44° 4′ 57.615″ N, 10° 27′ 51.812″, through me the way among the people lost… of the Extreme. No sarcasm please: these are the coordinates of the Garitta di Guardia, Il Ciocco’s watchtower, geographic viewfinder of the door to the inferno of Hell’s Gate Metzeler 2018 in Castelvecchio Pascoli! It is the location to enter into your GPS. You’re inside! Irrevocably.
Once past the barrier (please don’t mow down the gatekeeper!), you can park your car, motorcycle or buggy and let the Devil take your hand and accompany you through the circles of Hell’s Gate Metzeler 2018. The Extreme Adventure begins here, on the shuttle that will take you to the limits of the netherworld… the Stadium where everything begins and through which everything passes.
Friday. You arrive and you climb the Mountain. The program of Il Ciocco and of Hell’s Gate Metzeler 2018 couldn’t be more alluring. Now, all you have to do is come up through the Circle of Hell Party, that is, to head straight for DJ Set Massive Rock and Vitamina Jeans. You should know that this is just the evening climax of a long day of tribulations – sports-wise, too – that go from the opening of the Preliminary Operations of Hell’s Gate Metzeler 2018 at 12 noon – just in time for lunch at the Locanda Alla Posta (reservation is mandatory, last-minute seating is very unlikely) – until the terrible resurgence at 7 pm, when Friday Dusk, the terrifyingly “indoor” Super Challenge among the Aces of the Extreme, kicks off. It’s not just a gory aperitif, it also serves to establish the starting grid of the crucial phase of Hell’s Gate Metzeler 2018, high point of the competitive event scheduled for Saturday on the Mountain.
And in the middle? In the middle, you, no longer holding the Devil’s hand because you rebelled. So you won’t miss the Autograph Session at the Party, and you will have a front-row seat for the show by Marco Aurelio Fontana – symbolic Rite of Passage of an unmatched cycling champion – the day closest to the off-road, the Eroe of Hell’s Gate Metzeler Lite. And then party time, ad libitum.
Well, you’re not even awake yet and you’re already knocked out. The Devil’s Event is no joke. And much remains to be done while you’re doing your best and you are the protagonist.
Saturday. Early wake-up call. Wake up, come on! The Qualifyng Race, the “Traditional” Enduro begins at dawn. And then it’s a staggering emotional toboggan until nighttime. An entire day, hand-in-hand with the Devil who takes you into the key venues of the battle, the In Line Special and its historic passages: Laghetto, Fosso del Fontana, Dente, Salita del Tribolerio, the Laghetto area again. An inferno down to the circle of the damned souls, the Arena of Hell’s Gate Metzeler. An Inferno up to the coronation of the Champion of Hell’s Gate Metzeler 2018. Pitch black. We’re heading back home. Burning with enthusiasm.