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  1. The Contego Segment Hunter crew went international with the filming of a special edition during Crank Chaos at Afriski in Lesotho. Watch as Greg Minnaar chases grom Ike Klaassen at 3,200 metres above sea level. Click here to view the article
  2. Photo credit: Craig Kolesky. Riders and exhibitors from across Lesotho and South Africa headed to the northern section of the country to test their skill and equipment on a range of courses. Situated at 3222m of altitude, this 3-day festival was not for the faint-hearted. Proceedings kicked off with a hotly contested cross-country eliminator, which saw Lesotho Olympian Pheteso Monese edging out fellow countryman in the lactic acid inducing 650m sprint. After lunch at Sky restaurant, highest restaurant in Africa at 3010m, riders hit the slopestyle course to dial in their lines ahead of Saturday’s slopestyle final. Photo credit: Craig Kolesky. The day’s main event saw riders effortlessly reach the trail heads with the help of the 1000m long T-Bar giving them 200m of free altitude. Three-time downhill world champion, Greg Minnaar, claimed overall victory, winning stages 1 and 2 but was out pedaled on stage 3 by Olivier Munnik. In the female and junior categories, Nikki Alvin and Kayle Seaward earned themselves the win in their respective categories. Photo credit: Craig Kolesky. XCO Eliminator Results Men: 1st: Pheteso Monese 2nd: Teboho Khantsi 3rd: Tumelo Makae Ladies: 1st: Larise Venter 2nd: Phia Vermeulen 3rd: Danni Coleman Enduro Results: Elite: 1st-: Greg Minnaar 2nd: Christopher Pearton 3rd: Olivier Munnik Female: 1st: Nikki Alvin 2nd: Larise Venter 3rd: Phia van der Meulen Juniors: 1st: Kayle Seaward 2nd: Sharjah Jonson 3rd: Jason Du Toit The weekend was outstanding. A great atmosphere, being able to hang out and socialize with the mountain bike community. Watching guys and ladies drop off the big barrel and it was the first time they had done something like that, they were so stoked. It was cool to see. The racing was fun but as soon as we were done we were back on the trails having a good time. Then everyone got to rip it up at the Halloween party. We had so many stories on the drive back. It was good! Greg Minnaar Day two of Crank Chaos kicked off with a 38km Marathon Race and outride to the escarpment overlooking South Africa 1600m below. In a brave move, Pheteso Monese attacked early and spent the day in a lone breakaway that saw him winning the Marathon.While the marathon riders experienced the beauty of the escarpment, slopestyle Riders were prepping themselves, dialing in their tricks. As the morning progressed, high wind speeds unfortunately forced organizers to cancel the slopestyle event as rider safety would have been comprised. Photo credit: Craig Kolesky. A silver lining emerged as the Trails Crew from Cape Town set to the course, building an epic dirt jump which escaped the wrath of the wind. Riders and spectators alike were entertained by the Crew’s incredible tricks and 360’s. After lunch, riders took to the hill for Crank Chaos’ main event, the Downhill Eliminator. The eliminator pits four riders against each other, with each rider railing down a separate track. In the first round a total eight heats of four riders provided some close racing with all four tracks taking a similar amount of time to complete. By the time the semi-finals arrived, track conditions were perfect and riders were getting to know where and when they could push on the different tracks. In his semi-final, Greg Minnaar was beaten by mere miliimetres by Kayle Seaward in what was arguably the closest battle of the event. Photo credit: Craig Kolesky. The final proved to be a tight battle between two stalwart families of gravity racing in South Africa, the Seawards and Philogenes. Philogene brothers Chris and Jono proved their mettle taking 1st and 3rd respectively while Craig Seaward did his clan proud by taking silver. DH Eliminator Results: Men: 1st: Chris Philogene 2nd: Craig Seaward 3rd: Jonothan Philogene Ladies: 1st: Larise Venter 2nd: Nikki Alvin 3rd: Phia Vermeulen Kids: 1st: Ike Klaasen 2nd: Nate Hall 3rd: Liam Hall Marathon Results Elite: 1st: Phetetso Monese 2nd: Frans Nel 3rd: Tumelo Makae Riders were all dressed up in their outrageous costumes for the Halloween Party at Gondola Café and were entertained