The Night Harvest is arguably one of the sickest dirt jump events on the planet and the 2019 edition was no exception. Some of the most notorious BMX and MTB riders were in town to compete on the perfectly primed Potato trails, with the picturesque mountains of Hout Bay in the background.
As the sun started to set, the riders made their way up the roll-in tower. The Night Harvest runs a little different to most contests, with a jam session format. This enables riders to work on those dream runs and makes the usually competitive vibe much more conducive for bringing out the best riding possible.
In the BMX division Brazilian, Leandro Moreira was no stranger to this type of terrain and sent it higher than any other rider on the night. His signature bag of tricks which included cranked Turndown Flips, Flip Double Whips, Triple Whips and the hugest dumped 360’s in the game saw him walk away with 3rd place.
Mike Varga was on fire finishing in 2nd place. The Canadian annihilated the course tech wizardry and burly combos. Not only did Varga dominate the line, he proceeded to Ice-Pick Bar the wall-ride at the bottom of the course, which was a first for the event!
SoCal native, Pat Casey completely destroyed the jumps every time he dropped in for the well-deserved win.
In the MTB division, there was a solid line up of local riders with a few international rippers including Swedish wunderkind Lukas Skiold and big air extraordinaire Matt Macduff. Cape Town’s very own Justin Novella, local DH Free-rider/ Racer Theo Erlangsen and up-and-comer Cornel Swanepoel were in the mix, completely sending it for a chance to land on the podium.
In 3rd place it was Czech dirt jump veteran Tomas Zedja who had the line waxed from top to bottom with a mix of classic tricks.
Canadian Matt Macduff came in hot from a week in Barcelona and treated the crowd to a selection of heaters, which included folded 360 Tables and massive Flip Whips to take 2nd place.
Experience points paid off as Lukas Skiold and his mathematical precision in everything he does, took the clear win in the class.
In the Best Trick contests it was local riders Murray Loubser (Cannon Ball to Bar) and Cornel Swanepoel (720) who took this win in BMX and MTB respectively.
Murray Loubser – Cannon Ball to Bar
Cornel Swanepoel – 720
Photos by Eric Palmer and Grant Mclachlan.