PLATEAU DE BEILLE - 1790 m
Start. Les Cabannes
Access. Andorra - direction France - Ax-les-Thermes
It's a constant and tough climb of 15km and an average gradient of 8%. Since the first slope, the road gets hard, almost always through a nice forest.
Benedict felt also enthusiasm from people during the say of the Tour'07
Soft sections are not usual, I think the first time you can take a breath is 4km to the summit, after one of the hardest km.
Short rest with 4km to go
Maybe last 3km are easier, with some slopes that offer a good sight of the climb. Last km is really easy.
Mise also did it...sincerely congratulations
Well, going on with my new riding style, I put 39x25 many time during the climb. The average, close to 8%, is a 1-1.5% harder than many others, and this difference is enough to justify a 25 instead of a 23. So concentrate on the rythm and you'll get the top in one hour, more or less like me.