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#CrankChaos 2017 Cranks it UP!

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Riders Cranked it up at #CrankChaos 2017

Over 150 riders from all over South Africa and beyond wound their way up 3222m to Afriski Mountain Resort for #CrankChaos 2017, which took place from the 26 – 29 October.

#CrankChaos is a four-day festival and the ultimate playground for fun riders, gravity junkies and endurance enthusiasts. From check-in onwards, riders were taken care of – the first-class service included Redbull & Maluti Beer stocked fridges to gift bags ready and waiting on the beds.

Going for a ride couldn’t be easier, all participants had to do to gain access to multiple cross-country, enduro and downhill trails was to gear up and hook onto the mountain bike uplift. This gifted them with over 200m in vertical gain in under 7 minutes.  There was the option to head out onto the escarpment for a ride or enter into one of the fun or competitive events throughout the weekend.

Off the bike, everyone took some time to kick back, relax in their cabins or head to Sky Restaurant to grab a complimentary meal. When asked what riders loved best about the festival, the answer was… “The vibe!”

“CrankChaos is all about the inclusive nature of the event, where every type of rider is welcome. There’s a special atmosphere created when you connect with other like-minded minded people, focused on enjoying riding no matter what shape, size or format it comes in.”

We had riders from Cape Town to the UK, some are here to test their technical skills or increase their fitness, just try out some of the latest gear, enjoy the view or just to try something new,” comments Peter Peyper, Operations Manager at Afriski Mountain Resort.

There were both fun and timed events throughout the weekend with R80 000 worth of prizes and goodies from FOX, International Trade, Skull Candy, Motorex, Evoc, Pure Nutrition, Oakley, Csixx and Ogio up for grabs.

Altitude XCO Eliminator

Altitude XCO Eliminator riders battled it out around a custom-designed 400m XCO course, the flat-out speed and incline made extra challenging in the altitude. The 400m course ran past Sky Restaurant, giving spectators an up-close and personal view of the competitors’ jockeying for position. In the end, the results came flying in as follows:


  1. Wessel Botha
  2. Armand Du Toit
  3. Albert Moffat


  1. Marli van Eeden
  2. Henike Wielputz
  3. Yolandi Steyn


  1. Keagan Brand

Fox Enduro

Popup party at the end of the Fox Enduro Stage 3 - #CrankChaos 2017
Riders during the 2017 Crank Chaos at Afriski Mountain Resort in Lesotho – 27 October 2017 | photo by Ewald Sadie

The Fox Enduro consisted of three stages and was the perfect opportunity to showcase and experience the stunning Basotho landscape. It kicked off with a gentle, flowing introduction on stages one and two. The comfort was short lived though as later stages changed to rough and tough trails, technical features complete with a 2m “Hero Drop”, sheer slopes and tight switchbacks. The enduro culminated in a long descent down to a pop-up party at the finish – complete with cold Malutis, a Redbull tent and a sunset view of the highlands. The results were as follows:


  1. Theo Erlangsen 12:23
  2. Martin Zietsman 12:36
  3. Robert Frost 12:41


  1. Beani Thies 15:09
  2. Louise Kotze 15:33
  3. Sonja Engelbrecht 16:16


  1. Jasper Barrett 13:15
  2. Kyle Brand 15:03
  3. Ike Klaasen 15:10

Downhill Eliminator

Enduro, downhill or XCO there is nothing boring about the trails at CrankChaos
Riders during the 2017 Crank Chaos at Afriski Mountain Resort in Lesotho – 27 October 2017 | photo by Ewald Sadie

The Downhill Eliminator kept competitors on their toes. Four competitors raced simultaneously on four different tracks. Skill, fitness, and carrying speed through the numerous corners were the big deciders on who crossed the line first. One by one riders were knocked out and ultimately the following riders were awarded the DH Eliminator crowns:


  1. Frank Meyer
  2. Martin Zietsman
  3. Barry Futter


  1. Beani Thies
  2. Nikki Alvin
  3. Louise Kotze


  1. Jasper Barrett
  2. Ike Klaassen
  3. Kyle Brand

Hill Climb

People underestimate what the altitude does to the lungs and legs: it makes the average climb a true test of fitness. The bravest, strongest and fittest riders lined up to take on the #CrankChaos 2017 Hill Climb where the only rule was to get as far as possible without touching a foot to the ground. These are the riders who had the power to take home the prize:

  1. Keagan Brand
  2. Martin Zietsman
  3. Beani Thies

Goldilocks Strava Challenge

#CrankChaos 2017 is about stopping to take in the view
Riders during the 2017 Crank Chaos at Afriski Mountain Resort in Lesotho – 27 October 2017 | photo by Ewald Sadie

The Afriski Goldilocks trail is 10,3km of some of the most scenic contour trails. Riders enjoyed the winding, engaging trail and tough little popper climbs as they wound their way down to the valley for the Goldilocks Strava Challenge. The fastest time on Strava decided the winners and the Queen of the Mountain and King of the Mountains went to…

  1. Wessel Botha 26:02
  2. Louise Kotze 33:51
  3. Keagan Brand 37:21

Greg Minnaar, a partner and big fan of CrankChaos, was unfortunately not able to attend CrankChaos this year, due to an ill-timed knee injury at the recent Enduro World Series in Spain. Although not there in body, Minnaar was there in spirit, with a personal message sent and aired for the riders at the FOX Enduro finish line.

Are You Ready for 2018?

#CrankChaos will be back in 2018. If you’re looking for a weekend filled with dusty bikes, unforgettable views and endless smiles, keep an eye out for the opening dates on the CrankChaos website or follow us on the #CrankChaos Facebook page.


Copy curtesy of  Kelly Fraser