Revolutionising the Mountain Bike Industry

CrankChaos Mission Statement

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.

Greg Minnaar Approves

Three time Downhill Mountain Bike World Champion, Greg Minnaar, has taken a personal interest in the event and had the following to say. “CrankChaos is what the South African mountain bike have been waiting for, similar festivals happen all over the world, it’s about time we had one of our own.  I’m really excited about the location and the format and can’t wait to be there come October.”

The Concept

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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Event Information

Where and When

CrankChaos will be hosted at Afriski Mountain Resort from the 26-29 October 2017.
 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.

Event Programme


08:00 – Arrival & practice

20:00 – Dual Slalom

All Trails open


06:30 – Outride

07:00-10:00 – Breakfast

08:00 – Lift opens

09:30: Avalanche Strava Challenge

11:30 – XCO Eliminator

14:00 Enduro Race

Prize giving at the finish line after each event


06:30 – Outride

07:00-10:00 – Breakfast

08:00 – Lifts Open

09:30: Avalanche Strava Challenge

14:00 – DH Eliminator

17:00 – Hill Climb

19:00: Apres Ride Party

19:00 – Dinner in Sky

After Party @ Gondola Cafe (Theme Party)


07:00-10:00 – Breakfast

09:00 – Lift opens

Freeride and Depart at Leisure

CrankChaos 2017 Packages

Accommodation Packages

There are multiple different accommodation option for CrankChaos 2017. All inclusive prices range from R3,195.00 in the Backpackers to R4,425.00 for one of our stunning Mountain Chalets. This includes accommodation for the weekend as well as an all inclusive meal package.

If you prefer to book single nights, rates start at R155.00 per night to R565.00 per night. You will need to book a separate meal package.

Accommodation packages can be booked directly through the Afriski bookings office. You can contact them on +27 (0)87 230 8408 or

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