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How hard is Italy’s Hell’s Gate Hard Enduro? Well, the number of finishers is up this year from two to five. And the list of DNFs includes world-class trials riders like Dougie Lampkin. That’s right, only a handful of riders are even able to complete the course and, unique to this race, they’re only able to do so with the help of spectators, who must be enlisted to drag the bikes up the final incline. To do so, they employ hand-fashioned hooks and tow ropes, competing with the incredibly steep hill, snow, ice and mud to get the bikes to the top.

Photos: Olaf Pignataro

Here’s highlights from last week’s race.

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And a guide to the course from multi-time finisher Fabio Fasola.

  • http://www.muthalovin.com the_doctor

    I would spectate the hell out of that.

  • Steve

    Attn: Red Bull marketing department. Keep these coming and I’ll keep drinking your squeezed bull in a can.

  • Edward

    I too love that Red Bull sponsors crazy shit like this.

    Sort of on Topic – I just got a dirt bike (’90 DR250 $350!) and I’m thinking about knee braces. Any dirt riders have an opinion pro/con? And those who are pro, what kind? Asterisk Cell, POD? I won’t be racing, just riding aggressively around fields and stuff.

  • matt

    I buy red bull for other people to drink nearly every chance I get. I wish the stuff didn’t taste like chemicals. I love the events that they sponsor. Can’t make myself drink it.

  • dux [87 CBR600, 95 XR600R]

    Does Youtube have a formal requirement for adding Ass-Rock to all videos?