© Jonty Edmunds

The breaks are more likely to be on the bike or your body but nothing beats taking a bike over the unforgiving frozen, slippery slopes around Il Ciocco and the extreme challenge set out by Fabio Fasola. (Skip to 1:18 to see him fall off). The key to winning, according to past champion Taddy Blazusiak, is concentration: “The whole race is so unpredictable. You know something is waiting around the corner to take you down.” But Hell’s Gate is not just about bruises and broken bikes, it’s also the chance to join an elite that includes three-time winnner Graham Jarvis.

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