Italy’s epic early season Extreme Enduro, Hell’s Gate, attracting a world-class line-up to Tuscany on February 15-16, 2019.
Since 2004, Hell’s Gate has attracted the big names of Extreme Enduro to Italy’s toughest event in the Tuscany hills at Il Ciocco. The event has seen some of the bisggest names in off road competing over the years, runs an eliminator daytime race before the top 30 riders are pitched in to a knockout format evening race, largely in the dark, ending with an insane hill climb.
For 2019 the winners of the last two editions of Hell’s Gate, Sherco riders Mario Roman and Wade Young, will be joined by five-times winner Graham Jarvis this February, plus former winner Jonny Walker getting back in his international competition groove after injury in 2018.
The Hell’s Gate programme welcomes riders and spectators from Friday afternoon ahead of the prologue at 6:30pm. That’s followed by the Hell’s Gate Party in the evening on site.
Saturday begins fresh and early at 7am with the “Eliminator Special Test” which organisers describes as “a few lethal kilometres” on a single-lap that sets out to “filter” 30 finalists for the afternoon/evening race.
At 3:30pm, with headlights fitted, Hell’s Gate breaks loose for riders still in the contest on a relentless special test around the steep-sided and rocky hillside.
An 18 kilometre loop eliminates riders each lap before the last riders standing attack the merciless final “Impossible” climb around 7pm, long after darkness has fallen.
Also this year, after Saturday’s battle, “Hell’s Gate Lite” brings a more accessible chance for enduro riders to take on the Il Ciocco course – fancy it? Get your entries in.
More information and entries: hellsgate.it
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