Riders have arrived, testing has begun and the vibes are at an all-time high. The world’s best Freeride mountain bikers are back in South Africa to ride the indomitable Darkfest course. After 3 weeks of solid digging and preparation, the course has finally been unveiled and there is no doubt that it’s still the longest and biggest Freeride line on the planet.

Tune in to Sam’s YouTube channel and the Darkfest Instagram for all the latest updates and build videos.


11 year-old Jack Schliemann on his Santa Crus V10

Adolf Silva on his self-bought Canon Furious

Bienvenido Aguado on his YT Industries Tues

CJ on her Commencal Supreme

Clemens Kaudela on his Propain Rage

Ike Klaassen on his Commencal Furious

Kade Edwards on his Trek Session

Kaos Seagrave on his Canyon Sender

Louis Reboul and his Canondale prototype

Sam Hodgson on his ‘not a DMR’

Sam Reynolds on his NS Fuzz

Sergio Layos on his Transition TR II

Szymon Godziek on his NS Fuzz

Theo Erlansen and his Commencal Furious

Tom Isted on his de-branded GT Fury

Vinny T on his Scott Gambler

William Robert on his Norco Shore