Rocky Fest 2018 marked the fourth consecutive Rocky Fest since it’s commencement in 2015. The weekend was a resounding success consisting of exciting trails with spectacular views across the country course.
Bike, Run, Hike At Ultimate Altitude
Yet again, Rocky Fest attracted an enthusiastic group of participants. Over 80 people joined us – not only mountain bikers but also runners and hikers. Given that Lesotho, and more specifically Afriski, offers so much, the event now aims to accommodate like-minded individuals who want to enjoy the outdoors in their own way.
The initial idea of Rocky Fest, which remains, is to offer a “non-racing” and “all-fun” weekend for anyone that like to enjoy the outdoors. This is regardless of your fitness level or sporting experience. It is a weekend where one can enjoy the pristine Mountain Kingdom with friends and family and appreciate the joy and excitement that nature and has to offer.
Rocky Fest 2018 Kicks Off…
The weekend kicked off with the popular Valley Ride where mountain bikers, trail runners and hikers experienced the lowlands of Lesotho on trails that were primed for each discipline. The participants were able to refuel, hydrate and also enjoy the scrumptious boerie rolls that Mamohase B&B prepared. Ice cold beer and cold drinks were served while participants listened to great music under the shade of the Rocky Festival village.
Following the Valley Ride, the fun continued with a scenic drive up to Afriski. Here, participants received their Rocky Fest goodie bags and a delicious welcome dinner in the popular Sky Restaurant.
Saturday morning had the participants experience yet another part of the untamed Mountain Kingdom – the all new Black Mountain Pass trail. With flowing single tracks, a few challenging climbs, some exciting descents and river crossings everyone had the opportunity to experience raw mountain biking at its best! Some riders really made the most of the river crossings. They cooled off with a swim and chilled out along the pass while taking pictures of the most amazing views! Reaching the end of the Black Mountain Trail riders saw a water point with ice-cold refreshments on offer. Riders were then shuttled back to the resort.
The rest of the weekend saw mountain bikers taking advantage of the only T-bar lift in Africa. Of course, they also enjoyed the thrill of unsurpassed single tracks, enduro and downhill trails.
Following the weekend’s fun and achievements, participants received some exciting spot prizes on the Saturday evening. The after party then kicked off with Wolfgang Marrow and continued under the stars at Afriski Mountain Resort.
And Unfortunately Ends…
Rocky Fest 2018 was a fabulous weekend.
Anticipation is already building around our upcoming events – see you there!
Copy by Armand du Toit
Photography by Michael Allen