Hell’s Gate is one of the biggest events on the calendar that’s held in the Tuscany hills near II Ciocco, Italy. It features a single-lap qualifier race in the morning, which pares the field down to 30 riders who will move on to compete in the afternoon/evening race. During the break, riders fit headlights to their bikes for the final race, which is held on an 11-mile course over steep hills and rocky climbs. This race, which finishes up in the dark, uses the “knockout” format so riders are eliminated on each lap. The payoff is a massive, nearly impossible hill that the riders finish up on. This year’s event will see Mario Roman pitted against 2017 Hell’s Gate winner Wade Young, Jonny Walker, and Graham Jarvis. According to Jarvis, Hell’s Gate is an intense race, due to the head-to-head action, though there are no insane sections where a rider has to get off and push his bike.