Photo Epic: First Hits - Loosefest XL

Jul 17, 2019
by Trevor Lyden  
Course overview

Loosefest is back and bigger than ever, some would even consider it XL. Set in the rolling hills of Malmedy, Belgium the course has been revamped and newly redesigned. The track starts off with a steep S-Turn and shark fin before getting to the first main feature, a large setup step down which prepares riders for the 60 foot gap shortly after. The second jump is big, nearly 75 feet, and is followed closely by the third large feature which nearly matches its size. After that is a massive step down which some riders are sending to the 100 foot mark. This leads to the most visually impressive addition to the course, a 220 foot long mega berm leading directly into a 24 foot tall hip. The riders are pulling about 40 miles per hour on the exit of the berm which gives more than enough speed to easily clear the finishing hip.

With athletes such as 3X Rampage champion Kurt Sorge, Spanish sender Andreau Lacondeguy, and other Fest regulars such as Damon Iwanaga, this year is going to be one for the record books. Stay tuned for regular updates and enjoy the show.

The start of Loosefest XL.
The start of Loosefest XL.

It s good to go...
It's good to go...
Big dogs checking out the big hits.
Big dogs checking out the big hits.

Scoping it out.
Scoping it out.

A new tool for this year the Bosch laser range finder gives accurate measurements of the features.
A new tool for this year, the Bosch laser range finder gives accurate measurements of the features.

The man himself Nico Vink during the filming of the course preview.
The man himself Nico Vink during the filming of the course preview.

Sam Reynolds looking down at the longest feature on the course a 100 foot step down.
Sam Reynolds looking down at the longest feature on the course, a 100 foot step down.

Gap number 2 approximately 90 feet to the sweet spot.
Gap number 2, approximately 90 feet to the sweet spot.

The most visually impressive feature a 220 foot long berm.
The most visually impressive feature, a 220 foot long berm.

Kade leading the train on a warmup lap.
Kade leading the train on a warmup lap.
World cup racing is a bit different than riding the Fest series but Kade and Kaos seem to be adjusting alright.
World Cup racing is a bit different than riding the Fest series, but Kade and Kaos seem to be adjusting alright.

Party trains for days
Party trains for days!

Damn that was big.
Damn that was big.

The stoke after sending the first hit.
The stoke after sending the first hit.

Damon Iwanaga boosting in the late evening.
Damon Iwanaga boosting in the late evening.

Gap 1 85 feet of pure hangtime.
Gap 1, 85 feet of pure hangtime.

Same hit different view.
Same hit, different view.

Sam Reynolds doesn t like to fly straight.
Sam Reynolds doesn't like to fly straight.

It s good to have Remy Morton back in action on the Loosefest course.
It's good to have Remy Morton back in action on the Loosefest course. Here he is on the third hit.

Big...
Big...

220 feet of mega berm.
220 feet of mega berm.

The last hip with a 24 foot lip.
The last hip, with a 24 foot lip.


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73 Comments

  • + 86
 "new tool for this year...laser range finder"

WTF?! They've been building these jumps for 5 years with mining equipment and no one had a $40 tool to measure them?
  • + 2
 they arent trying to hit #s, they are trying to design a line that works, numbers come later, when you build to design a feature on a layout rather than build features based on layout, shits usually not gonna work, and on that big, that could mean death, imagine coming up on the backside of one of those jumps
  • + 7
 We just inherit golf's technology 20 years after they invent it.
  • + 9
 Not so subtle product placement perhaps?
  • + 41
 @Lanebobane, I'm pretty sure laser range finders were originally invented for dropping bombs, not golf balls.
  • + 6
 I have one of those Bosch laser measuring devices. So accurate. Like .25mm accurate or better. My wife takes it on architecture jobs when she's doing the initial space layouts. Huge time saver for her. Plus the batteries last like a year. I used it to do my cove base moulding and it was so dead precise. Worth every penny.
  • + 10
 @BikesBoatsNJeeps: I wanted to chime in and say that Bosch laser measuring device is full tits. Precise, reliable and the crown is not creaking...
  • + 5
 Drop golf balls not bombs @slumgullion:
  • + 5
 @Sardline they used to use tape measures, but now with global warming and factoring in metal expansion they're no longer a reliable way to measure such large gaps
  • + 8
 Shoot. Waki agrees with me. Does this mean I have to quit Pinkbike? Do all my posts now come under additional scrutiny? Have I jumped the shark? Damn.
  • + 1
 @BikesBoatsNJeeps: we use a few at the office and Bosch is always charged, it is small, buttons are easy to find and press while holding it at weird angles. We also have Leicas and they are sht.
  • + 2
 And to think, they couldn't set the range finder to metric? Noone in their right minds care to understand imperial measurements!
  • + 25
 That’s a lot of testicular fortitude in one location!!
  • + 4
 Stealing this joke. thanks!
  • + 23
 What are those feet you talking. Its in Europe so speak meters please.
  • + 14
 ..and Pinkbike is in Canada, which uses the metric system.. Just like the vast majority of the world
  • - 5
flag robnevins (Jul 17, 2019 at 13:29) (Below Threshold)
 Want me to ask my 10 year old to show you how to convert feet to meters? Education is the key to life!
  • + 9
 what about those of us that use cubits?
  • + 20
 @robnevins: no we just want you to stop using this ridiculous system
  • + 8
 @iantmcg: how are those new 2.38 wheels working out for you mate?
  • + 10
 @ColquhounerHooner: I am on 1.53 cubit wheels still.
  • + 7
 @robnevins: The whole point to education is to move forwards and becoming smarter, not to move backwards by adjusting to primitive systems.
  • + 8
 @gnarnaimo: Pinkbike might be Canadian, but they are still feet-fetishists
  • + 7
 I just quote my measurements in whatever sounds longer.
  • + 1
 @mtbikemccoy: So does the rest of 'merica
  • + 2
 I have size 43 feet, which is 27cm. So furthest gap og 100 feet, is 27m. I wonder who's feet they used for measuring?
  • + 2
 @megatryn: US Survey feet or International Feet?
  • + 1
 @iantmcg: I think Niko Vink's feet. He's pretty international. I'll ask him next time I see him.
  • + 8
 International aviation rules dictate that altitude and runway lengths are expressed in feet. I think this contest falls in line with those protocols.
  • + 1
 @RichardCunningham: That is awesome.

