Photo Epic: Staggering Sends - Loosefest XL Days 2 & 3

Jul 19, 2019
by Trevor Lyden  


After a solid day of warming up in private, Loosefest XL opened its doors and allowed the insanity to be witnessed by all. Wednesday and Thursday of this week brought us everything from the highest of highs to the most somber of lows. Riders were pushing their bodies to the limits on the new XL course and, in some cases, the course bit back. Despite the invitation list featuring some of the best freeriders in the world, we unfortunately saw three ambulances over the past two days. Adolf Silva suffered the worse injury of the three, and ended up breaking his femur in multiple places while US-based Damon Iwanaga came down hard on the final hip and walked away with a broken collarbone and lastly, Szymon Godziek was struck with a bit of bad luck and came down hard on his shoulder. He was taken away last night to get a full check-up and find out the extent of the injury. We wish all the riders a speedy recovery and are sending positive vibes.

Although there were a few injuries, the remaining riders didn't let them get in their heads and were able to put down two incredible evening sessions. Most of the riders have put in a full top to bottom run at this point and have conquered all the features on the course. There have been a few mega trains, massive whips, and even a few flips. Conor and Andreu have raised the bar in the trick department, while Kade Edwards and Kaos Seagrave are fan favorites for their never-ending style. The next two days are sure to be the best, and we'll have a full photo recap later in the week.

Andreau was the first rider to put down big tricks on the mega hip at the end of the course.
Andreu Lacondeguy was the first rider to put down big tricks on the mega hip at the end of the course.

 I want to learn flat spins Ok done.
Kade Edwards: "I want to learn flat spins". Ok, done.

Prepping time

Last minute bolt tightening. Key when you re hitting jumps this size.
Last minute bolt tightening. Key when you're hitting jumps this size.

Szymon took a fall late Thursday night we re still waiting for a full update but it sounds like a shoulder injury. Hoping to see him continue riding the rest of the week.
Szymon Godziek took a fall late Thursday night, we're still waiting for a full update, but it sounds like a shoulder injury.

Damon is one of the biggest senders at the event but unfortunately went a bit too big and ended up with a broken collarbone. Healing vibes my friend
Damon Iwanaga is one of the biggest senders at the event, but unfortunately went a bit too big and ended up with a broken collarbone. Healing vibes my friend!

Adolf Silva took an incredible crash and broke his femur in three places. He s doing well now but had us all holding our breath for a bit. Get well soon bud
Adolf Silva took an incredible crash and broke his femur in three places. He's doing well now but had us all holding our breath for a bit. Get well soon bud!

Side saddle sideways for Bas.
Side saddle sends for Bas Van Steenbergen.

Party trains down the upper section of the course.
Party trains down the upper section of the course.

Back in action at Loosefest Remy lets it all hang out.
Back in action at Loosefest, Remy Morton lets it all hang out.

Riders need full speed and a full pull to clear the 100ft 30.48 meter step down.
Riders need full speed and a full pull to clear the 100ft (30.48 meter) step down.

Sky high for Clemens.
Sky high for Clemens Kaudela.

One of the fastest on the world cup circuit and one of the most stylish riders to boot. Kade is a force to be reckoned with.
One of the fastest on the World Cup circuit and one of the most stylish riders to boot, Kade Edwards is a force to be reckoned with.

Post-run stoke.
Post-run stoke.

 Looks up definition of table Sees this picture
*Looks up definition of table* , *Sees this picture*

Checking out the nuggets.
Checking out the nuggets.

Conor didn t arrive as early as some others and only rode yesterday for the first time. He clearly felt good on the course and was the first to flip this gap.
Conor didn't arrive as early as some others and only rode yesterday for the first time. He clearly felt good on the course and was the first to flip this gap.

Waiting for the wind to die.
Waiting for the wind to die.

Airtime planes trains and...
Airtime (planes), trains and...
automobiles Remy getting the course all lubed up.
automobiles? Remy Morton getting the course all lubed up.

The man of the hour Nico Vink. If you build it you ride it.
The man of the hour Nico Vink. If you build it, you ride it.

Jordie taking a breather.
Jordie Lunn taking a breather.

Follow the leader.
Follow the leader.

This step down is small Nottttt. Said with Borat voice
This step down is small, nottttt. (Said with Borat voice).

Boop
Boop!

80k through the berm at the bottom.
60kph through the berm at the bottom.

Media squids don t know what to do when the camera is pointed on them. Freakin A Eric
Media squids don't know what to do when the camera is pointed on them. Freakin' A Eric!

Mood lighting at the Monster Energy tent.
Mood lighting at the Monster Energy tent.