by Jasper Dan’s Southern Rock live performance. The inaugural Crank Chaos was a resounding success and riders are planning their involvement at next years’ Crank Chaos event. A big thank you to all exhibitors and sponsors, without them this event would not have been possible. Highligths video: Exhibitors:Santa Cruz Maxxis Banshee Transition Lappierre Yeti Action Gear Sponsors: Bike Hub Dirt Merchant Oakley Redbull Skullcandy Ogio International Bike Trade G-Form Revolution Fit CrankChaos Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/283245545362373/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/resort.afriski/ Website: http://www.crankchaos.com/ Afriski Website: http://www.afriski.net/
  3. The inaugural Crank Chaos Mountain Bike Festival launched over the weekend, with a fantastic turnout under crystal blue Maluti skies at Afriski Mountain Resort, Lesotho. Click here to view the article
  4. "We're stoked to be on board for the CrankChaos Festival. Each year we avidly follow international mountain bike festivals with longing and envy. We can't wait to experience one in our own "back yard" come October." - Matt Eagar, Founder of Bike Hub. Afriski offers the perfect location for any mountain bike event, with CrankChaos being the first of its kind in Southern Africa. To all enthusiasts out there, this is your chance to spend three days immersed in the world of mountain biking through the unique and exciting element of an interactive exhibition. Not only can riders enter a number of fun events throughout the weekend, including 5 different downhill lines, enduro, marathon, slope style, cross-country, downhill eliminator - but with some of the biggest brand names in mountain biking present, they will have the opportunity to ride and test the latest gear and equipment in the industry in a natural environment. At 3 222m, guests will experience a weekend of serious altitude with a festival format that all can enjoy. From exploring world-class mountain trails to fantastic live evening entertainment and fun family activities – come breath in the fresh mountain air as you relax in the Mountain Kingdom and enjoy the hospitality of Afriski. “Through our partnership with Bike Hub, and with the support of Greg Minnaar (three-time Downhill Mountain Bike World Champion), we are hoping to take this inaugural event to great heights and cement its place on the mountain biking calendar.” Peter Peyper (Marketing Director at Afriski) Event date: 27 – 30th October. Only 200 guaranteed spaces available. Details:Website: http://www.crankchaos.com/ For bookings contact Peter: peter@afriski.net Sponsorship enquiries: max@maxcluer.com CrankChaos Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/283245545362373/
  5. As we gear up for the CrankChaos Maluti Mountain Bike Festival in just over a month, Afriski Mountain Resort is very excited to announce our event media partnership with Bike Hub, South Africa’s favourite online cycling community. Covering the event live from Afriski, Bike Hub will be on site to provide exciting news – from reviews on new bikes to interviews with riders, results, videos and more. Click here to view the article
  6. Competition: Win a weekend for two at Afriski for CrankChaos. Enter here. Santa Cruz, Transition and Banshee will be at the first mountain bike festival of its kind We are very excited to announce that Santa Cruz, Transition and Banshee will be joining us at this year's festival, alongside Yeti Cycles.Santa Cruz, Transition and Banshee will be exhibiting their bikes to true mountain bike enthusiasts, offering demo rides and will have their expert staff on hand to answer any questions and offer advice on their entire bike range. Santa Cruz "We are very excited to share this experience with avid trail riders, give them a chance to test our bikes and see for themselves why World Champions choose Santa Cruz", says Stephen Moss from Santa Cruz. Transition and Banshee "Come experience our demo fleet and celebrate this event with us", says Phia Van de Meulen form A-line Mountain Bike & Outdoor. Dirt Merchant has been confirmed as an event partner and will be offering bike support Your bike’s heart will be in our mechanic’s hands at this year’s Crank Chaos. Johannesburg based, trail and all-mountain specific shop- Dirt Merchant bicycle co, has handpicked Mike for his passion and