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42.5363° N, 1.5830° E

Coll de Beixalís (from Encamp)

By Jonathan Leigh

Distance
6.5 km

Gain
555 m

Grade
8.4%

Time
~40 mins

31-70

Moderate to hard

Bring your A game, your legs and lungs will be tested!

Start

Encamp

Finish

Coll de Beixalís

Distance

6.5 km

Climb overview The Coll de Beixalis has two Impressive approaches. In the west from Anyos and from Encamp to the east. Climbing from Anyos you cover 8.7km and gain 618m making for a tough but consistent climb. Carrying an average gradient of 7% and peaking at 11% at 5km in its a great test. From Encamp it’s a bit less forgiving, It’s shorter at 6.5km and gains nearly the same elevation at 555m. The approach bears its teeth with an average gradient of 8.4% and a high of 15.8%. The toughest part kicks in early at about 1.5km and doesn’t relent for 5km, running at around 12% average, it then drops to between 5 and 8%. Bring your A game, your legs and lungs will be tested!

Perfect playground

Coll de Beixalis was only fully surfaced in 2014 and it remains superb to ride, the ascent from Encamp was little more than a gravel farm track before this. Now it’s a world class climb. Where there’s world class climbs there’s world class riders, so don’t be surprised if you encounter a few on the way up or down. A fair few have homes in Andorra, including Australian team Sky rider Rohan Dennis.

Racing pedigree

First featured during a grand tour as stage 11 of the 2015 Vuelta Espana. This stage has been touted as one of the hardest to ever be held in a grand tour, with an incredible 5200m of elevation gain in just 138km. Famously won by Mikel Landa who attacked and left the breakaway group on the final climb, followed by his Estana team mate Fabio Aru. Both putting a great time into GC chaser Tom Dumoulin. The stage claimed a famous casualty as well, Chris Froome, who fell early in the day. He struggled on but retired after finishing. 2016 the Tour de France wanted some Col de Beixalis action with it featuring as the penultimate climb. This year Tom Dumolin was not to be beaten and won in emphatic style, passing Chris Froome in the final metres, making the best of the awful weather conditions as the stage closed.

Immersed in nature

Cycling in Andorra is always a beautiful experience, col de Beixalis is no exception. Climbing from Massana your senses are filled with sight and smell of the surrounding pine forests, heightened by the lack of aural interference. When the trees break there are panoramic views through the valley to the ski resorts of Pal and Arinsal, well worth that break to regain your legs and lungs. When recovering you may even spot some locals foraging for mushrooms in autumn, something to get you thinking about the evening meal made from incredible local produce. A truly stunning area for a cycling tour.

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

Do not get fooled by the average gradient figure

The Coll de Beixalis has two Impressive approaches. In the west from Anyos and from Encamp to the east. Climbing from Anyos you cover 8.7km and gain 618m making for a tough but consistent climb. Carrying an average gradient of 7% and peaking at 11% at 5km in its a great test. From Encamp it’s a bit less forgiving, It’s shorter at 6.5km and gains nearly the same elevation at 555m. The approach bears its teeth with an average gradient of 8.4% and a high of 15.8%. The toughest part kicks in early at about 1.5km and doesn’t relent for 5km, running at around 12% average, it then drops to between 5 and 8%. Bring your A game, your legs and lungs will be tested!

CLIMB DETAILS

Gradient
1 5
2 9.8
3 12.1
4 10.3
5 6.4
6 6.4
7 7.7

You will meet far more cyclists than cars

Even if generally Andorra boast perfect riding and roads conditions, this road leading from Encamp to Anyós is totally quiet, as commuters will go the bigger road circumventing the mountain and avoid all the switchbacks. Only occasional cars mainly with tourists will pass you. But prepare yourself to overtake and being overtaken by some serious guys out there that can well turn up being a pro!

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Distance
6.5 km

Gain
555 m

Grade
8.4%

Time
~40 mins

Climb overview The Coll de Beixalis has two Impressive approaches. In the west from Anyos and from Encamp to the east. Climbing from Anyos you cover 8.7km and gain 618m making for a tough but consistent climb. Carrying an average gradient of 7% and peaking at 11% at 5km in its a great test. From Encamp it’s a bit less forgiving, It’s shorter at 6.5km and gains nearly the same elevation at 555m. The approach bears its teeth with an average gradient of 8.4% and a high of 15.8%. The toughest part kicks in early at about 1.5km and doesn’t relent for 5km, running at around 12% average, it then drops to between 5 and 8%. Bring your A game, your legs and lungs will be tested!

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