Video: Remy Metailler Rides Switchbacks Under a Medieval Village In France

Feb 16, 2020
by Rémy Métailler  

You might not think it is, but no trails so far make me struggle as much as this one...

To lead me done this very long lap, Greg Germain (@1001sentiers). Greg is a local Mountain Bike Guide, photographer, race organizer and has a very active website with all the bike news from the South East of France. More information is available here.

This is where I grew up. I used to enjoy these trails, I was better at it than I am now. I have not practiced enough, and I need to adapt my riding to the terrain more.

Find more about these trails on here:
Speciale 3
Chemin du Paradis

Thanks for watching, see you on the trails or on Youtube.

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44 Comments

  • 14 1
 I love those ancient French routes. Imagine the hours that went into building that.
  • 9 0
 *years
  • 1 0
 @curendero: the Way to Paradise is paved with a Polish invasion of Web-based cartography
  • 2 0
 @Dropthedebt: one day at a time
  • 6 0
 Typically the kind of trail where any mistake is absolutely forbidden. In such situations your brain strangely switches to a survival mode, and beside the high skills and physical resistance it requires, it`s extremely psychological. Actually these kinds of trails don`t provide me some pure pleasure, except the fact of being alive when you get at the bottom.
It is super hard and frightening, but once you`ve survived to that, I think you can actually manage almost anything with a great confidence.
Thanks for those emotions!
  • 2 0
 Very well said.-
  • 10 0
 That jump at 19:55...
  • 10 0
 That's the most "nope" tiny gap I've ever seen
  • 7 1
 Error 404, parachute not found
  • 6 0
 And that is exactly why riders from that part of France were and are successful DH racer. If you ride on these trails you become better or you quit Big Grin
  • 1 0
 or die...
  • 3 0
 I rode with @greg1001sentiers on a Vouilloz ride session few years ago. It was my first times of real MTB and it was a big challenge (south east + rain + snow!). I was the slowest of the group but Greg was super kind with me and gave me very good advices.
I now have a lot of confidence and am definitly a better rider.
So, thanks a lot @greg1001sentiers
  • 1 0
 This one was super epic @lecriquet ! You must come back for another ride together with the proper weather ;-)
Thanks for your kind words.
  • 7 1
 Nice trail, exactly what I like
  • 4 0
 The south east of France is amazing to ride MTB.-
The GoPro footage doesn’t even show half of how steep that switchback course is.
Well done Greg & Remy..!! \m/
  • 4 0
 Steep rocky slick tech switchbacks. Sketchy.
  • 2 0
 @remymetailler was definitely more looking for challenging than flowy...
  • 2 0
 Savage! Reminds me of a few Gran Canarian tracks i've ridden. Tight, loose, dusty, rocky, hands not working, but at the end of the day, good fun riding bikes with your mates.
  • 2 0
 Trail looks incredible, it is on trailforks? I’m in the south east of France in April and fancy checking it out. Maybe not the last part.
  • 1 0
 Those links he mentioned in the article go to the Trailforks pages.
There’s so much more in the whole Cote ‘d Azur area! April is a nice time to visit too, temperatures will probably be perfect for riding.
  • 1 0
 If you are coming to the alpes maritimes, don't bother with Gourdon (video above) and head straight to Blausasc, Escarene and Sospel. Pretty much no one rides the chemin du paradis more than a handful of times, amazing views and challenge, but no fun at all.
  • 1 0
 @Mugen: I've been to Sospel/Breil and Blausac before. Was looking to try Levens and a couple of new places as well as Sospel.
  • 1 0
 @Jblack89: Nice! If you have time to head a bit further into the mountains, Guillaume/Valberg and St Martin Vésubie have some incredible alpine trails, otherwise isola and auron have ok bike parks with lift access in summer.
  • 1 0
 So many gnarly hiking trails right outside my door that don't allow bikes, I'm just going to start riding them and if anyone has an issue I will reply "you're welcome" in a French accent
  • 1 0
 Confident inspiring,hey just call yoan he is needing it ,that’s real mountain biking ,except that switch backs ,cause if I caught them I will be switching back that’s for sure ,great video Remy,keep on
  • 2 0
 I always thought I had a strong French accent...
Great vid Rémy keep it up
  • 1 0
 He is from France soooo
  • 3 0
 Amazing riding. That looks like a hiking trail. Crazy tech!
  • 2 0
 Indeed, here we ride mostly hiking trail, but this one should also work for base jumping ????
  • 2 0
 This doesn’t look the best trail for the Mac-Ride.
  • 2 0
 Particularly after the meal!
  • 1 1
 Some strange line choice in the switchbacks - outside - outside - outside instead of out - in - out.
  • 1 0
 Outside is (mostly) less rocky than inside line, and that make sens on this (home for me) track if you want to keep your front wheel.
  • 7 0
 Some of the corners are to steep to go inside. You would go over the bar in a lot of them. If I was racing, I will take my foot out in a lot of them and pivot on my leg.
  • 1 0
 With wind like that I was hoping for some drone footage!
  • 1 0
 That trail would be a nightmare for me. Switchbacks are my nemesis
  • 2 3
 horrible,makes sense you moved in the " pnw "
  • 1 3
 maybe he Remy should ride more natural trails like this, the lokal didn't seem to have much of a problem ....
  • 4 0
 Don't worry, I can ride that kind of trail just fine. Not having done anything like that in 7 years was a bit hard to get used to it again.
  • 2 0
 Before moving to Canada, Remy raced the races organised by Greg (the local guide) and would finish quite a bit ahead of him. Greg is a great guy though and smooth rider.
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