Results: Darkfest 2022

Apr 17, 2022 at 8:37
by Ed Spratt  


After some massive sends the results are in from Darkfest 2022 with Chelsea Kimball and Bienvenido Aguado taking home the King and Queen titles. Check out some of the other awards from this year's event below.

King & Queen

Chelsea Kimball
Bienvenido Aguado




Kenda Best Trick

Vero Sandler
Adolf Silva




Spank Bikes Best Whip

Kaos Seagrave
Vero Sandler




NS Bikes Stay True Award

Casey Brown
Tom Isted




Five Ten Moment Award

Sam Hodgson



Vision Moment

Robin Goomes





49 Comments

  • 113 6
 So many awards, so little context. Seriously what's the point of posting these? They literally mean nothing without a photo or video.
  • 7 1
 Hype for the full highlight video
  • 2 4
 @chriskneeland: more like clickbait
  • 3 0
 Did they stay true to the moment or did the vision moment get in the way?

Would like the see the credentials of the judge panel for a Vision Moment.
  • 1 0
 I am curious so know what "vision moment" means
  • 1 0
 Best Darkfest Comment IMeasureStuff USA
  • 30 11
 Love the comments. "Too much coverage." "Not enough coverage."

And this is why you just do whatever the f*ck you want as an event organizer and stop worrying so much. Let's just be blessed there is stuff like Loosefest where you get a lot of footage, Darkfest where you get a lot of clips and behind the scenes stuff, and then some smaller fest sessions stuff where they put a lot of effort into one smaller high quality edit.

Cringe press releases or not, it's still painfully obvious this is a sick fest event. Turning up your nose and saying 'theyre not fest anymore' isn't going to stop people from seeing it as clearly a part of the fest mentality and fest media rounds. Couldn't just live and let live knowing somebody did something a little different. MTBers be like 'lets enjoy riding bikes', fest guys be like 'but not like that...'
  • 34 0
 Where in the world have you seen people complaining about too much coverage?
  • 8 4
 @nskerb: Gonna have to scroll down to see... Those people.

Ye be warned. Once you go down there... You may never return. For the opinions of those below... Are... Pretty f*ckin funny tbh
  • 5 1
 Hey @lepigpen I believe you misunderstood. There was a lot of irony involved due to last years statement of the core festcrew. I think everyones stoked with Darkfest.
  • 4 4
 @ottifant: No. The dude down at the bottom of this thread is unironically complaining about the amount of social media posts and clipping. And another fine gentleman is agreeing with him.

Though we enjoy our 'darkfest not core enough' memes on here, there are still those who think the Fest Series did some kind of noble act by splitting with them. And we call those dudes... Cringe
  • 2 0
 @lepigpen: Is there a running consensus on what we call grown adults who unironically use the word "cringe" in 2022? Asking for a friend.
  • 1 0
 @nskerb: Apparently On this post
  • 1 0
 @mikealive: You're 44 and you told someone to "touch grass"... I don't know why you would project so blatantly on the internet.
  • 1 0
 @lepigpen: Project? Lol, no. Me saying something dumb does not negate you saying something dumb. Try again.

And also, I always put my real age and name and location on the internet. Because it's my first time here Wink Please spend your valuable time on this earth combing deeper through my profile for some more 'gotcha' stuff, that would make my day!
  • 1 0
 @mikealive: I will as soon as you stop being an edgy c*nt on the internet.

I'll wait...
  • 1 0
 @lepigpen: You will...what?
  • 2 1
 @mikealive: yo you guys need to chill its just pinkbike
  • 11 0
 Every one who finishes this event in 1 piece is a winner
  • 10 5
 Congrats to all winners and especially Vero (2 awards), but even the Brazil XC World Cup had better coverage than this event.
  • 19 3
 Fest series overall are known for their limited coverage. Sam does a great job covering the whole thing on his YouTube Chanel!
  • 8 0
 @pastaman23: Darkfest isn’t part of the fest series anymore. But yeah, turns out freeriders are too cool for social media
  • 13 0
 All the coverage is on Sam Reynolds' Youtube.The competition is a side note. The big edit that will come out in the next few weeks is the main event.
  • 9 1
 They usually do an 8+ minute highlight video every year. These events never have much coverage other than a few instagram posts till the video comes out, relax.
  • 5 0
 check out Tom Isteds YouTube Channel
youtu.be/dm1Q2tWP_sQ
  • 1 0
 Plenty of coverage on YouTube and Instagram, maybe they just don't prioritise 'legacy media' like Pinkbike...
  • 1 0
 I hope this isn’t the end of the vids for the year. I’ve been looking forward to more. I thought the building and practice edits were building up to a longer post. Still hope?
  • 1 0
 so why do they call it Dark Fest, if its all done in the daylight ?
I mean Day Fest would sound kinda lame but regardless
I read something,somewhere about where it all started but can’t remember where
  • 3 1
 ... And Dark fest is not part of the Fest series anymore...
  • 1 0
 Whip it real good - Devo would be proud www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_QLzthSkfM
  • 1 0
 Best trick section looks like an anagram
  • 1 1
 All winners for hitting up then gaps....
  • 2 4
 Fest was legit marketing is…. No wonder the heads have concerns. Dorks won’t get this
  • 1 2
 ed spratt is a garbage editor
  • 6 8
 Every year I comment "Donker Mag" and people DV it.
  • 1 1
 Is that more proprietary South African slang? We have enough trouble with "lekker"
  • 2 2
 @The-Foiling-Optimist: Nah it just means Dark Power in Afrikaans and was the name of a Die Antwoord album but ppl freak out.
  • 3 0
 @suspended-flesh: soooooo, why do you post it?
  • 2 0
 @suspended-flesh: sounds like something a corn star might say
  • 3 1
 @suspended-flesh: die antwoord is pretty notorious with sexual assaults which have nothing to do with Darkfest
  • 2 0
 @suspended-flesh: at least you can admit it. Carry on.
  • 2 1
 @Saucycheese: Oh gross. I didn't hear about any of that sh1t til now.. Time to retire the one phrase I knew in Afrikaans.......
  • 1 0
 @Saucycheese: Your sexual assault records have everything to do with dark fest
  • 2 0
 @carlwheezer69: what? What a pathetic troll you are
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