Loosefest – Tommy C Edit

Madness from some place in the woods

It’s safe to say that Loosefest is quite the gem in the mountain biking world. This year was it’s 4th edition courtesy of Nico Vink and Bike Park Ferme Libert, nestled in the east of Belgium, a stones throw from the German border. You don’t think of Belgium to be the most mountainous region, and it’s not. But there’s some great hills around the town of Malmedy – encapsulating the bike park, Belgian National DH track and much more than we never got the chance to see.

Not an enduro bike in sight, metal blaring from the pits all week, and the most chill atmosphere made for quite the event, and the complete opposite end of the spectrum to a world cup weekend. It would be though, it’s not racing, but there’s no schedule, at all. There’s not many egos, everyone is your friend, and everyone is absolutely buzzing to be there. It’s unique.

Big man Nico throwing it flat and sideways on the first jump.
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Ronny Racing and their XL beers.
The steeds of Ronny Racing, best paint job of the week.
Bas Van Steenbergen. Or steezeburger as I named him.
The steeds of Ronny Racing, best paint job of the week
Tom Isted and his Mongoose Boot'r
Harnstrom and his Commencal
Jasper Flashman and his Gambler
Anderson and his Banshee
The youngsters love it here too. This is Riley and he was lapping out the pumptrack like there was no tomorrow
Bas van Steenbergen and his Hyper
Remy Morton and his V10
Kirill Benderoni's rig. The Russian powerhouse took a while to settle into FEST surroundings, but sent the jumps no problem
Clemens Kaudela's stealth machine
Steeze king of the week, Bas van Steenbergen
Reynolds was on moto whip duty this year
Introducing Bill Farrington and his 400 quid caravan, that also happens to look like a strip club. They've just been to Amsterdam in it too!
This is a dried frog cable tied to the top of Ronny Racings ambulance.. apparently it steers away bad weather wherever they go. Bet you never thought you'd hear that
Jaspers cornish pal and co-digger, Chris Lamley takes a swig of tea from his favourite mug
Exactly what it says on the tin
Joel Anderson gives Rat the lowdown on what it's like to ride a 40 second track and be in the air for 19 seconds of it
This is the general FEST attitude towards, well pretty much everything
This is the bike Jasper built for the bike park owners daughter, Lolo, a few years back. Complete with Hope/Fest finishing kit. Not a bad whip for a 10 year old eh?
Nico's largest creation, sitting and waiting at the bottom of the hill. 68Ft to the sweet spot.
Tom Isted soars on one of his first runs down the big line
Jan of Ronny Racing along with Joel Anderson indicating his wants sponsorship from Coca Cola
Scoping, raking, brushing.. and probably procrastinating
Everyones favourite anti-everything man, Jasper Flashman! (I'm kidding). This guy is leading the charge for Cornish freeride, building Woodys Bike Park almost single handedly
Rat sends it super sideways for the camera, whilst making all manor of yelping noises
Vinny f*cking T. The style is unreal


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