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

If there’s one thing some of us here at road.cc 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.

Gofundme.com/KellyMcGarry

Givealittle.co.nz/org/kellymcgarrymemorialtrust

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.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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Kadinkski [740 posts] 1 year ago
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Awww man, what a cute dog - I hate to thing what he's going through. RIP Kelly.

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WolfieSmith [1389 posts] 1 year ago
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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. 

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Yellow Peril [23 posts] 1 year ago
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What a brilliantly life affirming video. It's a fitting tribute to the person Kelly McGarry was

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darrylxxx [88 posts] 1 year ago
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Nice video, lovely dog. I wonder what's become of him after Kelly passed away?

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Zermattjohn [242 posts] 1 year 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...

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OldRidgeback [2847 posts] 8 months ago
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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.