Remy Metailler Rides Whistler's Unspoken Trails - Video

Nov 18, 2016
by Chris Ricci  
Views: 71,170    Faves: 1,217    Comments: 38


INFLUX: Is riding your full-time job ? Or do you work on the side ?

RM: Yes, riding is my full-time job. 100% of my income comes from it. I am lucky.

PC Oliver Haggren Urban

IN: Does riding change when it becomes a full-time job? What’s the difference between riding recreationally vs. professionally?

RM: Yes for sure it does. It is still obviously extremely fun, and I am grateful that I've been able to do that the last three years but when you get paid to do something it becomes a job. And a job means, responsibilities and objectives. You can't always do what you want anymore but as an independent, and not a racer on a team, I come to a brand with a proposal of what I can do and what I want to do, so in the end, I still end up doing what I like and I what I feel comfortable doing. No one tells me what to do, I chose it myself at the beginning of the year, so I don't feel under pressure, other than my own pressure to do good.

When you ride for fun, you do not have to give anything to anyone else than yourself. It is your own pleasure and satisfaction. It's a bit selfish but that's how it is as you finance yourself your hobby. When it becomes your job, you have to make sure the people who finance your season, trips, video (brands and followers) get their investment back. When everyone ends up happy about your work, then it becomes the nicest reward you can get.

PC Oliver Haggren Urban

IN: What has been the best part of your riding career?

RM: Everything in the past three years. I have lived excellent experiences, met amazing people. Travelling to the best places, and riding mind-blowing tracks with people I would have never got to know otherwise has been a huge satisfaction. But in the end, I always come back to Whistler to the bike park and it always feels as fresh as the first day. The bike park has been the hub of my career, and going there every day, sitting on the lift with random people who like my work is always a good time. Makes me want to work harder and ride better.

PC Oliver Haggren Urban

IN: You still ride the bike park a lot, why?

RM: Well it is the best place to ride from everything I've seen so far. The trails, the community and everything around is made to have a good time and share that with other people, whatever each other’s level is. Why would I not ride it a lot?

PC Oliver Haggren Urban

IN: No gaps and no rap in that last video we filmed? Was it a personal choice?

RM: Yes, for sure. Recently I really enjoyed riding more technical stuff. I still love the iconic trails such as A-line, Crabapple Hits, Dirt Merchant. Those rockstar big air trails are super fun, but riding the tech, less famous trails in the bike park can be just as rewarding. When you can feel yourself float over the rocks and roots of In Deep, the feeling is just as good as scrubbing and whipping down A-line. I also wanted to show another aspect of my riding - something more quiet, less aggressive.

Project Supported by Whistler Mountain Bike Park and Race Face Performance Products
Photo Credit: Oliver Haggren Urban
Production: Influx Productions// Chris Ricci


MENTIONS: @COMMENCALbicycles / @influxproductions / @raceface / @WhistlerMountainBikePark




172 Comments

  • 345 1
 "I wanted to show something more quiet, less aggressive" - Charges down a vertical rooty, rocky cliff line.
  • 43 0
 Get better soon Remi! We need more of your dope videos!
  • 4 0
 @sevensixtwo: wait, wha happened to Remy? Mexico?
  • 32 0
 @deadtime: www.vitalmtb.com/forums/The-Hub,2/Remy-Metailler-Breaks-His-Back-in-Mexico,9491

Full post from Remy:

