The world’s best freeride mountain bikers make their way down to sunny South Africa to escape the cold winter months up north to build the biggest jumps mountain biking has ever seen!
"So, the mountain range we built the course out of this year is actually a real course builders dream, the fact that we can follow down the contours of the mountain into the big valley and steep walls that we can build the big hips and jumps out of. So it's really cool to stay within the contours of the mountain and we didn't have to stack too many big piles of dirt. You can see the hip was completely dug into the hill, it’s stuff like that that really works. We tried to keep piling to a minimum to kind of keep it a bit more in with nature this time. Although it looks like we just turn up and get to dig exactly what we want, which is kind of the case, there are a few things that we had to do. We had to get the nature conservation guys in to make sure there were no special plants and stuff and there actually were a few that we had to avoid and where the watercourse is running down the middle of the valley we weren't allowed to build anything there. So, we actually had to change our layout from the original design to the course you see now for nature conservation reasons. I actually really like how the course ended up, I think it's better than what we originally designed, so that was actually pretty cool." - Sam Reynolds.
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