QT mountainbiker ‘proud’ to win McGarry award
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.
Queenstown mountainbiker Conor Macfarlane, second from left, holds the Kelly McGarry [on flag] spirit award at the Red Bull Rampage.