Saturday evening (13 February) saw the return of the most prestigious BMX and MTB dirt jump competition in South Africa, The Night Harvest, presented by Monster Energy and supported by Sony Xperia, Von Zipper, The Pole Yard and CFC Framework Contractors.
Local and international pro riders made it out to the pristine Potato Trails in Hout Bay, Cape Town for an evening which promised to deliver some of the best riding ever seen. Riding masterfully sculpted trails into the night with lighting set up, makes The Night Harvest the unique event it is. The crowds swarmed in with 1500 people gathering to absorb the craziness.
With so many top class riders, the crowd was treated to many tricks that had never been done in SA and a few that had not been done anywhere in Africa before. In the BMX division, Kevin Peraza blew minds with combos most only see in online edits and ended up claiming 1st for the second year in a row. Declan Brooks finished in 2nd place with South Africa’s own Malcolm Peters taking a deserved 3rd overall.
In the MTB division, Nick Clarke was throwing himself and his bike all over the place, showing fans why he has earned the nickname “Tricky Nicky”, and took home 1st place. Sam Reynolds fought through a wrist injury to thrill The Night Harvest crowd for the third year in a row to claim 2nd place. 2015’s defending champion, Matt MacDuff came in with a well earned 3rd place.
After competing on the line of jumps, the riders moved over to the big jump for Best Trick. BMX and MTB together, just sending the biggest tricks they could. Nick Clarke fought hard and managed to tame the beast, landing a Backflip Barspin to Tailwhip, but that wasn’t enough to take it from Declan Brooks, who nailed a Backflip Triple Barspin.
The Trails Crew and Monster Energy outdid themselves this year and the 2016 Night Harvest has been dubbed the best to date
The Night Harvest 2016 Results
1st – Nick Clarke, Canada
2nd – Sam Reynolds, UK
3rd – Matt MacDuff, Canada
1st – Kevin Peraza, USA
2nd – Declan Brooks, UK
3rd – Malcolm Peters, South Africa
Declan Brooks, UK
Photos by Eric Palmer and Sam Clark