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Shots from DarkFest South Africa

DarkFEST Episode III - Return of the Send

Dec 182018

We’re calling on you to join the dark side of the shred, as DarkFEST announces its return to South Africa for the third episode of pure freeride mountain biking mayhem.

All set to hit Stellenbosch in February 2019, DarkFEST is coming in hot with huge sends, brutal slams and massive hits with the best crew in MTB.

The mission statement: Fronted by bossman Sam Reynolds and his legendary build team consisting of Belgian trail building specialist Nico Vink & all-round Austrian powerhouse Clemens Kaudela, all have one common goal, to go bigger than ever before! (If that's even possible)

The year of 2019 is set to be kicked off in high gear, with some gnarly new additions planned to this already mammoth course. Sam and the boys will begin remodelling the Vuurberg farm in early January to prepare for the arrival of the invited riders and the insanity that’s sure to follow.


DarkFEST dates will run through the first week of February 2019 with more public days and additional viewing sessions throughout. If you can make it out to Stellenbosch to witness the shred, bookmark the 8th and 9th of February in your calendars. 

"We're inviting some of the worlds best riders again, many returning faces from last year and maybe a couple other legends as well"Sam Reynolds


The full list of riders is to be announced soon, for now we can confirm:


Sam Reynolds (GB)

Adolf Silva (ES)

Ethan Nell (USA)

Tom Van Steenbergen (CAN)

Graham Agassiz (CAN)

Brendan Fairclough (GB)

Theo Erlangson (ZA)



"We always want to make it bigger and better and it was already pretty damn big and pretty damn good last year, so it's going to be a real challenge to make something better than that. We are totally up for it and I know I've got the two guys for the job!" Sam Reynolds


So there you have it, the 2019 edition of DarkFEST is locked and loaded and ready to melt minds in true FEST Series fashion. Have a scroll through some of our favourite moments from 2018 and watch the highlights edit HERE if you need a refresher or have just been living under a rock!

Stay tuned for more updates on the build and all the antics that come with it in early January, looks like the boys are all fired up to make this the wildest one yet! Follow The FEST Series and DarkFEST channels for more announcements.