de France HC climb was really like. About 95% of the way up we passed a guy in a bright red top, plugging away on a mountain bike, and thought "well done mate, nearly there". Two hairpins higher up we came face to face with an enormous bull, which was standing slap bang in the middle of the road, facing downhill. Even in the car it was a bit nervewracking squeezing past it, as it didn''t budge an inch. I can only guess what a knackered cyclist travelling at five miles an hour while clad in bright red must have felt - especially if he was going against the clock. Although I din''t witness the encounter between the two, I can report that the intrepid grimpeur made it to the summitonly a few minutes behind us, having also had to pick his way through a herd of protective horses with young foals. Chapeau! p.s Can only assume "HC" stands for horrendously cruel.
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Story by Joël from Toulouse, France, submitted on 06/04/2010
Hello, i did my first climb up it yesterday. I am getting ready for the Mountagnole bike race and thought that it would be good to do the course before the race, the accent came afer 100km, it was very hard especilly the first 10 to 12 km, the last 4 get a little easier.
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Story by Vanstraelen Raphael from Lummen, Belgium, submitted on 10/04/2009
This summer, I stayed on a camping in Oust nearby Saint Girons. At 7 oclock I started in Oust and fisrt climbed the Col dAgnes and Port de lers before climbing the plateau de Beille. It goes immediately very steep and above the average in the first part of the climb.With this mind you know then that the second part will be easier and it became very easy nearby the top. I was a little bit disappointed at the top because I saw no sign with the height. There is only one building and a lot of cows. The advantage: almost nobody goes to the top except bikers and walkers. I almost lost control during the descend because of small gaps in the road. I went back to Oust via the col de Port.
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Story by Cameron Campbell from Toronto, Canada, submitted on 08/05/2008
I am a cancer patient who climbed to rode to the top of Plateau de Beille in 2006. I have multiple myeloma and was treated with high dose chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant in 2004. In remission, having recovered about 80% of my strength levels, I wanted to see if I could do it. It was the second hardest thing Ive ever done next to the transplant - like nothing Ive seen anywhere else. But like every hill, if you keep plugging along - youll get there eventually - and youve the satisfaction of knowing that after youve done a hors categorie climb nothing else will intimidate you again. Best of all: theres a great restaurant at the summit, and you get to swoop down the mountain afterward.
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