Fly­ing high off sculp­tured cliffs

Ma­jor dirt jump­ing event hits Cape Town

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NOTH­ING gets the adrenalin pump­ing more than a front row seat to wit­ness­ing bikers show­ing off their skills in the air after leap­ing off beau­ti­fully crafted dirt sculp­tures.

DarkFest, “the big­gest dirt jump­ing event in Africa” will be in Cape Town next week and prom­ises to have spec­ta­tors on the edge of their seats as they watch riders from dif­fer­ent coun­tries per­form.

This year’s event will take place at Vu­urberg Es­tate in Si­mons­berg, just out­side Stel­len­bosch, on Satur­day.

The new course was worked on through­out last month by three of the riders, who have tested it from top to bot­tom and given it their stamp of ap­proval.

The event will fea­ture about a dozen riders in­clud­ing:

Sam Reynolds, head of the project from the UK, a pro­fes­sional free rider who has taken a se­ri­ous lik­ing to South Africa.

Nico Vink, known to be a mas­ter builder, from Bel­gium, who started his ca­reer rac­ing down­hill but has al­ways en­joyed jump­ing. He runs his own Fest event in Bel­gium called Loose­fest.

Cle­mens Kaudela, an Aus­trian op­er­a­tor, a mas­ter ramp builder, who builds for many Euro­pean events, can ride them just as well and par­tic­i­pates in most of the events he builds for.

Cam Zink, from Ne­vada in the US, started his ca­reer with down­hill rac­ing with the Santa Cruz Syn­di­cate while still com­pet­ing in slopestyle events. He has two Ram­page wins un­der his belt, as well as a few best trick ti­tles.

Ethan Nell, a shred­der from Utah in the US, is quickly mak­ing a name for him­self. He came third at Ram­page last year. He’s rid­den at Loose­fest, DarkFEST, Nine Knights and many other in­ter­na­tional events.

Ni­choli Ro­gatk, from Mas­sachusetts in the US, started rid­ing BMX at the age of five and had gone pro­fes­sional by the time he was 13. In 2016, he earned the best ranked rider in the world ti­tle.

Kyle Strait popped up on the scene as a young teenager and is the only rider to com­pete in all nine Ram­page events, win­ning two of them.

Car­son Storch started rid­ing at the age of 10 and has grown up rid­ing MTB, BMX and snow­board­ing. At 17, he de­cided to fo­cus on MTB and make it his ca­reer.

Jordy Lunn, is known for his no-fear at­ti­tude and not let­ting a crash slow him down. He is the first per­son to land a 360° back-flip on a moun­tain bike.

DJ Brandt, a young shred­der from the States, is best known for rid­ing dirt jumps on his hard tail but isn’t afraid to throw his down­hill bike around in “gnarly” ter­rain.

Bren­dan Fair­clough, a down­hill rider from the UK, made a name for him­self as a young­ster in the down­hill scene. He now fo­cuses more on video parts but still com­petes on the down­hill cir­cuit.

Adolf Silva lives life at 100km/h. Sky­div­ing, rid­ing MX, BMX MTB and skate­board­ing are a few of his hob­bies. – Week­end Ar­gus Re­porter


Adolf Silva is a true adrenalin junkie who takes part in sky­div­ing, rid­ing MX, BMX MTB and skate­board­ing.

Cle­mens Kaudela is an Aus­trian op­er­a­tor who is known to be a mas­ter ramp builder who builds for many Euro­pean events. He also rides in most of the events he builds for.

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