Massive lines and good times in Belgium. Loosefest XL is a wrap and we're already looking forward to next year. Despite a few injuries, the event was a huge success and riders loved the redesigned course. The venue was packed all week with people coming from all over Europe to enjoy the FESTivities. The crowds got to witness some of the best riders in the world throw down on some of the biggest jumps in mountain biking. The non-professional riders in attendance were able to participate in events such as the whip-off, long jump contest and the mega train with conductor Vink. The weather proved to be the biggest factor affecting ride time for the athletes. Most of the time the wind was too strong during the middle of the day, and only died down around 6 pm for evening sessions on the big course. Thankfully there were a solid 4 days of riding before the worst of the weather came in. Saturday afternoon just as the riders were preparing for their final session, a thunderstorm swept through the area dumping an impressive amount of rain on the venue. The course took a beating and unfortunately, the riders were forced to call off their last jump session.
In traditional fest fashion, the afterparty was a rowdy good time there was no shortage of strong drinks and killer dance moves. The riders awarded themselves prizes and the winners received a custom painted Loosefest helmet. Remy Morton, who suffered a heinous crash here two years ago, received the MVP award AND the coveted King of Loosefest title. Connor Macfarlane took home the best trick award for his backflip over the second gap jump, while Andreu won the best line of the week. Bas was the most stylish rider of the event, and to no one's surprise, Kade walked away with the best whip helmet. Despite Nico Vink not awarding himself a prize, he was the real man of the hour and found himself the center of multiple standing ovations. None of this event would be possible with all the hard work from Nico, his build crew, and the wonderful people of bike park Ferme Libert. Until next year!
Warming up in the woods.
Long jump challenge.