Must Watch: Vink, Lacondeguy, Reynolds & More Go Huge on Mountain Biking's Biggest Jumps at the Fest Sessions

Dec 1, 2020
by James Smurthwaite  

The Fest Series has gained popularity worldwide by pushing freeride forward with massive jumps, insane tricks and heavy metal highlight edits. The crew is expanding their concept by presenting a new format: Fest Sessions. These Sessions take a back to basics approach by exploring all aspects of freeride. With the simple goal of enjoying sessions with friends, this format will take place on big jumps, in bike parks and throughout the backcountry, bringing a wide variety of terrain to the world’s best and most stylish riders.

Photo Fernando Marmo Marmolejo
Photo: Fernando "Marmo" Marmolejo

Photo Fernando Marmo Marmolejo
Photo: Fernando "Marmo" Marmolejo

Photo Fernando Marmo Marmolejo
Photo: Fernando "Marmo" Marmolejo

Photo Fernando Marmo Marmolejo
Photo: Fernando "Marmo" Marmolejo

“Fest was being labeled as guys who ride big jumps, but that’s only a part of what we love and we want to highlight all aspects of riding that we are passionate about. For me, Fest Sessions is going to offer new locations for freeriding and sessions.” Nico Vink

The first session kicked off in Malmedy, Belgium with the BikePark Ferme Libert Edition.

Photo Fernando Marmo Marmolejo
Photo: Fernando "Marmo" Marmolejo

Photo Fernando Marmo Marmolejo
Photo: Fernando "Marmo" Marmolejo

Photo Fernando Marmo Marmolejo
Photo: Fernando "Marmo" Marmolejo

The Sessions approach had Nico focusing on building an entire bikepark and creating the ultimate playground. By the time the build was complete, BikePark Ferme Libert boasted a new medium jumpline, an enormous double-sided hip and more hidden transfers and gaps than there were people to ride them. While riding the big line is always the cherry on top, Nico knows how wind and weather dependent the world’s biggest jumps are and with this new approach there wasn’t going to be a single day without riding.

Photo Fernando Marmo Marmolejo
Photo: Fernando "Marmo" Marmolejo

Photo Fernando Marmo Marmolejo
Photo: Fernando "Marmo" Marmolejo

Photo Fernando Marmo Marmolejo
Photo: Fernando "Marmo" Marmolejo

Photo Fernando Marmo Marmolejo
Photo: Fernando "Marmo" Marmolejo

Photo Fernando Marmo Marmolejo
Photo: Fernando "Marmo" Marmolejo

Photo Fernando Marmo Marmolejo
Photo: Fernando "Marmo" Marmolejo

Photo Fernando Marmo Marmolejo
Photo: Fernando "Marmo" Marmolejo

Photo Fernando Marmo Marmolejo
Photo: Fernando "Marmo" Marmolejo

Photo Fernando Marmo Marmolejo
Photo: Fernando "Marmo" Marmolejo

Photo Fernando Marmo Marmolejo
Photo: Fernando "Marmo" Marmolejo

With a warm and calm September week ahead, a scaled-down crew of 11 riders made their way to Malmedy. They were fortunate enough to get plenty of sessions on the big lines, with veterans like C Dog and Sam Reynolds pulling massive trains while newcomers Ike Klaassen, Jackson Goldstone and William Robert brought their unique style to the line. Build crew Red Belge and Kristof Lenssens proved they have just as much fun behind handlebars as they do in a digger. Nico Vink, Andreu Lacondeguy, Szymon Godziek and Adolf Silva all showed up to enjoy endless sessions, a private setting and jumps you can only find in select locations worldwide.

Photo Fernando Marmo Marmolejo
Photo: Fernando "Marmo" Marmolejo

Photo Fernando Marmo Marmolejo
Photo: Fernando "Marmo" Marmolejo

Photo Fernando Marmo Marmolejo
Photo: Fernando "Marmo" Marmolejo

Photo Fernando Marmo Marmolejo
Photo: Fernando "Marmo" Marmolejo

Photo Fernando Marmo Marmolejo
Photo: Fernando "Marmo" Marmolejo

Photo Ryan Franklin
Photo: Ryan Franklin

While the rider list of a Fest Session is undeniably smaller than at a Fest Series event, the result was exactly what Nico had been looking for:

“The fact that it’s smaller allowed me to spend more time with the people who came from all over Europe, where in the past we’ve barely had time to chat, hang out and ride. It was very cool to do that this year.” Nico Vink

Photo Fernando Marmo Marmolejo
Photo: Fernando "Marmo" Marmolejo

Photo Fernando Marmo Marmolejo
Photo: Fernando "Marmo" Marmolejo

Photo Fernando Marmo Marmolejo
Photo: Fernando "Marmo" Marmolejo

Photo Ryan Franklin
Photo: Ryan Franklin

Photo Ryan Franklin
Photo: Ryan Franklin

Photo Ryan Franklin
Photo: Ryan Franklin

Photo Ryan Franklin
Photo: Ryan Franklin

Fest is a shared vision for freeride, focused on progression through riding bikes, building bigger jumps and having good times with friends. It exists to create the best environment by putting riders first and encouraging boundary-pushing.

