Kelly McGarry: MTB Family Mourns Loss of a Legend

Freeride mountain bike visionary Kelly McGarry is gone too soon, leaving a rich legacy.
Kelly McGarry: Red Bull Rampage 2015 © Christian Pondella / Red Bull Content Pool
By Scott Hart

On Feb. 1, legendary freeride mountain bike rider Kelly McGarry passed away in his native New Zealand, while out on a ride on the Fernhill Loop above Queenstown. 

McGarry's infectious smile and vision for the sport will be missed. His contributions to the sport were many: From designing and building the world's best slopestyle course ever created to unmatched physical accomplishmets, like his massive backflip across Red Bull Rampage's 72-foot canyon gap.

Check out some of his peers' outpouring admiration for McGarry below:

"If I had to pick one person to be the face of happiness and positivity for the world," says Cam Zink, "it would be [McGarry]."

McGarry's peers reacted to the tragic news on social media:

His innovation on a bike and larger-than-life character earned McGarry the Best Trick award at Rampage 2013 as well as the People's Choice Award, as voted by his many fans. Check out the physics behind his amazing backflip across the 72-foot canyon gap in the video below.

McGarry dedicated himself to pursuing his passion. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.

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