1 - 4 November 2018 | Afriski Mountain Resort - Lesotho
Revolutionising the Mountain Bike Industry
The CrankChaos MTB Festival is unique and definitely one for the bucket list. Emulating events like Crankworx and the Colorado Freeride Festival, CrankChaos brings you the very best that mountain biking has to offer. The event is hosted by Afriski Mountain Resort in the beautiful Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho, which at 3 222m above sea level makes it the highest festival of its kind on the African continent.
Once again, CrankChaos will be revolutionising the way MTB enthusiasts interact and engage with the latest gear and equipment in the mountain biking industry. By bringing together the biggest brand names in mountain biking, participants will be able to practically test and rate the tech on show while being able to engage with and ask questions of the respective brands and manufacturers. They can maximise their experience by hooking onto the only Mountain Bike Uplift in Africa which will give them over 200m in vertical gain in under 7 minutes. Once at the top, they can then choose from a myriad of tracks to get down the mountain again, testing the bikes and equipment in their natural environment.
The Festival will offer a variety of fun event options including 5 different downhill lines, enduro, XCO Eliminator, slopestyle, downhill eliminator and out rides for the more social riders on its extensive trail network. Add to that the opportunity to test and ride the latest in mountain bike technology, awesome live evening entertainment and the traditional world class Afriski hospitality you can be sure that this is a weekend not to be missed. With only 300 guaranteed spots available you don’t want to miss out.
CrankChaos brings together those who truly want to experience the latest that mountain biking has to offer. The festival not only showcases the latest technology in the industry, but also allows riders to practically test it through access to demo bikes and other mountain biking equipment. Sponsors are provided with exhibition space, which allows for riders to interact with, and ask questions of, the biggest brands.
With limited entries available, you can be assured that those attending the festival are gear heads who live for riding their bikes. CrankChaos is the ideal opportunity to meet the biggest, and most influential, names and brands in the industry.
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Where and When
CrankChaos will be hosted at Afriski Mountain Resort from the 1-4 November 2018. Lesotho’s premier snow and mountain resort in the heart of Lesotho is an easy 4.5-hour drive from Johannesburg, 6-hour drive from Durban or 3.5-hour drive from Bloemfontein. Afriski has over 450 beds, ranging from backpacker facilities to luxury chalets. There is plenty of entertainment for the whole family and delicious meals available at the highest restaurant in Africa, Sky Restaurant. The Gondola Café is a unique, high-altitude après-ski bar that serves light meals and warm drinks.
The mountains surrounding Afriski are riddled with mountain bike trails, dams, spectacular views and a ski lift that doubles up as an uplift for mountain bikes, thus giving you access to multiple downhill and enduro trails in only 7 minutes. It’s the ideal venue for any outdoor festival and has successfully hosted both an SA Cup Series and African Continental Mountain Bike Championships, successfully attracting over 400 riders from 10 different countries.
Thursday 1st November
08:00 – Lift Opens
10:00 – Check In and Registration
13:00 – Faith Race Dual Slalom Riders Confirmation (Ski Rental)
14:00 – Dual Slalom Timed Runs
16:00 – Dual Slalom Racing
20:00 – Meet and Greet / Welcome Drinks – Sky Restaurant
21:00 – Race Briefing for Fox Enduro
Friday 2nd November
08:00 – Lift opens
12:00 – Fox Enduro Riders Confirmation (Ski Rental)
14:00 – Fox Enduro
16:00 – Talon Snacks and Sundowners – @ Enduro Finish | Straight Jackal on the Riverside stage
21:00 – Race Briefing for Norco DH Eliminator – Sky Restaurant
20:00 – Party with your mates
Saturday 3rd November
08:00 – Lifts open
10:00 – Norco Down Hill Eliminator Riders Confirmation (Ski Rental)
11:00 – Norco Down Hill Eliminator Timed Runs
14:00 – Norco Down Hill Eliminator
17:00 – Whip-off | Hill Climb | Apres Ride Party with Straight Jackal
20:30 – Final Prize Giving and Dinner
22:00 – Dia De Los Muertos Party with Veranda Panda
Sunday 4th November
08:00 – Lift Opens | Last chance to hit the trails for skids and wheelies
Sky Restaurant Times
07:00-10:00 – Breakfast
12:00-14:00 – Lunch
18:00-22:00 – Dinner
Black Mountain Pass (3-4 hour out ride)
Avalanche Downhill / Goldilocks (11,8kms)
*Its is the riders responsibility to record their Strava segment correctly
*All Starts from Afriski
*Shuttles will pick up on the hour every hour from 09:00 to 15:00 @ Mali Bridge just below Oxbow
Prize Givings will be held immediately at the finish after each individual event