Video: How Remy Metailler Deals With Fear

Feb 11, 2021
by Rémy Métailler  


Riding a mountain bike down gnarly features can be super scary. Even though many people assume I'm fearless, I'm not.

In fact, I get scared all the time, but I manage to still push through it. The main thing for me is my ability to deal and control fear without ignoring the risk.

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49 Comments

  • 63 0
 Remy: Scared by insane features, but still does them.
Me: Too scared to pull a manual hard enough to come all the way off the back
  • 13 0
 The tailbone smashing fear is real
  • 6 0
 I also struggled with that until finding this video: (How to manual long distances in 4 steps)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cUTakfZT00

This was really helpful for me to learn how to be more assertive getting into the manual but also being able to "catch it" so you can bring the front back down to the sweet spot. I think this is about the best manual video I've come across.
  • 1 0
 @juicebanger: WE NEED AN PEELOW... FOR SURE!!!
  • 3 1
 Once I broke my elbow practising manual on a pumptrack. In fact flat hard surfaces seem to be more dangerous than steep dirt in the woods, at least for me. Remy's video is great, but no video will help you manage fear, just like no video will teach you how to manual. But good to know that he also fears something.
  • 46 1
 They got the title wrong. It suppose to say "How does fear deal with Remy"
  • 20 1
 Remy your videos are great. Topical, educational, sincere, and a probably underrated quality, PG. I share them all with my kids, and this one especially will go to my daughter who overthinks her riding sometimes to the point of fear. Keep it up!
  • 19 1
 Same here! My 5 and 7 YO kids are always walking around saying, “Yeah buddddyy!!” and “That was sick!” with bad French accents. LOL
  • 17 1
 THIS! Cannot express how great it is having incredible videos that are PG. Being able to share Remy's videos with family members or with my sister to share in her classroom. Thank you for being a real class act Remy. And an awesome rider as well. #RemyForRampage
  • 4 0
 Totally agree. Speaks in a way that even my kids can grasp the concept. Much appreciated Remy! Keep em coming...
  • 14 0
 Remy produces amazing content, but this one is one of the more substantive ones. I like how he implies that he has "analysis paralysis" but works through them anyway. Even better is the suggestion he makes to overcome those seeds of doubt. I will definitely be applying this more. Thanks Remy... this video means a lot.
  • 6 0
 Thank you Remy. You have the ability to put normal (even for you!) riding related anxieties and worries into a much broader and less "heavy" perspective. And, you make points here that we can take well beyond MTB and into our daily lives. This is one of your best ever, much appreciated.
  • 8 0
 I usually wait till they have finished building the landing area...
  • 4 0
 Really appreciate this video Remy! I deal with fear a lot on the trail, and have had some bad crashes. BUT, I love this sport and love the feeling of accomplishing something after dealing with that fear. And, like you, there are days I'm just not feeling it, and I won't do the feature. No shame!
  • 3 0
 That's an awesome video! Brings me back to that one day where I almost got badly hurt on a trail following my buddies as I didn't know what to expect and just blindly went into something totally beyond my skill level and beyond what I can ride. Took me some time afterwards to trust myself and trust who I ride with. But finally, I got back into the groove and learned to session things and just make sure I feel comfortable in doing any technical features. It's great watching videos like this where it's not just a video made with different cuts of all successful jumps and roll-throughs. It's great to see things being sessioned to make sure that they can be done safely!
  • 6 0
 You know when its pretty gnarly when even Remy is scared. Just saying
  • 8 0
 Gotta be stupid if you're not scared. He's no dummy.
  • 4 0
 Remy I always enjoy your videos. In this video you talk about injuries. I have always wondered if you get injured a lot or do you just never crash?
  • 3 1
 Here is something that I have found. If I was scared to do something and I did it anyway, if I dont do it again right away. I'll be just as scared the next time. This doesn't include things that you can build up to, the drops you can half step. But the full free falls where I just have to let it all hang out. If I am able to ride away and I dont stop, analyze and do it a second and third time, why did I do it once. If I am not trying to conquer the fear, I shouldn't have left my comfort zone.
  • 5 0
 A true professional mountain biker. -Absolutely shreds -Makes engaging content -Relatable -Empowers riding of others
  • 2 0
 Remy's approach is spot on. I started in the gravity game very late but learned early on that the mental game is the most important and hardest. The trick for progression for me was to do as he says - apply the skills you know work on a smaller feature to the bigger versions, obviously with some parameters adjusted. Doing that has two effects. It makes you think about what you're doing and remember the skills required (muscle memory) and secondly provides you with the confidence necessary to ride the feature because you can predict the outcome, i.e keep the fear where it belongs.
  • 3 0
 AMAZING, just down to earth overall. My jaw just drops and sometimes I forget to breath when he is doing the impossible. LOL Keep it up!
  • 4 0
 Thanks for explaining some days you just don't ride em. Was starting to think you were a robot. Would you marry my sister?
  • 3 0
 Stellar video Remy, if I have a kid one day it’s getting named after you and maybe one day they will be a pro mountain biker
  • 2 0
 Great Video as usual Remy. Now that I am in my forties I have learnt to live another day by walking away from features if I am not "feeling it" that day. Even ones I have done in the past.
  • 2 0
 5:50 - just a little bit scary. That is one monster drop.
Looks like he forgot to put the OneUp EDC tool in. Maybe just for airflow
  • 4 0
 If Remy is scared then how I coward am I ?
  • 4 0
 This is incredibly valuable video
  • 3 0
 It's nice to know that even though the Pros are presented as near invincible, they are human just like the rest of us.
  • 3 0
 Basically a very insightful sports psychology class from a pro mtber. Very systematic in his thinking. Excellent stuff.
  • 3 0
 Remy: Here's how to deal with fear
Riders: *produce more Friday fails content*
  • 3 0
 Great stuff, always nice to know that hero's are still human.
  • 2 0
 Great vid! Also like having a friend around who I don't feel pressured by with me, just for safety reasons.
  • 3 0
 6:27-6:33 is about the limit of my skill level.
  • 2 0
 Remy doesn't deal with fear. He just reminds fear that it gotta deal with him.
  • 3 0
 Thanks Remy.... such a good breakdown if fear. Makes so much sense.
  • 2 0
 Nice video Rémy!
Just like for many things in life it all comes down to simple meditation techniques.
  • 3 0
 Great guy,, great videos .thanks Remy!
  • 2 0
 Of course fear is involved sometimes. Face them and thrive.
  • 2 0
 "I am more likely to perfectly ride it on the first go."

I am not.
  • 2 0
 Very good video as always
  • 2 1
 Every time I watch Mr. Remy ride, I am scary:/
  • 1 0
 Send this guy some artwork for his apartment!
  • 1 0
 ahaha just moved in. Taking a bit of time to get set up with all these video I got to do first..
  • 1 1
 Simple answer, he does not experience fear
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