DarkFEST 2022 – First Sessions

4/15/2022 : sicklines

First session and fresh tracks are being blazed on the 2022 DarkFEST course. They have some jumps on course and the riding looks amazing.

Darkfest 2022 is finally here! Time to unleash the world’s best riders on the craziest jumps of all time! The guys and girls waste no time on the first day sessioning the new hellsend line. Casey, Chelsea, Robin, Hannah and Vero start getting comfortable before the next day moving over to the big darkfest line as get started on conquering the jumps! Bienve, myself, Isted Theo and the gang open up the course and get some top to bottom lines going! Let the craziness begin!

Sam Reynolds

Freeride MTB: DarkFEST 2022 – It’s On!

The world-renowned DarkFest course has been uncovered with all the tweaks and changes needed to take Freeride MTB to new heights. After 2 years of having to run the event in a closed-off bubble, Sam Reynolds and the DarkFest Eventsplan crew are really excited to get back to full power. This event has the original vibes that have made DarkFest what it is to the global MTB community. So, with more riders and more stoke than ever before, DarkFest 2022 is a go! 

The Hellsend Dirt Compound at Vuurberg farm near Stellenbosch will be open to the public for two days only, with a limited batch of tickets up for grabs for Friday 15th and Saturday 16th of April. 

Friday 15th and Saturday 16th April: 8am to 6pm – Tickets available on Quiket https://www.quicket.co.za/events/168935-darkfest from R200 per person.

*Note that the DarkFest open days are entirely weather-dependent, with gusts of wind and unpredictable weather playing a big factor in the course being ridable on the day or not. The best sessions are usually held mid-morning. So get to the venue early, or stay tuned for “Green Light” announcements via DarkFest Socials and the Facebook event page. They will tell you when the conditions will be prime for viewing riding during the open days. 

Booking through Quicket secures your entry to the venue, so please show your ticket to security at the entrance and follow parking instructions to the onsite registration facility. If you’ve forgotten to purchase the rad limited edition merchandise online, visit the onsite store when you come through registration.

This year’s rider list is absolutely stacked, including DarkFest veterans, some big senders, and some of the baddest women in Freeride to make one of the most rounded and awesome rider lineups of any event ever seen. 

Confirmed Athletes… 

Sam Reynolds (GB,) Clemens Kaudela (AT), Sam Hodgson (GB,) Kade Edwards (GB,) Kaos Seagrave (GB), Ike Klaassen (ZA), Theo Erlangsen (ZA), Bienvenido Aguado (ES), Nicholi Rogatkin (USA), Szymon Godziek (PL), Brendan Fairclough (GB), Daniel Ruso (AT), Elias Ruso (AT), Tom Isted (GB), Adolf Silva (ES), Vincent Tupin (FR), Ethan Nell (USA), Reed Boggs (USA), Matt MacDuff (CA), Graham Agassiz (CA), Daryl Brown (GB,) Vero Sandler (GB), Casey Brown (CA), Hannah Bergman (USA), Chelsea Kimball (USA) and Robin Goomes (NZ).

“The DarkFest athlete lineup has always been very proudly unique and diverse. From the original days of PureDarkness to the current day, the DarkFest course has been opened up to the world’s best Free-riders, established World Cup racers willing to risk it all, and even unknown wild cards. 2022 is now potentially the event’s biggest step in progression, as female athletes are officially coming to conquer the pinnacle of Big Air MTB! X-Games Real MTB finalist and woman’s MTB Freeride legend, Vero Sandler, is heading up this progression, putting together a select crew to tackle these mammoth jumps.” – Sam Reynolds 

Watch the 2021 and 2020 DarkFEST highlight reel below


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