12 April, Stellenbosch, SA– Darkfest has done it again, history has been made in 2022. Robin Goomes (NZ) and Casey Brown (US) opened up the 90-foot goliath Darkfest jump and cemented their place firmly in the history books by landing the longest dirt-to-dirt jump ever landed by a female Mountain Biker.
“My first time at Darkfest and I couldn’t believe the size of the jumps. The guys have been super helpful at giving us tips to hit the jumps and today I hit the 90-footer which felt unreal. So stoked to land that and open it up for the ladies!”
Another historic event took place when Chelsea Kimball (US) successfully opened up the Rocket Launchers at the end of the course for the ladies. The ‘Mozart of jumps,’ which are globally recognized as propelling the riders into the air with the most amplitude and airtime of any jumps in the world, have seen many a crash and broken bone through the years. Closely followed by Hannah Bergemann and Vero Sandler, the full complement of ladies attacked the highest and longest jumps ever ridden by female Freeriders.
“The guys have been throwing down insane airs and huge tricks, but what’s surprised and excited me the most about today’s session was actually the ladies hitting the world’s biggest jumps.. changing the game in front of our eyes today! The guys and girls have all been working together to really push Freeride into the next level! We’re only halfway through the week and we’ve got a few days left and I know it’s going to get even crazier and better from here!”
– Darkfest host and creator, Sam Reynolds
Throwing their hat into the ring at this year’s event, the ladies of Darkfest only took 3 days of testing to get into the full swing of things. Darkfest has been the stomping ground for many athletes to prove themselves up against the biggest dirt jumps ever built for 6 years running now. Beginning as a video project called ‘Pure Darkness’ by Sam Reynolds and friends, the event is progressing Freeride into a fresh direction where new talent and new tricks are discovered every year.
“I’ve spent the last 5 years putting blood, sweat and tears into this course. It’s a lifetime’s work all coming into one awesome set of jumps, which is hopefully the best set ever made. All the riders just arrived and laid down some first hits, and they’re saying the jumps are bigger and better than ever.. as a course builder there’s nothing better I could possibly hear.”
– Sam Reynolds
The Darkfest 2022 course was officially opened up from top-to-bottom with the GoPro Course preview. Feast your eyes on the sheer magnitude of the Darkfest course through the eyes of Sam Reynolds, Clemens Kaudela, Theo Erlangsen, Ike Klaassen, Tom Isted and Darryl Brown.