"Half a second after that shot I broke my back. I have not been progressing as fast as I wanted since I starting riding because I have always made my health the priority over the results or any other thing. The past Saturday, I flipped the last jump of #DownhillTaxco and overshot a tiny bit. Just enough to take the biggest slam of my life, all on my back. I made a mistake and I landed like you never want to land. The shock was horrible and I knew even before I bounced on the floor that I had broken a vertebra. I wanted to make sure I won't move before doing X-rays. The doctors took care of me and told me it was just the muscles. At this point I was just so happy but I knew my body and that it was probably more than this. The pain was not bad. I walked and danced fine after they told me I was ok, without taking any drugs. Yesterday I went to double check in Guadalajara before flying to France. Within two seconds the doctor saw I had cracked and compressed my T6. I was just walking, holding things, bending with no real struggle. My bones were not painful. Now I am going to rest the bone, and then go back to the gym to get stronger and healthier than ever. I am so determined and motivated to work harder than ever. Thanks @interproteccion, @altiusevents, @northmanco and @mdhbikes for the support. Photo by @nicoswit_photo. @commencalbikes @maxxistires @raceface604 @camelbak @vorsprungsuspension @acros_components @e13_components @htcomponents @allmountainstyle @whistlercore @camplifecoffee @whistlergrocery @whistlertrainer @bellbikehelmets @smithoptics. Thanks as well to every other riders, fans for the support and the great times. See you very soon."
  • 28 1
 Does his bike have a silencer on it?
  • 2 0
 @jdog70: If you pause the video of his crash at just the right moment, you would be surprised how close his head came to the rear wheel during the crash. You can she his posture is ruined in the crash.
  • 3 0
 @samoooli: Ugh... that was so horrible to watch! Aside from the back, looks like he got it in the family jewels. That happened to me early this year and I will tell you that I am NOT the same rider anymore. (not lol!) =P
  • 8 1
 THIS IS WHY THERE ARE PRO'S THEN THERE'S US....
  • 3 0
 He did get pissed on media who profiteering on his crash video.
  • 4 2
 @chyu: #dealwithit welcome to the internet
  • 8 0
 The camera angles *do not* do justice to some of those lines. The regular trail in some of those shots is pretty aggresive, never mind his sneaky french lines...
  • 2 0
 Feels like I'm playing "name that trail".
  • 1 0
 @samoooli: my back hurts just by watching that crash!
  • 1 1
 @deadtime: I believe he broke his back from a crash doing a backflip
  • 1 0
 Best sound track ever!
  • 2 0
 apparently that gap at 1.56 is not a gap.
  • 1 0
 @rifu: Everything is a gap in Remy's eyes Smile
  • 89 1
 Awesome music choice
  • 10 3
 uh, there wasn't any music -that guy
  • 5 0
 true that. Best soundtrack for a sick der like that
  • 7 0
 Those sounds make me curious what he sets his tire pressures at ????
  • 6 0
 So sweet to hear bike vs trail
  • 1 0
 I was wondering when he last had an edit with music. Honestly though on those gnarled out techy trail I love just hearing the bike rattling over the rocks and roots.
  • 4 0
 @yetiherder: 1 psi lower than at Rampage.
  • 1 0
 @yetiherder: 28 psi ask tippie at rampage
  • 1 0
 -question already answered- unable to delete.
  • 34 0
 Amen to these answers. True professional behaviour here. Because it is our hobby many of us tend to forget that for professional riders, riding is a job; this means responsibilities and going to work/fitness/ride even when you don't want to. Mad respect for Remy as he really stands out of the crop of freeriders.
  • 7 0
 I wonder if he ever thinks "Another day of shredding the best bikepark in the world for a living, what a bummer". Can't really imagine I would.
  • 5 4
 @Pedro404: When it's getting cold, pissing down rain and that you'd definitely prefer to stay home chill rather that go out test that Maxxis in mud. Still pumped?
  • 37 1
 @polarproton for sure. We sponsor Remy for three reasons (other than the fact he's obviously an amazing rider):
1. His feedback on suspension performance is second to none.
2. He's really good at putting himself out there and connecting with people, on social media and in person.
3. He takes his responsibilities seriously and does everything he says he will, and more.
  • 3 0
 @polarproton: wait are you saying you wouldnt ride the bike park just because it was raining and you dont want to ride in it? :L
clearly, you're not a park rat.
clearly, I am roflcopters
  • 3 0
 @polarproton: If the alternative is going to work I probably hate to be able to pay bills, then yeah, riding bikes in the wet still sounds awesome.
  • 1 0
 @VorsprungSuspension: It sounds like he bottoms out from the rear a lot,is the tire touching his saddle or is he actually bottomming out often because of the trail, or is it designed to use the full travel and so has to bottom out quite often ?
Not that bottoming out is a bad thing, but I thought only on really heavy hits, here it just seems on every big hits...
  • 12 0
 @samwell: He does bottom out fairly often, particularly when going hard for the camera (and yes it's the tyre you hear), for a few reasons - first, obviously his version of a big hit is bigger than most. Second, he really puts a lot of emphasis on traction and predictability. We are limited by the maximum progression available from both the shock and the frame as to how much we can make it ramp up before we sacrifice grip to a level he isn't happy with. Real world compromises in suspension setup Smile
  • 1 0
 @VorsprungSuspension: thanks, that's the answer I was looking for !
  • 37 1
 Wow. More of those trails from Whistler please. He makes it look effortless.
  • 6 1
 If you look up the word hucking in the dictionary, you'll see Remy's picture there.
  • 29 0
 I identified at least 16 moments where I would have crashed...
  • 3 0
 I eyed that "stump jump" he hit at the end about 30x this summer... it's way bigger than he makes it look
  • 19 0
 I identified two minutes and fiveteen seconds of where I would have crashed
  • 33 0
 I crash in my office chair just trying to watch that video.
  • 5 0
 @AlpineNate: did that on rampage stream and broke my elbow, not kidding! :'(
  • 17 1
 Nice to see some of the other trails at Whistler. I'll make it there one day!
  • 8 0
 You should, it's really amazing! (albeit, sans the braking bumps). Village trails are amazing. Everything on the way there is amazing (squamish, the shore, etc.)
  • 4 0
 @boxxerace: 4 for you yeti-coco. you go, yeti-coco!
  • 2 0
 just stick to the black and double black diamonds. no brake bumps on those trails! french connection is a lot of fun!
  • 2 0
 @ccolagio: there are on Aline but otherwise you're right. Most of them are on blues
  • 1 0
 @rocky-mtn-gman: Props for the referance.
  • 13 0
 This was Remy set on flow! Wow! At one point my phone couldn't keep up and was error:404 Remy not found
  • 19 5
 video of the year
  • 8 3
 Best thing I've seen on PB in a while!
  • 4 2
 I agree !! VOY should be something like this.. where we can picture ourself riding the same trails semenuks vid are dope but the stoke is different and slopestyle has nothing related to proper MOUNTAINbiking
  • 12 0
 Occasionally Remy's tyres touch the ground just to make sure it's still there.
  • 2 0
 He's not riding, he's "ricocheting".... Touching the ground from time to time....
  • 1 0
 Listening to the free hub you wouldn't think he was going so fast but, it never gets a chance to spin up as he is in the air most of the time.
  • 10 1
 It's like he contaminated his brakes on purpose, just to show us mere mortals how we drag the brake too lightly and for too long.
  • 5 0
 just noticed the brake gobble is due to water, not contamination. Damn, he brakes hard and fast and then lets go.
  • 8 0
 When you get on vorsprung and your suspension actually works and it's more fun to ride tech then flow for the first time ever!
  • 4 0
 Pretty good marketing for Steve/Vorsprung... Remy's Commencal looks extremely composed in this edit. Obviously he is extremely skilled at riding but the bike also looks dialed.
  • 8 0
 I love the lack of music, so all you hear is stainless steel testicles bashing around off the top tube, stem, each other...
  • 7 0
 My immediate reaction at 1:56 "He's dead, I'm dead, we're all dead"
  • 6 0
 so glad to finally see a new video in a trail that really requires a full dh rig pushed to the max.
  • 2 0
 A Whistler video without A-line? You mean there are other trails other than that? haha. Cool to see the other side of the bikepark. PS: Mr. Metailler you are running your saddle too low (or too far back) as it keeps buzzing every time your bike tries to bottom out!
  • 4 0
 This has to be the best video by the Remy yet.. That audio is so beautiful I could fall asleep to it.
  • 3 0
 I'm just waiting for the edit you drop when I puncture my lung haha @remymetailler I need to see that already! Suck edit man come back to the Geezy lets ride some chutes
  • 3 0
 Damn son Tyzon, you a mad man. That back flop was scary bro
  • 2 1
 I was this close to calling the cops on Remi for bike abuse. Poor bike getting smacked around like that with no signs of mercy~ haha

