QT moun­tain­biker ‘proud’ to win McGarry award

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Queen­stown moun­tain­biker Conor Mac­far­lane says he is ‘proud’ to win an award hon­our­ing the late Kelly McGarry.

Mac­far­lane, 25, was one of 21 par­tic­i­pants and the only Kiwi in the Red Bull Ram­page in the Utah desert over the week­end. For his ef­forts he was pre­sented with the Kelly McGarry Spirit Award.

The award was cre­ated for this year’s event to hon­our the late McGarry, a for­mer Queen­stowner who died from a med­i­cal event while cy­cling on the Fern­hill Loop Track. McGarry, 33, was a nine-time par­tic­i­pant in the Ram­page and was per­haps best known for back-flip­ping a 24 me­tre wide canyon dur­ing the 2013 event.

Mac­far­lane said on his Face­book page fol­low­ing the event that he was look­ing for­ward to get­ting back to Queen­stown and ‘‘rest­ing up for a bit’’.

‘‘What a day ... Proud to re­ceive the Mcgazza [sic] spirit award and to be bring­ing it back to Queen­stown!’’ he said.

Mac­far­lane was one of nine wild­card en­tries to the Ram­page after sub­mit­ting pho­tos and videos of his ex­ploits to or­gan­is­ers. The com­pe­ti­tion com­bined the best freestyle moun­tain­bik­ers with some of the world’s most dan­ger­ous down­hill ter­rain.

When rid­ers ar­rived in Utah, the land­scape was nat­u­ral. Over the next week they fashioned their own rac­ing lines.

BEJON HASWELL

Queen­stown moun­tain­biker Conor Mac­far­lane, sec­ond from left, holds the Kelly McGarry [on flag] spirit award at the Red Bull Ram­page.

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