Remy Metailler Fractures 3 Vertabrae While Riding with Kilian Bron

Aug 4, 2022
by Sarah Moore  


Remy Metailler has shared news on his Instagram of an injury he sustained while riding with Kilian Bron last week. He says he was unsure about a line that Kilian had taken and so he stopped on a little bridge before it to be cautious. He then lost his balance, falling into a dry creek and hitting a rock with his back.

He initially thought he had broken his hip, but X-rays showed that he had 3 fractures on the trasversales vertebraes of L1, L2 and L3.


bigquotes@Kilianbron came at home for a few days of shredding and it started great! The first day was epic. I rode hard but within my comfort zone. At the end of the ride it was getting too dark so I decided to take it very easy. We were done filming so we slowly headed back to the truck.

I followed Kilian and was not sure about a line he took so I stopped on a little bridge to be cautious, but somehow lost my balance... I tried to land on the side but fell into a small dry creek and hit a rock with my back. Such an awkward fall. I'm so upset at myself.

It felt like I may have broken the top of my hip. After accessing the situation I walked down to the road as my spine seemed fine and it was late. We pedalled slowly back to the car and stopped at the Squamish Hospital where they did an Xray for my pelvis. No fractures were found. I woke up the next day with a violent pain in my right butt cheek so went for a scan in Whistler the next day. The doctor found 3 fractures on the trasversales vertebraes of L1,L2,L3 which are not too concerning even though two are displaced. Unfortunately the pain when moving a certain way was so crazy that we went to Lions Gate Hospital to check more things and I missed @yoannbarelli's wedding. Bummed (yes, cool joke) but I could not even sit in @svanderhoek's car to get there. It felt like I was getting electrocuted and my butt muscle were burning from the inside.

Good news, the pain is caused by the nerve being pinched and has gone down a lot as the inflammation reduces. Living alone does not help but, hey thanks Kilian for helping me putting my undies on...

Thanks to all my friends and sponsors for being there for me. I'll be back in a few weeks but fortunately have a lot of cool content already filmed.
Remy Metailler

Wishing you all the best with your recovery Remy!


96 Comments

  • 245 3
 Sadly ironic he hurts himself while stopped to look at a feature, rather than all the crazy ones he rides. Heal up soon!
  • 77 0
 Reminds me of Barelli blowing up his knee falling over on a little up-hill piece of the trail.
  • 36 1
 It's not uncommon for the worst to happen when you let your guard down. Like the mythical statistic that the majority of [your] car accidents happen within 5 miles of your home... something like that.
  • 97 0
 @gossman: that's just because the majority of your driving time occurs within 5 miles of home...
  • 7 0
 @abef: touche. regardless, major bummer for Remi. Hope he heels up and keeps it safe, even when scoping features.
  • 60 1
 @gossman: if everyone would just move 5 miles away, problem solved.
  • 3 15
flag KK11 (Aug 4, 2022 at 11:48) (Below Threshold)
 …..…and what upper body armor was he wearing?
  • 3 2
 @KK11: he usually wears a backpack, may as well throw a CE protector in there
  • 9 1
 @abef: Right, and I spend most of my time just looking at features therefore that's when I'm most in danger too.
  • 13 0
 I just glance at features & then walk around them, so I'm safe enough.
  • 4 1
 @abef: an excellent understanding of how to interpret, and be mindful of statistics. 62% of which are usually misunderstood, or cited incorrectly, while 26% are made up on the spot.
  • 6 0
 @sb666: Most spine protectors don't have great lateral coverage. Sounds like he fell on his side and broke the processes which are the wings off the vertebrae, not the column that surrounds the spinal cord.
  • 2 0
 @adamszymkowicz: good point. I had a similar injury in the spring. 4 broken floating ribs and 4 broken processes, coincidentally similar scenario, bobbling with putting a foot down on tech
  • 7 1
 @adamszymkowicz:

I would venture to guess he probably meant to say transverse process fracture in his translation. The transverse processes serve as muscular attachment points and either the muscle strains or the bone fails. In the realm of spinal trauma, these are considered minor injuries and treated conservatively with rest and rehabilitation. When I used to take spine call at my trauma center, I would love and hate to get these consults. Love because they're easy to address,and hate....well... because they're easy to address and didn't really need a spine surgery consultation.
  • 3 0
 @duplex: Sounds like it. Back injuries of any flavor suck mondo butt, but these are generally pretty easy to recover fully from, which is great for Remy, and for us.
  • 1 0
 logic: while sending hard you watched/estimated/calculated everything, and you are full focus.
  • 1 0
 exactly, isnt this how alot of injuries happen like most car accidents happen within the last 10% of someone's journey, when their guard is down or whatever.
  • 73 1
 Remember, what doesn't kilian you, will metailler you stronger!
  • 56 1
 Remy, Yoann, and Steve all injured doing minor things in the last couple years.

Considering the crazy rides they all do, and the amount of preparation that they put into the riding to be safe as possible.
It’s almost like the brain switching off if the feature is not difficult.