The irony of it all, is that they actually measured it in metric and @trevorlyden got @sykkel-martin to convert all the measurements for this article. (Don't tell them I told you) Big Grin
  • + 20
 Damn! These lads are pushing the limits, those jumps are huge!
  • + 15
 I'm glad I'm not a pro rider
  • + 14
 Who said Belgium was flat? :-)
  • + 2
 Surely not anyone living in the Ardennes....
  • + 1
 @bonkywonky: As I do, indeed ;-)
  • + 12
 Impressive to see Remy back where it went so damn wrong for him not that long ago!
  • + 8
 stoked to see how bmx has been continually influencing slopestyle and freeriding. Loosefest shows how accessible these events can be,...you can build courses almost anywhere on the planet. And when we colonize another planet it'll happen there too!
  • + 5
 Would love to see one day Rampage on Mars !!!
  • + 10
 And to think I get nervous hitting 10ft long tabletops locally. :-(
  • + 6
 This is honestly why I always watch FEST SERIES vids before I go ride.....makes mine all seem so easy and small.
  • + 4
 Depends on who built the jump!! I’ve seen some locally built 10’ers I’d absolutely swipe left over these. I hate being 8’ high over a 6’ landing that’s only 4’ wide. All the risk and almost no reward. These look like the risk to reward ratio is in the black.
  • + 8
 I'm so stoked to see Kaos and Kade! I have been saying they deserved a spot at rampage for a long time, lets see how they master these big hits!
  • + 3
 It's been great to watch the evolution of mtn bike jumps. Nico, you are such a humble legend!! When you get going that big, they have to built perfect, and besides actual bike parks, I've only personally seen this style of massive in the Kamloops area ala Brad and Ron. Hats off to the guinea pig badassery. Y'all are savages. Can't wait to see more
  • + 6
 Can’t wait for the new POV vids.
  • + 4
 Remi with no knee pads... impressive to go back where it all went wrong for him
  • + 13
 no knee pads, jorts and what looks like a Tshirt with no back protector? Not sure if thats impressive or just dumb...
  • + 3
 @ianswilson815: to be honest knee pads and back protector only protect you from scratches, skin damage; he might think that at these speeds and jumping distances, scratches will be his least important issue. Maybe.
  • + 4
 Crazy ass shit !
  • + 0
 Don't forget to wipe !
  • + 2
 Still can't get over the fact that they're buffing everything out with heavy machinery. I've never seen that...
  • + 10
 They sure as shit aren't building 24 foot high take offs and 100 ft gaps with shovels...
  • + 2
 Glancing at this on my phone , saw the first pic of the air and I honestly read "Gap 1, 85 feet of pure Higenamine " :/
  • + 3
 Still looks like a green on the GoPro.
  • + 0
 The locals actually decided not to measure the length of their jumps using stupid feet as a unit, over 200 years ago. This middle age way of measuring our land almost feels insulting.
  • + 2
 See you there on friday and saturday! With belgian beers (Orval) of course...
  • + 1
 Is there any information about the injured rider yesterday?
Just saw someone laying down after the first big jump...
  • + 1
 Adolf broke his femur: www.instagram.com/p/B0DgYd3ot5H
  • + 1
 It's Adolf Silva. Broke his femur in 3 pieces. Just seen it on IG.
  • + 1
 Love to see my favorite Bikepark on PB, Malmedy just kicks ass, great atmosphere, chilled people, good builders!
  • + 1
 Use friggin proper measurement units fro christ sake, meters and kilometers in this case...
  • + 2
 Gravity defying, that is xxl not xl?
  • + 1
 Is Silva there? Always look forward to his lifesaving wizardry.
  • + 2
 Da Fuc yo?
  • + 1
 Awesome pics trev! those jumps are LARGE
  • + 1
 Nuts
  • + 1
 so sick!!
  • + 1
 Wheres Jaxson Riddle?
  • + 1
 I was wondering about that too... Haven’t seen the Brendog yet either....
  • + 1
 Jaxsons bike showed up yesterday. So he's on it now ????
  • + 1
 Pure madness
  • + 1
 #Sproink
  • + 1
 Nice '' Preivew ''

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