Kiwi freerider Kelly McGarry has died after collapsing while riding the Ben Lomond trail near Queenstown, New Zealand, yesterday.
Two paramedics were flown to the trail by helicopter but Queenstown resident McGarry, 33, was found dead on arrival.
Tributes have poured in from the world mountain biking fraternity and Queenstown locals for the much-loved McGarry.
— Stuff.co.nz Sport (@NZStuffSport) February 1, 2016
A permanent grin, a positive soul, an inspiration to be yourself and embrace life. Kelly McGarry will be missed. pic.twitter.com/2irDEIe4VS
— GiroSportDesign (@GiroSportDesign) February 1, 2016
A press release from one of McGarry’s sponsors, YT Industries, read:
Shattering news out of New Zealand: Mountainbike freeride star Kelly McGarry has died on Monday, 1st of February 2016. Exact circumstances and details are not yet released. Everybody at Kelly’s bike sponsor YT, is deeply saddened and shocked by his death. A truly unique character has been lost today.
One of the most likeable mountain bike riders has passed away in Queenstown on Monday, February 1 2016. Which conditions have led to his tragic death are still unclear at this point. Apparently, the 33-year-old was out on his mountain bike.
The entire crew at sponsor YT is absolutely perplexed about the shocking news:
We were informed about his death in the morning and are petrified, shocked and heartbroken about losing one of our family members. Kelly was a warm-hearted, friendly and relaxed guy. He stood for the true essence of mountain biking through every aspect of his life. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, girlfriend and his friends. The mountain bike world lost an exceptional character.
We consider it an honour that Kelly was riding for the YT Family last year.
Ride in paradise!
As a prominent figure in his sport, McGarry best remembered for back-flipping the 22-metre Canyon Gap at the 2013 Red Bull Rampage, which secured the best trick gong and secured second place overall at the event. McGarry also tasted success at Teva Slopestyle in Queenstown (New Zealand), Ranchstyle in Grand Junction (USA) and the Red Bull Joyride in Whistler (Canada).