Take it from an old guy, let it heal properly.
Otherwise you will have the problem for years to come, instead of just a few weeks or months.
Heal up Remy , all the best.
  • 2 0
 Amen brother. After riding 30 years, I had the same exact injury. gnarliest crash of my life. That stinging sensation is REAL. Passed out two times trying to stand up to go home from the hospital. 2 weeks of opioids and a walker. Weird numb spots in the lower back now. Get that stoke, but be safe people. If you're not racing, it doesn't hurt to drop it to 80-90% on the dh. you can still send everything and you're not going so slow that timidity messes with your ride. Racing? well... you know the gamble. Thank god we heal.
  • 3 0
 Squamish hospital sucks. Go to a REAL hospital.

I had a huge crash on Cake Walk and went to the squamish hospital. There they told me it was just bruising and i was to go home. Fortunately there was a nurse there doing a transfer from VGH. She took one look at me and said “no, he’s coming with me”. I had a full siren ambulance transfer down the highway to VGH where they found I had several spinous process fractures and a softball size hernia on my right flank acquired immediate surgery. I spent eight days in the ICU in three months recovering. Buncha clowns at that hospital
  • 21 0
 2 weeks ago I crashed off a hip jump and somehow managed to wrap myself around a tree. Multiple broken ribs and L1 & L2 compression fractures. The fractures themselves didn't hurt too bad but the muscle spasms were something else. That and my guts seemed to stop working for 5 days, my stomach ballooned and I looked like I was pregnant. Finally able to lay flat to sleep for just the last couple days. Spouse wants me to stop MTB riding and I laughed & laughed. You think I'm crazy now, just take away my MTB and see how crazy I really am!
  • 8 0
 No bike and no beer make me something something...
Go crazy?
DON'T MIND IF I DO!
  • 3 0
 I had a nasty crash recently and among the injuries was a broken t5 and t6. Although the other injuries were far more severe the muscle spasms were the worst part of the ordeal. They lasted for weeks as well.
  • 1 0
 @Darwin66: seriously! I don’t know about you but for me the spasms would instantly shut my legs off. Spasm and your on the floor. First one I had I hit the floor on my hands and knees and said “what the hell was that?”
  • 23 0
 Here's to a speedy recovery Remi
  • 19 0
 Missing Barellii's wedding with Steve must have hurt pretty much too. Heal up!
  • 18 0
 Yoann marrying Steve-o. Once in a lifetime event!
  • 11 0
 One of the most talented free riders . Interesting he didn't hurt himself on a crazy stunt . .More of a JRA at the end of the day . That's the time I get wrecked and usually on something mundane . Sending healing vibes . Hope all goes well.
  • 7 0
 It's always the "one last run" or the easy ride home that gets you.
  • 4 0
 Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?
  • 3 0
 @UTtrailrider: "just riding along" (aka, driving into your garage with a bike on the roof)
  • 2 5
 @laksboy: No its not.
  • 3 1
 @scott-townes: Oh yes it is. I've heard many a rider say "one last run" and then get hurt. Superstitious maybe, but it does happen.
  • 3 0
 @nastee-nate: Other people get hurt on the first run. Some get hurt on the second, third, fourth, or even fifth lap.

