Loosefest 2017 Preview - Catching Up With Nico Vink

Jul 18, 2017 at 10:01
by Eric Palmer  
First day full moon and the LOOSEFEST creator playing on his artwork Not a bad way to start the week


Loosefest 2017 Teaser



Loosefest 2017 Warm-Up Session



We're here at Bike Park Ferme Libert to catch up with course builder and all time shredder Nico Vink to see how the final touches are going for the most insane week of riding some of the worlds biggest dirt jumps.

A few changes and additions have made things look even crazier than before and it looks like we're in for an amazing week of riding.

Lines like Loosefest don't exist anywhere else, so it's the only time of year anyone can ride jumps this big and even to the best they never get any less scary.

Dirt Art - Bottom hip s lip has moved back
Dirt Art—Bottom hip's lip has moved back.

bigquotesThey're pretty shocking when you look at them, they're so intimidating.Nico Vink

This makes the appeal even bigger for riders wanting to see and try it for themselves. "I think most of them are just keen to ride the line. They heard stories of it being big, but it's actually super good, but scary as well. A lot of them doubt, but usually, when they show up they get it."

Many of the worlds best riders make it out every year and this year is no different, even a few new faces have popped up and can't wait for the riding to start! Even the peoples' champ, dirt bike wildman, Tyler Bereman, is coming straight from X-Games to shred with the boys again.

Loosefest 2017 Preview - Catching Up With Nico Vink

Loosefest 2017 Preview - Catching Up With Nico Vink

bigquotesI'm super happy with the turn out this year like I always tried, for example, to get Bryceland here and he finally made it over. One of my favorite riders by far, so it's cool to see him here.Nico Vink

Working on lines this scale is a feat on its own, most trail spots could probably be made out of the dirt from one landing, but experience, friends, big machinery, and lots of passion gets the job done! Refreshing the line is a huge task, but you need something new/different to keep the regulars on their toes. Some changes have been made and lots of fun additions on the bike park line have made it way more fun to warm up.

make it perfect
Make it perfect!

Loosefest 2017 Preview - Catching Up With Nico Vink

bigquotesIt took us like over a week to make it look like it is now... we moved the bottom lip for the last hip out, so it's bigger because we were breaking into that. We keep trying to step it up, it gets harder. It's not that easy to go bigger, it takes time. This year we'll do it basic and go slightly bigger.Nico Vink


Loosefest 2017 Preview - Catching Up With Nico Vink

Loosefest 2017 Preview - Catching Up With Nico Vink

Loosefest 2017 Preview - Catching Up With Nico Vink

Loosefest 2017 Preview - Catching Up With Nico Vink

Loosefest 2017 Preview - Catching Up With Nico Vink

Loosefest 2017 Preview - Catching Up With Nico Vink

Dirt Art
Dirt Art.

Lots of riders have arrived already and lots more are coming over the next few days, it's looking like it will be another jaw dropping week of riding!


34 Comments

  • + 31
 We need to make professional soccer players watch this...you get slammed: take it like a man, you shake it off and keep going, don't lay there on the ground like a sissy holding your knees.
  • + 11
 Im mtb you don't win anything by laying on the ground like a sissy. On soccer you do and that's why they do it.
  • + 12
 preach it brother! rad quote from the past supercross season, i think it was emig that said, in soccer you fake being injured to gain an advantage............but in supercross you fake being healthy to gain an advantage. same for these homies that blast these beastly jumps.............gnarly dudes that take the beat downs no problem.
  • + 14
 Joshua bryceland!!!!
  • - 60
flag isolationismdivision (Jul 18, 2017 at 12:19) (Below Threshold)
 Is a f-ing clown.
  • + 20
 @isolationismdivision: Your a clown! Bryceland is the man!!!
  • - 42
flag isolationismdivision (Jul 18, 2017 at 13:15) (Below Threshold)
 @millsr4: ZZZ. Nah.
  • + 15
 @isolationismdivision: win a DHWC overall and then talk shit about the rat
  • - 47
flag isolationismdivision (Jul 18, 2017 at 13:52) (Below Threshold)
 @JoseBravo: I don't have to win anything. Accept my opinion. He's overrated. Eat my shorts.
  • + 2
 @isolationismdivision: douchebag. Now stop please my dashboard told me its enough
  • - 34
flag isolationismdivision (Jul 18, 2017 at 14:49) (Below Threshold)
 @RedBurn: I'll tell you when its enough, you warthog faced buffoon. Get out of Brycelands ass.
  • + 6
 @isolationismdivision: who pissed on your chips?
  • - 27
flag isolationismdivision (Jul 18, 2017 at 14:55) (Below Threshold)
 @cunning-linguist: These uptight sycophants that can't accept a viewpoint that's different to their own. Apart from that, nothing much.
  • + 9
 Josh Bryceland is a clown but aint that why we like him?
  • - 1
 @JourneymanDan: Must be. Says something about some MTB riders doesn't it. Look at all those neg props! Lets see if this comment can beat the current leader at -39 you handbag flailing bunch of Rat bummers.
  • + 4
 @isolationismdivision these uptight sycophants can accept another's viewpoint, but why should they when you slam down some contemptuous comment as rude as 'Is a f-ing clown.'?
  • - 5
flag isolationismdivision (Jul 19, 2017 at 4:56) (Below Threshold)
 @twelvemonths: So, you think he doesn't behave like one, more often than not?
  • + 2
 Who uses insults from The Princess Bride?
  • - 4
flag isolationismdivision (Jul 20, 2017 at 0:49) (Below Threshold)
 @redcorn: You mean, you’ll put down your rock and I’ll put down my sword, and we’ll try and kill each other like civilized people?
  • + 9
 this is REAL sport at its finest.
  • - 5
flag RedBurn (Jul 18, 2017 at 13:09) (Below Threshold)
 Disagreed... as stylish and rad it is, its not more sport than XC racing... if u say "extreme sport" we agree..
  • + 4
 Ratboy and his crew in action:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbZhPleUk_I
  • + 2
 MX jumps, literally!
  • + 1
 That vid is insane already... Smile
  • + 5
 Rattyy boy. On the loose
  • + 1
 One persons opinion, many peoples voices. But one thing is a fact, has that person acheived or inspired so many in this particular sport compared to the person they are slating has achieved??
  • + 1
 Most likely, yes.
  • + 2
 Radness in its purest form!
  • + 1
 I guess the puns need to be obvious for the PB crowd
  • + 1
 Did that guy who hit the tree get hurt bad?
  • + 1
 Looked more like training than a warm-up. Wink
  • + 0
 When you need backhoes, track loaders to build you runs you knows the shit has gotten real!
  • + 2
 They build with big equipment at pretty much every bike park in this country?? Shits only gotten really when you can jump said equipment on the jumps you're building lol
  • + 1
 cant wait!

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