DarkFEST – Week 1 Build Update – Video

Jan 16, 2018 at 3:08
by Pinkbike Staff  

bigquotesThis year the course is designed around my 3 favourite jumps that I've ever ridden. The first being one from Nico Vink's LooseFEST. I'd love one of those, sort of like his first one, a 70/80 foot-long jump. Another one of my favourite ever jumps was from Nine Knights a few years ago, a big 90degree hip, which you could just blast. Last, but not least, the DarkFEST step up from last year.Sam Reynolds

DarkFEST building

The boys have started 2018 off with a bang! Breaking ground at a new location for DarkFEST in South Africa and in true Fest style going bigger than ever before!

DarkFEST building

DarkFEST building

The first digger's teeth sunk into the beautiful mountains in Stellenbosch on Monday morning, since then if you blinked you'd miss a feature being created. The dream team of Clemens, Nico and Sam are amazing to watch. Clemens the operator, is chief of piling the massive landings. Nico is the shaping perfectionist in the 5 ton and Sam is sight foreman, making sure the boys are comfortable and everything runs smoothly.

DarkFEST building

DarkFEST building

Being mid-summer in SA, the temperatures have been in the mid to high 30's, which makes the midday shift a sweltering one, so lots of trips to dams and pools go down during lunch to cool off and recharge for the afternoon shift. The dirt is like powder in the heat, so is a bit tricky to shape things, but with the drought in Cape Town at the moment the water usage has to be minimal, so we're hoping for some rain to sprinkle over the course and help us out.

DarkFEST building

DarkFEST building

The progress this week has been really good so the guys have rewarded themselves with a few trail rides with some of the locals, followed by a mandatory braai, beers and red wine.

DarkFEST building

Another 3 weeks of building before the rest of the riders arrive, so lots of dirt to still be moved. We'll keep checking in with weekly updates on the progress, so keep an eye out, these boys have something special on the way!

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53 Comments

  • + 64
 Either I'm still real high from the weekend or Bumblebee from Transformers is actually giving them a hand. Gonna be Epic (again) !...
  • + 5
 It's so that they can build jumps big enough to get to the Dark side Of The Moon.
  • - 7
flag chyu (Jan 16, 2018 at 7:19) (Below Threshold)
 Where's Greg Minaar ?
  • + 3
 Nah it's bumblebee for sure
  • + 3
 And Roger Federer shopping for diggers in same pic in background......
  • + 1
 Great catch. Totally missed it
  • + 1
 @bigtim: Aparently there is a hole in the darkside of the moon, but cant prove it?
But let me know if you find out for sure
  • + 26
 Real Pro's pushing the limits of bikes not batteries...
  • + 4
 fuck yeah
  • + 14
 If you really don't care about ebikes why would you mention ebikes on an article which has nothing to do with them?
  • + 3
 @Patrick9-32: Cos they're f*cking shit
  • + 7
 Transformers run on batteries.
  • + 3
 NewsFlash: FakePro's on e-bikes don't use batteries to get *down* the mountain. Not to mention the shuttles used by the RealPro's.

Just ride yo bike!
  • + 0
 @Patrick9-32: But how good would it be, to be able too hit a 80foot double with out needing a super steep run in?
  • + 0
 @aljoburr: you know mobilitE bikes (supposedly) cut out at 16mph riiiiiiiigghht..........?
  • + 0
 @nojzilla: Just road legal ones,
  • + 0
 @aljoburr: exactly my point
  • + 0
 @nojzilla: Well if your point is that road legal Ebikes suck, yes I agree
But still think there is a place for Low weight/ fast Ebikes, its not here
But here - endless-sphere.com/forums
  • - 1
 @aljoburr: all Ebikes suck unless your phisically handicapped. If you want an unrestricted ebike just buy a f*cking real motor bike, electric or combustion an stay the f*ck off bike trails. It's time the marketing idiots figured out what these things are and just dropped the f*cking pretence
  • + 1
 @nojzilla: Wake up what is not going to happen, why all the hate? biking is about having fun, and yes where is fun to be had with e bikes
  • - 2
 @aljoburr: what's not going to happen is some one hitting an 80ft gap with no roll in...
Unless they're on a moto
  • - 2
 @aljoburr: rollerblading is fun, doesn't mean I wanna look like a c*nt
  • + 1
 @nojzilla: How do you know then? You sound very judge mental
  • + 1
 @aljoburr: how do I know what? That an Ebike ain't gonna clear an 80ft gap with a flat run up..........?
  • + 21
 Nothing beats the Fest series.
  • + 7
 Nothing.
  • + 5
 @jrocksdh: Nothing
  • + 7
 nothing?
  • + 3
 @vinay: Nothing!!
  • + 11
 “My favorite jump is like 70-80 ft” yeah as long as the lander is at the hospital.
  • + 7
 I'd pull the biggest Dead Sailor ever seen.
  • + 11
 Is there a yellow transformer on the second pic? Smile
  • - 9
flag thedriftisreal (Jan 16, 2018 at 6:32) (Below Threshold)
 America
  • + 9
 @thedriftisreal: Nope, South Africa.
  • + 9
 Nico Vink is Candide Thovex of biking! Such a legend.
  • + 2
 Yeah, I see the likeness now you mention it. His demeanour. Have you seen "of few words" his documentary film. One of the best extreme sports movies I've ever seen.
  • + 4
 The FEST series is unreal, just seeing this prep for the first event has got me wanting to hit a jump line. I'm realistically looking at 7-8 foot though
  • + 4
 Yes! More psytrance and big jumps!
  • + 1
 This should be called the "Sunshine Fest" Its hot as hell here right now! The riders are going to get their brains fried in more ways than one.
  • + 1
 yo I feel like the last one just ended lol
  • + 1
 Screw the family vacation, I`m buying a mini digger !
  • + 1
 This is scary just to think about!!!
  • + 1
 wow !!! this is going to be so rad ! i want a go!
  • + 1
 The FEST will be a FEST!!!! Ride or die!!!!
  • + 1
 hopefully not ride and die. yikes...
  • + 2
 @conv3rt: Yeah, I can't make it over there to ride so... I love you all, life has been good...
  • + 1
 So how fast do you need to go to clear an 80 foot double?
  • + 0
 what happened to the old site?
  • + 4
 its still there and a open bike park , but it has been done . think they are just keeping it fresh .. this venue has more gravity to it Smile
  • + 1
 @amajors: oh cheers dude
  • - 3
 who needs a tractor when you could just use e bikes to destroy nature build a trail

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