The question that’s been plaguing the internet can finally be answered… After months of speculation and chat feeds filled with rumours, Sam Reynolds has filled the freeride MTB void with some good news for fans of big air: “We’re ecstatic to be on the ground in South Africa and looking forward to opening up the DarkFEST course this year!” – Sam R, live from the Hellsend Dirt Compound in Stellenbosch, SA.
"After a year of COVID 19 wrecking events and competitions everywhere, it's about time there was some good news! I'm super excited to announce that I'm out here in Stellenbosch South Africa for DarkFEST 2021! The first event on the freeride calendar build is under way, as we rebuild the worlds biggest mtb downhill dirt jumps! Let's check out the course, find out what needs to be done and let's get building!" - Sam Reynolds
After cancelling the event in February of this year, the crew decided to lay low until international travel became more viable, causing endless questions to pop online; ‘When’s DarkFEST?’ ‘What happened to DarkFEST this year?’ The crew simply couldn’t ignore the global uproar. While parts of the world are still in severe lockdown, luckily South Africa is open for events and Sam couldn’t resist the opportunity to do DarkFEST again.
With a select few legendary riders invited to take part in this year’s event, the mission is to unveil the giant course, give it a lick of fresh dirt dust off the big bikes and get ready for some FEST size action. Names like Adolf Silva, Bienvenido Aguado, Szymon Godziek and World Cup rider Theo Erlangsen will be heading to the Hellsend Dirt Compound to ride the biggest and longest Fest course ever built.
DarkFEST 2021 Rider List
DarkFEST events are designed and run by the riders, showcasing the world’s elite freeriders jumping colossal courses that don’t exist anywhere else on earth. The rider-voted awards are handed out following a jam format that is one of the most anticipated and celebrated series in mountain biking.
Big Air doesn’t wait for anyone, least of all the DarkFEST crew. Stay locked to Sam’s YouTube channel for the build videos leading up to the event and of course Monster Energy for all the best action!