Damn, I hope he gets better soon this guy is one of the best riders of all time and I don't think he's ever made a video that disappointed me. Ever.
  • 3 0
 the trail is one of the most amazing I have ever seen. would love to see him riding this trail with a lot of mud and rain...
  • 5 1
 Can i make this my ringtone?
  • 3 0
 The Day I grow balls and skills to hit that Goats Gully line that quick. First I have to attempt that line! Mind blown
  • 1 0
 I was there this year and the normal line was enough for me... I spoted this "local line" and was thinking how the hell would anyone hit that... This video answer my question... Hahaha
  • 4 1
 Remy is like the Chuck Norris of bikers. He does't take the line. The line is wherever he rides.
  • 1 0
 These are the tracks that downhill bikes were made for. And this is how you are supposed to ride these bikes. But it takes someone like Remy to showcase that. My Demo is wheeping and cursing for having me as a rider.
  • 2 1
 I love the video. The simplicity of a mountain bike and the ability to be one with the natural elements is what makes this sport so amazing. I agree with someone above, that bike has a silencer on it.
  • 1 0
 Incredible video, love not having any music and just hearing the bike also blew my mind when he got brake squeal near the end of the descent and I realised he basically never touched his brakes up until that moment!!
  • 5 1
 BRUTAL Silence !
  • 4 1
 So much proven technique skills
  • 4 1
 And suspension. Joe Shmos bike doesn't remain so composed after mid turn G-out... that bike stays glued to the ground no matter what and still pops on demand and rides over roughest sht.
  • 6 0
 @WAKIdesigns: Joe Shmo doesn't ride like Remy.
  • 6 3
 Wow, now that you say it, I realize I never thought about that. Everyday I learn something new
  • 7 3
 what a fuck !!!!
  • 3 0
 exactly Smile
  • 3 1
 There is a God and it's Remy Metailler. Beautiful edit and loved seeing the tech!
  • 4 0
 How
  • 4 1
 That's how I ride in my dreams. Great video!
  • 3 0
 0:13 : Claudio took this line, the French line! ^^
  • 3 1
 Holy shot so smooth everywhere... and these sounds !!!! (Quiet bike!)

