Rest in Peace Kelly McGarry. Thanks for all you have given to us in the mountain bike community worldwide.
Kelly was a warm-hearted, friendly and relaxed guy. He stood for true essence of mountain biking through every aspect of his life and spent thousands of hours building riding courses throughout Queenstown. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, girlfriend, and close friends. The mountain bike world lost an exceptional character.
We all consider it an honour to have an opportunity to ride with Kelly.
March of 2013, I had the privilege riding and filming with Kelly along with other pro freeride mountain bikers including Cam McCaul, Chad Kagy, Sam Pilgrim, and Kurt Sorge during the Queenstown’s Mountain Bike Festival. It is hard to believe how nearly 3 years ago I visited Queentown.
Later in 2013 at RedBull’s Rampage in Utah, Kelly McGarry back-flipped the 72ft (22meter) Canyon Gap, which stunned the world. You can view the video here.
GoPro: Backflip Over 72ft Canyon - Kelly McGarry Red Bull Rampage 2013
Huge MTB backflip over a 72 ft canyon gap
Body of Work: Kelly McGarry's Historic Canyon Gap Backflip
He will surely be missed amongst many of us. Mountain biking will not be the same without him and Brian White who passed away in 2014. Life is short so make the most out of it.
Thanks to all my friends in New Zealand for making my year so much brighter in 2013
Cover Photo by Sven Martin Photography