Video: Andreu Lacondeguy, Remy Morton, Nico Vink & More at Fest Series - Royal Hills 2021

Sep 23, 2021
by Sarah Moore  


Words by Fest Series

We organized a session in November 2020 on the Royalhills jumps. Sadly the line was too wet and we could only ride the line until the 3rd to last jump. Conditions were soft, we still had a blast riding but due to not being able to ride the full line during the 2020 session we decided to hold back on the footage and we returned to Royalhills this summer.

With the line being freshly rebuilt by Nico, Redbelge, and the help from C dog on the last jump in 2020 there wasn’t too much work to get the line running for the 2021 edition. Nico added a water line so watering the jumps got a lot easier and quicker. He also called in the help of Alois Adamo to resurface the line, after 5 days of excavation, some hand shaping by Remy, Red Belge, and Nico the line was ready to ride.

Unfortunately, Europe had a super wet summer and it rained for 4 days straight which resulted in us having to extend the session for a couple of days.

“The rain made me pretty nervous. Watching it rain for 4 days straight and not being able to ride after investing the money to reshape the line and inviting the riders and media crew is a nightmare. It happened two times before in RH and I wasn’t up for a third time. Setting up this session is costing more or less €15000 excluding the travel expenses of the riders.” -Nico Vink

This year we had mostly European riders due to travel restrictions but for example, Remy spent something like €15000 on his travel due to plane tickets and quarantine fees being extremely expensive coming from New Zealand. Not only did he spend tons of money but he also risked not being able to return home until October or December due to having no available quarantine slots in NZ anytime before. Remy is one of the most dedicated trail builders and riders we know and we would be gutted if he wouldn’t get to ride the jumps due to wet conditions.

Luckily the sun was shining on day 5 and the Royalhills dirt dries super quick. That evening we managed to ride in slightly wet conditions, Which had a positive side to it.
In the mid woods, there are a couple of options on the line. You can choose from, the rollers or the gnarly On-Off feature. Due to the rain, the only dry feature in that section was the On-Off so all the riders ended up riding the gnarly feature from the first session. All the riders were stoked the line was running and we got a ton of laps in. We ended up extending the session for 3 days and got 5 amazing days of riding.

With the change of schedule, some riders didn’t get to ride all sessions due to other commitments but we made the most of it.

We would like to give a huge shoutout to everyone involved that made this week of riding possible.

Thanks to the riders: Andreu Lacondeguy, Lluis Lacondeguy, Remy Morton, Thomas Genon, Jeroen (Red Belge) Meersman, Marcin Rot, Nico Vink, Kristof Lenssens, Sergio Layos, Vinny T, Szymon Godziek, Adolf Silva and William Robert.

Thanks to Aloise Adamo for shuttling and all the hard work shaping.

Thanks to the media crew for covering all the sessions and being ready to shoot early mornings and late nights. Hector Cash, Raul Rodriguez, Diego Manero, Hanna Retz and Fernando Marmolejo.

Thanks to Martin Vinje for taking care of the Fest Series Website, uploading the videos, and all other IT-related stuff.

Thanks to Royalhills for offering the property and letting us build the jumps.

Thanks to the brands supporting us and making this session possible. Monster Energy, Reverse Components, Transition bikes.

We hope you’ll enjoy the video.

Cheers

The Fest Series.





Photo: Hanna Retz


42 Comments

  • 66 9
 Fest love their press releases
  • 65 14
 Did someone at Fest HQ not get the memo? I'm pretty sure Fest content is not for public consumption. Invitation only bro. and bro's only.
  • 6 4
 shut up, meg
  • 3 2
 @bneall: like part of me loves seeing the fest stuff and I love a lot of the riders that partake, and then theres another part of me that's super averse to it because it's so damn close to the bro-caliber bro-convention circlejerk that we see in moto/dirtbiking. What they did to Sam back in May drove that point home even more. Fest guys are f*cking clowns, they can have fun with Chadfest.