Commencal as new bike sponsor for the bikepark??
  • 2 0
 That bike sounds so clean! He makes some serious moves look so easy. Love it.
  • 3 0
 that is mountain biking, i need some trails like that in my day
  • 3 0
 Class act, superb video and a legit guy.
  • 1 1
 Wow! Watching that just once will not do.... awesome to see the big bike in all respect, in all its truth, totally wild but tamed all from within its domain.. Thank you Remy..
  • 2 0
 Damn son! Rolling straight stealth mode !! Really cool without the stupid dubstep beating in the background.
  • 4 0
 Love the sound track!
  • 4 0
 Its a band from andorra
  • 5 0
 Commençal and The Maxxis ft. Remy M. Live @ Whistler!
  • 4 1
 Added to favorites before even watching...
  • 1 0
 That looks unbelievably sketchy--I saw Remy Metailler CASE @2:15, at Whistler--that must be by far whistler's gnarliest trail
  • 3 0
 One of the nicest guys in the sport right now!
  • 3 0
 Killed it
  • 3 0
 French Fried that trail
  • 2 0
 0:38 HOW this even rideable ?? Damn
  • 2 0
 guy barely touches the ground
  • 3 0
 That was... gnarly.
  • 2 0
 treating that rock like a berm at 1:46!?!
  • 3 0
 @:32 what trail is that?
  • 3 0
 Looks like Goat's Gully. Not the normal people route.
  • 3 0
 @oronaut: You are correct.
  • 2 0
 @oronaut: Upon second look...lol. crazy. Keep it up @remymetailler Screw the haters...you inspired my buddy and I to spend 2 months in Whistler this past summer..we were constantly watching your vids for inspiration around new lines.
  • 2 0
 What music are we gonna use norbs!? No music, we're going raw.
  • 3 1
 Nice to see a bit of gnar
  • 3 1
 Brutal! just brutal!... I love it!
  • 2 0
 That's just dumb. Remy's a ninja
  • 1 0
 Holy. You can tell by the squeaks how many times he actually touches his brakes.
  • 3 0
 VOY
  • 2 0
 He rides like it's his last...
  • 2 0
 Damn! I never comment of videos... and I just did.
  • 1 0
 I love these raw edits! Smooth riding and a flawlessly performing bike. The music from the tires is captivating.
  • 2 0
 Goat's Gully still looks hard.
  • 1 0
 That is NOT what it sounds like when I ride my bike. I think I'm doing it wrong... Awesome video.
  • 1 0
 I like this video very, very, much. Might be my favorite..... That is mountain biking!
  • 1 0
 By far my favorite rider right now. He could be there best there is at the moment. Remy's vids never disappoint. 10 stars.
  • 1 0
 Great vid, how eactly did you do the audio? Multiple microphones down the trail, mounted to the bike? Great work and riding
  • 1 0
 Good lord! I would die riding those trails at the speed and i don't think i'm a bad rider......
  • 2 0
 we we
  • 1 0
 wow ! if only i could ride like that !
  • 1 0
 Amen for those answers VOD
  • 1 0
 Radial head arm fracture for me @1:50 on a wet summer day
  • 1 0
 Is it any wonder that he complains about arm pump???
  • 1 0
 So much talent.. Heal up soon!!
  • 1 0
 That one was sick, but the others are better
  • 1 0
 "Look at daa whiiip" (1:3Cool
  • 1 0
 has he always ridden with fox 40s?
  • 1 0
 niceeeeeeeeeeee, pin it broo
  • 1 0
 LOL!!!!!
"more quiet, less aggressive"
Wow!

Totally dig these raw vids.
  • 1 0
 that was the bollocks,even better with no music ,great stuff.
  • 1 0
 that was long @ 1:56.. love to hear raw videos, its like music to my ears
  • 1 0
 Great video, more slaying the tech please.
  • 1 0
 A true example of 'no slow mo needed', right dh riding to the head
  • 1 0
 FOR SALE; Remy Metailler's Commencal. Like new, only ridden 1 month.
  • 1 0
 Wonder how many takes this took to complete?
  • 1 0
 get well soon and stronger man. your doing a great job
  • 1 0
 Is there any videos of Remy riding in the rain?
  • 1 0
 I just love this video!!!!
  • 1 0
 awesome!
  • 1 0
 Retardiculous!
  • 1 0
 Raw
  • 1 0
 Those lines are METAL!
  • 1 0
 Crunchy
  • 1 0
 ffs
  • 1 0
 Holy shit!!!
  • 1 0
 Holy sh@t that’s fast
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