Hell’s Gate 2012 eve: Welcome Bordone-Ferrari team
Everything is ready. The last hours of preparation for the event are as always the most excited. Most of the riders are already on the way, someone is giving the missing documents, another one calls to make sure that the track of Hell’s Gate is practicable, one who forgot to book the hotel room.
Last entry … even a “mass” one. It’s the Bordone-Ferrari Racing Team. At the beginning the participation to Hell’s Gate was Alessandro Botturi’s personal initiative, as he hasn’t missed any of eight previous editions of the race. Then, last week in Milan, the official, strong Bordone-Ferrari team – competing in the Enduro Worldchampionship – was officially unveiled and decided to join Botturi, planning a real “expedition” to Ciocco. The Rally Team Riders – Viladoms, Farres and Ceci – will support Botturi’s mission. The clear purpose is not only to bring the warmth of the support team, but to be part of the “mission” when the rider from Lumezzane will face (it is assumed), the impossible, final climb of Hell’s Peak. “Push company” and teamwork, an excellent idea to face the official Enduro debut, entering the main door, pardon, the main gate: Hell’s Gate.
Alessandro Botturi becomes the flag of the selected Italian team, which aims to stop the “excess of power” of English, emblematic in Hell’s Gate with five wins in eight editions by David Knight, Wayne Braibrook, Dougie Lampkin and Graham Jarvis.
Jarvis, Lampkin, Walker & Company will find on their way, as well as Botturi also Maurizio Gerini, Piero Sembenini, Alberto Dall’Era, Deny Philippaerts. The ninth edition challenge becomes even more interesting if you think to the Germans, represented by Andreas Lettembichler, the Spaniards, Galindo & Gomez, and American Cody Webb.
Good weather at Il Ciocco, but to reach Castelvecchio Pascoli and the Hell’s Gate theater is advisable to go to Lucca, avoiding the Apennine crosses and the provincial and municipal roads that never end.
It starts at 07:00, with the Morning Heat. At 15:30 start of the final of Hell’s Gate.