Video: Yoann Barelli & Remy Metailler Attempt to Ride a Gnarly Tech Drop

Apr 12, 2021
by Rémy Métailler  

After Yoann's crash in Episode 1, the French team is back to continue the Gouranga Expedition and ride some more lines.

This time, it's windy and we decide to start by the bottom of the trail on a feature Yoann has never ridden to leave the drop where Yoann crashed for the end.



If you missed it, watch Episode 1, watch it here:


Episode 3 is coming this Thursday on the channel at 8 AM PST.

Episode 2 Live this Monday at 8AM pst

Episode 2 Live this Monday at 8AM pst

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56 Comments

  • 105 1
 It’s refreshing to see the “other side” of these insane trail edits. Seeing how much they talk and mull over the details before getting on the bike is something that I will incorporate into the next time I try to drop off the curb at the end of my driveway.
  • 51 1
 I've been doing that for a while, and I've come to the conclusion that my bike is not long, low and slack enough to hit that curb, going to get a new one. Probably a mullet.
  • 8 0
 @Glenngineer: Your standards are probably a year out of date too. Doubtful you'd even make it to that curb let alone off it.
  • 2 22
flag mountainfishy (Apr 12, 2021 at 15:09) (Below Threshold)
 Would you look at that Yoann is wearing a full face. Looks like somebody got a little rattled
  • 8 0
 @Glenngineer: Maybe go super mullet and put a 26 back there. If 27.5 back there is snappy than 26 will be buck wild. Aint nothing finer than a 269er
  • 5 0
 I like to push my bike over the curb first just to check the chainring has the clearance.
  • 2 0
 I find that overthinking the curb drop is fatal to progression. Just turn off the brain off and trust these modern bikes to do what they are designed for. I often remember a quote from a famous and highly skilled rider "let the bike dance underneath you" - no rigid death grip and you should be fine.......
  • 2 0
 @Glenngineer: Make sure it has a high idler pulley or don't even bother.
  • 1 2
 @Glenngineer: I heard the motors make the center of gravity lower, so probably a good idea to consider an e-bike for curb drops too.
  • 34 0
 I really like their way to support each other... I have experienced that so many guys put too much pressure on their friends to do things out of their comfort zone. Great attitude!
  • 21 0
 I watch these videos and think to myself that what these guys are riding is so far outside of my comprehension of what a bike trail is. Mad respect.
  • 10 0
 Something I heard recently resonated with me. Think about basketball and all the people who play in rec leagues around the country. Those guys can be pretty good. Then you have your varsity highschoolers, community college, D3, D2, D1, International, and then the NBA. To be in the NBA someone had to decide to spend a lot of money because you were among the top 500 on the planet. That's the perspective I use now when looking at these riders and what they do.
  • 11 0
 @PTyliszczak: What I also see, that is a little different than the NBA analogy, is that I genuinely don't want to be those guys. You can make an argument that the lifestyle, the training, the schedule, the public eye mean you don't want to be in the NBA, but it's not the basketball if you love basketball.

I love mountain biking, but a lot of this just scares the crap out of me - I can't do it, and I'm comfortable being too scared too try to progress to that level. I've got the drops, jumps, gnarly lines that I like, those that scare me but I'll hit, and those that I'm working up to... the worst of them are nothing compared to what these guys do, and I consider myself to be a 'good' rider, at the enthusiast dad level.
  • 3 0
 @Glenngineer: 100% agree. It's not just athletic ability at this point. I do not ever want to hit that line in this video, never. I have had my fair share of broken bones and months off from the sport, but I can always come back. Those lines look like death if things go very wrong.
  • 6 0
 They literally call it the Remy line. It takes a ton of bike control to know that you can make that little pivot in the air 100% of the time. That is an absolute no crash zone.
  • 4 0
 I laughed when they called it a jump. It's not a jump. It's a mountain and a cliff.
  • 17 0
 THE TWO BEST FRENCH ACCENTS AND RIDING STYLES UNITE!!
  • 3 0
 Baguettes FTW!!
  • 10 0
 Great insight into fear management! This is one of the most inspiring and developing videos I ever saw not because I will be able to drop such crazy feature but because I will be able to make smart decisions without feeling guilty. Massive respect to both riders for being open and honest!!! BTW dropping it every day shows a lot of commitment!
  • 8 0
 This is such a reassuring way of seeing technical feature approach. Its helpful to see how tactical these guys are about tackling a feature they either have not done or have tried and failed in the past. The methodical approach is definitely something to learn from.
  • 10 0
 Shouldn't it be called Gnanalyzing?
  • 5 0
 Good gracious, I've seen this section multiple times in Remy's videos; but have never seen the bottom of the landing looking up like @ 17:06! That line is defiantly barbaric AF!

I support Yoann's decision 100% on taking the chicken line!!

Exceptional support from Remey and great content from both these wonderful people! Stay safe Guys!!!
  • 6 0
 and let's not forget the 'chicken line' is not exactly easy either!
  • 3 0
 @Puddings: Indeed, the 'main line' on that whole features is already seriously crazy!
  • 7 0
 Being dad doesn't help in that cases. Benefits/Risks balance. This is mental.
  • 4 0
 Ive been liking the technical assessment, thought process of a higher skilled rider, approach to riding features. I'm aiming to bring the bigger features and higher consequence riding back within my comfort zone and these edits have helped me assess a feature/section innmore detail than i was previously.
Good videos guys!
  • 5 0
 I could watch these guys ride trail all day. Such incredible talent, commitment and an intelligent approach to riding these next level lines.
  • 4 0
 Risk assessment and threat mitigation by two professionals. Reminds of the way we prepare for challenging landings in aviation. Sometimes that means choosing to not start the approach at all...awesome.
  • 6 0
 Both rider have such easy style
  • 2 0
 It is nice to see the talking through it. I could never imagine some the things these guys are hitting. I have stuff that is at my level but nothing remotely close to this and I have days where I might look at something and say not today even though I just hit it the day before. Yo has the all the tools to hit that, just needs to be in the right mind set. If the mind is not certain, the body/skill will not always win.
  • 5 0
 These lads are so great to watch together. They are both crazy, but on opposite ends of the spectrum.
  • 3 0
 Mad respect to not just see the amount of time and depth in analysing the feature, but that after all that they still have the mindset to pull out and walk away to try another day if it doesn’t feel right.
  • 3 0
 Nice work! Great to see the behind the scenes work that goes into hitting a line like that. Also, makes you realise the level Remy is on that he hit that line in the snow!
  • 5 0
 Merci Chip and Dale Smile
  • 5 0
 Nice helmet choice Yoann
  • 3 0
 I would have to spend two days analyzing the section he flew threw "warming back up"
  • 4 0
 That “chicken line” is the death line for me!
  • 6 3
 starting to feel like Deja VU
  • 2 0
 Such a professional way to analyse these crazy features. Good to see Yoann turning his brain on sometimes ha ha!
  • 4 0
 Respect, Yoann
  • 2 0
 one minute silence from Yoann... impossible! Awesome video, so rad
  • 1 0
 Awesomeness!!!
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