Hell’s Gate Metzeler 2018. Mario Roman wins!
Two hours of frozen Hell, and it’s just the beginning. The temperature on the Mountain at Il Ciocco is in freefall. Heaps of stones along the way, muddy roads, rocky cliffs, canals filled with water and dirt. Vertiginous drops. Against the north wind and in the deepest, darkest forest, the feeling of unease adds to the difficulties.
At the end of the two hours, the race is stopped and the first ten access the finale of Hell’s Gate Metzeler 2018. It is the decisive clash among 10 survivors, back-to-back, definitive. Young, Jarvis, Teasdale, Roman, Nicoletti, Goggia, Bosi, Pfeifer, Piacenza, Maurino. It is the final act in the Arena of Hell’s Gate Metzeler.
It’s freezing cold and the spectators - in record numbers for Hell’s Gate Metzeler - surround the gladiators in the Arena. Twenty minutes. The start is the stuff goose bumps are made of: tension, spectacle and enthusiasm blend and become delirium. Ten finalists pitted one against the other, all vying for the title of the 15th anniversary Hell’s Gate Metzeler.
The winner is Mario Roman, the Spanish who more than anything else desired to win the race of the Extreme that launched him; Graham Jarvis, with a final dart, succeeded in collecting yet another podium. Travis Teasdale is third.
Nicoletti, fourth, is once again the best of the Italians, in front of Goggia and Bosi. Hell’s Gate Metzeler 2018, a beautiful finale, a wonderful race, a prodigious event!