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.

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

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