Photo Fernando Marmo Marmolejo
Photo: Fernando "Marmo" Marmolejo

Photo Ryan Franklin
Photo: Ryan Franklin

Photo Ryan Franklin
Photo: Ryan Franklin

Photo Ryan Franklin
Photo: Ryan Franklin

Photo Ryan Franklin
Photo: Ryan Franklin

Photo Ryan Franklin
Photo: Ryan Franklin

Photo Ryan Franklin
Photo: Ryan Franklin

Photo Fernando Marmo Marmolejo
Photo: Fernando "Marmo" Marmolejo

Photo Ryan Franklin
Photo: Ryan Franklin

Photo Ryan Franklin
Photo: Ryan Franklin

Hosted by: Nico Vink

Builders: Nico Vink, Jeroen ‘Red Belge’ Meersman, Kristof Lenssens & Alois D’adamo

Riders: Andreu Lacondeguy, Szymon Godziek, Nico Vink, Clemens ‘C Dog’ Kaudela, Adolf Silva, William Robert, Ike Klaassen, Jackson Goldstone, Jeroen ‘Red Belge’ Meersman & Kristof Lenssens

Sponsored by: Monster Energy, Reverse Components, Vink Creations

Filmed by: Chris Seager

Photography by: Fernando "Marmo" Marmolejo and Ryan Franklin

Written by: CJ Selig

Held: September 14-20 in Malmedy, Belgium in compliance with all local Covid-19 regulations

Special thanks to Jean-David and Marie-Helene for encouraging us to transform their ski slope into huge piles of dirt!


43 Comments

  • 48 6
 Thanks to rowdy jesus for real music being back in a bike video. SLAAYYEERRRRAAAUUGH!!!!
  • 12 48
flag MikeyMT (Dec 1, 2020 at 12:21) (Below Threshold)
 No. Just no.
  • 12 3
 MOAR M E T A L
  • 6 2
 @MikeyMT: I have some bad news, my friend.. Mountain biking is powered by beer drinking hillbillies. XC may be a big deal, but rowdy ass rednecks drive the sport. That awesome trail bike you adore has hick roots, I'm afraid. Now, say it with me.. SLAYER! SLAYER! SLAYER!
  • 3 0
 Hells yeah!
  • 1 0
 @MikeyMT: Guys Mikey is still a kid... kids nowadays just don't know what Metal/Rock means. It's not on the fortnight's playlist
  • 1 0
 @Gilmarques: His profile says he's 36 - he's in his prime Slayer Dad years. Probably still wears Old Skool Vans and a bit of hair product on the weekends.
  • 1 0
 @suspended-flesh: The best hair styles are hard to the touch.
  • 1 0
 @typx: Yeah man, we used Knox unflavored gelatin bought with foods stamps. Egg whites. too, sometimes.
  • 31 1
 Andreu still is the boss!
  • 5 0
 #disisdaboss
  • 17 0
 that overhead shot of the whole course is mesmerizing. so much to look at. The lighting also makes it look like a dream
  • 7 0
 There is a bike park for mere mortals like me build in between the Fest jumps...
  • 11 1
 They all caught covid died and were reborn into death eagles a million times over because that was sooooo siiickk
  • 10 0
 Very Crusty Demons of Dirt!! I loved it!!
  • 2 0
 Ha, ha, great comparison, as this video does remind me a bit of Crusty's Demons, Definitely some "Monster" air. They must be getting some serious speed to clear some of those huge jumps. After watching that, I now feel like "NOT" so RowdyAirtime...lol
  • 5 0
 (Raises eyebrows) Not-quite-so Lil' Goldstone already sending it amongst the FEST crew (no surprise after the Audi Nines) but whereas...(raises eyebrows even more) wait a minute there's a little dude called Raoul Schneeberger sending it! right Okayyy- are the riders getting younger and more ballsy or what? If it carries on like that I can't imagine what it'll be like in the next decade or so! It's evolving faster than we expect....
  • 15 0
 Jackson Goldstone is a year older than Kyle Strait was at his first Rampage
  • 1 0
 @leopaul: check out the video of the 13 year olds at the Rampage site Strait was his first time.
  • 3 0
 Malmedy, this is dream land not just for the big boys, but even for a weekend bikepark shredder like me. Besides and in between the fest-line, there are so many line choices with perfectly shaped decent sized jumps. Unbelievable, what Nico has done with this little piece of the hill. If just we would have no lift queue like in the video on Sundays.....
  • 6 0
 Rad as always, Thanks fest bros!! Freeride for life
  • 5 0
 PB: Hey, Andreu, what about a mullet setup, this year? Andreu: Fu*k that, I'm getting a mullet haircut!
  • 6 0
 Metal was has been waiting for its sport.
  • 4 0
 Just give me the same jump line 1:20 scale and I'll still manage to wipe out worse than they did
  • 3 0
 This is so cool. Hell no on going anywhere near attempting those jumps. But I would like a shot at that super fast right hand berm. Looks fun.
  • 6 1
 @andreulacondeguy = The Maradona of Freeride!
  • 4 1
 Use me as the, "seeing Jackson Goldstone at Fest Series makes me feel old," button.
  • 4 0
 I'll say it once and I'll say it again, Nico you are THE MAN!
  • 4 1
 Thanks, this made me realise what a pussy I really am ..
  • 3 0
 Andreu going full bore, atta boy!
  • 3 0
 Need Kade & Remy in there too!
  • 1 0
 Remy made an appearance on that Vid (Oosh!)
  • 3 0
 Fuck yes! All that!
  • 3 0
 Andreu is such a boss!
  • 2 0
 OMG.....VERY NICE!
  • 2 0
 Sweet gentle steezzzus!!
  • 2 0
 so nicee
  • 2 0
 Sooooo bloody rad!
  • 2 0
 So fucking badass.
  • 2 0
 NWD lives!
  • 1 0
 #not_human

Insane is an understatement. What a bunch of maniacs!
  • 1 0
 The horns on a Motorway ! Nico you legend I..I
  • 1 4
 Incredible riding, horrible overediting

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