28 - 31 OCTOBER 2021 | Afriski Mountain Resort - Lesotho

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Revolutionising the Mountain Bike Industry

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.

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, downhill eliminator, dual slalom, whipp off, hillclimb and the strava challenge 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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Where and When

CrankChaos will be hosted at Afriski Mountain Resort from 28 October – 31 October 2021.
 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, which have attracted over 400 riders from 10 different countries.

Event Program: 

Thursday: Friday: Saturday:
08:00 Lifts and Trails open 08:00 Lift opens 08:00 Lift opens
10:00 Check-in and Registration 8:00-9:00 Bike Maintenance Masterclass with Jonty 10:00 Talon DH Eliminator
Strava Challenge – Segements open 09:30 Fox Enduro Riders Confirmation 14:00 Whipp Off
13:00 Dual Slalom Riders confirmation 10:00 Fox Enduro 15:00 Skills Training with Chris Pearton
14:00 Dual Slalom Timed Runs 13:30 Prize Giving and Red Rock Party  at Finish 17:00 Trails Close


Skills Training with Chris Pearton

Dual Slalom Race

15:00 Skills Training with Chris Pearton Strava Challenge – Segements Close
19:00 Meet and Greet with Welcome Drinks Talon DH Eliminator timed runs Apres ride party with MJ Haze
20:00 Race Briefing for Fox Enduro 16:30 Hill Climb 20:30 Final Prize Giving and Dinner
17:00 Trails Close 21:30 Halloween Party with Jasper Dan
20:00 Race Brief for DH Eliminator
21:00 On the couch with Max

Inter-Lodge Competition


The CrankChaos 2019 inter-lodge competition is stacked and loaded – who will take the win at this year’s CrankChaos event?

Book an 8-, 10- or 11-sleeper chalet or apartment for you and your mates to be a part of the inter-lodge competition. Get your fridge stocked daily with Red Bull, Red Rock beer and water and as an added bonus we will brand your apartment/chalet with your team name.

There are great prizes for the house with the most GEES, the best-dressed house, and the best performing house.

Pay your deposit before 31 July to secure your spot and qualify for the early bird special.

Bring your best riding outfits, cowbells, vuvuzelas / noisemakers (we want to hear you cheering on your team) and, of course, your best spirit (we can’t wait to see your team gees).

Each house must nominate their team captains who will be responsible for their crew.

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