Day one of the Crankchaos Maluti Mountain Bike Festival at Afriski Mountain Resort kicked off with the Dual Slalom event.
The course was as it should be; short and packed with tight turns, rollers, doubles and huckers. After the individual timed runs were completed, the riders headed up for the knockout runs.
The ‘manne’ wait to go under starters orders.
Pottie, on the way up for another run gives us the thumbs up on the T-bar lift system. Pottie seeded 3rd and ended the day in 3rd after being shut out by Tim Bentley.
Officially retired yet always keen to shred with mates, Needles proved he still has the speed by making it through to the final 8 riders.
Struan McMaster (5th seed) gets a wheel in on Dayle Holmes (28th seed) in their round one knockout dual. Struan would proceed to the next round.
Former youth World Champion Ike Klaasen (4th in seeding) rode himself into the quarter-finals with his usual approach; smooth and fast.
Frankie du Toit (3rd seed) squashes the crate jump on the way to an eventual 3rd.
Sometimes things get wild in slalom.
The Women’s final came down to Beani Thies (1st seed) and Steffanie Grossman (2nd seed) and the race was close. At the line, Beani was just a couple bike lengths back and Steffanie snatched the win.
That’s Michard Meets aka: the Veldskoen Pinner. Michard made it to round 2 before being eliminated by Niko Velasco. #VelliesMyBru
The men’s final dual came down to Theo (left) and Tim (right). Theo got the better kick out of the gate.
Theo was marginally ahead at this point.
But Bentley pressed the ‘gamble button’ and started to reel back the lead.
Tim boosted deep into the last section of turns and carried that speed out of them and stole the win. “It was super tight racing and very close in the end with Theo. I lost time at the start, he pulled a gap on me but then at the end I caught up and got him on the last corner.” – Tim
Women’s podium from left: Beanie Thies (2nd), Steffanie Grossman (1st) and Frankie du Toit (3rd).
Men’s podium from left: Theo Erlangsen (2nd), Tim Bentley (1st) and Johann Potgieter (3rd).
The annual 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.
IMAGES: Dom Barnardt | VIDEO: Ewald Sadie |