Beyond stoked to announce I will be competing at the famous @redbull Rampage 2017. Can't wait to sweat, dig and ride in the desert with the support of @cube.bikes.official @dvosuspension @ethirteencomponents @trpcycling @raceface604 @maxxistires @kmcchain @allmountainstyle @acros_components @htcomponents @flyracingusa @smithoptics @camelbak #redbullrampage #freeride.
[Cover Photo: Rémy Métailler Facebook Page]
PinkBike is reporting that top flite freeride mountain biker, Rémy Métailler is currently barred from entering the US due to a visa requirement that requires athletes to register for a B1 or B2 visa that covers participating in commercial sporting events.
Métailler was on his way to compete in the annual mother of all mountain biking comps– The Red Bull Rampage. Considered easily one of the top 10 freeride mountain bikers in the world, the Whistler resident has since sought out legal advice as well as offered to turn down any prize money from the event. That’s not changing the US from changing this particular stance.
In the past Rémy has thrown down at the Red Bull sponsored freeride event in Virgin, UT and his sponsors must be disappointed by his absence this year. And unless he can obtain a B1 visa in the coming days, he’ll be left out of the comp.
Find the entire PinkBike post here: Rémy Métailler Denied US Entry, Won’t Be At Rampage