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. Just hours before the planned release of this edit, we received the devastating news of Kelly's passing and made the decision that it would be better to hold off on its release until those closest to him were ready to share it with the rest of the world. We are honored to be able to release it now, with the blessing of Kelly's friends and family both as a fitting tribute to a great person and as a reminder to enjoy the ride of life.
For anyone who has inspired by Kelly and who 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 honor:
Funds collected will be used to fulfill 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 and for all those who knew and interacted with him. He will certainly be missed. RIP McGazza.
Special Thanks to Paul Rayner for filming and editing this video and to Samantha for coordinating its release.
Music: Found a Reason – Small Town Get Up