knowledge of more than 20 years’ experience in the industry; and yes he also rides a DH rig. He truly believes ‘a bike has a soul’, and it is his passion to look after yours.Our mobile Dirt Merchant workshop at Crank Chaos will offer you repairs free of charge. Sit down, relax and have that beer! Visit Dirt Merchant in Johannesburg and submerge yourself in all that is mountain biking. Our carefully selected product range reflects our philosophy of fun on and off your bike. Some of the best trail and all mountain brands are represented in our store, and we are always on hand to help you make that important decision, be it a new bike, or a new jersey. Jasper Dan will be performing at Crank Chaos, entertaining you with Southern Rock music Jasper Dan is a hard working band with an infectious sound. The road to where they are now pays tribute to that with some very honoured and memorable highlights the band has achieved over the past few months. Jasper Dan was the OPENING BAND for the Raven Age and IRON MAIDEN after winning the BATTLE FOR IRON MAIDEN. A performance driven competition held over 3 months which included 30 of South Africa’s Hard Rock and Metal Acts held by BIG CONCERTS. Yeti Cycles will be at Crank Chaos As we gear up for the CrankChaos Maluti Mountain Bike festival in just a month, we are very excited to announce that Yeti Cycles will be joining us at this year's festival. Yeti, will be exhibiting their bikes to true mountain bike enthusiasts, offering demo rides and will have their expert staff on hand to answer any questions and offer advice on their entire bike range. "We are very excited to be a part of this one of a kind mountain bike festival and look forward to interacting with true mountain bike enthusiasts in a real mountain bike environment," says Jared Cave from Yeti Cycles South Africa. Oakley has been confirmed as a prize sponsor for Crank Chaos We are very excited to announce that Oakley has been confirmed as a prize sponsor for #CrankChaos. We are thrilled to have partnered with this amazing brand for this unique mountain bike festival in the Mountain Kingdom.
  7. The magnificent AFRiSKi Mountain Resort in Lesotho in the Maluti Mountains, has launched a new 3-night mountain biking festival weekend from the 27th to 30th October called CrankChaos Maluti Mountain Bike Festival. Click here to view the article
  8. Located 3050 metres above sea-level, this will be the most rad mountain bike festival of its kind on the African continent, revolutionising the way riders interact with the latest bikes, gear and equipment in the mountain bike industry by bringing together the biggest brand names in mountain biking, allowing guests to test and rate bikes in the field they usually compete in. Over the 3-day festival, there will be a variety of events, including five downhill lines, an enduro, marathon, slope-style riding, cross-country, downhill eliminator, plus outrides for the more social riders, all possible across the resorts’ extensive trail network. Riders will also be able to hook up to the T-Bar Lift for a 200-metre vertical climb, and at the top, choose from a myriad of bike tracks to get down the mountain, testing bikes and equipment to their fullest, ripping terrain like pros. DHI World Champion, Greg Minnaar, will be there, and says, “CrankChaos is what South African mountain bikers have been missing. Similar festivals happen in only a few countries around the world, and this festival will be in that league. It’s a spectacular location, serious fun with family and friends that cannot be duplicated anywhere else, and in a format I love and endorse. It’s the best way to test brands you have always dreamed about, and ride the Maluti Mountains with spectacular views, whilst having the most fun ever, guaranteed.”The weekend also offers live entertainment, all meals, great accommodation, and the traditional world-class AFRiSKi hospitality. Unmissable! Only 200 guaranteed spots are available so this festival is a must. For more information and booking info, go to http://www.crankchaos.com
  9. The magnificent AFRiSKi Mountain Resort in Lesotho in the Maluti Mountains, has launched a new 3-night mountain biking festival weekend from the 27th to 30th October called CrankChaos Maluti Mountain Bike Festival. Click here to view the article
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