Flying high off sculptured cliffs
Major dirt jumping event hits Cape Town
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.