Darkfest: The Build Begins

Date Jan 28, 2017

Not satisfied with their massive build for Pure Darkness, the madmen in South Africa have been putting something a little bit bigger for DarkFEST, which is quite possibly the biggest FEST ever.


The boys from Pure Darkness are back at The Garden Route Trail Park, but this time the plans are a bit different. Sam Reynolds has brought 2 master builders with him, Clemens Kaudela, and Nico Vink to make the massive jumps even more crazy for DarkFEST!

“I brought Clemens and Nico to help me make the jumps bigger and darker than ever!” – Sam

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Judging the size of things on video is often very misleading and both the newcomers were very surprised at the size of these jumps, but they dove right into the diggers and got to work. Adding new lines, tweaking a few things to make it more friendly for DH bikes and smoothing the eroded lips and landings was first on the cards.

“When I first got here and saw the step up and the site my thoughts were, go big or go home…man, maybe I should have stayed at home.” – Clemens

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The infamous giant step up now has 2 hipped landings on either side and the right line leads into a left hip on the last jump of the line, which looks absolutely insane. They are also busy with a long low jump over the run-in to the step up, which will make for some spectacular shots with guys jumping over each other going mach1!

“When Sam showed me the jumps, I was blown away by the sheer size of these things. Pretty nervous to ride them to be honest” – Nico

Having 2 diggers here now means that the speed of progress has doubled. You can literally watch the jumps grow. Nico is loving it too much and spending all day in them getting things dialed in.
A bit of rain came through on Wednesday, which slowed down the building, but made the dirt tacky and perfect to work with, so it’s guns blazing again and can’t wait to see the rest of the ideas come to life.

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Lots more plans to unfold, keep an eye out for the week 2 update before all the riders come down to shred the goodness!


Seriously though, just how much bigger can these guys go before they top out?

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