Video: Remy Metailler Guides 4 Riders Down Rupert in Squamish for the First Time

Nov 25, 2021 at 1:41
by Rémy Métailler  

Last Sunday I met up with Judy, the founder of Colour The Trails and three friends of her to ride Rupert, in Squamish.

None of them had ever ridden Rupert so we attempted the main features with a few tips along the way.
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Photos by Pavel Boiko

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New video ft Coulour The Trails Photo by Pavel Boiko

New video ft Coulour The Trails Photo by Pavel Boiko

New video ft Coulour The Trails Photo by Pavel Boiko

New video ft Coulour The Trails Photo by Pavel Boiko

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  • 68 4
 This is great stuff. New(er) riders learning fundamentals will pay huge dividends as they progress. Props to all as they are out there, in slick conditions.
  • 44 2
 Thank you Remi, for being an ambassador for our sport. The more people that have access to good bikes, good instruction and great trails, the better. Cheers Mate!
  • 36 6
 Mtb is for everyone
  • 16 1
 Great to see what some coaching can do to confidence and skills. It really is the best money you can spend. Really impressed with the rider who had only been riding for three months, that’s courage.
  • 15 0
 Remy should start a bike camp. hes so good at explaining how the mind and mountain work as one
  • 3 0
 Agreed, I would spend embarrassing amounts of money to attend
  • 6 2
 Use code REMY2022 to find out more!
  • 13 1
 Stoked to see this! Such a great video and group of people.
  • 8 1
 The great thing is inexperienced female riders tend to be the most coachable and show the best retention. These quality fundamentals will pay off for a long time, even if they never become dedicated mountain bike dirt bags. I had a coach put it succinctly when working on something: "lots of people can do this successfully 80% or 90% of the time regardless of technique; my goal is to get you a 99.8% success rate". I still suffer from the typically male attitude of "huck it" but occasionally this wisdom comes back to me.
  • 7 0
 Literally the first pb video over 5 minutes i watched from start to finish. great edit.
  • 2 0
 I was thinking the same thing as i watched it.
  • 6 0
 Great vid ! Way to go gals, they progressed very quickly, great coaching too! Gets me stoked to ride, perfect trail to learn all those techniques!
  • 9 4
 Help to have more diversity on trail.. what a great goal !! Stoked to see some big rider help marginalized people.
  • 3 0
 Stuff like this is why Remy is my favorite mtb youtuber. Besides being a killer rider and good guy, he’s so good at coaching beginners AND top tier riders, plus everyone in between.
  • 2 0
 Awesome video Remy! You are a great ambassador of the sport. Respect to the trail builders of Squamish. You all do a great job of allowing riders to progress! Thanks for the content!
  • 4 1
 Awesome video Remy, and thanks Judy for helping make the outdoors more inclusive and accessible!
  • 3 0
 Remember kids it's like Judy said - "put theory into practice..." and we'll see you on Friday.
  • 3 0
 I volunteer for the next video. Maybe a group of 50 yo plus. Tips so we don't break our fragile bones.
  • 4 1
 Such a fun group and committed to learn, well done!
  • 2 0
 This is the best investment anyone could do to improve their riding. Remy is a great coach!!
  • 3 0
 Remy with the jacket hookups.
  • 3 0
 Z best Remy vid, so down to Earth.
  • 4 4
 Am I the only on feeling uncomfortable watching this? They are obviously outright scared several times because they don't have rhe necessary skills. This should not happen in a coaching situation.
  • 4 3
 I ve just watched it second time to be sure. Imho it was pure luck that nothing went terribly wrong. As a MTB Coach I would not send someone down a feature when they re not 100 percent sure they can handle it and I m not 100 percent sure they have the necessary skills and confident mindset. This maybe debatable in certain situations when consequences are negligible, but not on exposed terrain
  • 1 1
 Yeah, but optics = emotion, and emotion > logic.
  • 8 0
 @Malachai20: There is a lot behind the scenes that was not shown in the video, but I have not pressured anyone to do anything. Absolutely each of them who did something only did it because they absolutely wanted to and felt like they could do it. And I could tell that they had the skills needed.
  • 5 0
 @Malachai20: I've been riding for 25 years and I'm still scared when I'm pushing my boundaries. Learning new skills and attempting tougher features was the whole point of the excersise, they aren't gonna get better on a bike repeating the same comfy trails.

They clearly applied the teaching on offer and all got perceptibly better positioned and more capable over the course of the video.

If you have to be 100% sure to drop in, then you're either riding the same old trails everytime or have so much confidence it'll bite you in the ass hard one day.

I totally agree that it's subjective and the mark of a good coach is to correctly assess whether a rider is ready for a certain challenge, but it didn't seem to me that anyone here was so far outside their comfort zone it was reckless, especially considering they were clearly prepared to listen to the advice given by someone like Remy who rides a bike better than 99.99% of us and wanted to challenge themselves.
  • 1 1
 @remymetailler: No, of course you didn't push them. Your way of coaching is also adequate. I liked your video where your coaching an advanced rider. There it is shown that he is facing the right amount of challenge so he makes a "huge progress in one day". But he is never overstrained, because he has the experience to assess the risks of each feature and the skills.
The point I try to make is that I dont think going on a black trail with beginniner to intermediate riders is a good idea. If someone is saying "i kinda freaked out" it is a very strong hint that it is not an adequate setting. There are scenes where you can tell by their posture that they are scared when they are dropping in. This is not a good mindset for learning new things and it is not safe.
In my experience, it is often difficult for very good riders to empathize with people who have not been riding that long. This is an important point in the training of coaches
  • 1 0
 @Katbox: imho there is an important difference between feeling challenged and freaking out. and there is an important difference whether I am riding alone or as a coach. and in the latter case, safety has priority.
  • 5 0
 @Malachai20: Thanks for the feedback. I usually asses well what people can do, and they were all capable to do these slabs, especially considering the trails they normally do. If they were too far out of their comfort zone I would have turned around, but Rupert is probably the easiest black trail here. Colour The Trails folks already ride black trails in other area and trails just as hard, so when they mentioned they wanted to check out Rupert, that did not seem like a bad move at all to me. Also, worst case scenario, they can walk their bike on some sections. I do on a trail when there is something I do not want to do, or just bad conditions.
  • 1 0
 @remymetailler: Two things people seem to be forgetting: 1) you're probably better at judging who can reasonably try some features (you were there in person afterall), 2) there's always going to be risk of a crash when mountain biking, and that's what we all kinda like about it.
  • 2 1
 Why does he remind me of Inspector Clouseau?
  • 1 0
 Haha - the accent I guess.
  • 4 5
 Err day we be lillerly hunted on are bikes - le brown jemes
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