The happy, and fleeting, Christmas season. Now it’s in the archive. Great, but let me assure You: it was not an escape line. It was only a moment of respite, genuinely sentimental, emotionally restoring, but … short-lived. Here we are at the revenge of the New Year. 1st January, and we are already at a key moment. It is now time to enroll for HellsGate 2019.
The thrilling programme. Friday. From 2:30 pm. Enrolment, technical checks, placing the Hero’s Paddock. The Audience and the Experts of HellsGate 2019 together. Moments of incredible surreal peace, before the Prologue, the “Metzeler Test” at 6:30 pm. Then the celebration in the evening, the HellsGate Party at the Locanda Alla Posta.
Then Hellsgate 2019 returns in its implacable form on Saturday morning at 7 am, on 16 February, with the “Confrontation”, the “Eliminator Special Test”, a few lethal kilometers of a 27-kilometre ring, one lap after the other until 2:30 pm. Filter of gall and hallucinations caused by fatigue to skim the 30 finalists. Purity of the Extreme Enduro!
Time to put the headlights on the Bikes. Just a little. Time to see the Valley from the Ciocco Mountain. In vain. No escape route, no excuses. At 3:30 pm all hell breaks loose. That’s the time of the relentlessly final Special Test of HellsGate Extreme. 18 kilometers of torture in a relentless loop. Lap after lap, stop after stop in a cynical elimination game, up to the merciless final climb, the impossible Hell’s Peak at 7 pm. An epic finale on the historic plain overlooking the Hell of Il Ciocco.
The very best Riders will be there. All of them. The winners of the last editions, Mario Roman and Wide Young, officially Sherco, and the “God” of HellsGate, 5 times Champion Graham Jarvis Lord of Husqvarna, or the fierce Jonny Walker, returning on his Official KTM after a tormented year. Let’s stop here for now, and we’re already at the last 8 years of History, the incredible Hell of HellsGate.
After the Battle, serene dawn and fumes of fog. Sunday. HellsGate Lite. A completely different story, the accessible scent on the field of battle for a day of possible, the evocative Ride into space and with a fascinating perspective.
HellsGate 2019. A very Happy New Year to all. To all the Mighty of Enduro. To the Power of the Enthusiasts!
Friday 15, Saturday 16 February 2019. Il Ciocco. The Entrance to the Enduro Legend is open. For a select few. Got to www.hellsgate.it and register your desire to Knife edge.
Il Ciocco, Castelvecchio Pascoli, your paradise 365 days a year … minus one. The day of HellsGate.