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It’s approaching the end of the year. Supermarkets everywhere have their Christmas decorations out a few months too early and radio stations already have holiday songs on repeat. Everyone has only one thing on his or her mind. Holiday. Holiday. Holiday.

But if it’s a real holiday you’re looking for, one that’s all about riding, then look no further than CrankChaos at Afriski Mountain Resort in Lesotho.

CrankChaos is the mountain biking festival extraordinaire that takes place at the majestic AfriSki Mountain Resort, situated in the heart of the Drakensberg-Maluti Mountains in Lesotho, from the 1st to the 4th of November 2018. CrankChaos is one of the most unique biking events on the continent and brings together the biggest brand names in mountain biking as well as the experience of the only Mountain Bike Uplift in Africa.


Get Some Peace and Quiet

“If I hear one more taxi hooting, I swear-”. Yes, big city life is good for most things but sometimes you just need to get away and pedal off all that stress. You can do no better than heading to CrankChaos to enjoy the peace and majesty of the Maluti Mountains. Chill out in your chalet or cabin, take part in the various events or hit the network of trails, the best part is? They all lead to your happy place.

Spend Time with Awesome Friends

Afriski Resort has a number of accommodation packages tailor-made specifically for large groups, which means this is a great way to finally get the whole gang together again. With a few beds in the backpackers’ rooms still available, what better way to spend your holiday than at CrankChaos doing what you love with the people you love?

Enter the Awesome Events

CrankChaos has a little bit of everything so you don’t have to settle. Whatever your specialty MTB event, CrankChaos has it all. From the Avalanche to the Dual Slalom or the thigh-burning Hill climb, there is every kind of ride for every kind of rider.

Get that Overseas Feeling

Always wanted that international holiday but your wallet was not quite tall enough for that ride? Well, as it turns out, that perfect European getaway has only been a couple of hours drive away. The accommodation, amenities and the snow-covered Maluti Mountains will rival any ski resort around the world. Why go to the world when the world can come to you?

Go Shopping

Check out stalls from all your favourite brands in one place. 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 in Mountain Biking.

Rub Shoulders with Greg Minnaar

Rub shoulders is a bit of a stretch, more likely, eat the dust or revel in the majesty South Africa’s very own Greg Minnaar; a true legend of the international MTB scene. Back from injury and ready to ride, this is one of the only Southern African dates on the GOATS calendar this year so don’t miss out.

Meet New People

The unique draw of the CrankChaos offering means that you will be joined by riders from all over the country. Imagine being in riders paradise for 3 days surrounded by all kinds of people from all over South Africa who share a common passion with you. Too good to be true? Well you’d better believe it.

Prize Money to Be Won

The lure of competing against some of the most talented riders around on the most exciting and technically demanding trails in Southern Africa all set to the backdrop of the most breath-taking mountain scenery needs no extra incentive. Nonetheless, CrankChaos has sweetened the pie with awesome cash prizes to be won.

With prizes in every event category for the first 3 male and female riders, come out on top here and you may just walk away with a little more than you came with.

Southern Halloween Party

Anybody who has ever been to CrankChaos knows about our final night party. After a week of grueling and extreme MTB racing, most riders would be reaching for their brakes but not Cranksters. No, the only thing we’re reaching for is a Maluti and that volume button. Work hard play hard is our motto and the theme for this year’s final night party is the Southern Halloween Party! Expect, good music, good people and good times all round.

If those 9 reasons don’t convince you, nothing will. Visit to get our hands on your CrankChaos tickets. Also, keep your visors clear and locked on where we’ll have plenty more exciting news as well as awesome prizes to be won in the build up to CrankChaos 2018!