We’re here at Bike Park Ferme Libert in Belgium 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 on some of the world’s biggest dirt jumps – Loosefest 2017.
A few changes and additions have made, and things look even more crazy than before. Looks like we’re in for an amazing week of riding.
The lines at Loosefest don’t exist anywhere else. It’s the only time of year anyone can ride jumps this big, so even to the best they never get any less scary.
They’re pretty shocking when you look at them, they’re so intimidating.
Does this make 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.
So many of the world’s 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.
I’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.
Working on lines of this scale is a feat on it’s 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. Tell us about some changes have been made and the fun additions on the bike park line?
It 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.
Photos by Eric Palmer.