Photo Epic: LooseFEST Roundup

Aug 21, 2015
by Fest Series  
bigquotesLooseFEST 2015 was the best FEST stop so far. Nico Vink made sure we had everything covered from the biggest and baddest jumps to the five-star meals every day, and to top it off, we all got to go to MXGP after the event was over. Nico is one of the best jump builders in the world, so you automatically trust him with your life no matter how big the jumps are. Everyone was shredding so hard, the photos and videos show that! Hope you all enjoy the coverage as much as we all enjoyed the ride! Can't wait for next year! - Kyle Jameson





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  The idyllic landscape of south Belgium was not indicating what was about to happen over the next few days.

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  "La Ferme Libert" has a blissful and delightful atmosphere that was seriously disrupted by some loose canons roaring loudly for joy of an MTB FEST!

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  Nico Vink and his crew were digging and working on the jumps for several weeks. Investment of their time and hard work paid off with solid interest.

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  The other guys know the riding etiquette and put their hands in to fine tune what Nico has created. Here's Jasper Flashman, who recently made his transition from MX to MTB thanks to Nico.

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  Just look at Kyle Jameson's helmet!

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  I would like to know what was really going through Nico's mind at that moment...

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  Time to drop in! It took the boys a few test runs, but hey, these were quite sizeable jumps.

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  Mega props to Vinny T for being the first one to clear the first jump! That took some serious commitment.

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  The rest of the riders followed right after him.

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  Kyle got through the first one just before the sun went behind the horizon.

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  Still buzzing from the session, it was time for some partying!

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  The next day, all the guys were in great moods and ready for some riding at the bike park. Sam Reynolds shows off his skill and style here.

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  Jasper Flashman can shred with and without a motor!

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  Yes, we're living in times where push-bike jumps have to be tested by motorbikes.

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  It didn't take Andreu long to grab his dirtbike.

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  Trond Hansen and Andreu Lacondeguy were discussing their strategy for an evening session.

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  The minute that the wind got perfectly calm, all riders started flying above spectator's heads.

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  A couple hours before Andreu was riding those jumps on a dirt bike. He looked as comfortable on his push-bike as on the one with a motor.

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  Nico hauling through a serious gap.

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  On Saturday spectators got to see quite an unusual sight...

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  Sam Reynolds was insanely stoked with opportunity to join The Fest crew. He was the first one to hit the 22m / 70ft jump!

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  This picture says more than 1000 words...

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  Andreu flipped the beast! Thanks to that he won Best Line award.

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  Hats off to Nico Vink for proving that nothing is impossible! A 27.5m / 90ft step down was conquered by the man who built it.

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  Moments after Nico showed everybody that it's possible to survive this huge jump, others had no choice, but to go for it! Sam Reynolds jumped it... just because he wanted to get through to the last jump where he would be able to do some whips!

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  And he totally deserved the Best Whip award.

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  On Sunday, the last day of Loose Fest, thanks to the good guys at Monster Energy, we all got invitations to a MotoX-GP, which was happening nearby. It's been an amazing experience! Just imagine bunch of dudes running around like they were 5 year old kids in a candy store.

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  Nico Vink, host, builder, rider - he was a perfectionist in every one of these roles.

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  We're sending healing vibes to Max Kruse who made a big mistake, which cost him some time in the hospital. Get well soon buddy!

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  Vinny T flying over ''The Big Mamma''. We all hope to see him at Rampage this year.

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  Sam Reynolds was one of the hardest shredding riders during Loose Fest. We'll definitely see him riding his big bike more this off season.

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  Nico presenting some flawless style.

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  The crowd was really good and they loved the action. Seeing things like this with your own eyes will definitely leave you with good memories for a long time.

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  Just imagine the speed and the moment when your wheels leave the ground... These guys don't have to dream about stuff like that, they live it!

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  And that's a wrap. This was one epic weekend!

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MENTIONS: @TheFEST / @lunatyk / @SamReynolds26



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37 Comments

  • 55 2
 Was I the only one looking for a rider above the tree line in the first photo because fest series
  • 3 1
 my exact thoughts)
  • 4 3
 Photos were amazing but i agree i wish they would of gotten better shots that really show how far these guys are sending it
  • 2 4
 do you think andreu will be sad if they don't let him win something.
  • 25 1
 And here I am, eating subway, browsing pinkbike, while avoiding my boss.
  • 27 6
 Yep - they all seem like perfectly sensible young gentlemen with an acute sense of their own safety. That's what we like to see; good, honest, old-fashioned Christian fun. Well done chaps!
  • 6 4
 Christian? Not exactly the first thing you relate to fun.
  • 10 1
 very astute sense of humor there, Mastodon
  • 3 6
 Oh gee thanks bud, you sarcastic dbag
  • 2 1
 your reputation precedes you
  • 2 2
 Reputation?
  • 7 2
 Hugely stoked for Reynolds- When I heard he was there I thought 'Please don't die'- clearly he was more than man enough for the occasion. That whip shot is unbelievable. So many stunning images.
  • 4 1
 I'm surprised they aren't using a radio-controlled bicycle-wheeled contraption to hit it the first couple time... Something that just can be replaced if it craters into the face of the landing, or hucks to flat.

I can't even imagine being the guinea pig for a jump of that size. How do they sit down?
  • 2 0
 Google "tanuki" from Japanese lore.
Those riders' balls are so big they've morphed into bicycles!
  • 6 0
 Rampage is gonna be sick this year with this guys doing this mega jumps!
  • 3 1
 So fucking stoked to have witnessed this first hand! The pictures are so sick but do no justice to the sheer size of these jumps and the speeds these guys were going!
  • 4 0
 I am Kyle J and I love this shit!
  • 4 1
 the SICKEST man on EARTH is BELGIAN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 3 1
 Ride might have been loose, but my butthole got really tight watchings this
  • 1 0
 It was such a great party! I mean it was a true Fest! Unbelievable action from the worlds best! Nothing but good things to say! Wouldn't dare to miss it next year...
  • 3 0
 Does Andreu ever not have a beer in his hand when hes off the bike?
  • 2 0
 serious question - i wonder what tyre pressure theyre running and if any of them are tubeless?
  • 2 0
 Nico was running 30 psi and KJ 50psi, so I think it depends on preference...
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 Andreu appears to be able to flip any size gap
  • 2 0
 hééé nico did buy a new tooth
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 Hahaha, indeed! Finally!!
  • 2 0
 Nico is one of the greatest riders. Such a nice guy.
  • 2 0
 So maybe a dumb question, but where has Aggy been?
  • 2 0
 fest is ridickalous
  • 1 0
 Holy mackerel! Some of the rowdiest bicycle riding I have ever seen.
  • 1 0
 a 90 foot step down... fuck me dead
  • 1 0
 Rad.
  • 1 0
 Always incredible stuff
  • 1 0
 IN SANE !
  • 1 1
 I think thats about as insane as you can get...
  • 1 1
 This guys are just MADNESSSSSSSSS
  • 1 0
 this is Country Strong

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