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Video: NZ freerider Kelly McGarry, who died last month, hits trails with his whippet

Sponsor ODI Grips releases poignant video in tribute to mountain bike star

If there’s one thing some of us here at love as much as our bicycles, it’s our dogs. So we find this video rather poignant – it features the late Kiwi freeride star Kelly McGarry riding his bike while being chased by his whippet, Tui.

McGarry died last month, aged just 33, after suffering a cardiac arrest while riding trails near Queenstown, New Zealand where he was due to do some filming for bike sponsor, the German company YT industries.

Another of his sponsors, ODI Grips, produced the footage of McGarry riding with his dog, and they say:

Anyone lucky enough to interact with Kelly McGarry was instantly struck by his good natured personality and ability to make you feel like an old friend within minutes of meeting him.

We at ODI were fortunate to have been able to work with Kelly over the past few years and were ecstatic when Kelly approached us about doing an edit with his beloved dog Tui.

After his tragic passing we were torn on what to do with this footage. Upon consulting those closest to him we decided that it was best to release this edit both as a fitting tribute to a great person and as a reminder to enjoy the ride of life.

Here it is.

ODI Grips add:

For those who have been inspired by Kelly or would like to help continue to support his passion for mountain biking, we would encourage you to visit and contribute to one of the following Trusts that were set-up in Kelly’s honour.

Funds collected will be used to fulfil his passion by “advocating for and building mountain bike trails in New Zealand and supporting emerging/promising/rising New Zealander mountain bikers in pursuit of achieving their goals domestically and abroad.”

Our hearts and thoughts go out to all those who knew Kelly. This is a tragic loss for the mountain bike community as for all those who knew and interacted with him. He will certainly be missed. RIP Mcgazza.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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Zermattjohn | 8 years ago
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Great video but a sad tale. I have a whippet and she looks remarkably like Tui. Seriously fast when she wants to be...

OldRidgeback replied to Zermattjohn | 6 years ago

Zermattjohn wrote:

Great video but a sad tale. I have a whippet and she looks remarkably like Tui. Seriously fast when she wants to be...


Seconded on both counts as it is a poignant video clip. My whippet's a bit darker though. He does like chasing us when we're on our bikes but we haven't tried him on any trails yet.

darrylxxx | 8 years ago
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Nice video, lovely dog. I wonder what's become of him after Kelly passed away?

Yellow Peril | 8 years ago
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What a brilliantly life affirming video. It's a fitting tribute to the person Kelly McGarry was

WolfieSmith | 8 years ago

I love it that Tui seems to be holding back 10% on the corners. That is one fast dog. Such a sad loss but a beautiful film. 

Kadinkski | 8 years ago

Awww man, what a cute dog - I hate to thing what he's going through. RIP Kelly.

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