No matter which lap you get hurt on, it’s the last lap whether or not your plan was to be done afterwards.
  • 4 0
 @nastee-nate: By definition, all serious injuries happen on the last lap
  • 1 1
 @nastee-nate: Yeah anecdotal evidence is like so reliable.
  • 8 0
 The fact that he hurt himself on a rather simple little spot just shows you how careful Remy is when he actually rides the lines that look crazy. We may see him hucking things that look insane, but behind the camera is a LOT of planning and line-checking. This is a good reminder for us all to stay focused at all times. Heal up fast!
  • 9 2
 Ah damn the sciatica lightning bolts. Many of us are living with the same thing nearly forever. Doesn't seem like it will ever completely goaway after the l5/s1 bulge I had. You'll prob end up needing a cortisone shot to deal with the pain. When u get to rehabbing don't do anything that makes it worse. Squats were the worst offender for me. One step forward three steps backwards in that situation. Good luck remi
  • 4 0
 L5-S1 hernia here, 16 months and running now... Sucks!
  • 7 0
 One of the reasons I never ride with killian bron
  • 2 0
 Nerve pain is the worst! I was in the same position twice from spinal fractures. It is rough laying in bed or on the couch just waiting for the electricity and tingling to go away. Best wishes Remy! Please keep us posted on your recovery. Maybe a whole vid series on the road to recovery. Injuries are part of the sport and I bet you have a lot to share about that process.
  • 3 0
 Didn't a similar thing happen to Yoann Barelli? Tore up his knee falling over while trying to hop up a log. Nothing gnarly. Fell wrong and that was it.
  • 2 0
 He fell off a bridge trying to climb a traditionally downhill section. He stalled, had to bail, and jumped down into the ferns and landed awkwardly. All it takes.
  • 2 0
 Remy is in his head as much as any rider I've ever been around. Dude thinks through EVERYTHING. If he held up on a line it's gotta be pretty gnarly. Heal up Remy. Looking forward to seeing you back out there.
  • 4 0
 I gotta say that if I had to ask my buddy to help me put on my underwear... do I really need underwear? NOPE!!!
  • 1 0
 That is almost exactly what my wife did 4 years ago. Awkward stop, seat extended, fell at least 10 ft onto her back on a Boulder in a Boulder filled drainage. Rolled another 20ft down the thing. Woke up in stinging nettle. Broke L5-L7 transverse processes. Painful recovery, but back in a few months. The real shitty thing is there are large muscle groups attached to them, and at least for her there was no surgery to reattach them....so she has an achy back a lot now. All things considered, I think she was lucky not to be paralyzed. You will be back at it sooner than you think, but you will feel it forever. It doesn't really limit her in any way other than the mental aspect...
  • 4 1
 Playing it safe, he proceeds to slip and crash down a drop and gets injured. I have had that happen as well. The irony.
  • 3 0
 So superman does bleed! Heal up quickly and I cant wait to see your future adventures!
  • 2 0
 Ah can relate, broke some ribs from a freak accident few years back at pretty much walking speed, pierced by the handlebar. Shit happens. Heal up well!
  • 1 0
 Damn... sorry to hear that. Really enjoy his videos and how he breaks down really difficult lines. It seems like it often happens when you're trying to take it easy.
  • 2 0
 Shocking for the first hospital not to catch 3 broken vertebrae, could've ended very badly - glad it wasn't any worse
  • 1 0
 That sucks! Hope for a speedy recovery Remy! Crazy how the simple stuff can get you. Recovering from a cracked rib and mild concussion myself from a simple lip jump
  • 1 0
 This does not help with my recent old man chicken complex from the past few rides. Might need to switch to BMX. Do they sell eBMX bikes yet?
  • 2 0
 Damn! That could've been much worse. Heal quick!
  • 1 0
 I will miss your vídeos a lot.. I wish you a quick recovery my friend!! All the best from Zaragoza, Spain..
  • 1 0
 Really enjoy vicarious adventures through Remi's videos, hope he heals up soon!
  • 1 0
 Massive thanks to Remy for all he has done for the sport. Heal up and get back to the gnar soon!
  • 1 0
 Best of the luck with healing. Being young and fit will certainly speed things along to recovery.
  • 1 0
 Total bummer (no pun intended) Remy, hope you heal fast and return strong!!
  • 1 0
 This sucks! Hope Remy heals up quick, I will have to watch his old content until he can create more new / great contentSmile
  • 2 0
 We are here for you Remy, call us if you need anything. The Quists.
  • 2 0
 Healing vibes sent your way Champ!
  • 2 0
 Wishing Mr. Metailler a speedy recovery.
  • 1 0
 You know when Remy says it hurt, that it hurt bad!!!
  • 1 0
 Speed recovery French wonder!
  • 1 0
 I just cracked a rib on Friday, I feel lucky now
  • 1 0
 Friday Fails, HV!
  • 1 0
 Wishing you a speedy and complete recovery Remi!! You're the man!
  • 1 0
 Best of luck healing up Remy!
  • 1 0
 Aww shitters, happens to the best. Best wisheson your recovery Remy.
  • 1 0
 Sending healing vibes, Remy.
  • 1 0
 Did Yoann marry Katrina Strand?
  • 2 0
 Feel better
  • 2 0
 Heal up fast Remy!!!
  • 1 0
 Heal up!!
  • 1 0
 Ouch. Heal up
  • 1 0
 Crashes happen. Rest up.
  • 3 5
 Always wear body armour! It's become a trend to have the least amount of armour on as possible. It makes no sense. Heal up soon man, cheers Smile \m/
  • 3 0
 Oftentimes these fractures occure due to spine flexion not direct impact. Body armor might not have done much.
  • 1 0
 Word up. It’s heavy but so is a composite cast or a traction set up. My Leatt 3DF air fit shirt is awesome if a bit heavy but I know a solid side impact will turn my ribs and upper arm to toast. The 2019 EWS injury report is an interesting read and it changed some of my riding as well as training techniques www.enduroworldseries.com/news/1309-ews-publish-three-yearinjury-study--concussion-guidelines

Seems like a few UCI and EWS riders this year had vertebral injuries. Best wishes to them be all.
  • 1 0
 @10DollarHelmet10DollarHead: Link 404’d, you happen to have a working one?
  • 2 0
 A very small amount of spinal injuries happen due to direct impact to the back. I am just recovering from broken C2, T1, T2, T3 and T9, T11 caused by a huge vertical impact on the head going off a big jump, its 6 month back now and waiting for the titanium material to be removed. A good helmet that compensates as much energy as possible ist the most effective in that case as much as training your body regularly. When assuming some sort of spinal injury stay calm, don't move and let you rescue out.
  • 1 0
 @10DollarHelmet10DollarHead: Thank you! I ended up realizing I could google it but I couldn’t delete my comment. Appreciate it!
  • 1 0
 @Lions_Gate_Hospital
  • 1 2
 Kilian broke Remy ☹️
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