Sam's content keeps me happy. These guys.. yeah I don't know what the hell these guys are up to these days. They need therapyfest or some shit.
  • 57 7
 Which begs the question, just how core is rain to the scene? Does rain have something against the spirit of freeride bro? Fest guys should part ways with rain going forward to keep climates a lot more core.
  • 24 3
 I wish they'd just hug it out. I miss seeing Reynolds and Vink riding together.
  • 4 1
 Did i miss something?? -edit: just found it www.pinkbike.com/news/the-fest-series-parts-ways-with-darkfest.html
Weird.. but good on Sam to keep DarkFest going!
  • 10 3
 @jaqu3s: I'm not in the loop, but I think the freeride scene split in two, to those who promote via Insta, YouTube etc & those that just want to be cool as f**k bro.

Either way sad situation.
  • 6 2
 @chriss78: it's a shame but dignity doesn't pay the bills, publicity videos do. Awesome riding here BTW.
  • 2 0
 @chriss78: yup fact.. quite honestly these new generation of kids just love all that bullshit YouTube documenting style.. riding level is still there tho, so It's kind of mix feeling I guess
  • 14 0
 Whoever was piloting that drone has got to be among the best in the world, that was incredible. Not to mention the riding here looks insane!
  • 5 0
 That's got to be the best drone footage I've ever seen. Really see how fast they're going.
  • 14 5
 While the riding in undeniably sick, I've had no idea when or where this event is taking place and who is riding. And the video is pretty much the same, sick riding and filming and thats it, no emotions except the high fives at the end. Now that I've watched 5min video I'll eventually forget about it... Dark fest on the other hand did everything opposite and I'd say I'm not the only one who is already stoked for the next year
  • 2 1
 Honestly a valid point about having no idea who the riders are from the video
  • 2 1
 Yeah bro I'm not sure if you got the memo but emotions are against the spirit of freeride. That's why they dropped darkfest, only those total sellouts could have emotions and have the audacity to call themselves freeriders! /s
  • 8 1
 Honestly over fest anything at this point. Seems like they are afraid to showcase any new upcoming riders because they might show up the original fest crew lol its like they think controlling content and riders will help keep them relevant but really its just driving them away from the people who love to see this type of riding. Events like darkfest are so much more inclusive and fun to watch when everyone’s just having a good time and not worrying about who is OG freeride enough to be aloud to ride.
  • 10 0
 Go big or go huge, keep the shorts game real Remy.
  • 2 0
 Yeah if you ever see him with knee pads on I'd be genuinely worried about the size of the jumps
  • 5 0
 That crossover sequence at the top of the line (twice I think?) was pretty awesome.

I had no idea who was who while watching it. Oh well. Still excellent.
  • 6 0
 That drone game though!!
  • 5 0
 Damn, these guys can shred!
  • 4 0
 Hey yeah!! I could only imagine what it feels like to go that fast & BIG! Sick Video!
  • 4 0
 Everything simply...WOAH ! Not of this world...holy crap...fireworks...
  • 4 0
 grandeeee cashiño webon!
  • 5 0
 When FR becomes DJ XL
  • 2 0
 That was a Must Watch!... IIn adifferent wayyy... Those drone shots and bike orgy with this excelent music band for so looong... really brings you to another zone... Thankss
  • 3 1
 Remy, no pads, in shorts just styling the jumps. Great clip but hope that there is a bit more than 6mins from the efforts.
  • 3 0
 That was intense and that shark fin... Oh boy
  • 4 1
 GOD DAMN!
  • 2 0
 Now thats really on the limit, respect !!!!
  • 1 5
flag yoobee (Sep 24, 2021 at 1:34) (Below Threshold)
 Not at all. Didn't see any flip.
  • 2 0
 That’s a weekend hype video for sure.
  • 2 0
 That tree scrub at 5:54
  • 2 0
 Wow! Next level
  • 1 3
 Not at all. Didn't see any flip.
  • 2 0
 Super sick
  • 2 0
 Awesome
  • 2 0
 Absolute eye feast.
  • 1 0
 fork at 2.37 ???
  • 5 5
 Cycling eh? Pfff...
  • 6 9
 RAD! fk the internet haters that turned a non issue into a shit storm of nerd comment hate
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