Cheers to a good day.
Cheers to a good day.

The day ended with a world class barbecue complete with fresh wild boar.
The day ended with a world-class barbecue complete with fresh wild boar.


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43 Comments

  • + 78
 I wear a helmet just to look at the photos and videos!Makes me feel safe.
  • + 32
 Looking at the 'tiny' wooden kicker into the landing of the step down and thinking, that's probably too big for me :-/
  • + 2
 Ben there. Thought that.
  • + 22
 Remy living that Lambo life. Oh yeah.
  • + 4
 I mean if you’re going to have a tractor.....then, have a tractor with style!
  • + 11
 Much respect to these riders. I can only imagine how great it feels to fly that far on a bike....and land it!
  • + 10
 Jordie has the best kit of 2019 locked in early.
  • + 9
 You sure that's Jordie? Looks like a bear on wheels
  • + 4
 Was talking to my co-worker a few days ago about the course and we both wondered how far you can keep pushing this stuff before something serious happens. Next morning... busted leg. Next day... 2 more riders down with serious injuries. These dudes are straight up nuts.
  • + 3
 Same stuff happens daily at Whistler and the jumps aren’t near as big. These dudes are at their personal limits and things break. Healing vibes to the downed riders! They’ll be back healthy soon!
  • + 3
 @Freerideisdead: Yeah at whistler you've got 200x's the rider number on the hill and a crap ton of rental bike dudes smashing themselves on the hits.

Apples to oranges dude.


2 of the 3 guys hurt at the moment where supposed to ride at Rampage. Hoping both get put back together quick enough to be healthy for it.
  • + 2
 It'll keep getting bigger. Look at moto (which Lacondeguy absolutely crushes) and they go bigger/further/higher/faster. Sometimes you just land wrong.
  • + 5
 So... Kade Edwards, in the third photo, did he just launch out the top of the massive catch berm?
  • + 6
 So yeah... I’m staring at that pic trying to figure out both takeoff and landing...
  • + 3
 If you look closely you can see an inside line tire mark that looks like it is heading in the direction needed to jump off the berm and land on the back side of it.
  • + 3
 If you check his instagram, yeah, he aired up the face of the berm and landed on the back side of it.
  • + 4
 Ughhh, so so so gutted for Damon; he's one of the most stylish in the biz and an absolute maniac on the big bike. Healing vibes to all!
  • + 2
 What about Godziek. Dude just got back on a damned bike after another injury. He's gotta be gutted. Especially this close to Rampage.
  • + 2
 That photo of Damon made my stomach do a flip-flop. Overshooting the hell out of that massive beast. Watching the landing disappear under you is a sickening feeling because you know you're fu*ked. I can't even imagine that feeling on something that massive. Glad it didn't turn out worse, hope he (and all the riders injured) heals up quickly.
  • + 1
 @krashDH85: No joke. That's home Remi blew up his back a couple years back.
  • + 6
 That step down scares me.
  • + 3
 Stood there a few years ago. It is a monster. Unf#cking believable. And the gaps between take of and landing of the first 3 jumps host a multitude of bike park lines with no problem. The pics don’t do it justice ( no offence to the photo g’s )
  • + 3
 Everything there scares me
  • + 4
 I always wondered how the WC bromancers would do at a Fest series. I guess that answers that question.
  • + 2
 I think Ratboy already answered your question. He won the UCI WC DH overall in 2014, won Worlds as a junior in 2008, plus 3 World Cup race wins and many podiums in World Cup and World Championships DH. The year after he retired (2016) he was at Loosefest: www.pinkbike.com/photo/14952630
  • + 2
 "Last minute bolt tightening. Key when you're hitting jumps this size." but pretty optional otherwise
  • + 1
 These guys pushing 70km hitting the jumps!! Surely these series are pushing the limits of how far one can sail through the air. Insane!
  • + 2
 I can't imagine what those hits look like in person.
  • + 3
 Is this downcountry?
  • + 2
 Lamborghini tractor
  • + 1
 Jordie lunns Jersey is pretty rad
  • + 1
 Very pretty rad indeed.
  • + 1
 @endlessblockades: At first glance I thought he had pads under it. Then I remembered just how jacked he is from one of his workout vids awhile back.
  • + 0
 Are Kade and Kaos using their WC bikes? Are there any sort of rules that limit the use of race bikes at an event like this?
  • + 1
 No they are not there wc bikes... if you watched the last wc round.. trek got custom painted bikes. Not sure about kaos.
  • + 1
 MASSIVE
  • + 1
 LEGENDS, ALL OF THEM!
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